Kandoli FM Community Radio Station

Butterfly Space Malawi
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Work with the community and get involved in the regions first community radio initiative!
Experience Malawian culture in one of the most beautiful regions, on the lakeshores of northern Malawi
A fantastic opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in Media, journalism and/ or community development
Run workshops, give lessons in journalism or other media skills and techniques.
Fundraise to help towards the installation costs of a radio transmitter
Offering an opportunity for volunteers looking to build on experience in journalism, media & advertising, this exciting new project has big potential. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur

Kandoli FM Community Radio Initiative:

We decided to start Nkhata Bay’s first radio station after an inspiring visit to Mzimba Community Radio in 2011.We have since been teaching the community about recording and broadcasting for radio. The long-term aim is that the community here in Nkhata Bay will be able to set up their own Tonga radio service so that information and news can be disseminated in a language the people understand. We are fully registered and have a functioning studio, though other parts of the building still need renovating.  

Radio is the perfect way to reach the majority of the people in such a rural country like Malawi as it is the most accessible medium. It became clear that prior to the establishment of the radio station, we would need to get many students knowledgeable about the technologies involved. Working with an increasing number of students about the skills involved in journalism, editing and radio broadcast, we found there is no end to the amount of skills needed in order to set up with a fully functioning, relevant, educational and enjoyable community radio station here in Nkhata Bay. 

We did hit some hurdles in this project which delayed things for a while but recently things seem to be moving again.  The last four years have seen workshops from a great journalism volunteer, Judith Weymont who taught a basic radio broadcasting workshop to nearly 80 students.  This stirred their enthusiasm again and the committee was reformed.  After speaking with the Local Assembly and backed by the two Traditional leaders in the area, we were granted a building to house Kandoli FM.  

The community organised a Big Walk in 2018 to fundraise to start the project and we have also started to collect membership fees.  These funds, and a recently set up Go Fund Me page are going towards renovating the building, which now is connected to electricity and has the logo painted on it which looks great. Solomon from our media room opens up there on Friday and Saturdays so there is a permanent location for people wanting to edit and get involved.  

Recent consultation with a lawyer means we are in the process of registering Kandoli FM as a Trust, so that it will always be a community radio.  From here we hope to harness more substantial support to enable us to get the equipment we need to get on air, and from here we can apply for the license.  If you have a background in media, community development or management then there are plenty things you can do for this project as a volunteer: 

  • Give lessons in journalism or other media skills and techniques.

  • Attend the weekly news meeting and help editing news stories that the team has written, and developing with them their journalistic spirit.

  • Help recording the stories and music opportunities and editing them accordingly.

  • Developing their ideas for writing, researching and recording feature stories for radio.

  • Practice radio and recording techniques.

  • Research into linking to other media organizations that could sponsor and support the project financially long term.

  • Fundraising to help towards the installation costs of a radio transmitter.

Journée Typique

This project requires self motivation and volunteers with good initiative and time management, allowing flexibility to arrange workshops and meetings at times convenient to you and your fellow trainee journalists.

Activités de Loisir

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. 


Sports Nautiques
Concert /
Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Shopping /
Safari /
Des sports
Yoga /


Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (couramment)
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
Experience in Public Relations, Advertising and Media, Journalism, community development and/ or fundraising are useful in this role.
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi de 09:00 - 16:00

Services inclus

Services de 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. 


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.

Aliments & Boissons

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.

Accès à Internet
Accès limité sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme. Le transfert de l'aéroport n'est pas inclus dans les frais non plus.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Mzuzu (ZZU) à Mzuzu. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Malawi.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Malawi te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Malawi, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Malawi.

Dates et Prix


Informations sur l'arrivée

This is an ongoing voluntary role. 

janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
4 - 12 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
4 sem (durée min.)
5 sem
6 sem
7 sem
$1 068
8 sem
$1 220
9 sem
$1 373
12 sem (durée max.)
$1 830
Coût moyen
$153 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Butterfly Space Malawi t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
L'acompte sert à réserver ta place avec l'organisation. Les paiements sont effectués par Paypal, notre partenaire de confiance pour les solutions de paiements internationales. Si tu n'as pas Paypal, tu peux également utiliser ta carte de crédit.
Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Butterfly Space Malawi durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Kandoli FM Community Radio Station

Offering an opportunity for volunteers looking to build on experience in journalism, media & advertising, this exciting new project has big potential.


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