Wildlife Reserve and Community Experience

Volunteers Malawi

2-10
English

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Overview

Whether you have a passion for wildlife and have always wanted to work with animals, need a break and want to get back to nature or you are looking for that perfect family holiday with a difference. 

Look no further!

We can offer you the chance to live and work in a wildlife reserve; imagine eating your breakfast with the giraffe, zebras in your garden, or an ostrich pinching your laundry. As we have no large carnivores you are free to wander the bush or cycle without the need to be stuck in a hot vehicle or accompanied by an armed scout. 

Do you want to be part of this?

Propel your life experience into the next stratosphere!!! Learn loads of new skills and gain first-hand research experience in the field: identifying animals, collecting data and wildlife tracking on your own. There is also sometimes the chance to take part in wildlife release programs, join master’s students with professional research or if you want to stay for a longer period you can carry out your own research in a field that you are passionate about. If you are interested in interacting with the local communities then we can offer you a chance to help with our education programs in local schools or with several sustainable livelihood programs. We can also offer you the chance to spend some of your time at Malawi’s leading animal rescue center, where you are able to care for abandoned and orphaned animals and help towards their rehabilitation. 

We have a vast range of activities and projects that you will be part of including ongoing wildlife research projects and community outreach missions, so depending on your interests we can tailor working schedules to suit you. Or if you are after an activity assortment we can mix it up, as they say variety is the spice of life!!!

Activities

Just a taste of the things you could get involved in during your stay at Kuti

  • Game counts, Wildlife Research and Identification
  • Wildlife Tracking and Observations
  • Helping with Professional Research
  • Wildlife Releases of animals from our partner sanctuary in Lilongwe
  • Habitat and Wildlife Protection from anti-poaching patrols
  • Environmental Education with visiting school groups and schools in the community
  • Community Outreach Projects such as tree planting, making fuel briquettes and literacy programs.
  • Develop our facilities with hands on Construction Work
  • Community construction project opportunities e.g. schools/orphanages
  • Events, planning and preparation of event days and activities
  • Eco tourism, helping us with marketing, and managing our eco reserve

Highlights

This unique wildlife reserve is a magical place. Waking up in the morning to the sounds of the bush and drinking your morning coffee in the garden surrounded by zebras is an unforgettable experience, as is the last drink of the day on Sunset Deck! The work will be demanding but very rewarding and you will be sincerely welcomed into the team by the staff who are super friendly - a reflection of why Malawi is known as the 'Warm Heart of Africa'.

We work 6 day working weeks with one long weekend off per month. The famous 'Lake of Stars' is only 30 minutes away and volunteers often get together to organise a well deserved break of snorkelling and sunbathing.

This beautiful reserve is as important for the local communities as it is for the wildlife that lives here and by working together we can conserve Kuti for this and future generations to enjoy. We aim to inspire people to live in harmony with nature through our education and outreach programmes and we're implementing sustainable livelihood programmes out in the surrounding villages.


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