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Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project (MWAP)
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Nkwichi Lodge, Manda Wilderness, Niassa, MZ
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Nkwichi Lodge, Manda Wilderness, MZ

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Project: Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project (MWAP)

Posted by Lily Bunker over 11 years ago

Volunteer in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Africa. Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project looks forward to welcoming you to northern Mozambique!

The Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project (MWAP) began in 2002 with the aim of improving nutrition in the Lago District through better agricultural production and practices. In an area where subsistence farming is virtually the only means of survival, MWAP encourages farmers to grow surplus produce to sell to Nkwichi Lodge and other local markets in the area. The farm is used as a demonstration plot to train local farmers in agricultural techniques. The demonstration farm enables villagers to receive hands on training without risking their own land, capital or labour. MWAP also carries out training on demonstration garden plots in individual villages. We are seeking a person experienced in permaculture to assist the farm. This is a wonderful opportunity for a motivated person to use their expertise in permaculture/ agriculture and their creativity to make vast changes and improvements to the farm and the nutritional health of the local communities.

What will you be doing?

*Sharing modern permaculture wisdom with farm staff and with local families on trips into some of the more remote surrounding villages.
*Supporting a commercially sustainable agricultural demonstration farm that supplies fresh vegetables to Nkwichi Lodge.
*Implementing and experimenting with local and alternative agricultural practices that could help improve the farms productivity and moving it towards self sustainable operation.
*Carrying out educational workshops at the demonstration farm teaching new permaculture and agricultural techniques.
*Supporting endeavours to fundraise for agricultural training including developing new fundraising activities, expanding networks, conceiving new project proposals and diversifying the arts and crafts produced at the farm.
*Supporting farm staff by writing schedules and work plans, creating future proposals, developing monitoring systems and assisting with agricultural training.
*Learning or improving your Chinyanja (Local dialect), Chichewa (National language of Malawi) and Portuguese (National language of Mozambique).

Who will you be volunteering with?

During the project you will be working alongside an enthusiastic, international team of volunteers who will be running other sustainability focused projects in the Manda Wilderness area. In the office you will be working mainly independently but with the support of the community trust project manager. On the demonstration farm you will work with 5 local staff Hilda, James, John, Maria and Thomas. If you choose to be involved there will also be opportunities to work on agricultural workshops with some of the 20,000 people who live in the conservation area.

How will you be living?

You will be staying at Nkwichi Lodge 10km south of Cobue, Mozambique and sleeping in the volunteer village with other volunteers working on related Manda Wilderness community trust projects. Accommodation includes your own private hut with an open-air shower and a composting toilet.  All meals will be cooked on ite using firewood in a fuel efficient cook stove, incorporating fresh produce from the farm.  Rice, beans, and pasta are the staples during your stay with the opportunity to grow your own food in a nearby garden. During your stay you are also welcomed to try out the activities offered by the lodge including snorkelling, canoeing, swimming, bird watching tours and remote village visits.

How will your day be spent?

Your day will begin to the chorus of lake birds and the African sun peering under your hut roof. Breakfast centres around the big meeting desk with the other volunteers. From here it is a twenty minute walk along the lake shore, beneath the Baobab trees to the farm entrance. After passing over two bridges you will be greeted by Mwapi the Farm dog and the five dedicated farm staff. Here your mornings and/or afternoons can be passed working on the permaculture farm, sewing seeds, planting seedlings, monitoring growth, mulching and sharing permaculture wisdom. Not forgetting the delicious lemon grass tea break at ten.  You can split your weeks and workdays between the farm and the office. The day ends as the sun sinks towards the western shores of the lake. As the temperature drops you are free to take a swim, share a drink, take a bite to eat or swap stories around the fire with other volunteers and guests staying at the lodge.

Note that long term stays are preferred and all stays involve a small contribution to cover living costs, including food and accommodation. This a perfect opportunity for a recent graduate to get experience after their studies.


Skills and experience needed:

·   Experience in water management and water conservation techniques;

·   Completed training from an accredited permaculture training course;

·   Experience in management on a small scale organic agricultural project;

·   Experience in tropical agriculture, conservation farming, agroforestry, and tree nurseries;

·   Experience in community development working with subsistence and emergent farmers on a variety of livelihood issues;

·   Experience in small-scale irrigation techniques;

·   Experience with beekeeping;

·   Experience in fundraising, or willingness to spend at least 15 hour per week on fundraising activities;

·   Experience in natural building, mapping and/or design;

·   Language skills in Chinyanja, Chichewa or Portuguese would be a plus.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Manda Wilderness region!
For further information visit our website under http://www.mandawilderness.org
If you are interested in this position, please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected].

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