School Permaculture Clubs

Butterfly Space Malawi
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The aim of the program is to teach children how to care for and regenerate their natural environment, to value their local resources, and to learn how to produce their own nutritious food.
MSPC works with 600 children at 15 different school clubs, and has plans of expanding the program to other areas of Malawi. Volunteers can help with the development and delivery of the programme.
Gain invaluable experience and knowledge in permaculture principles. The voluntary role can be tailored to each individuals specific requirements and interests.
Help to design, create and maintain the permaculture gardens and nature trail around Butterfly Space Lodge for local school visits and teacher training demonstrations.
Assist the maintenance and development of sustainable environmental practices around the lodge for demonstration during school visits & teacher training, such as drip irrigation and solar water heater
A nonprofit that promotes permaculture principles to children in Malawi, supporting primary school teachers who want to run after-school permaculture clubs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

The programme trains and provides teachers with the information and basic resources they need to run an after school permaculture club for up to 40 pupils.  They are practical based sessions which see the children doing a mixture of work both around the school site and in their own small garden beds, where they harvest for themselves.  There are also different forms of support to the teachers throughout the year, regular teachers meetings, visits to the school site, advice and some basic necessary equipment.  As this project is growing so quickly at the moment often there are a lot of organisational and feedback tasks for volunteers to get stuck into.  

Using the garden as a learning tool for the children has proved very successful, both for food production and environmental issues. With Josie Redmonds’s passion for the environment she has taught many teachers and community members and Permaculture Design Courses have also been held at Butterfly Space which offers another great training opportunity.

If you are interested to volunteer in this area then you can:

  • Work with Francis (on-site permaculture gardener) or Josie in the gardens to plant new crops and species which can be used for the schools. Diversity is the key in Permaculture. 
  • Help out with the organisational aspect of the growing MSPC project;
  • Help at the schools, especially during busy periods where they have open days and visits to other permaculture sites.  
  • Help at the schools during their weekly practical sessions, or arranging extra sessions with the kids.
  • Use produce from the garden to demonstrate new recipe and nutrition ideas during one of the weekly sessions.
  • Assist with data analysis for the increasing number of schools taking part.
  • Help fundraise so that more schools can join this programme.
  • Plant tree seedlings at Butterfly for transplanting later at schools.
  • Paint signs to label more trees around Butterfly and to add to the Butterfly nature trail which is now open for school visits and teacher training. This is also linked to the information in the nutrition folder.

  • Help with landscaping around the site at Butterfly or at the schools.
  • Help to maintain and develop sustainable practices around Butterfly Space for demonstration purposes during school visits and teacher training, such as the drip irrigation system and solar water heaters.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Volunteering with the permaculture school clubs offers a very flexible and varied schedule. A typical day could start at 8am, after you have enjoyed breakfast at the lodge, finishing mid afternoon, depending on the tasks set out that day. Depending on term time, the stage of the programme and seasons here in Malawi, the position can vary considerably but there are always plenty of tasks to complete! 

Volunteers will be based at Butterfly Space Lodge, which is used as a hub for the project, and will be working along side Josie Redmonds, Friday and Francis, who are Malawian permaculture professionals who also work with Josie to develop and deliver the project. It is normal to work together in the lobby of Butterfly Space Lodge making plans and organizing school trips and trainings alongside Josie and Francis. 

On weeks with no training or school open days, you will have flexibility to plan and work on your desired areas of the project, work on tasks directed by the permaculture team, or get your hands dirty in the school or lodge gardens!


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
op High School niveau
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Practical skills, basic permaculture knowledge, IT skills are desirable for this voluntary role.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag

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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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 project. 

We ask volunteers to stay for a minimum of 1 month.

Bear in mind that during the summer holiday (July-August) Schools here are closed, however, there is always plenty of planning, garden work and ongoing tasks to be completed during this time!

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.

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School Permaculture Clubs

A nonprofit that promotes permaculture principles to children in Malawi, supporting primary school teachers who want to run after-school permaculture clubs.


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