Celtic FC Foundation set to return to Malawi in 2024

Celtic FC Foundation are delighted to confirm that we will be returning to Malawi in 2024 for our first overseas volunteer trip since 2019.

Unfortunately, due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic we were forced to postpone our proposed trip to Zambia, which was set to take place in June 2020.

A number of the participants from that group who have waited patiently for the next overseas opportunity, as well as some new recruits, will be joining us for what promises to be a truly incredible experience.

And there are a limited number of places still available to join the group.

Participants will spend 8 days in Malawi, during which they will provide practical support on the ground, through Celtic FC Foundation, as we work in partnership with Classrooms for Malawi on an exciting new project.

Classrooms for Malawi is a Scottish-based charitable organisation, whose mission is to alleviate poverty through education. They improve places of education throughout Malawi, so that children can go to school in safe, dynamic learning environments.

Thanks to funds raised previously by the group, Celtic FC Foundation will support Classrooms for Malawi, as they conduct the construction of a new two-classroom block at Masalani Community Day Secondary School in the Chiradzulu district, in the southern region of Malawi.

The school, which previously benefited from support from the Foundation back in 2018, has only four classrooms but requires at least six to cater for the range of secondary school subjects.

This new classroom block will be constructed by Classrooms for Malawi in time for our volunteers arriving in June and their placement will involve painting the new areas and adding teaching aids to greater enhance the learning environment for the children, as well as a number of other activities which will support the development of the school.

Whilst in Malawi, there will also be an opportunity for our group to visit some of the Kitchens built as part of our 67 Kitchens project, which was delivered in partnership with Mary’s Meals thanks to funds raised via our #LionsLegacy campaign in 2017.

With 47 of the kitchens located in Malawi (the remaining 20 being in Zambia), our volunteers will assist with the Mary’s Meals feeding programme, which provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every school day.

The party will depart on Sunday, June 2, 2024 (arriving the following day) and return on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 (arriving in Glasgow the following day). Participants must be aged 18 or over on the day of departure.

Each volunteer will be tasked with raising £2,000 to cover the cost of the trip (with a £250 deposit required to confirm each place) and also a minimum of £1,000 as a charitable contribution to Celtic FC Foundation.

This will support the development work the volunteers will undertake in Malawi, as well as the Foundation’s projects supporting vulnerable children and adults at home.

The trip will include:

  • Return coach travel between Glasgow and London Heathrow
  • Return flights between London Heathrow and Blantyre, Malawi – via Addis Ababa – with Ethiopian Airways
  • Basic accommodation on a shared occupancy basis (including all meals)
  • Volunteer work placement provided by Celtic FC Foundation, via Classrooms for Malawi
  • Travel to and from your volunteer placement on a daily basis
  • Safari day trip

The remaining places on the 2024 trip are now limited. To register your interest, please contact us at [email protected] and we will provide further details.