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Manda Wilderness Community Trust

Manda Wilderness Community Trust

Manda Wilderness Community Trust

Manda Wilderness Community Trust (MWCT) has actively involved some 20,000 local people in 16 communities along the Lake Niassa/Malawi shoreline of Northern Mozambique. MWCT has built and refurbishe...


Cobue, Lichinga, Mozambique

18 Mar 2014

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The Project is seeking for a person experienced in permaculture farming to use their expertise in agriculture to assist the local community.

Cobue, Lichinga, Mozambique

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Entry Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
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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 agricultural demonstration farm that supplies fresh vegetables to Nkwichi Lodge
  • Implementing and experimenting with local and alternative agricultural practices to help improve productivity and moving towards self sustainable operation.
  • Carrying out educational workshops and participating in regular agricultural training at the demonstration farm teaching new permaculture and agricultural techniques
  • Supporting endeavors 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 and developing monitoring systems
  • Learning or improving your Chinyanja (local dialect), Chichewa (national language of Malawi) and Portuguese (national language of Mozambique)


Who will you be working with?

During the project you will be working alongside an enthusiastic, international team of volunteers and staff who will be running other focused projects in the Manda Wilderness region. You will be primarily be working independently but in collaboration with staff and volunteers. On the demonstration farm you will work together with five local staff – John, Hilda, Jaime, Maria and Thomas.


Where will you be living?

You will be staying on site at the Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project, 10km south of Cobue, Mozambique. Accommodation includes your own private hut with an open-air shower and a drop toilet. All meals will be cooked on site using firewood in a fuel efficient cook stove (see picture below), 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 welcome to try out the activities including snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, bird watching 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. Tiger, the Farm dog and the five dedicated farm staff will greet you in the morning. Your day will be spent working on the permaculture farm, sewing seeds, planting seedlings, monitoring growth, mulching, sharing permaculture wisdom and best of all, enjoying the delicious lemon grass tea break at ten. You can divide your workday between working outside at the farm and in the office on administrative work and fundraising. The day ends as the sun sinks towards the lakeshore. As the temperature drops you are free to take a swim at the beautiful farm beach, have a bite to eat or swap stories around the fire with other volunteers.


 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.
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