Nursery School and Youth Club Assist

Butterfly Space Malawi
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Coördinator | Holly
Coördinator | 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:
Leeftijd 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.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

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


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 (gemiddeld niveau)
Bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden
English, Arts, Crafts, Maths, Counting, Singing, Dance, Drama op High School niveau
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Written and conversational English is essential.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 08:00 - 14:00

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. 


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!

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.

Internet toegang
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


jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
4 - 24 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
4 weken (min. verblijf)
5 weken
6 weken
7 weken
9 weken
11 weken
24 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$139 /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!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Butterfly Space Malawi

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