Malawi 2024

Malawi 2024 (Project Africa) is a Berkshire Scouts international community project and global awareness programme. Put simply: young people supporting young people!

Change to outward flights

Ethiopian Airlines have rescheduled their flights from Addis Ababa to Blantyre and, as a consequence, we can no longer depart LHR/UK on the originally planned dates!

The new dates mean that each of the two groups will be departing 24 hours later than planned, ie: Group 1 departs 28 July (arrive 29 July) and Group 2 departs 30 July (arrive 31 July). The change in outward flight dates means there will be some tweaks to be made for the first few days in country and so more details will be provided later.

Volunteering with Joshua in Malawi

Berkshire Scouts will be working alongside ‘Joshua’ to build a new care centre in the rural village of Milo (near Blantyre, southern Malawi). Project work will also include the refurbishment of an existing care centre in a nearby village. There will also be some smaller projects at local schools. The video below shows the kind of experience that Berkshire Scouts can look forward to . . .

Slideshow from recce

Latest news – general

Click here for Bulletin 14 (May). Previous Bulletins in table below.

Click here for the latest Participant/Parent/Leader webinar recording (April).

See below for ‘Carbon offset projects’.

Final Briefing for participants/leaders/parents is Tuesday 2 July.

New version of FAQs (v2.0) added to the key resources table below.

Click here for ‘Leadership Team – who’s who’.

Final training weekend: 21–23 June (Dorney Wood Campsite).

Report Back: Sunday 13 October.

Click here for the Malawi 2024 personal kit list.

JustGiving page to help fund central projects.

Latest news – participants

Latest news – leaders

Carbon offset projects

Berkshire Scouts have a carbon offset fund which is serviced by surcharges on international events such as Project Africa (Uganda and Malawi) as well as events similar to Alps22 and Alps25.

It’s been approved that £5,000 from the fund can be used for three carbon offset projects in Malawi: £2,500 for a tree planting project (Treez project in Zomba); £1,500 for sustainable stoves; and £1,000 for solar panels (which will be used for the Malawi 2024 base camp and then gifted to the local community).

March training weekend

The second training weekend for Malawi 2024 (held at Earleywood campsite) was hugely successful in continuing to prepare all participants for our big adventure in the summer. The camp welcomed members from the Malawi diaspora community in England as well as a team from the Malawi High Commission (London). This contributed valuable learning about the culture of Malawi.

The weekend was essentially visiting different activity and skill bases. These included: construction work; refurbishing a storage unit; mural artwork; photography; African drumming; cultural bases; and catering. The weekend also included a focus on the importance of welfare and wellbeing. It was great to see we have so many artists amongst our participants. This will add so much to our project work when refurbishing school classrooms and care centres.

Malawi 2024 online shop

The online shop is open for business! Click this link to visit the shop. Goods in the shop include clothing, bags, etc, as well as the opportunity to ‘buy a brick and help build a better life in Malawi’.

World Travel Market & Malawi

Three members of the leader team travelled to the World Travel Market show in London to broaden our Malawian knowledge! We met with the company that will be supporting us with our in country logistics, and made plenty of other useful contacts along the way!

Images from the recce (2023)


The Republic of Malawi has an approximate population of 20 million people. The country is famed as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ for good reason: Malawi is known for its happy people, beautiful landscapes, and rich culture

Malawi stretches about 520 miles (840 km) from north to south and varies in width from 5 to 100 miles (10 to 160 km). Lake Malawi covers a fifth of the country.

Projects in Malawi will be very similar to those completed in the three previous visits to Uganda. The projects will take place in villages approximately 30–40 minutes from the second city of Blantyre. The in-country partner supporting projects is Joshua. We are also exploring a rest and recreation base near the town of Zomba.

Joshua is a British charity working in the Blantyre area of Malawi. Established in 1998, the charity believes ‘in giving children the best possible start in life through Early Child Development work’.

Top awards and Malawi 2024

Download the ‘top awards guidance’ document to see how participating in Malawi 2024 can support you in achieving elements of your badges and awards. It is important that you let your section leaders know what you would like to achieve so that they can support you and record your achievements along the way. 

Stage payments

stage paymentsdue date
Deposit£45021 July 2023
Stage 1£60030 September
Stage 2£60030 November
Stage 3£60030 January 2024
Stage 4£60030 March
Balance£90030 May
An invoice will be sent for each stage payment

Key dates

Key dates2023
Day training/activity14 May
Participant/Parent/Leader webinar3 July
Recce to Malawi29 July – 6 August
1st training weekend15–17 September
Participant/Parent/Leader webinar13 November
Leader Briefing26 November
Participant/Parent/Leader webinar26 February
2nd training weekend22–24 March
Participant/Parent/Leader webinar29 April
Leader Briefing12 May
final training weekend21–23 June
final briefing (participants/leaders/parents)2 July
group 1 flight outward (depart LHR)27 July
group 2 flight outward (depart LHR)29 July
group 1 return (arrive LHR)16 August
group 2 return (arrive LHR) 17 August
Report Back13 October

Key resources, documents, and links

Scout Overseas Travel Insurance (documents x3) below:
1 Policy documentclick here
2 Insurance Product Information documentclick here
3 Summary policy extensionclick here
Personal kit listclick here
Online Shopclick here
FAQs (v2.0)click here
Leadership Team – who’s whoclick here
Malawi 2024 Terms & Conditions v6click here
Project Africa logo (high res)click here
Project Africa logo (low res / screen)click here
Malawi 2024 logo (high res)click here
Malawi 2024 logo (low res / screen)click here
Joshua logo (high res)click here
Joshua logo (low res / screen)click here
Facebook page (Malawi 2024 public)click here
Facebook page (Malawi 2024 group only)click here
Facebook page (Project Africa)click here
Project Africa journey (video)click here
Participant/Parent/Leader webinar (recording) – July 2023click here
Participant/Parent/Leader webinar (recording) – November 2023click here
Participant/Parent/Leader webinar (recording) – February 2024click here
Participant/Parent/Leader webinar (recording) – April 2024click here
Participants (14–18 years)
Funding letter (template to verify participation in Malawi 2024)click here
Funding support document click here
Top awards guidanceclick here
Leader Bulletin 1 (May 2023)click here
Recording of recce briefing for leader team (14 August 2023)click here
Leader time off letter (for employer)click here
Bulletin 1 (April 2023)click here
Bulletin 2 (May 2023)click here
Bulletin 3 (July 2023)click here
Bulletin 4 (August 2023) – recce reportclick here
Bulletin 5 (September 2023) – join-in programmesclick here
Bulletin 6 (October 2023) – top awardsclick here
Bulletin 7 (October 2023) – flight specialclick here
Bulletin 8 (November 2023) – youth shaped; insurance; online shopclick here
Bulletin 9 (December 2023) – Christmas editionclick here
Bulletin 10 (January 2024) – New year editionclick here
Bulletin 11 (February 2024) – Getting to know Malawi; FAQs; Welfareclick here
Bulletin 12 (March 2024) – March training weekendclick here
Bulletin 13 (April 2024) – Project sites and areaclick here
Bulletin 14 (May 2024) – Location map; carbon offsetting projectsclick here

Project Africa journey

Malawi 2024 will be similar in format to previous visits to Uganda and these can be seen by visiting Project Africa . . . the journey as well as seeing the linked Global Awareness Programme (including the Project Africa Challenge Badge). See also video below.

For further information or enquiries:
Contact: Simon Pickett, Deputy County Commissioner (Programme)

How to get involved

Register interest in volunteering or join our youth programme