Malawi 2017

Trip Details

RollHill Church members Mark and Julia McDowell are leading a mission trip to Malawi. The trip is conducted under the auspices of Habitat For Humanity International's Global Village Program. With HFH backing there are very strong logistics and in country coordination.


Trip Dates

Thursday, June 29 through Monday, July 10, 2017

For more information check out the trip website here

What will you be doing?

You and the team will change a local family’s life by working with skilled masons to build a safe, decent house up from the foundation. Typical work includes mixing mortar, carrying construction materials, digging foundations, laying bricks, carrying water and other tasks as assigned by the local construction workers. No construction experience is required!


After the team builds the house, Habitat for Humanity will provide the family with health education, legal assistance, and community support.


  • Thursday, June 29. Travel. Depart from the United States for Blantyre, Malawi.
  • Saturday, July 1. Arrive in Blantyre, Malawi! Habitat for Humanity will greet you at the airport and provide transportation to the hotel in Mulanje.
  • Sunday, July 2. Attend local African church, hike up Mount Mulanje, and Orientation.
  • Monday through Friday. Travel to worksite and build with local construction workers. In the evenings, the team will have time for excursions, rest, and reflection meetings.
  • Saturday, July 8. Celebrate with local community at a home dedication ceremony. Explore local area.
  • Sunday, July 9. Travel back to Blantyre to catch flight for United States, or continue your own journey in Africa independently.
  • Monday, July 10. Arrive in United States.


Community Engagement

Malawians will welcome you into their community, so you’ll be immersed in the daily life of the village. You may be invited into some families’ homes, see their fields, and meet the village chief. Usually there is an opportunity to visit a local school and shop at a village market. There will be a translator with the team to facilitate communication, however a smile is a universal language.

Meals and Accommodations

The team will stay in a modest hotel with double-occupancy rooms. Breakfast and dinner are at the hotel, and snacks and lunch are served on the work site. Ample bottled water is provided throughout the trip.


The trip cost is $1965 which pays for the building materials, lodging, food, medical insurance, and local transportation.

Air travel is the responsibility of each individual, and typically costs $1800 to $2000. Blantyre’s airport code is BLZ.

Next Step

Contact Mark and Julia McDowell at or attend the informational meeting 3:00 pm Sunday, February 19 at Rolling Hills Christian Church, 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CA.