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I got to hear about Phunzira completely by chance while traveling in Malawi, and I consider it to be one of the luckiest things to ever happen to me. after only seeing in Africa NGOs that seemed to want my money more then my help, here was a small, truly community based organisation, that was exactly what i was looking for. Phunzira has a true commitment to ownership, capacity building and both social and environmental sustainability. the work you do as a volunteer is completely open to new and fresh ideas and the projects you can do are very varied and flexible. the staff at the center are great fun and serious workers at the same time, and the after work hours at the lodge just top it all up. if your looking for an honest, well run organisation, where you can really see your work...
I had the good fortune to have the opportunity to volunteer with Phuzira in Ruarwe in January 2012. I was working in the medical centre and could not have wished for a better much so I am hoping to return later this year! Rosa is brilliant and really supportive of all volunteers. The projects have real vision and sustainability of plans is really at the forefront which is something I really value. Alongside the work in the medical centre I got involved in some of the youth activities through the community centre as well. There are so many things you can get involved in and it is wonderful to spend time with the other volunteers and the great staff at the centre. The accommodation through Zulunkhuni River Lodge is second to none, a truly fantastic place! I urge anyone...
Phunzira is amazing! I had a fantastic time volunteering at Ruarwe. The volunteers and staff are so friendly and really welcomed me. I volunteered at the medical centre but there is so many opportunities to get involved in the community. Rosa is an amazing person and staying at Zulunkhuni's eco paradise made it an unforgettable experience.
Phunzira provides a genuinely unique and incredible experience for all volunteers. Ruarwe is the ideal location for this kind of community development project with local support for long-term sustainability constantly growing. Volunteers are given the opportunity to provide assistance in any way shape or form with the current focus on youth group, gardening and an extensive library. With full transparency of the organisations operations it is clear to see the many achievements from the combined efforts of Phunzira and the villagers of Ruarwe. While volunteering you will have the comfort of staying at Zulunkhuni Lodge. The lodge is situated next to a waterfall on the lakeside of Lake Malawi with small mountain hikes and cliff jumps to provide entertainment in any spare time. I can’t...
Phunziras project in Ruarwe is AMAZING!! The community center is a fantastic combination of education, gardening and constructing. The organization is small and transparant. Together with Rosa, the founder, and the staff at the community, you will decide what you will do during your volunteership. All options are open; just bring energy, skills and openness - and you'll have the most great experience. Check the pics of my stay at Facebook; search for Erik Grootveld. The accomodation you will be staying at is incredible: the food, the lake, the cliffs, the rooms; it's all perfect. Check it out on