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Oasis + VOH: Malawi

Thank you for your interest and your patience as we have been working through the details of our first Oasis visit to Village of Hope: Malawi. Below you will find all the information you need for our upcoming trip. 
Teams going to VOH:Malawi will be limited to 10 or fewer people due to limitations with lodging and transportation. Because there are so many of you who have expressed interest in visiting VOH:Malawi, we will be using an application process, you can find the application here.

 

There will be an information meeting at 1:00PM Sunday March 3, at 940 Elmhurst Rd.

10 Day Ministry Trip

Total cost: $7500

Any funds raised or paid towards the costs of this venture are eligible for a tax receipt.

Travel Details

  • Depart Winnipeg Saturday July 20 or Sunday July 21 depending on final flight details. 

  • Arrive in Lilongwe Monday July 22. 

  • 11 nights in Lilongwe with VOH

  • Depart from Lilongwe on Friday August 2, arrive in Winnipeg Saturday August 3.  

Costs Include

  • Flights

  • Transfer to/from airport in Lilongwe

  • 3 meals per day

  • 2L bottled water per day

  • Transportation (vehicle, fuel, driver)

  • 11-nights accommodation

Additional costs not included above (covered by individuals)

  • Tourist Visa $50

  • Facilitated by Waltons online

  • Funds to be e-transferred to Waltons

  • All passport info for each team member to be sent to Jef 6 weeks before arrival date

  • Spending money for any incidental expenses, shopping, etc.

Proposed Itinerary

subject to change

Week 1: July 22 - 28

Monday

  • Arrival day

  • Settle in at lodge

  • Visit the centre if time allows

Tuesday - Thursday

  • Visit VOH families within Kauma for prayer, encouragement, sharing the word

  • Those with sponsored children will meet them, visit their homes, spend time with the children

  • Preparation for term closing day (last day of school) which includes gift wrapping, organizing, etc.

  • Staff training based on who comes from Oasis (teaching, discipleship, health issues, children’s ministry, etc.)

  • Visit the curio market and chitenje (African fabric) market; if people want items made, then visit the tailor to have outfits made

Friday

  • Term closing day

  • Each class performs/sings/dances 

  • Awards ceremony for staff and children

  • Lunch together with VOH staff afterwards

Saturday

  • Day trip to Lake Malawi

Saturday

  • Church

  • Evening games and dessert at the Waltons’

Week 2: July 29 - August 2

Monday

Kids’ camp at VOH centre

  • Activities to be organized, run, led by Oasis

  • All VOH staff present and participating

  • 380 kids from age 4 – 14

  • Mornings porridge and lunch provided by VOH for the kids

Retreat for VOH Staff

  • Details still to be determined based on who is travelling on the Oasis team. Staff retreat would take place over the weekend of July 26-28.

Staff Home Visits

  • Malawians love receiving visitors in their homes and having people from Oasis visit them at home would be a huge honour

  • This will be similar to the household visits of VOH children

  • This second week can be fleshed out more as we go along and depending on what people are interested in doing.

Additional Information

Optional Safari Experience

For those interested, an optional 3 day / 2 night safari can be added at the end of our trip. 

3 Day/2 Night Safari $1000 (US dollars)

  • 3 meals per day

  • 4 game activities (land and boat safari options)

  • Sharing rooms ($120 extra if not sharing)

  • Transportation to game park from Lilongwe (4.5 hour drive)

  • Boat transfer from carpark

  • Daily park fees

  • Tourism levy

Those participating in the safari would depart Lilongwe on Monday August 5.

Other Important Details

Vaccinations

  • All participants will be required to visit their family doctor and / or the travel clinic for advice on required vaccinations. 

  • Anti-malarial medication is strongly suggested

Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check

  • All participants will require a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check as part of the VOH indemnity form.

Fit for Travel

  • Travel to Malawi is a strenuous experience. Travel will take over 24 hours, possibly including a 14 hour flight between Toronto and Addis Ababa

  • Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Depending on the time of year air quality can be very poor (dust / smoke). 

  • Some planned activities require walking long distances over uneven terrain. 

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