Responsible Travel is an approach to tourism that maximises the benefits to local communities, minimises negative social and environmental impacts and helps local people to conserve fragile cultures and habitats. People travelling to Malawi will be greeted at lodges, driven round and guided by members of local communities who are all benefitting from the growth of tourism within the country. Accommodation owners and tour operators recognise their role in ensuring the benefits of tourism reach local communities whether it be through local employment practices, ensuring their operations run with minimum environmental impact and in some cases through the active promotion of ecotourism activities within Malawi. To ensure Malawi retains its wonderful cultures and habitats it is inherent for both visitors and those within the industry to contribute to the field of responsible travel and ensure the country benefits from tourism.
Further examples of specific schemes that members of Malawi’s tourist industry are involved with that benefit local communities and the natural environment can be found on the Charities & Development Linked to Tourismpage.
Specific Charities operating in Malawi, not necessarily associated with travel & tourism, are also listed on this site under Charities Operating in Malawi
Malawi is a fantastic place for volunteer opportunities for tourists wanting to give back to the community. Opportunities range from working with children, animals and wildlife, to conservation and community outreach projects.
The majority of opportunities come with accommodation, food and transfers included, meaning you can fully plan your trip ahead of time. Opportunities range from 1 week to 3 months!
For a full list of current opportunities please click here.
Please see below a video produced by the Response Ability Alliance on ‘Happy Women’s Day’ in Malawi.
Even if you have not yet visited Malawi, or when you return home, there are still ways to support the country and help its economic growth simply by buying Malawian products. The UK has now has a number of Malawian products available to buy and further details of those can be found on this page.