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Volunteer in Ethiopia with IKPVA – Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ethiopia!

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Wide Range of Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ethiopia

Volunteer in Ethiopia – Overview

Volunteer in Ethiopia
Volunteers & Students in Ethiopia

Iko Poran offers responsible and authentic volunteer programs in Ethiopia that match all skills and interests in fascinating Addis Ababa.

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 Work as a Volunteer in Ethiopia is so important

Women Empowerment in Ethiopia
Women Empowerment in Ethiopia

Although there is some evidence of manufacturing growth starting to reduce poverty in urban centers at the end of the decade, structural change has been remarkably absent from Ethiopia’s story of progress.

The majority of Ethiopian households are still engaged in agriculture and in living in rural areas. Additional drivers of poverty reduction will be needed to end poverty in Ethiopia, particularly those that encourage the structural transformation of Ethiopia’s economy.

Policies need to encourage the entry and growth of firms, in addition, to support self-employment in non-agricultural activities.

Programs targeted to improving the wellbeing of the urban poor will also become increasingly important.


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

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the local organization in Brazil.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$199.00 on top of the program fee.

Fees Volunteer in Ethiopia

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?

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • 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.



Volunteer in Ethiopia – Project Details

Location – Addis Ababa

Addis Abbaba
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

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

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 18 years old at the start of your placement.

Volunteers must have adequate travel insurance.