Fisherman's Rest, Blantyre, Southern Malawi:
Fisherman's Rest is a social enterprise located within a serene 50 acre forest reserve, a twenty minute drive from the colonial city of Blantyre and looking out over the southern stretch of the Great Rift Valley. The lodge itself offers a range of accommodation from camping and shared room facilities (most common volunteer accommodation) to private chalets and lodges. It is run by Wictor and his wife Sue, their Daughter Beth and her husband Joe. The family are former missionaries who established Fisherman's Rest over twenty years ago as a base for the work they carry out alongside the local community. The work varies with the season, the need, the resources and the man power but Fisherman's Rest is very much a part of the community and all decisions are made in agreement with local facilitators, community leaders and community members.
Projects: Fisherman's Rest has a varied range of opportunities available and volunteers can get involved with the daily activities of projects or the administrative/logistical side. Ongoing projects include:
Minimum Time Commitment: 1 month
From overseas, the best way to reach Blantyre is to fly direct with Ethiopian Airlines and a driver from Fisherman's Rest will meet you at the airport. If coming from Lilongwe by bus we recommend Axa bus (buy your ticket the day before!!!) and allow 5 hours. If using another bus company from Lilongwe, allow 8/9 hours. Rest assured these are 9 long hours on the bus, but at least you get to sample local chips made from "Irish potatoes" that you can buy through the window at bus stops.
Blantyre is at a high altitude (Fisherman's Rest is at about 1800m) and so in the cold season (May to August) you will need long trousers and sweaters. Also, if you like running or cycling, the roads around the lodge are nicely steep and provide a good workout!
Fisherman’s Rest: An introduction to the lodge and the projects
Fisherman's Rest: The Projects Part 1
Fisherman's Rest: The Projects Part 2