The Uje Umampha! (Be Well!) HIV support group

Butterfly Space Malawi
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Coördinator | Holly
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Offering a comprehensive written programme for volunteers to deliver to the group over a 3 month period, ensuring development continuity & establishing strong personal relationships.
Fund raise to buy nutritious food and seeds for the group.
Establish business opportunities that generate income for the group to be sustainable and support others living in the community.
Spend your free time exploring the beautiful villages and the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi at our non-profit lodge.
Explore and get involved in some of our other exciting and diverse projects during your free time!
This project provides vital support for people living with HIV to establish a peer support group, give education and counselling & provide business opportunities This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

Uje Umampha!(Be Well!) HIV Group:

The Live Well! programme has been running for 6 years and has developed greatly over those years by giving support, education, counselling, a food programme, qualifications and business opportunities that generate income to members of the community living with HIV.

There are some essential and necessary requirements for any volunteer joining this community project.  Most importantly volunteers need to be culturally sensitive, discreet, confidential and empathetic with all members of the group.  HIV/AIDS still holds stigma in Malawi.  All members of the group will have had a positive diagnosis and will all be on medication.  Volunteers need to have a mature and serious outlook to these vulnerable people, they need to have already researched and have accredited knowledge on HIV, its treatment and the impact on the individual victims and an understanding of peer support and of the nutritional benefits that a healthy diet can bring.

This project needs a 3 month commitment to ensure development continuity and establishment of strong personal relationships with the group.

The volunteers will need to previously fund raise £120 on top of their volunteer package.  This money will buy nutritious food and seeds for the group.  This provision is a real incentive to the 10 people who attend each course.

There is already a comprehensive written programme for volunteers to deliver to the group over 3 months, and in the Butterfly community room there is a lot of additional information on nutrition and recipes as well as simple gardening and permaculture techniques.  The programme includes a weekly question and answer session where volunteers can research and present information from the chosen questions each week. This is really important as the group meet with people back in their own village and share the information with them which is extremely helpful. On a rotational basis each member of the group takes home a food parcel of nutritional foods, which are sourced locally and they also receive a shopping list and shop for it in town.

It is good to leave the group with a small income generating idea and previous groups have established a massage business, a usipa (small fish) business, eggs and baby basket weaving with the group they worked with.  It can be useful for volunteers to have some small business ideas that their current group could set up after they leave.

You can come prepared with new recipes using nutritious local products, some gardening expertise and simple budgeting advice.

If you are ready for the three month commitment then as a volunteer you can supplement the existing programme by; 

  • Researching different ways to present information to the group, including role play, lectures or handouts.

  • Researching a potential income generation business idea and assist them in learning the skills required and implementing it.

  • Research and cook nutritional recipes using locally sourced or home grown ingredients that they are not used to cooking.  

  • Work with them to improve their existing income generators and help them develop more.  

There is a full job description available for further instruction and guidance for this role. It is a more complex but life changing volunteering opportunity.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

You will be expected to manage your own time and schedule for this project, as it requires volunteers who will be independence and use initiative.

The amount of time you put into this programme depends on your level of involvement and rapport with the group who you are working with, and your level of involvement improving their income generators and practising permaculture principles with the group in their villages.


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)
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Volunteers need to have a mature and serious outlook to these vulnerable people, they need to have already researched and have accredited knowledge on HIV, its treatment and the impact on the individual
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.

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

This project has an open start date.

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


Kosten: Prijs in USD
12 weken (min. verblijf)
12 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$133 /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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Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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The Uje Umampha! (Be Well!) HIV support group

This project provides vital support for people living with HIV to establish a peer support group, give education and counselling & provide business opportunities


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