Volunteer in Ethiopia with IKPVA – Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ethiopia!
At a Glance:
Location: Addis Ababa (New Flower), Ethiopia
Available all year round
Arrival dates: every Saturday of the month
10 Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ethiopia:
Accommodation (bedroom with ensuite bathroom) within a student hostel – All meals included, authentic Ethiopian food
Program fee includes airport pickup & drop off, orientation, accommodation, all meals, placement & supervision, 24×7 emergency support, and donation to local projects.
Local project manager speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian
Free week of cultural activities on arrival.
Program fees starting at only $395 for 2 weeks.
Wide Range of Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ethiopia
Volunteering in Ethiopia: Teaching English at School and more
Iko Poran offers responsible and authentic volunteer programs in Ethiopia, covering all abilities and interests. While volunteering in Addis Ababa, teaching English as an Assistant Teacher, you can also introduce the students to computer literacy or music. In addition, you can practice yoga with the students in Ethiopia, perform wellness coaching or create a vegetable garden and much more. There are also a few sports talents at the school who are looking forward to training with a sports volunteer!
At IKPVA, we are dedicated to providing you with affordable internship opportunities for volunteers in Ethiopia to train children and youth at a school in Addis Ababa. You will have a rewarding experience as an Assistant Teacher in various subjects and will teach promising students between the ages of 12 and 18.
Kick off with a free week of cultural activity in Addis Ababa
Upon your arrival, you can enjoy a free week of cultural activities in Addis Ababa. During your stay as a volunteer in Ethiopia, you will have a room with private bathroom. You live next to the students in the hostel in a pleasant and familiar environment. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also included. You will surely enjoy the authentic Ethiopian dishes!
Volunteering at the school in Ethiopia
With your volunteer work as an assistant teacher, you will contribute a lot to the future of talented students in school!
Based on your interests and knowledge, you can teach English or introduce teens to digital computer and internet technology. If you want to strengthen the female students’ self-esteem, you can join the women’s empowerment project.
Volunteering in Ethiopia on Environmental Awareness
Another important area is environmental awareness. Whether you choose to do practical gardening work, or if you want to talk about solar energy, your students will learn how to preserve the environment.
Taking care of nature also includes taking care of one’s health. That’s why we have included a wellness coaching and yoga project that students love!
Sports, Visual Arts and Music bring people together and bring joy
Sports is not only good for health, but it can also be the beginning of a career! As a sports volunteer, you can coach students with exceptional sports talents in preparation for a professional career.
Finally, music and arts are a source of joy, and bring people together regardless of culture or language! Bring your creativity to a photo and painting workshop, or teach singing and playing musical instruments!
With his creativity he can also contribute in the decoration of the school, painting and reforming classrooms and leisure areas in the construction project. After all, a warm and inspiring environment motivates students.
Finally, do not worry about the language, the coordinators will accompany the volunteers in English, Spanish or Italian!
Addis Ababa: a magical place
As a volunteer in Ethiopia, you will discover the beauty of the city of Addis Ababa. Since its inception in the 19th century, Addis Ababa (አዲስአበባ) has always seemed like a magical portal, a gateway to another world. The city offers some tourist spot, with the Holy Trinity Cathedral or the Ethiopian National Museum. When visiting so many interesting places in Addis Ababa, you will have the opportunity to experience the memorable Ethiopian cuisine whose sponera bread, injera, is used in place of cutlery to clean several seasoned stews.
Africa’s first independent country
Ethiopia is not only Africa’s oldest independent country, but it is also the second largest in terms of population. Apart from a five-year occupation by Mussolini’s Italy in 1935, it has never been colonized.
Since the country is the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church – one of the oldest Christian churches, it looks back over a unique cultural heritage. Ethiopia’s monarchy ended only in the coup of 1974.
Throughout the colonial period, Ethiopia served as a symbol of African independence, and then became a founder member of the United Nations. Nowadays, many international organizations in Africa have their base in Ethiopia.
Structural Change: Why your Volunteer Work in Ethiopia is so important
While there is evidence that industrial growth at the end of the decade has resulted in poverty reduction in urban centers, Ethiopia is still a long way from real structural change.
The majority of Ethiopian households are still engaged in agriculture and live in rural areas. Further action to reduce poverty will be needed to enable Ethiopians to live a life of dignity.
Therefore, on the one hand, Ethiopia’s policies need to empower companies to create jobs and, on the other hand, encourage the self-employment of ordinary people who can not all work in agriculture.
For this reason, your teaching as a volunteer at the school will be so important to give students the opportunity to qualify professionally. In addition, you can prepare students for how to work independently, such as starting up start-up companies.
