Non-profit, recycling plastic and building community in Mzuzu, Malawi



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  • Description


    Two passionate environmentalists and nature lovers, we started non-profit to try and help with the plastic pollution issue in Malawi.

    Currently we have one workshop in the north of Malawi (Mzuzu). We remove plastic waste littering the urban environment and recycle it into durable sheets used in the lining of our product range. All handcrafted and ethically made :)

    For the project, which is based on the principal of circular economy, to be successful and expand, we need you!
    Depending on your skill base, we might ask help from you to :
    - assist in social media
    - boost the communication and marketing
    - assist the workshop manager with computer related tasks
    - develop the outreach programme
    - assist in production of the new product designs
    - advise on recycling methods
    - promote our products and the project

    This is a great opportunity to work with local people (tailors, engineers, collectors, seamstress and more), all of who are very keen on this project and are super friendly. Malawi is a beautiful, heart warming country and there is something for everyone. There will be great opportunity to travel the local areas at a low cost and visit some of the most beautiful places on the continent.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a great opportunity to interact  and live in the local community of Mzuzu. People are very keen to help foreigners learn the local language and nearly all speak English so progression is quick for a keen learner. The best way of eating cheap is to eat the local foods which are simple but delicious. If you prefer western foods or divine Indian foods, there are many restaurants in town to choose from.

    You will be able to add skills to their resume: marketing,  business experience, social media management, designing, being a part of the early stages of a business and helping in growth, working in unfamiliar climate (flexibility and adaptability).

  • Help


    We are looking for someone who is interested in the environment and helping the people surrounding the project.
    Ideally someone with tailoring/engineering or marketing background. Our project has various aspects which we need assistnce with!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will be living in our lovely home/the workshop. You will have your own room, access to a bathroom and kitchen in the house. We also have a beautiful garden at the back where you can relax and enjoy the birdlife and butterflies. To be able to provide you with food and considering the project is a non-profit, we request $4 per day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Mzuzu is ideally located with some amazing attractions near by such as: Vwaza marsh (untouched wilderness safari), Nyika plateau (stunning mountain grassland safari), Nkhata bay (beaches, diving, snorkeling, partying), Kande Beach (diving, castle, sandy beach and very chilled). All of these can be done on a budget and we will always help you get information and help for your time off. There is a good, reliable bus service that runs the length of the country and for small trips in and around Mzuzu (and to local attractions) the minibuses run regularly.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We can provide you with an internet access though you will have to add the extra costs of the internet ( a rough idea is 40Gb = 40$). This is Africa so sometimes power is out or connection might be weak, but we are ourselves online workers as we, as founders, volunteer but are not employed by the project, and we managed to work fine.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a space inside our garden you can park your vehicle. Though it is not sheltered. The garden has a fence around it.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 4 days a week

Host ref number: 722739861833