How Butterfly Space Began
Alice and Josie, the founders of Butterfly Space, became friends through their love for the extraordinary country that is Malawi, while initiating their own community projects around Nkhata Bay. Alice had a passion for youth and art projects and Josie for information and gardening related projects. They had a common desire to incorporate these ideas into a community space and volunteer hub where opportunities could be created.
They realised that Butterfly was the perfect setting to bring volunteers and the community together, and they bought the lodge in May 2007. Years on, the growing team remains passionate and the projects are thriving.
On-site, there is a lively youth club, gym, information and resource centre, media room & recording studio, all of which are open to the community free of charge. The lodge is also used as a hub to run various training sessions and meetings, and to show environmental demonstrations to both the community and school groups. Projects off-site include Malawi Permaculture School Clubs (MSPC), a thriving international primary school called Stepping Stones, Mphamba & Pundu disability skill-sharing centre’s, HIV support groups and more.
Volunteers are welcomed to Butterfly Space to share and learn new skills, and help us to develop and grow our projects. Volunteering is free of charge, but volunteers are expected to pay for the services they use while staying at Butterfly Space non-profit lodge.
See the projects below for more info on each project, and see how you can get involved…
Stepping Stones International Primary School
Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs (MSPC)
Butterfly Information Centre
UJE Umampha / HIV Support
Butterfly Media Centre
Baby Baskets for new Mums
School Links & Teaching
Butterfly Youth Club
Kandoli FM -
Nkhata Bay Radio Initiative
Permaculture School Gardens
introduce and implement permaculture principles to schools in the Nkhata Bay District, while linking them with other organizations such as Scope and Africa Direct. We offer training materials and on-going support.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of our projects, please take a look at out Volunteering Page. At Butterfly Space, we welcome people with all types of skill sets, and welcome volunteers and interns from all over the world!