Stepping Stones Primary School Assistant

Butterfly Space Malawi
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At the school non-fee paying children from disadvantaged circumstances learn alongside more economically fee-paying privileged peers, international volunteers, and talented Malawian teacher
The school is expanding and is in need of volunteers who will help the teachers improve and develop the curriculum, help with English practice, and fill the role of teaching assistants.
The curriculum is a combined English and Malawian, and reflects principles of a holistic education: art, sport, music, drama, agriculture, field trips, community involvement, etc.
Stepping Stones promotes uniqueness and welcomes open minded thinking. We are certain you have something special that our students would benefit.
Help to assist and support our fantastic Malawian teachers at this inspiring school. With a modern holistic teaching approach, all talents and skills are welcomed This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

Opened in 2016, Stepping Stones International Primary School is unique in Nkhata Bay and is based on a belief in the diverse talents of each child and we expect hard work, kindness, and excellence from them in return. Stepping Stones provides rigorous academic training, a high standard of education and culturally responsive programming. Children from disadvantaged circumstances learn alongside more economically privileged peers, and learn together with the support of our international volunteers and talented Malawian teachers. The curriculum is a combined English and Malawian, and reflects principles of a holistic education: art, sport, music, drama, agriculture, field trips, community involvement, etc.
The student body at Stepping Stones is half fee paying and half non-fee paying or sponsored students. In other words, for every fee paying or sponsored child, a spot opens up for a child who cannot afford fees and would not have the opportunity otherwise. The free places are based on need, results, and family background. We also provide free daily lunches to our free students, sometimes their only good nutritious meal of the day.

Supporting Stepping Stones can be expressed in different ways. Firstly, we are in great need of qualified teachers to offer trainings to our local teachers and to support progressive education. But any volunteer at the school can help learners with English literacy and reading, teach them their talents or inspire them through their personal background. Stepping Stones promotes uniqueness and welcomes open minded thinking. We are certain you have something special that our students would benefit.

Secondly, by sponsoring a student, you allow us to continue assisting our community by accepting more free learners. Sponsoring can range from school fees to daily lunches, to school supply or clothes.

Thirdly, even as a sustainable charity school, we depend on donations to make us different from other schools. We need the support from donator to grow, to build new blocks or to acquire new materials. Fundraising for the school is always appreciated.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

We wake up early, at around 6.00am and meet in the restaurant at Butterfly Space's communal table and enjoy breakfast and wait for the school bus to arrive at 7am.

We collect the children from various locations along the way, sing songs and play games until we get to school.

Throughout the day, we take part in lessons, assisting the teachers, providing extra support for the children, and adding our own spirit to the room through songs, games and play.

If we choose, we assist in the preparation of a healthy balanced meal, and take a look around the gardens at the fresh fruit and veg growing around the school for dinner time. We play with the children, and help with any extra tasks that have been set for the day. 

In the afternoon, we all head home, dropping off the children on the school bus along the way. We have the option to volunteer at the youth club which is on-site at the lodge, or relax by the lake at the bar with a freshly squeezed juice or a cocktail.


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
Vereiste documenten
CV or proof of education
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Spoken English is useful in this role. We welcome all skills and skill levels, as we have a diverse range of opportunities that can be tailored to each individual.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 07:00 - 15:00

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.

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


Although school is closed for during the summer holidays (Aug), there are plenty of volunteering opportunities in the youth club, engaging with the children in educational and fun activities. There are also maintenance and organisational tasks which need completing while the school is closed. 

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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Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
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Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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Stepping Stones Primary School Assistant

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