Application to be a CorpsAfrica Volunteer in Malawi

Thank you for your interest in serving as a CorpsAfrica Volunteer in Malawi. 

Please read the description and questions carefully and answer fully and honestly. 

We look forward to receiving your application. 

Basic Requirement for All Applicants

To be eligible for service, you must be a citizen of Malawi or have successfully completed CorpsAfrica service in another country.

Mission of CorpsAfrica

CorpsAfrica provides Africans the opportunity to serve as volunteers for one year in a rural, high-poverty community to help find and implement solutions to poverty at the community level, along the lines of the Peace Corps model. 

Basic Description of CorpsAfrica Service

CorpsAfrica Volunteers serve for one year in a community chosen for its perceived need, existence of local partners and essential infrastructure, location, and other criteria. The Volunteer dedicates his/her time to living and working with local people to identify an area of concern for the community, design a solution to address the concern, implement the solution with local partners, and monitor and evaluate the results. To achieve this, CorpsAfrica Volunteers receive professional training before and during their service, support from CorpsAfrica staff (both nationally and internationally), a living allowance, health insurance, and an end-of-service award. Volunteers are required to submit monthly reports as well as mid-service and final presentations.

General Expectations of a CorpsAfrica Volunteer

• Commit to working in a high-poverty community in Malawi to improve the quality of life of the community

• Serve where CorpsAfrica asks you to go, under conditions of hardship, if necessary

• Recognize that your success is based on building trust and confidence with your host community

• Recognize that you are responsible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your personal conduct and professional performance

• Engage with host community partners in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning, and respect

• Exercise good judgment and personal responsibility to protect your health, safety, and well-being

Essential Requirements for Applying to be a CorpsAfrica Volunteer

• 21 years of age or older at the time of the start of your service

• A university degree or equivalent professional experience

• No record of criminal activity that would demonstrate unsuitability for CorpsAfrica service

• No conflict of interest that would interfere with duties and responsibilities

Successful Applicants May Also Have the Following Abilities and Experiences

• Experience with work in the social sector (e.g. as a member/volunteer/leader of an association)

• Specific skills and expertise in one or more of the following: crop diversity, irrigation, forestry, WASH, agribusiness, or other agriculture related activities

• Experience with managing a personal and/or organizational budget

• Experience with designing, implementing, and monitoring new projects

• Strong presentation/facilitation skills

CorpsAfrica Volunteers Receive the Following Before and During Service:

• Expert pre-service and in-service training from development and management professionals
• A living allowance adequate to support the Volunteer in his/her site and health insurance
• Travel funds for official CorpsAfrica business

CorpsAfrica Volunteers Will Receive the Following upon Successful Completion of Service:

• An end-of-service stipend

• Certificate of completion

• Letter of recommendation

Application steps:

  1. Complete the following application, including all required fields
  2. Upload any required documents

The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Interviews will begin on Monday, September 4, 2017. Training is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2017. Service will last through September 30, 2018 (unless permission is granted for a different date).

Personal Information


Name/Location Dates Attended Diploma Received?

Name/Location Dates Attended Diploma Received?

Name Location Training Received
Employment History

Please list any employment you have had in the last four years, starting with the most recent first


Volunteer Activity

Please list any volunteer activities that you have been involved in over the past four years starting with the most recent first


Language Proficiency


List at least three (3) people who know your work.  You may include professional, academic, or extra-curricular references.  No personal (i.e. friends or family) references please. 

Name Title Organization Telephone Email How do you know this person? Years Known
(Rounded to the nearest year)
Personal Essays
These short essays will help us become acquainted with you. They will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. 

You can use the text area below or upload a file

Please respond to the following questions, being as complete as you can (i.e. between 100-250 words each):

  1. Choose and describe a significant experience, achievement, or risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2. Discuss some issue of local, national, or international concern and its importance to you personally.

  3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4. Why do you want to be a CorpsAfrica Volunteer?

Disciplinary History

If you answered “yes” to either or both questions, please let us know in the text box below the approximate date of each incident, an explanation of the circumstances, and reflections on what you learned from the experience.


By clicking "Apply" below, I certify that all information submitted in the admission process—including the application, the personal essay, any supplements, or any other supporting materials—is my own work, factually true, and honestly presented, and that these documents will become the property of CorpsAfrica and will not be returned to me. I understand that I may be subject to a range of possible disciplinary actions, including admission revocation or expulsion, should the information I have certified be false.

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