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Section 1: Description
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 programme 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.
1. Permaculture Internship
This internship offers the opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of permaculture in a development context. As an intern, you’ll be part of a small team providing permaculture training to teachers in a rural setting, and you’ll have a hand in the further development of the program. It’s a great opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practise, to gain a thorough understanding of the grassroots permaculture projects, and to contribute to a worthwhile cause. Your role will the tailored to your skills and knowledge, so that you can have an optimum learning experience, and you’ll be guided by a team at all times.
As a permaculture intern on this program, you’ll be an essential part of a small team, and you’ll have a mix of office and field work. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the following;
– Further developing the permaculture training provided to teachers
– Assisting with the training courses on the ground
– Assisting with developing the weekly permaculture program for children
– Helping with specific projects happening at schools, such as small permaculture gardens
Your tasks will be customised to your specific skills and knowledge.
2. NGO Development / Management Internship
Gain practical experience of international development and the day-to-day running of a nonprofit organisation during this NGO management internship. Based in a stunning area of Malawi, you’ll get a full understanding of all that’s involved in operating and developing a nonprofit at a grassroots level, and you’ll get to make a valuable contribution to its cause. You’ll have a chance to be part of the NGO’s development strategy and sustainability, and you can get practical experience in areas such as fundraising, impact measurement, and project facilitation. It’s a great opportunity for students interested in the international development space, or simply wanting to get a thorough knowledge of nonprofit management.
As a nonprofit management intern, there’s a diverse range of areas you can get involved in, including:
– Development of the overall course of the program / strategies
– Fundraising, which can include grant writing, online campaigns and individual giving campaigns
– Donor management and retention
– Impact measures and reporting
– Facilitation of projects on the ground
-Development of marketing/communications strategies and material.
3. Media & Communications Internship
Gain valuable experience in communications at a grassroots nonprofit organisation! You’ll be part of a small but fast-growing NGO that supports permaculture clubs for children in rural Malawi, and you’ll help develop and manage their communication channels. This involves a wide rage of tasks, including content writing, social media, public relations, and fundraising, so you can expect a multi- faceted experience. At the same time, you’ll get to be involved in some of the projects on the ground, which will give you a good understanding of the way charitable projects run. It’s a great opportunity for students of Communication Studies, Media Studies, Journalism, Fundraising, or related fields.
As a media and communications intern, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the following areas:
– Development of communication strategies
– Social media and newsletters
– Grant writing
– Photography & videography (if you have relevant skills)
– Content & blog writing
Section 3: Qualifications
These roles would be suitable for a range of individuals with different skills – please see above in the responsibility section to see if your skills meet what we are looking for. If you feel that you have an additional skill that would be useful to develop our permaculture project, them please do get in touch.
All applicants should have an interest in permaculture and a positive and proactive approach to the role.
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