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Go! Malawi
April 20, 2011

Last year I knew I wanted to go to Africa to work at an orphanage. After researching online and finding so many huge nonprofits advertising travel programs that would only send me information after sending in a deposit, I was nervous about the idea and my parents even more so. I knew I wanted to go, but I wasn't ready to go with an impersonal online program. Then I met Janet and learned about Friends of Little Field Home. She was extremely helpful about the travel process and even more passionate about her goals in Malawi. She made traveling to Malawi so comfortable. I had an amazing time on the trip (June 2010). I felt like I actually go to know the real Malawi, not just the tourist side of it like so many other travel programs offer. The kids were some of the most amazing children I have ever worked with. I always felt safe in the country- Malawi really is the "kind heart of Africa". I wouldn't trade the trip for anything. I returned in January 2011 and began to see the new projects that are taking place. Volunteering with LFH is really the best experience you could ask for in a nonprofit trip. FLFH is such a passionate and inspiring organization run by some of the most caring people I have met.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the growth of the projects. I first volunteered with FLFH in June 2010 and by the time I go back in January 2011 the projects had grown and changed, moving from Ntaja to Ntchisi, focusing on the new needs of Ntchisi. This organization is very thoughtfully run.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hesitate because this is a tough question. Running an organization like FLFH is a very difficult thing to do. Although there are different ways to do this kind of project, I honestly believe FLFH does it in the best way possible. I would make no changes.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I wish I had gotten a better grasp of Chichewa (the language spoken in Malawi) during my first trip. Because our job was to help the kids with English, I never really forced myself to learn Chichewa. It wasn't until my second trip where my homestay family spoke little English that I picked up more phrases.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

This experience has guided my studies greatly. Because of seeing Malawi, I have a new-found love for Africa and it's rich history. I am now minoring in 3rd World Development with a concentration in Africa. I met wonderful people through FLFH that still keep in touch with, both in the US and Malawi.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I cannot begin to describe how it made me feel. Every now and then when I am sitting in my comfortable heated home with the leisure of running water, electricity, and new clothes I have a pang of a more heart felt appreciation than I understood before my time in Malawi. I feel absolutely in love with those children and not a day goes by when they don't cross my mind.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I lived at LFH and taught the orphans English lessons everyday. Also I went out into the community and did presentations about HIV/AIDS information. We got the opportunity to do a home-stay and travel to various parts of Malawi on weekend trips.