The Uje Umampha! (Be Well!) programme provides vital support for people living with HIV. It has been running for a number of years and the purpose is to establish a peer support group, to give education and knowledge, counselling and where possible, some business opportunities that generate income for the group to then be sustainable and support others living in the community.
There are some essential and necessary requirements for any volunteer joining this community project which are to be culturally sensitive, discreet, confidential and empathetic with all members of the group. HIV and AIDS still holds some stigma in Malawi. All members of the group will have had a positive diagnosis and will all be on medication. Volunteers need to have a mature and serious outlook to these vulnerable people, they need to have already researched and have accredited knowledge on HIV, its treatment and the impact on the individuals and communities, as well as an understanding of the nutritional benefits that a healthy diet can bring.
This project needs a 2 month commitment to ensure development continuity and establishment of strong personal relationships with the group. A good level of spoken English is required for this post.
The volunteers will need to fundraise on top of their volunteer package. This money will help provide nutritious meals and cover some transport fees. This provision is a real incentive to the 10 people who attend each course.
There is already a comprehensive written programme for volunteers to deliver to the group over 10 sessions. It is suggested some sessions are delivered close to participants homes, and some at Butterfly Space.
Previous groups have established a massage business, a usipa (small fish) business, eggs and baby basket weaving. It would be beneficial for volunteers to have some small business ideas that their current group could set up that is appropriate to the environment and resources.
It would also be helpful to come prepared with recipes using local nutritious products, some gardening expertise and simple budgeting advice.
The position is primarily located at Butterfly Space Lodge, Nkhata Bay District, Northern Malawi.
The Uje Umampha! (Be Well!) programme provides vital support for people living with HIV. It has been running for a number of years and the purpose is to establish a peer support group, to give education and knowledge, counselling and where…
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…