Go Volunteer Africa brings you some unique volunteer opportunities in Ethiopia. Our community development volunteer projects in Ethiopia will enable you to make a real difference to the lives of people as well as get closer to the local culture and give something back to the community.

Go Volunteer Africa has volunteer opportunities in Ethiopia for building and construction of schools and health centers, games and sports coaching, working with women projects and teaching primary and high schools in English and other social subjects.

Ethiopia is a fascinating country in the Horn of Africa and the second-most populous nation on the African continent (after Nigeria). It’s bordered by Eritrea to the north, Djibouti to the northeast, Somalia to the east, Kenya to the south, and Sudan and South Sudan to the west.

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and the second-oldest official Christian nation in the world after Armenia. Ethiopia is also the place for the first Hijra (615 AD) in Islamic history where the Christian king of Ethiopia accepted Muslim refugees from Mecca sent by the prophet Mohamed.

Ethiopia is like nowhere else on the planet, a beautiful country blessed with a peerless history, fabulous wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful peoples. Our Ethiopia volunteer program is open to participants from all over the world.

Volunteers who choose Ethiopia as their destination make a real contribution in enriching the lives of Ethiopian orphans, HIV/AIDS patients, poor youth, and general communities. If you choose to volunteer as a teacher, you will be engaged in many different volunteer roles. A volunteer in Ethiopia can teach English, sports, computer skills and more.

Ethiopian Wolf Safaris
Ethiopian Wolf Safaris

Why Volunteer in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is set to become the first low-income sub-Saharan African country to achieve one of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating poverty by 2030. Tremendous efforts have been made to reduce poverty in Ethiopia. The poverty rate fell from 44 percent in 2000 to 21 percent in 2018. Infrastructure developments and continued growth in the agriculture and service sectors helped bolster the nation’s economy and improve living conditions for its people.

Ethiopia serves as an excellent model to other impoverished countries for poverty reduction and successful economic development. Poverty in Ethiopia was sliced in half within 20 years. Infrastructure developments and external investors, particularly China, have furthered its progress in improving its economy and progressing with 1.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals—reducing poverty.

The last challenge Ethiopia faces is transitioning from an agricultural-based economy to an industrial-based economy. Although the idea is simple, execution sometimes includes decades of evolving and continued external investment from investors that might be blind or wary to potential future profitability. Structural changes to the Ethiopian economy are necessary for further progress in reducing poverty in Ethiopia. With government initiatives, such as improving access to clean water and sanitation services, the economy will continue to grow and eliminate poverty in Ethiopia.

As a volunteer in Ethiopia, you will experience traditional Ethiopian life and participate in daily meaningful activities . The beneficiaries of our projects in Ethiopia will welcome you into their community with open arms. You will be made to feel at home and you will taste all the different cultural foods, see their dancing and have the opportunity to join in. The children always enjoy having visitors and will be very friendly towards you.

***Go Volunteer Africa’s Ethiopia volunteer program is suitable for individuals, couples, families, students and groups. The volunteer Ethiopia program is very flexible and volunteers can arrive and depart on any day all year round.***

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN ETHIOPIA

ETHIOPIA: Community Volunteer Program

ETHIOPIA: Community Volunteer Program

Culturally rich country of Ethiopia is the ideal setting for a community volunteer program. Our Ethiopia community development volunteer program is open to all. The main focus of our Ethiopia community volunteer program is providing ...

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ABOUT ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia is a fascinating country in the Horn of Africa and the second-most populous nation on the African continent (after Nigeria). It’s bordered by Eritrea to the north, Djibouti to the northeast, Somalia to the east, Kenya to the south, and Sudan and South Sudan to the west.

 

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and the second-oldest official Christian nation in the world after Armenia. Ethiopia is also the place for the first Hijra (615 AD) in Islamic history where the Christian king of Ethiopia accepted Muslim refugees from Mecca sent by the prophet Mohamed.

 

Ethiopia is like nowhere else on the planet, a beautiful country blessed with a peerless history, fabulous wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful peoples. Our volunteer & travel in Ethiopia program is open to participants from all over the world.

 

Visit Ethiopia with Go Volunteer Africa and experience Ethiopian lifestyle and hospitality at it best. You’ll be part of a continuum of volunteers contributing to the cause of Ethiopian people driving their communities forward in education and infrastructure.

 

We could not do all that we do in Ethiopia without the help of our interns and volunteers, who are a vital and integral part of Go Volunteer Africa. Want to use your skills, drive and passion to help make life better for Ethiopian people? We’re looking for you!

 

Capital: Addis Ababa (Population: 7.178 Millions)

Currency: Ethiopian birr (ETB) $1 = 30ETB / £1 = 37ETB (2019)

Population: 110,000,000 (approx)

Official languages:  Amharic, Oromo and English

Area: 1.104 million sq km

International Calling Code: +251

PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS

Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia from teaching, construction, women empowerment, ICT & Technology, Farming & Agribusiness and a range of Ethiopian tours and holidays. 

 

If you choose to do volunteering work in Ethiopia with Go Volunteer Africa, you need to be adaptable, flexible and prepared to experience one of the most rewarding trips. 

 

VOLUNTEER TOURS IN ETHIOPIA QUICK FACTS

  • The program is open all year-round
  • Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
  • Over 6 oustanding sustainable project options
  • Projects are based across the country with major location being Addis Ababa city
  • Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
  • We host over 30 volunteers every month across Ethiopia
  • Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!

You will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people, animals and the environment. Volunteering in Ethiopia  and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseing activities you will get to do in your spare time.

PARTICIPANTS REQUIREMENTS

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.

 

SAFARIS & TOURS

Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous Ethiopia's wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Ethiopia.

 

SUPPORT

BEFORE YOU GO

IN-COUNTRY

§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  Travel & medical advice & documentation

§  Advice on visas & equipment advice

 

 

 

§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  3 meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour HQ backup

§  Free GVA t-shirt

 

 

ETHIOPIA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Immerse yourself in rural, slum, semi-urban & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Improve the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life

 

Transport:

Airport pickup

Accommodation:

Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Ethiopia will meet you on arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.

 

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers including the national airline Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopia has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN ETHIOPIA

Participants in our programs and tours in Ethiopia are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouse managed by the local coordinating team in the Addis Ababa city. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday. Life at the accommodation facility is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!

 

The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteer tourists on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. The facility has western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people.

 

The accommodation is very close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 30- 60 minutes from the accommodation.  Its equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities and spare electricity sockets. 

 

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Ethiopia has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROGRAM COSTS

Item

Cost (USD$)

Inclusion

1 week

$360

 

  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Airport pickup
  • In-country emergency support

 

Exclusions:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)

2 weeks

$460

3 weeks

$560

4 weeks

$660

5 weeks

$760

6 weeks

$860

7 weeks

$960

8 weeks

$1060

9 weeks

$1160

10 weeks

$1260

Extra week

+ $100

 

PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay a placement booking and confirmation administration fee of USD$180 (solo traveler), USD$150 (2-5 participants p/p), USD$125 (6+ participants  p/p). This is charged above the program fee quoted which is paid in cash upon arrival to your host country.

 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up

 

Visas: Visitors to Ethiopia must obtain a visa from one of the Ethiopian diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an electronic visa or visa on arrival.. Ethiopia launched its own electronic visa platform on 12 June 2017. As of 1 June 2018 nationals of all countries except Pakistan and Syria are eligible for eVISA. Travelers with eVISA must enter Ethiopia via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entering from other ports of entry is prohibited.

 

Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.

APPLICATION & BOOKING

To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay the booking fee to confirm your placement. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.

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Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here