Bristol, City of Bristol
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Temwa Voluntary Internships

Call for Temwa Carbon Balance, Grants, Admin and Communications

Our goal at Temwa is to harness the power of bringing communities together. We partner with communities in Malawi, empowering local people to end poverty and transform their own futures. We inspire local communities in the UK to help bring about this change.

From sharing stories of hope to helping run our stand-out events (including wrestling challenges and Totally Toto Africa), you will play a key role in engaging new and existing supporters to help us meet our fundraising goals. Our voluntary internships provide you with real responsibility and experience to be part of transformational change in one of the poorest countries in the world. You will be able to apply your existing skills and experience to our organisational mission, whilst developing your own skill set.

Location: Temwa UK offices, Portland Square, central Bristol

Closing date for applications: Early applications encouraged, considered on a rolling basis.

Expected interview dates: End of February

Expected start date: Early - Mid March

This is a voluntary internship, with reasonable travel and lunch expenses covered. We ask our volunteers to commit a minimum of one day a week for six months or a full-time role for three months.


About Temwa

When communities come together. Temwa means ‘love, within a community,’ in the language of Tumbuka. We are a Bristol based charity committed to empowering remote African communities to end poverty and transform their own futures.

We know that without the central involvement of the communities in a project we cannot do anything that lasts. Temwa draws on 17 years of working with remote communities in Malawi to understand that many of the challenges faced by poor rural communities are linked and mutually reinforcing. To make a lasting change, we partner with the communities and work through local structures to tackle the various causes of poverty simultaneously, not just symptoms.

We have a highly skilled team in Malawi implementing this work, based out of two offices in the Northern Region. Our UK office, based in Bristol, comprises a fundraising and operations team of seven staff, 3-5 volunteer interns and a wider family of volunteers and supporters, committed to achieving this goal.

Voluntary Internships

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who are passionate about seeing Temwa grow in strength and reach. You will be joining the team at an exciting time following the launch of Temwa Carbon Balance, exciting grant opportunities, increased media visibility and upcoming events, including Bristol Come Dancing. In some roles, you will get the opportunity to work with the Malawi team on generating reports and sharing updates from the communities. Below are the roles available and key skills required:


Temwa Carbon Balance

Great research skills, fluent writing and naturally relational are all key as you assist the team with individuals and business partnerships. You will help with pipeline development, onboarding and reporting and communications for the initiative balancing CO2 emissions through community forestry in Malawi.


With strong desk research skills and punctiliousness, you’ll be crucial in identifying and tracking grant funding opportunities. Pursuing excellence and professionalism, you’ll have good written, editing and proof-reading skills. An interest in fundraising and knowledge of international development is required.  


Do you have a strong attention to detail and love getting things organised? We’re looking for someone with experience of office work able to support the fundraising and operations teams, including a good knowledge of spreadsheets and other office applications.


Social media savvy, you’ll have a way with words and an eye for good aesthetics. Help us increase engagement on our social platforms and develop a youtube channel. We’d especially love to hear from people with photography, graphic and video skills.


How to apply

Please submit a CV and short cover letter (one page) explaining the roles you are interested in and your relevant experience.

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.


Refreshed on: 23 April 2020
Closed date: 05 May 2020
Job ref: CBG20
Tags: Admin, Communications, PR