Our placements are perfect for students wanting to boost their job prospects, have an edge over their peers, whilst also having the opportunity to experience international travel far beyond the norm. It’s also the chance to genuinely be part of conservation and development in some of the world’s most beautiful yet fragile parts of the world and apply your knowledge and passion. Our aim is to help people really stand out in interviews.
All Big Beyond placements are designed around the specific skills that our applicants want to develop and you’ll receive on-going training and support to ensure your work experience gained is invaluable. Our placements are:
- A great option for an undergraduate placement year or internship
- An opportunity to develop an innovative dissertation
- A strong bridge for graduates between university and career
- An invaluable way to spend the holiday period
Live and volunteer in Malawi right on the edge of Liwonde National Park. Liwonde is a protected conservation area in southern Malawi and the country’s premier and most scenic wildlife destination. Through the park passes the huge and picturesque Shire River on its way from the Lake Malawi to the mighty Zambezi River, and either side there’s beautiful open savannah, palm trees and baobabs, woodland, hills amongst true African wilderness.
Our volunteers will experience the diversity of plants, animals and birds, including large herds of elephant, buffalo, hippo,crocodiles, black rhino, warthog, impala, kudu, hyena, sable and loads more. It’s also considered some of the best birding in Central and Southern Africa with hundreds of species.
Intense human pressures have unfortunately fragmented wild habitats of Malawi and so Liwonde National Park is another island in a sea of people. Malawi’s increasing reliance on tourism and growing populations makes these wildlife havens of paramount importance. But the government here struggles to achieve the ideal level of park management and thefuture of its wildlife is under threat from the surrounding communities, with poaching an ongoing concern.
We tailor each placement to the skills and interests of each volunteer which range across education, enterprise, culture, health an environment projects. Our current programmes include:
- Arts & Drama
- Community Enterprise
- Community Research & Mapping
- Environmental Management
- Events Management
- Marketing Assistance
- Kids & Schools
- Health & Wellbeing
- Youth IT education
Short term placement: 2 weeks - 12 weeks
Long term placement: 13 weeks - 12 months
All placements are full time, Monday to Friday with weekends off to travel or just relax. Costs from $1595 for 2 weeks for a full board well organised expedition.
We require that all our volunteers are:
- Over 18 years
- Willing to adapt to a different culture and environment and be respectful of the people and place
- Eager to learn and happy to share your knowledge