Senga Bay Primary School

Senga Bay is located at the Lake Malawi, about 2 hours from Lilongwe. In this town Discover the World has helped to refurbish the local primary school and throughout the years a good relationship of trust established with the headmaster Thomas Ngwira. Despite the fact that in recent years several class rooms has been built the 16 classrooms are still overcrowded with sometimes more than 100 children. Volunteers are more than needed to assist teachers with teaching. Furthermore, there is time to play sports with the children on the big sand sports field next to the school and to swim in the Lake Malawi at the lodge. In consultation with Thomas there are a lot of possibilities! 

Project location
Transportation by car from the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe to the Mufrasa Backpackers Lodge in Senga Bay takes about 2 hours. 

Mufrasa Backpackers Lodge Senga Bay
2 twin rooms
2 double rooms (with views over the lake)
1 dorm with 3 bunk beds (with views over the lake)

There are no lockers in the rooms, but every room can be locked with an own key. Besides that there is a safe in the lodge to keep valuable belongings.

A sleeping bad is not necessary. Bedding equipment is included as well as a musquito net. Bring your own towels though! 

Breakfast (7.30 - 9.00):
- Egg / tomato / salad toast sandwich with coffee and tea
- Malawian beans/potato porridge
Lunch (12.00 - 14.00):
- Sandwiches
Diner (18.30 - 19.30):
-- Different daily; fresh lake fish, meat or chicken.
(All times are pretty flexible)

Soda and beer during the day at the bar

(Assisting with) teaching and playing sports with the children.
There are 3 school holidays: from half December - beginning January, beginning of April, and from half July - end of August

British 3 pin plug, 240 Volt. It is possible to charge electronic devices at the lodge.

There is a WiFi connection available in the Mufrasa Backpackers Lodge. The WiFi connection is not always good. Alternatively, there is internet in the Sunbird Livingstonia Hotel which is about 3km away from the Mufrasa Backpackers Lodge and costs between USD 5-10 hours.

Nearest ATM is in Salima, about 22 km away. Only some banks accept debit cards, so credit card (Visa) is recommended. Bring some cash is always handy and could be kept in the safe in the lodge

In the neighbourhood
There are two bars (Marleys Nightclub better than Aunt Magi, where the beer is cheaper and the youth is more aggressive), different markets and small shops in Senga Bay. 2 km off the coast and visible from the Mufrasa Backpacker Lodge is Lizard Island, where you can snorkel well. A small tour including lunch costs between USD 40-50.

Nearby are Liwonde NP or Luangwa NP (Zambia, visa required) the best options for spotting wildilife . These are both too far away to visit in one day, but a good option for a long weekend break

Min - Max age
16 - no maximum age. With families are younger ages also allowed.

On request

Would you like to volunteer in Malawi please contact us by completing the application form or send an email to