Built on site at Butterfly, the Youth Club opened in 2010. It is a long hall building that was originally constructed for £3000. The initial capital came from private donors and Rotary Club who funded interior furnishings. Youth Club is an after-school hours meeting place; boys and girls of all school ages meet here daily to engage in a safe, fun, and educational environment. It has become a lively part of Butterfly and each day different activities are offered including arts and crafts and more active sessions including races, obstacle courses, treasure hunts and sports. The youth club is also a great way to take the pressure off the parents who work until after school hours by providing an environment conducive to children and youth’s social and personal development. Running costs are negligible as international volunteers consistently provide supervision and materials.
If you have a back ground in youth work then we would appreciate if you can work with the kids daily doing a mixture of things and programs. Alternatively if you are an expert in a certain area we would be grateful if you can work with the kids for a session or a week to pass on your ideas and skills.
The clubs always need fresh ideas and new energy so if you would like to come along and organise some activities or come and help out at all you would be very welcome. Otherwise resources are always lacking in Malawi, we have collected quite a good stock of materials but more games and equipment are always welcomed if you can spare any on your travels or send from back home.
VOLUNTEERS CAN CONTRIBUTE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
- DRAMA GROUP – This can either work through the Youth Club or through different local groups as we had a recent link with Vizara Drama Group, a travel educational group which educates pressing issues of Malawi. With Alice’s filming skills, the film proved to be a success as previous viewings received a warm welcome when shown at Butterfly. There is also a small stage up by the Youth Centre which is perfect for performances.
- ENGLISH TEACHERS – We always welcome teachers as there are no shortages of kids who want to improve their language and reading skills.
- HOMEWORK CLUB – This is a great way to utilise the space after dark and many of the topics covered in school here are linked the English curriculum so there is great potential for volunteers to hold extra homework clubs, especially close to exam time. The Media Room can also be used for this as we have a great projector to work from.
- PEN PAL – This is a great way to stay in touch with Nkhata Bay once you have left here, and will provide a great insight to both people involved as to the daily challenges each other faces.
- ESCORTS FOR TRIPS – We would love to be able to show more of the groups that come through Butterfly some of the beautiful and amazing things that are around in Malawi. Previous trips have been to the Malawisaurus Museum but we would love to take a group to Vwaza National Park in the future.
If you are interested in volunteering, please see our Volunteer Package page. If you would like to contribute to this project but you are unable to make it over to Malawi, please see our Make A Donation page.