Nursery School and Youth Club Assist

Butterfly Space Malawi
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Coordinator | Holly
Coordinator | Holly
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Work alongside our Malawian Nursery and Youth Club teachers, assisting with the fun and energetic daily tasks with the inspiring children of our community.
Be creative and bring your own flair, talents and passions to Butterfly, and make memories you'll never forget!
Promote and encourage community involvement to continue to make these projects more sustainable.
Spend your spare time exploring lake Malawi, the beautiful and vibrant Nkhata Bay, and its picturesque surrounding areas.
Get involved in or visit other projects run by Butterfly Space Lodge!
Bring flair & energy into our nursery schools & youth club, assisting our teachers in their daily tasks, introducing new games, arts, crafts, dance, English practise etc. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Nursery Schools:

Three nursery schools have been built in and around Nkhata Bay: Gulugufe Nursery, Dindano and Mpamba Nurserys. Schools run Monday to Friday mornings for children aged 2-6 and a fortified bowl of porridge is provided for everyone.  Alice is constantly approached by parents in the community with requests for their children to attend the nurseries; the entry requirement is two years old and the parents often try to convince me their tiny toddler is of age. Our reputation is well earned as Gulugufe has been running successfully for ten years and Dindano for five years. It is common practice for children who attended Gulugufe to be advanced one grade when they enter the Local Government primary school.

Gulugufe Nursery is a two block classroom with an office and store room. Upwards of forty children from the town of Nkhata Bay attend daily. It employs two Malawian teachers and a chef and welcome the additional support of international volunteers. The cost of the initial build was £3000. The Rotary Club of Wareham has supported the salaries and porridge for three years.

Dindano Nursery is situated in a rural village a good hours walk from Nkhata Bay. Ninety children, three Malawian teachers and one chef make up the school body. The initial build costed £2000 plus a large contribution from the community in the form of bricks and labour. The monthly running costs are much more than Gulugufe because of the larger size and rural location. The nursery is sustained mainly through private donors at a cost of approximately £150/month, which covers the cost of porridge, salaries, upkeep, and some learning materials.

If you want to volunteer at the nursery schools the options are:

  • Teaching alongside the established teachers is a great way to pass on new and different teaching techniques. The kids benefit from having more supervision and the teachers benefit from new ideas and motivation.

  • Making resources for the nursery schools are a great way to leave your ideas behind. There are lots of materials at Butterfly from which to leave your lesson plans or games that you think will benefit the kids well into the future.

  • Painting the walls around the schools and carry out other community mural projects.

  • Cooking nutritious meals for the children.

  • Leading environmental lessons and demonstrations such as litter picks and garden play.

  • Organising a game for play time or special activity to help pass on new ideas to the teachers and split the class into smaller groups.

  • Helping with the management side of things such as fees and involving the community through writing newsletters to assist community involvement, ensuring any maintenance, and upkeep jobs are reported and carried out in the nursery schools.


Butterfly Youth Club:

Built on site at Butterfly, the Youth Club opened in 2010. It is a long hall building that was originally constructed for £3000. The initial capital came from private donors and Rotary Club who funded interior furnishings. Youth Club is an after-school hours meeting place; boys and girls of all school ages meet here daily to engage in a safe, fun, and educational environment. It has become a lively part of Butterfly and each day different activities are offered including arts and crafts and more active sessions including races, obstacle courses, treasure hunts and sports. The youth club is also a great way to take the pressure off the parents, who work until after school hours, by providing an environment conducive to children and youth’s social and personal development. Running costs are negligible as international volunteers consistently provide supervision and materials. 

Here are some ideas of how volunteers could get involved:

  • Drama groups can work either through the youth club or through different local groups and a recent link with Vizara drama group has proved exciting as Alice has been videoing their productions. They are a travelling educational group that tackle pressing issues of Malawi. Previous viewings have received a warm welcome when shown at Butterfly and there is a small stage, which is perfect for performances.

