Become a part of our stunning Sustainability & Permaculture Centre

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Become a part of our stunning Sustainability & Permaculture Centre

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  • DescriptionWe offer you to experience Africa with "roots and wings" - get to know her in a more "real"/complete way than only via safaris and along tourism routes, but from within a safe environment of engaging with good people and the communities we work with.

    Do you want to leave your footprint in a beautiful space, helping to implement great ideas from a long list that we can only do together with passionate and capable volunteers, alongside local folks who work with us and love to work with you on cool new projects...? Most fo our team stem from subsistence farming families in our surrounding communities and will gladly take you around if you want to experience the "real life" of the large majority of the world's population.
    At our Permaculture Farm, Sustainability Training Centre, eco-lodge and farm-to-table Bistro, located on a beautiful 2.8 ha plot in Southern Malawi, things are constantly evolving.

    Our social enterprise seeks to inspire visitors and residents, while enjoying the space and facilities, to reconsider conventions and daily choices - with a view to better sustainability, future generations, and respect for God's creation and created beings. We seek to create learning opportunities for both locals and international visitors and to advance the sustainability agenda in Malawi by demonstrating more natural ways of farming, eating, building, using energy etc. This is a space where creative, sustainability-oriented souls like to offer trainings, run events, make music, sports, health courses, etc.
  • LocationMalawi, Southern Region, Thyolo, Chigumula

  • Work
  • Type of work Art project
    Babysitting / Childcare
    Charity work
    Cooking / Shopping
    Help with eco project
  • Hours per day 20 hours a week
  • Work requirements: - Friendly, social and able to communicate needs and concerns in a respectful, constructive manner so we can solve problems together whenever they arise and have a good time :)
    - Passionate for sustainability and conscious consumerism
    - Interested in permaculture and/or organic farming and/or natural building in a subtropical context
    - Background and willingness to contribute to practical training/capacity building of our local team in the fields of: DIY/construction or joinery, making furniture and interiors from natural and/or recycled materials; water management/rainwater harvesting/natural swimming pools/sealing waterbodies with natrual clay etc.; farm improvement and management; montessori childcare / homeschooling support; community outreach; permaculture school transfromation; herbal remedies; farm-to-table cooking and food preservation; healthy cooking classes; etc etc....
    - Always ready for a challenge or delay and pro-active and creative about solving them rather than complaining:)
    - Mindful of being perceived as a representative of our whole team during your volunteering stay with us - and as such, respectful of the local culture and the sentiments of our mostly village-based team - e.g. by dressing modestly and reserving very short or transparent clothes for a trip to the beautiful Lake Malawi... (Malawians are generally very polite but these things, from experience, can clearly affect how well you can be integrated into the team and the atmosphere of working together). Smoking or excessive drinking are not permitted for team members at site and generally discouraged as they cause a lot of suffering in the community we live in.
    - Speaking at least basic English is a prerequisite to getting around Malawi on your own and to communicate with our team.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: month or longer
  • Maximum number of helpers: 4
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, German, Afrikaans, Chichewa
  • Has pets? Yes, lovely dogs, chickens, rabbits and turtoises
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: We can accommodate up to 4 volunteers at a time - depending on preference and season, either in our cosy rammed earth huts,with simple bucket toilet / access to outside compost toilets and outdoor bucket shower (compost heated at times), or at our gust house or dormitory. For shorter stays, it is also possible to camp, with access to the dormitory bathrooms. This is not recommended though for the heavy rainy period (usually between mid December and mid March). There is also a possibility for long-term volunteers to get involved in constructing the house they will stay in for the rest of their stay.

    Food: We have a breakfast buffet with homemade bread and jams/spreads, granola or porridge and fresh fruits. For lunch and dinner, we have freshly cooked local and international vegetarian meals (vegan and gluten-free options available).
  • Additional info
  • You will have the opportunity to work closely with Malawian men and women from local rural communities. Some of our staff are also happy to host occasional guests for a few nights in their real-life village homes if you are looking for a truly authentic experience. You can learn or gain new insights into all kinds of aspects of how the loss of traditional knowldge, climate change and deforestation affect African smallholder farmers, about permaculture and organic farming in the subtropics, and about natural building.