Volunteer in Ethiopia
Volunteer in Ethiopia projects include work with children in orphanages, schools and in medical programs. Ethiopia volunteers live with local Ethiopian host families for the duration of their placement.
You can travel to Ethiopia for short term volunteer vacation abroad or gap year overseas volunteering. You will have plenty of volunteer opportunities in Ethiopia.
The country needs much support, after years of famine and other disasters. It is a great location for anyone wishing to help by doing some overseas voluntary work.
All volunteer placements in Ethiopia are very flexible giving you the opportunity to take some time off and explore the country. The exact location of your placement is finalised shortly before arrival and takes into consideration:
Your skills and preferences
The needs and requirements of various projects
You have the option of indicating your preference for urban or rural set up.
Your Volunteer Work Opportunities in Ethiopia
Ethiopia Orphanage Volunteer
Our orphanage volunteers in Ethiopia make a real contribution in enriching the lives of Ethiopian orphans. The children are aged 0 - 12 years old. Some have bee orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, taken off the streets or have been abandoned in hospital after birth.
Some orphans will be handicapped and will have suffered so much at a tender age. With your help and donations, they can get a brighter future. There are volunteer opportunities to teach the school going children, counsel, help with feeding, cooking, cleaning, and creating fun activities for the orphans.
You will play an important role in the education and development of the orphans in Ethiopian orphanages, ensuring that they are well looked after and that they attend to their duties and do their homework.
Volunteer Teaching in Ethiopian Schools
Volunteer teachers in Ethiopia are involved in many different tasks. They teach English, teach sports, teach computer skills, new skills to handicapped persons and more.
You will typically work with children aged 4 - 17 years and teach at some of the poorly resourced schools in Ethiopia. You do not need a formal teaching qualification or TEFL in order to participate at the volunteer teaching projects. You can do volunteer teaching during your gap year, as a career break or during an extended volunteer holiday.
Volunteer teachers are able to teach on their own after orientation or assist local teachers. You will make a significant contribution by improving the pupils conversational English.
In some instances, even the teachers need to learn English from native speakers. This gives them confidence and increased exposure to spoken English. It enables them to advance their language skills and enhance their chances of a brighter future.
Ethiopia Medical Volunteer Projects
Medical volunteers are needed in Ethiopian clinics and hospitals. The medical program is suitable for:
Qualified medical personnel
Anyone wishing to help in the health sector.
Medical volunteer projects are very helpful in preparation of a medical career. The volunteer placement is tailored, where possible, to your level of experience, interests, and size and type of hospital or clinic.
You will experience great contrast between medical practice in developed countries and developing countries. You will also see many medical conditions that have remained untreated for long thus developing to advanced pathological stage.
Hospital volunteers observe or directly assist doctors and nurses. You can do rounds with the doctors assisting in various ways.
Medical Volunteer areas include:
Volunteering in Ethiopia is suitable for:
We invite individuals, couples, families, students, researchers, and groups (churches, colleges, and student associations). Our programs are flexible and volunteers can arrive and depart on any day all year round.
The Ethiopia volunteer program is open to volunteers from all countries. You can spend your gap year abroad in Ethiopia or just come for a holiday. You do not have to be a student to participate. Our Ethiopia volunteers come from different backgrounds and bring their much needed skills and experiences.
You can come if you are retired, a student, need a carrier break, or need time to decide what to do with your life. We have something for everyone; young or old. Come and discover how things work in a different culture.
Volunteer in Ethiopia Program Costs
Application Fee: USD $100.00. Application fee covers administration, program information, communication and the cost of collection from the airport.
Ethiopia Volunteer Program Fee in USD:
Cost for 2 weeks or less $600.00
Cost for 3 weeks $700.00
Cost for 1 month $800.00
Cost for 6 weeks $1000.00
Cost for 2 months $1,200.00
Cost for 10 weeks $1,400.00
Cost for 3 months $1,600.00
Cost for 4 months $2,000.00
Cost for 5 months $2,400.00
Cost for 6 months $2,700.00
The costs you need to meet are:
Your flight to and from the country, visa fees, work permits, vaccinations, and travel insurance, and airport taxes. You will also need a weekly budget to cover your expenses like bottled water, personal costs, public transport, beverages and entertainment.
Volunteer in Ethiopia Accommodation and Meals
You will have a fantastic opportunity of living with a local family close to your volunteer project.
This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to integrate and experience a cultural immersion within a Ethiopian family. The family will be on hand to help you and also show you around the local area.
Your host family will provide 2 meals a day. Lunch can be taken at small cafes or restaurants near your volunteer project where you can try cheap and tasty local food. Three meals are provided if you are at your accommodation during weekends.