Monkey Bay, Mangochi District Malawi
Monkey Bay is located on the shores of Lake Malawi approximately 200 kilometres from Malawi's capital Lilongwe. The estimated population in the region is 50,000 and it is located nearby one of Malawi's biggest tourist attractions Cape MacClear, which is a World Heritage Site. The area is regarded as Malawi's most popular tourist destination with beautiful beaches and tropical fish. Malawi Volunteer Organisation itself is located in Namakoma Village nearby by the roadside village of Ntakataka at Mangochi Turn Off (MTO). While the region is home to several primary and secondary schools it is regarded as one of the country's worst performing in terms of participation and completion rates. Monkey Bay is home to a hospital, however healthcare facilities in the region beyond that are scarce with the only clinic located at Mkope, which is some 20 kilometres from Monkey Bay.
Hakibaale sub-county, Kabarole District Uganda
The area that the Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation (ASTCF) works is located approximately 20 kilometres from Fort Portal, which is one of Uganda's largest towns. It is located approximately 300 kilometres south of the country's capital city Kampala. The region surrounding Fort Portal is home to some 50,000 people and is popular with tourists located nearby the Kibale National Park, the Toro Kingdom Palace and Uganda's picturesque tea plantations. While Fort Portal is home to one large public hospital, the villages surrounding ASTCF's central base in Kahangi are home to some 20,000 people who have access to one roadside clinic a considerable distance away. The area is home to a number of primary and secondary schools, with agriculture and subsistence farming the main source of local income.