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Mpamba Disability Skill-sharing and Support Centre for International Interns and Volunteers in Malawi

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Butterfly Space Non Profit Community Based Lakeside Lodge
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Nkhata Bay, Northern Region, Malawi

Butterfly Space Non Profit Community Based Lakeside Lodge


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Published 3 months ago

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Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Mpamba Disability Skill-sharing and Support Centre for International Interns and Volunteers in Malawi

Built in 2008, Mpamba is workshop space and centre for disabled adults around Nkhata Bay. Many people with physical disabilities are disenfranchised educationally in Malawi so we have built the centre to help educate and support these adults through learning new skills.

Mpamba is located 10kms from Butterfly. The group comprises of people who are deaf, blind, polio victims, people with prosthetics, people in wheelchairs and other disabilities. The centre is a hub for all members in the district teaching skills such as tailoring, catering, teaching and building. The catering group offers a restaurant service with prior notice for large groups and the tailors make uniforms and bags for tourists. Recently the physically disabled adults have also started a nursery class in the workshop teaching fully able children.

There are many opportunities for volunteers at Mpamba. It will be essential to make and initial visit to orientate and liase with Patrick, a Malawian volunteer who is central to the workshop.

Occupational therapists and physiotherapists would be especially welcomed as volunteers. The members are always in need of consultations, referral exercises and medical advice. They also benefit from home visits and help to get free government assistance and essential transportation to these facilities. Liaison with these government providers is essential and sometimes impossible for the group themselves otherwise.

Any volunteers with other qualifications and/or existing or new skills that you could teach and benefit the group, for example, tailors, builders, carpenters, chefs, and caterers etc, would be beneficial at Mpamba to extend and develop skills in these vocations. New ideas for skills training that have business income generating possibilities would be more than welcomed to create a better space to support the disabled people of Nkhata Bay, a space that has been inspired by ‘Neema Crafts Centre’ in Tanzania.

Built in 2008, Mpamba is workshop space and centre for disabled adults around Nkhata Bay. Many people with physical disabilities are disenfranchised educationally in Malawi so we have built the centre to help educate and support these…

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Nkhata Bay, Northern Region, MW

How to Apply

Butterfly Space is a registered UK charity and non-profit lodge/organisation based in 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 ongoing thanks to the support of both our community and volunteers. The projects range from educational, environmental, social and health and we have built and developed nursery and primary schools, an IT and information centre, community radio station, a disability centre and run HIV nutrition and support groups, women's groups and permaculture projects in 22 schools and counting! We are looking to branch out and find volunteers and interns to join us with developing and progressing these projects further, while having the opportunity to stay within a vibrant community to experience the beautiful nature of the Malawian culture in lake side accommodation. 

We are seeking adaptable, confident people with initiative and commitment to take the projects to the next level, bring new fresh ideas and inspiration and continue to strive to make the projects sustainable and beneficial to the environment and people involved. The interns and volunteers in turn will receive support from the managers and the community throughout and gain valuable experience both culturally and professionally. 

The non-profit lodge offers all of the amenities necessary to make all volunteers as comfortable as possible during their stay and is charged at the lowest rate possible to provide an affordable opportunity while still supporting jobs and the day to day running of the lodge. 


Please take a look at our website for the full list of projects, and feel free to come with your own new ideas! 

Butterfly Space is a registered UK charity and non-profit lodge/organisation based in Nkhata Bay in the North of Malawi, supporting and running a number of community projects in…

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