Help Improving the Lives of the People as a Volunteer in Ethiopia!
As a volunteer in Ethiopia with IKPVA, you will have the opportunity to do your bit to help improve the lives of people living in underprivileged parts of Ethiopian society! See our range of projects to see how you can donate your time, skills and affection to the purpose of helping people less fortunate than yourself.
Join our cheap volunteer programs in Ethiopia for the experience of your lifetime!
Most Affordable Fees to Volunteer in Ethiopia
- The program fee is paid directly to the local organization in Brazil.
- All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 199 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the program fee?
- Pre-arrival assistance
- Airport pick-up & drop off
- Orientation about project, country, and rules
- Accommodation (double bedroom with ensuite bathroom) on the top floor of the student’s hostel
- All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) – Authentic Ethiopia meals
- Project manager speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian
- 24 x 7 Emergency assistance (if required)
- Travel support in Ethiopia
- Certificate of Volunteering
Free week of Cultural activities:
- Traditional coffee ceremony
- Visit Mercato (the biggest open-air marketplace in Africa)
- Cultural visits to Holy Trinity Cathedral
- Traditional Ethiopian dance
- National Museum of Ethiopia, where it is possible to see “Lucy“, the most famous fossilized remains of early hominids.
What’s NOT included in the volunteer in Ethiopia program fee?
- Project transportation
- All Personal expenses
- Medical on related expenses (full private medical cover highly recommended)
There are no hidden costs. Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making your trip to volunteer in Ethiopia more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Volunteering in Ethiopia – Project Details
Location – Addis Ababa
As a volunteer in Ethiopia with Iko Poran, you will be living in the city of Addis Ababa.
Since its establishment in the 19th century, Addis Ababa has always seemed like a magical portal, a gateway to another world.
For the rural masses of Ethiopia, it was, and is, a city whose streets are paved in gold.
However, for you as a volunteer in Ethiopia, the gateway of Addis Ababa is at the verge of an ancient and mystical world.
Cheap volunteer programs in Ethiopia in Africa’s fourth largest city
And yet, Addis – Africa’s fourth-largest city and its diplomatic capital – is also a traffic-choked, sprawling city of no discernible beauty that many foreign visitors try to transit as quickly as possible. But take note: when you choose to skip out on the contradictions of this complex city you run the risk of failing to understand Ethiopia altogether. And apart from anything else, Addis is the best place in the country to sample Ethiopian food. If you enjoy cultural life, you can even find wonderful museums and inspiring places to stay. As a volunteer in Ethiopia, you can visit some of the tourist destinations during your free time:
- Mercato, the biggest open-air marketplace in Africa
- Holy Trinity Cathedral
- National Museum of Ethiopia
- Entoto Hill
- St George’s Cathedral
- Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Eating out in Addis Ababa: Enjoy your free time as a volunteer in Ethiopia
Besides all the excitement with the volunteer placement, you will also have the opportunity to try Ethiopian memorable cuisine whose signature spongey bread, injera, is used in lieu of silverware for mopping up various spiced-up stews.
While walking around in the city, you will find a comprehensive taste of the city’s edible offerings. The culinary options range from a typical juice shop to a vegetarian restaurant or a meat or fried-fish place.
During your stay as a volunteer in Ethiopia with IKPVA, you’ll receive priceless insights into local culture and culinary customs.
Accommodation & Meals for Volunteers in Addis Ababa
You will have a bedroom (with ensuite bathroom) living alongside our students in our hostel within a welcoming and familiar environment.
Full details of the accommodation are available in out Pre-Departure Guide.
Start Dates & Duration of the volunteer programs in Ethiopia
Every Saturday of the month, orientation takes place Sundays and work at the project starts on Mondays.
You can choose to volunteer in Ethiopia from 2 to 24 weeks
Volunteers work on average 4 to 6 hours daily, Monday to Friday.
Arrival & Orientation
Organize to arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. You will be met by a representative in arrivals.
Orientation takes place on your first day and will cover:
- About Ethiopia
- About your program & other projects
- Additional options such as excursions and learning programs
- Project extension
- Cultural responsibility
- Basics of Amharic (the official language of Ethiopia)
- Code of conducts
- Project visit
Requirements to our volunteer programs in Ethiopia
Volunteers must be at least 20 years old on the start of your placement.
Volunteers must have adequate travel insurance.
Language Skills required in order to volunteer in Ethiopia
Fluency in English is required in all the projects.
Volunteers in Ethiopia can count on the competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders.
There will always be a member of the local team or from the project working with you at the projects.
The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.
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