Tuckaways has been designed to blend in to its surroundings and offers a romantic charm not found elsewhere in Cape Maclear. A perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of village life. Situated in the heart of Cape Maclear, you are close enough to all the amenities and buzz of the lakeshore but neatly 'tucked away' to be able to escape, sit on your balcony and have stunning undisturbed views of Lake Malawi.
Local Community Project: Visit to Chembe Community Projects.
Kelly is one of life's most wonderful people. Dedicated to working with the surrounding community she welcomes guests at Tuckaways with enthusiasm and ensures you get the most out of your stay. If you want to be left undisturbed to relax on the beach or if you want to throw yourself into lake activities or work on community projects she is there to advise!
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Community Project Support
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Chembe Village Community Project Centre works with a number of projects in the area that are welcoming volunteers. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities that are currently available.
Hand-made paper making (environmental education and art): you will learn how to make handmade paper with recycled good and use the paper to teach local children about their environment through art classes.
Malaria Prevention (health and education): Assist with mosquito net repair/maintenance, proper hanging techniques and malaria prevention education as a follow-up to those who have received nets through our projects. Chembe Malaria Prevention and Sekanawo work hand in hand to supply the most vulnerable people in the village with mosquito nets and provide education on the prevention of malaria.
Briquette making and mud stoves (environmental awareness activities): An environmental project created to raise awareness on the affects deforestation is having on the community and offer an alternative. While making fuel briquettes and mud stoves yourself, you will learn the environmental advantages they offer. In addition to this, you will assist at the ‘demonstration areas' around the village which act as ‘information points' for this project.
Assisting the sick, vulnerable and elderly (good deed work): work with a local Sekanawo member as they provide care to people around the village who are most in need... put on your work clothes and prepare to get down and dirty. Your role is to help with basic maintenance, cleaning and cooking in the houses of those who can't physically do the work themselves.
Bilharzia snail sampling (data collection, research & health/environmental education): help HEEED staff ‘test the waters' as you learn how to sample the waters for bilharzias. Track and monitor the changes of the parasite in the area through experiments done with the data collected. This information is provided to the local community and can be used as an education tool to raise the awareness on the cause and effects of bilharzia.
Nutritional Food Preparations with orphans for those living positive (ensuring good health and nutrition): Spend your day with the Sekanawo team and orphans helping make homemade peanut butter and nutritional food that goes to home based care visits to patients living positive (HIV/AIDS).
Vegetable Gardening (supporting projects and nutrition) - you don't have to be an agriculturalist to help in the garden. We work with 3 gardens that need all the helping hands they can get. Don't forget your hat, sunscreen and your morning cup of coffee for this job!
General maintenance/building/cleaning assistance at project sites (project assistance): help the projects with basic maintenance, building and cleaning... for example, help pick up a fence that fell down or rebuild a chicken coupe... for those creative minds, the possibilities are endless!
Environmental Education shows (entertainment!): Panda Garden presents 2 nights of free entertainment to anyone who wants to join them - all welcome every Wednesday and Saturday nights! Volunteers can come early to assist with the set up of the equipment if they wish to help and are always welcome to enjoy the featured presentation!
**Projects are always changing as we move forward so please check in with us for more opportunities that will be available during your visit. We tailor make your volunteer schedule to suit your area(s) of expertise or interest.
**Volunteer housing is also available (see attached sheet for more details).
+265 99 340 5681 (Kelly)
+ 265 99 983 3856 (Paul)