Short Term Volunteer Roles

Volunteering for Short Term Roles with VMM

VMM international are uniquely placed to arrange placements for people looking to volunteer from one month up to six months, meeting specific requirements, expertise or interests which will positively contribute to local communities in Africa. Whether you are a student, professional, retiree or just want to help, we will work with you to find a placement with one of our partners who will be more than happy to have you to help them. Additionally, these placements are ideal for individuals looking to improve skills and gain specific experience in volunteering and development work. VMM International projects meet the Comprehensive Compliance status with the Cómhlamh Code of Good Practice. Please contact the programme Manager, for more information.



VMM International have multiple opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools, university and vocational training in Malawi, Uganda, Kenya. Qualified teachers are in high demand and provide much needed guidance in addition to teaching. Teachers can assist the school in areas such as lesson planning, or teacher training, one-to-one help for the students. Teaching assistants can also help in the preparation of lessons and a range of after-school learning activities such as homework clubs, sports, arts and crafts and drama classes. Schools can be very basic and have limited facilities and volunteers will witness the joy and appreciation children have for education, overcoming any obstacle to going to school.


VMM are delighted to offer IT placements in beautiful Malawi. If you have skills in networking, website design, knowledge of Microsoft or Linux programmes or you are a computer repair technician, this is the ideal placement for you. Trainers in Sage and finance, policy development and proposal applications and strategies to funders are also in high demand.


Academics can avail of research placements in areas such as child protection, human rights, innovative health technologies, communicable and non-communicable diseases, HIV and AIDS, youth protection and empowerment and much more. We will ensure that the placement is the proper fit and will assist in the production of quality research. You will have the opportunity to meet people who are actively engaging in specific research areas who are continually striving to enhance the quality of life for others. If you or your education department have a specific area you wish to research independently or as part of an academic programme, you will benefit from this placement with our research partner, who has special consultative status with the United Nations.


VMM partners with several organisations who work in, and campaign for, the human rights and dignity of others. Projects include girl empowerment, gender equality, women’s hygiene projects and children’s rights. Partners also work to combat human trafficking. Creating awareness of trafficking and modern day slavery, they identify and assist the victims of human trafficking and work towards prosecution of perpetrators.


Opportunities for professionals, final year, masters or PhD students in various disciplines such as; nurses, speech therapists, special needs teachers and care for adults and children, physiotherapists, occupational therapy podiatrists, nutritionists, HIV/AIDS care and education programmes, mental health and so much more. There are also research opportunities in communicable and non-communicable diseases.


VMM partners with several community organisations in countries such as Uganda, Malawi and Kenya, who are working on vital projects involving food security and sustainability, rain-water harvesting, drought relief and crop rotation. Some projects have been able to provide livestock such as cows and goats to the community as well as seeds for cultivation. Another project responds to deforestation as a result of the demand for firewood. In addition, we have projects including tree nurseries, reclaiming land and micro-environmental agri–schemes and income generation projects.


Activities involve foundation and brick laying, plastering, installation of metal windows and doors, black boards, concrete floors, ceilings, latrines and hand washing facilities, renovation projects, painting and water harvesting. Volunteers have the chance to work with local tradesmen to share and learn skills.


 VMM INTERNSHIPS  IN AFRICA – Three Month Placements

Competency area Learning Focus Web
Web Development and Computer Maintenance Maintenance and updating of websites
Creation of institutional social platforms eg Twitter, Facebook etc
Networking, IT training
Proposal Development Resource mobilization for different programs and projects
Development strategies and priorities for new partner organisations
Development of unique fundraising materials
Organic Farming Learning on best environmentally healthy farming practices
Learning how to work with motivated, poor farmers
Integration of dairy, horticulture, pre and post-harvest management
Value addition
Administration Learn how to administer and manage integrated programs
Integration of donor interest into programing of different projects all over the world Duties and responsibilities of personnel
Learn how to review and develop policy documents
Understanding of NGO’s operation, environment, strengths and realities
Social Work Dynamics in culture Community and social group work
Social care case work
Medical Personnel
e.g. nurses, clinical officers, pharmacists, lab technologists
Learning about tropical illnesses and diseases
The use of alternative medical practises e.g. use of herbal medicines
Traditional Birth AttendantsMalnutrition Active Case finding in the community
Interaction and understanding of the various HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatments Management of a pharmacy with limited resources and application of laboratory procedures, protocols and systems
Human Rights Learning about anti-trafficking legislation – national and international Identification of gaps in law, case law research, care mechanisms for victims of trafficking
Human Rights and Gender based research
Youth affairs Learn about the youth situation in rural communities
Observing opportunities, challenges and realities versus perception
Impact of HIV/AIDS on youth and families
Research Quantitative and qualitative research in various disciplines (ideal for masters or PhD students) Innovative Health Technology Supporting evidence for international and national funding proposals and grant

For further information on any of the opportunities above email the programme coordinator:

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