Butterfly Space: Over A Dozen Diverse Volunteer Opportunities in Nkhata Bay, Malawi

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Butterfly Space is a registered UK charity and non-profit lodge/organisation based on the lakeshore of Nkhata Bay in the North of Malawi, supporting and running a number of community projects in the local area. We have hosted volunteers for 12 years who have helped us build and develop our projects to what they are today. Our ethos is to provide and encourage ethical volunteering and internships to respectfully work with and educate our community but also learn from our community too.

Volunteers have the option to stay at our small independent non profit community-based lodge with lush grounds on the shores of Lake Malawi. The lodge is the hub that has helped support projects both on the grounds and around the local area in Nkhata Bay.

We are working on a range of projects which are diverse, and all o

  • No fees; we only ask you support our organisation by staing at the non profit lodge while volunteering with us.
  • Over a dozen exciting and diverse community projects to get involved in
  • Our projects are built to be high impact and sustainable
  • Beautiful location on the lake shore, and walking distance from the vibrant market town
  • Scope and flexability to input your own ideas into our projects and make a long-lasting change

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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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