We are a small backpackers on the lake shore of Lake Malawi in central Africa. We have a communal bar, restaurant, lounge area central to all activity at the lodge. There are dorms, chalets and ensuite cottage and camping for an international tourist clientele. There are lots of free watersports on offer such as snorkeling and stand up paddle boards.
The backpackers is run by 40 amazing members of staff, all Malawian and the owner couple, husband South African, wife British.
It is a very friendly relaxed and informal place. Our driving principle is love. Love our community, love our jobs, love our guests and help them to love Malawi!
We have a reputation for being friendly, fun, lively and a bit quirky but also for doing a good job, caring for our guests and doing our best to make them happy.
There are always people staying with us and we get busy in high season and for the big holidays. The people that come to stay with us are interesting, open minded and well traveled.
We grow all our own vegetables and have free range chickens for the restaurant. We are proud of our food.
We have a little school to educate our children.
We are always looking to make improvements in our surroundings and services and food.
We are always working on some kind of building project and always try our best to be Eco friendly.
We are in the town of Nkhata Bay which is a lively place and friendly busy community. Malawians are known for their happy generous nature. There is always a lot happening and so many people to get to know. You will never be bored. The surrounding landscape is beautiful and the lake is clear and clean with beautiful fish.
Help with Eco Projects
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Working together with the staff and the getting to know the community of Nkhata Bay is an amazing experience that you will never forget. There is so much to learn about Malawian culture and the beautiful environment we live in here. This is also a great base for exploring the wider area with lots of great day trips to do in your spare time.
We are looking for someone to join us and play an important role as a host to our guests.
We need you to become part of the backpackers family and make our guests feel special and at home and generally help people to have a good time. We need you to provide an understanding of the international travelers mindset and needs, chatting and entertaining and creating a good atmosphere.
Helping guests to solve problems and being a friendly face and contact person. Welcoming new guests.
This used to be my job, but I am getting too old and have a young family which take up all my time so I need to be replaced by some one with fresh energy to be excited about everything that our backpackers and Nkhata Bay has to offer.
Also to take part in the boat trips, snorkeling safaris, village walks and other activities as a guide and good company, to help people to appreciate their surroundings and be excited about Malawi. Also to help us think of other fun things for our guests to do.
Help with new menu or cocktail ideas and evening entertainment would be great too.
Help with social media and advertising would be appreciated.
And if your that way inclined there are always Eco building projects to get stuck into too.
You will be provided with a private chalet with in the lodge which will have everything you need to be comfortable, including mozi nets, bedding etc. with shared bathroom facilities. The chalet is serviced by our housekeepers once a week and there is a laundry service if you need it. You will have access to all the lodge facilities including free wifi. You will have free food from the restaurant for all meals and staff priced drinks.
You will have plenty of free time to get to know other people living in Nkhata bay, there is a small but lively and interesting expat community here. There are also other volunteers, There are a lot of community projects going on that you may be interested in getting involved in. There are beautiful beaches to visit and other lodges, bars and restaurants too.
If you wish to intergrate more in the local community this is the right place for you, Nkhata Bay is a special place full of wonderful people who are open and friendly.
You will meet and make friends with so many travelers who also tend to stay longer in Nkhata Bay too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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