Come and meet lots of new and interesting people with a travel background from all around the world in Malawi



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    hi, we are dave and lisa from uk/new zealand and we run a back packers and over landers lodge on the shores of lake malawi. we have been here since we built the lodge in 1993 and are looking for help running our kitchen and doing some shopping for the lodge. we live in a remote area near to chintheche in malawis northern region and all of our local staff are from the nearby tonga village of kande. malawi is often called "the warm heart of africa" and we call kande the warm heart of malawi! the people here are friendly and welcoming to us and to all our guests. our lodge is situated on a 12km stretch of fine white sand beach and a short distance off the lake shore lies kande island. we have an on site PADI dive centre and nearby there are stables housing beutifull horses where our guests can go for a ride through the local villages and finish with a swim in the lake. our kitchen caters for our guests and we offer a wide range of european and african dishes. we have good local staff doing the cooking and serving food to our guests and we are often in need of an extra hand in organising menus and supervising the kitchen staff as well as looking after the stock and supplying the kitchen from our nearby town.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    all our local staff are from the surrounding area and most speak good english. some have catering backgrounds while others have only gained experience working here. over the time your here you will learn a lot about the local tonga culture and be able to pass on your knowledge of how best to prepare food to our staff. also our guests are from all over the world so you will meet lots of new and interesting people with a travel background.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    at present we have a general manager to run the lodge as my wife and i wish to take a step back from the day to day runnung of the business (as we are 50 and 60 years old) so we would like someone to help our manager with the shopping trips and helping with the menus and supervising the staff in the kitchen. we are not busy most days but at weekends and holidays the kitchen can get busy. someone from a catering background would be an advantage but any knowledge of cooking basic dishes will do. also you would need an international driving license and be prepared to work flexible hours when the lodge is busy. experience with computer programmes is an advantage as sometimes we can need help with booking portals or web site, face book etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    we have a small flat above the kitchen on our campsite area. there is a bedroom, sitting room and outside balcony with views of the lake and the lodge. there is an outside private toilet and shower just across the yard and your meals can be taken in our dining room or at the bar. the rooms are provided with all bed linen and mosquitoe nets and fans for the hot season. we will provide the room and all meals, plus a small salary to help with local expenses in return for a few hours work a day and some help with greeting and meeting the guests.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    time off can be taken when we are not busy and theres plenty of activitys to be found in our lodge or in the local area. we have catamarans for sailing, a dive school for scuba diving, paddle boards and canoes to go over to our island only 800 meters off shore where you can snorkel to see the rare chilchlid fish in the clear blue waters of lake malawi. also nearby is horse riding and some lovely walks through the local villiages. 1 1/2 hours drive north there is a busy bay town where the lake ferrys dock and there are lots of other small lodges there.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 795654957776