  • English Teachers are always welcome as there are no shortages of kids who want to improve their language and reading skills.

  • Homework clubs are a great way to utilise the space after dark and many of the topics covered in school here are linked the English curriculum so there is great potential for volunteers to hold extra homework clubs, especially close to exam time. The media room can also be used for this.

  • Getting a pen pal is a great way to stay in touch with Nkhata Bay once you have left here, and will provide a great insight to both people involved as to the daily challenges each other faces.

  • Escorts for trips are always welcome as we would love to be able to show more of the groups that come through Butterfly some of the beautiful and amazing things that are around in Malawi. Previous trips have been to the Malawisaurus Museum but we would love to take a group to Vwaza National Park.

  • Making resources, as with the nursery school, is always a great way to improve the lessons and activities here and leave behind your ideas. 

  • Artists can add to the colourful walls at the youth club and also take different workshops with the kids, leaving new skills and techniques.

  • Sharing any skill is great for the kids as they love to learn new things, in the past they have learnt to screen print, first aid, mosaics, hula hoop, magic and so much more.

  • Organise sports events or swimming lessons as many of the children around cannot swim.

Take coaching sessions for the football or netball team or organise games both home and away for the kids to take part in.

Typical day

Nursery Schools start from 7am until 2pm, youth club 5-6pm Monday to Friday.

Free-time activities

Butterfly Space Lodge is beautifully situated under a canopy of mango trees, surrounded by lush permaculture gardens with a restaurant and bar. Butterfly Space is a 15 minute walk from the bustling ferry port and market town, which has a vibrant market, great night life handcrafted souvenir shops, restaurants and a warm and friendly feel! 


Across the bay is Aqua Africa who offer scuba diving and kayaking, Monkey Business  (on site at Butterfly) is a small Malawian business that offers kayaking and canoe trips, mountain biking and treks. The lodge has a lively bar and pool table, and hammocks overlooking the beautiful crystal clear Lake Malawi. Snorkels are available free of charge at reception for snorkelling. There are lots of beautiful coves and beaches to explore along the lake, and pretty villages that welcome warmly passers by. 

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English, Arts, Crafts, Maths, Counting, Singing, Dance, Drama at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Written and conversational English is essential.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Butterfly Space Malawi

• Dormitory Accommodation*

• Two meals in the restaurant included

• Laundry and cleaning facilities

• Orientation on projects and Nkhata Bay

*If people wish to stay in an individual chalet rather than the dormitory then there are upgrade options available.

Discounts can be discussed and provided for volunteers wishing to volunteer for longer than their initial month. The first month volunteer package is a necessary cost to cover the running costs of the non-profit Butterfly Space lodge and the projects. 


We have beautiful lake side chalets and en suite chalets, camping, and dormitory's here at the lodge. 

Accommodation upgrades on the volunteer package are at an additional cost, so please contact us for more details on these options. 


You will be placed in a 6 bed dorm, males or females, both which overlook the lake. Dorm beds have mosquito nets, a secure locker, and are situated close to our composting toilets and lovely heated outdoor shower overlooking lake Malawi. Upgrades to private chalets are available upon request.

Butterfly Space Lodge is beautifully situated under a canopy of mango trees, surrounded by lush permaculture gardens with a restaurant and bar. Butterfly Space is a 15 minute walk from the bustling ferry port and market town, which has a vibrant market, great night life handcrafted souvenir shops, restaurants and a warm and friendly feel!

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

2 meals a day included at the Greenview restaurant (usually breakfast and dinner)

Greenview restaurant is a small business run by two Malawian ladies, Beatrice and Memory, here at Butterfly Space Lodge. They are passionate about what they do. The meals are freshly prepared and there are many delicious menu options, both local and international dishes, that cater for all dietary requirements.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mzuzu (ZZU) in Mzuzu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malawi.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Malawi provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Malawi you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malawi.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$139 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Butterfly Space Malawi will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Butterfly Space Malawi during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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