One of our main aims is to encourage volunteers to stay long term and with that idea in mind, we do expect you to commit for a minimum of at least one month. If you would like to stay for less than a month, we can sort out a suitable package for you. Everyone must pay for their first month of volunteering through the package as this will give you the best chance to settle into Malawi and mix with the other volunteers. During this time you will be able to immerse yourself into the many projects and really get stuck into the areas you are interested in through the orientation on the projects held by Alice & Josie. Sitting around the kitchen table during breakfast or at our nightly set evening meal is a great socialising aspect of Butterfly Space where many stories of people’s travels have been told. Please note there is also free tap water which is safe to use throughout your stay at Butterfly Space.
There is no longer internet at the Information Centre as the mobile technology has overtaken the landline technology, and this just doesn´t work well in the stone information room. The easiest way to keep yourself in internet while you are here is to buy a local SIM card and top up as you go. They cost only MK 500 and you can top up 1GB for MK 2500.
The Volunteer Package has been set up to make sure you get the most out of your experience here at Butterfly. All of our projects are non-profit and the package has been designed to solely pay for your accommodation and food during your stay here. We have not put a volunteering fee on top of the package or any other additional costs that are simply not needed for your stay at Butterfly Space. We are aware that many volunteers are travelling on a budget and therefore we have set up this package accordingly.
The Standard Volunteer Package: US$530 per person for the whole month includes:
• Dormitory Accommodation*
• Food allowance up to MK 6500
• 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; Standard chalet +$90
New chalet +$180
There is also a cheaper camping option for those on a budget, including a camping space, a month`s food allowance covering two meals, laundry facilities, orientation on projects and basic materials for your volunteer work.
Once the month has finished, there may be the chance of a discount on the accommodation, depending upon the time of year and the circumstances of your stay, or we would be able to point you in the right direction if you would like to branch out to do something different. Alice and Josie have lived in Nkhata Bay for over 10 years and have had a lot of experience with local organizations as and are always happy to assist you should you wish to get more involved with other community projects.
All volunteers will be expected to pay for their own travel to and from Malawi. A typical return ticket from London to Lilongwe costs around US$900, depending upon the season. The best airlines to fly with are Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways, KLM and Air France which each have only one stop (there are currently no direct flights to Malawi).
To get here from Lilongwe, you can take a bus which will take around 5 hours to the nearest city of Mzuzu. We then advise you to take a shared taxi from Mzuzu which will take an hour to Nkhata Bay. Prices for the journeys are very cheap which will cost you a total of around 5000 Kwacha per person.
For more information on how to get to Butterfly Space, please see our How To Get Here section.
Butterfly is immersing itself to linking up with more volunteer organisations to increase awareness for the many projects they are involved in. Obviously Butterfly would like to only advertise on the sites that do not make additional charges to the volunteer. Unfortunately there are few and far between, meaning there may well be a small nominal administration fee. This is sometimes unavoidable, and Butterfly formerly apologises for any inconvenience caused. Signing up in our Get Involved section will eliminate any additional costs. Once we have received your email, we will send you all the information you will need including travel and medical advice about Malawi. If you would also like to volunteer for a shorter amount of time please also do not hesitate to contact us so we can sort out arrangements for you.
Thank you for showing interest in Butterfly Space, we hope to see you soon for an exciting and fulfilling experience which lies ahead!