Remote Permaculture Internship with Nonprofit in Malawi

Help promote permaculture principles in rural Malawi during an online internship

Bring your permaculture knowledge to an online internship with a nonprofit organization based in Malawi. This nonprofit runs permaculture clubs at schools in rural communities, with the aim of promoting natural land management and food security.

As an intern, you’ll help learning materials and lesson plans for both children and teachers. You’ll also help improve and design ways of collecting data on the results of these workshops, so that the long-term impact can be approved. This online permaculture internship is a great opportunity if you’re interested in environmental management – specifically permaculture – and if you would like to contribute to a worthwhile cause. It’s also a great way to gain very practical experience while working online.

Environmental NGO
Permaculture, Food Security, Land Management
3 – 4 Months
USD 575

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 program 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 remote permaculture intern, you’ll develop and create workshop materials that will be used during sessions at schools. You’ll also help improve and develop ways in which the organisation is assessing the impact these workshops are making on the ground, and ways of communicating this impact to (potential) investors.

What you’ll do
  • Reviewing existing permaculture club materials
  • Helping to create new learning materials, such as session plans, posters, flashcards and games
  • Researching permaculture topics and organisations
  • Helping develop data collection and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems
  • Collecting and analysing M&E data
  • Writing impact reports
  • Strong online communication skills
  • Knowledge of permaculture principles
  • An ability to work independently
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • A passion for permaculture projects on a grass roots basis
  • A self-starter attitude

As this is a remote internship, you’ll have the flexibility to work from your own home! Should you want to spend part of your internship in Malawi, this is an option too; just let us know.


The start dates for this internship are flexible; we will discuss the options with you during the application process.

What you’ll pay

Placement fee USD 575

What you are paying for:
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • 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

Optional extra:

Academic Guidance
At an additional fee of $75 a month, you’ll receive monthly sessions with a local lecturer, who will support you in placing your work experience in the context of your academic course, and assist you with any report writing and/or research you’re required to do.
Monthly fee: USD 75
Environmental NGO
Permaculture, Food Security, Land Management
3 – 4 Months
USD 575

My supervisors have welcomed me into the team, scheduled meetings with me to give me background information and a proper introduction, and they've helped me jump right into the internship. I've mostly been focused on fundraising/researching grants and that has been really interesting. It took a few days to find my feet and understand the internship but now I feel confident in what I'm doing/trying to achieve.

Julia, United StatesRemote Permaculture Internship, Malawi
  • Gain practical work experience with on the ground permaculture projects
  • Learn about the need for permaculture and organic farming techniques in a rural African context
  • Get experience in developing workshop materials, and get a good understanding of monitoring and evaluation
  • Contribute to the long term impact of a worthwhile nonprofit initiative
  • Have the flexibility of working remotely

See Detailed Rates

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.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!


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