Kandoli FM Community Radio Station

Butterfly Space Malawi
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Coördinator | Holly
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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:
Leeftijd 18+

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.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

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.


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. 




Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Experience in Public Relations, Advertising and Media, Journalism, community development and/ or fundraising are useful in this role.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 09:00 - 16:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door 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.

Eten & Drank

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.

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Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Mzuzu (ZZU) in Mzuzu. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Malawi.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Malawi biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Malawi dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Malawi.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

This is an ongoing voluntary role. 

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
4 - 12 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
4 weken (min. verblijf)
5 weken
6 weken
7 weken
8 weken
9 weken
12 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$153 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Butterfly Space Malawi zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Butterfly Space Malawi gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

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Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Butterfly Space Malawi jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
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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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