Butterfly Space


Butterfly Space is a unique community project which aims to bring together the local Malawian community and passionate volunteers. Run alongside Butterfly lodge (set in beautiful sprawling gardens next to the lake) our guiding principles are respect for the surrounding community & the environment as well as the desire to provide a welcoming space for volunteers.

We are wholeheartedly involved in the community & are continuously running several projects on and off site. These include a Nursery School, Primary School, Permaculture school gardens, Nkhata Bay Community Information Room, Youth Club, Special Needs Group, HIV support and Nutrition workshops, Adventure Playgrounds, Media Centre and Recording Room.

Volunteers are welcome to assist in any of our longer term projects, finding an area that suits them most. If volunteers have a particular passion/ skill, we will do our best to help them get involved or set up something in that particular field.



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Yes, I recommend this program

Love this place!

This is a beautiful lodge on the lakeshore of Malawi and they run various community projects in which you can get involved. I chose to volunteer in the lodge itself, but I learned a lot about the other projects and the community were so welcoming. The primary school is amazing and so inspirational, and I loved learning about the permaculture school clubs project. They are making such positive contributions to the community, and it was an absolute pleasure staying and working at the non profit lodge. I can't wait to return.

What was your funniest moment?
Friday night pool tournaments in the bar area are so lively and so much fun to hang out with tge locals! A perfect way to round off a weeks hard graft!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great, diverse volunteer opportunities at a beautiful lodge

Butterfly constantly offers volunteers the opportunity to get involved in one or many of more than a dozen diverse projects, including a primary school, nursery school, permaculture school gardens, information room & media center, environmental demonstrations, youth club, HIV group, disabled group and others.

The owners of Butterfly, Josie and Alice, are always helpful, fun and willing to explain all opportunities and provide suggestions of how you can get involved. It is a great feeling to give swimming lessons for the local children or help out in one of the schools, and as such really contributing to the future of these young Malawians.

When you're not working, there's the bar and lounge area to hang out, read a book or relax. You can rent kayaks on-site and explore the lake or take the snorkel and glasses for a swim in the bay. Nkhata Bay village is just a 15 minutes stroll away and has many local stores to explore as well. Nkhata Bay is a really quiet little village and the local nightlife is well-worth exploring.

I absolutely recommend to spend one or many months at Butterfly, having a great time for yourself while helping and volunteering there at the same time.


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