Permaculture Internship, Malawi

Provide permaculture Training to Teachers who run after-school Permaculture Programs

This Permaculture internship in Malawi offers the opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of permaculture in a development context. As an intern, you’ll be part of a small team providing permaculture training to teachers in a rural setting, and you’ll have a hand in the further development of the program.

It’s a great opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice, to gain a thorough understanding of the grassroots permaculture projects, and to contribute to a worthwhile cause. Your role will the tailored to your skills and knowledge, so that you can have an optimum learning experience, and you’ll be guided by a team at all times.

Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Environmental NGO
Permaculture, Organic farming
8-16 Weeks
From USD 1,320

Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs (MSPC) is a nonprofit that promotes permaculture principles to children in Malawi. Based in Nkhata Bay, in the north of the country, the organisation supports primary school teachers in the area who want to run after-school permaculture clubs. MSPC provides all the relevant training for the teachers, as well as a structured club programme for them to follow. This includes a resource pack of weekly lessons and activities, basic equipment needed to run clubs, and infrastructure to support and motivate teachers throughout the year.
The aim of the program is to teach children how to care for and regenerate their natural environment, to value their local resources, and to learn how to produce their own nutritious food. MSPC works with 600 children at 15 different school clubs, and has plans of expanding the program to other areas of Malawi.


As a permaculture intern on this program, you’ll be an essential part of a small team, and you’ll have a mix of office and field work.

What you’ll do

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the following;

  • Further developing the permaculture training provided to teachers
  • Assisting with the training courses on the ground
  • Assisting with developing the weekly permaculture program for children, or arranging extra sessions with the kids.
  • Assisting with specific projects happening at schools, such as small permaculture gardens
  • Work in the gardens to plant new crops and species which we can use for the schools, diversity is the key in Permaculture.
  • Help at the schools, especially during busy periods where they have open days and visits to other permaculture sites.
  • Use produce from the garden to demonstrate new recipe and nutrition ideas during one of the weekly sessions.
  • Assisting with landscaping around the site or at the schools
  • Researching permaculture topics and organizations
  • Helping develop data collection and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems
  • Collecting and analyzing M&E data
  • Writing impact reports

Your tasks will be customized to your specific skills and knowledge.

  • At least a basic knowledge of permaculture principles
  • Experience with developing or managing permaculture culture would be ideal
  • A passion for spreading permaculture principles
  • A flexible attitude and ability to work in a dynamic environment
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to work quite independently

During your internship, you’ll be lucky enough to stay at the lovely Butterfly Space, a lodge in the northern town of Nkhata Bay. Located on the banks of Lake Malawi, with views of palm trees and green-blue water, this lodge has an idyllic location and a relaxed vibe. You’ll enjoy a private beach, beautiful gardens, a beach bar, and several communal spaces. The rooms are comfortable dormitories, although there are options of upgrading to single chalets, too. The lodge is a hub for people who are volunteering their time at different community and environmental projects in the area, so you are like to share this gorgeous space with like-minded people.


Start and end dates of the internship are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

2 months USD 1,757
3 months USD 2,099
4 months USD 2,440
5 months USD 2,782
6 months USD 3,123

Remote internship – Placement fee USD 625

What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation (shared)
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Flights to Malawi
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals: you can prepare your own meals or opt to book the meal package for two meals a day for USD 270 per month.
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
  • Airport transfer to Nkhata Bay (approximately 400 km)
  • In case of late arrival: extra night in accommodation in Lilongwe

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Nkhata Bay, Malawi OR Remote
Environmental NGO
Permaculture, organic farming
2-6 months
From USD 1,757 (in-person) / USD 625 (remote)
  • Gain practical experience in permaculture and curriculum/workshop development
  • Contribute to a nonprofit on a mission to teach children how to care for and regenerate their natural environment, to value their local resources, and to learn how to produce their own nutritious food
  • Get involved with school projects and the work in the gardens
  • Gain a full insight in the day to day running of a nonprofit organization
  • Live and work in Nkhata Bay on the banks of lake Malawi (or work remotely if you prefer this)
  • Visit to one of the many islands, markets, craft stores or enjoy the beauty of Lake Malawi
2 MONTHS USD 1,757
3 MONTHS USD 2,099
4 MONTHS USD 2,440
Remote internship: USD 625

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How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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