Volunteer in Ethiopia

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!

Best Volunteer Opportunities in Addis Ababa

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.

Teaching English

Go for a unique volunteer experience teaching English in Ethiopia in order to foster the young talents at school. At the hostel which accommodates boys and girls from 12 to 18 years old, you will be teaching promising students. They will be very grateful for the opportunity to develop their English skills. 

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Computing and IT

If you choose to volunteer on computer literacy in Ethiopia, you will grant access for your students to a wonderful tool, that can be implemented in every aspect of their lives. You will not only train them to use computers like average consumers, but also train them to understand principles of databases and programming.

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Social Projects

Women Empowerment

Volunteer on women’s empowerment in Ethiopia with Iko Poran! You will be teaching life-skills and English to the hostel female students, in order to allow for them to grow personally and professionally. While you make it easier for the young women to access quality education, you end up improving their future employment opportunities.

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Construction & Beautification

Work as a construction volunteer in Ethiopia in order to do some necessary renovation work. Since the student’s hostels require maintenance, renovation & beautification work, you voluntary work will be a great contribution! The project aims to maintain the hostels buildings and also to motivate the students to come and join in the construction project.

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Sports & Wellness Coaching

Teaching Sports

There are many opportunities for sports volunteering in Ethiopia, in order to coach young sports talents. Some of the students even want to become professionals. So, they can greatly benefit from your training and guidance!

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Wellness Coaching

Understanding the benefits of having a lifestyle in accordance with their body, mind and soul is crucial for health and wellbeing. While working with this wellness workshop, you can teach yoga, meditation and physical exercises. So you can help the students to achieve and maintain physical fitness and mental stability.

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Environmental Education

Gardening & Landscaping

Bring your passion and knowledge of gardening in order to develop your volunteer work in Ethiopia. Your volunteer work will both benefit the students in Addis Ababa, who can learn from you, and also the local population! During the volunteer project, you will show the students at school how to grow their own vegetables.

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Environmental Awareness

Work as a volunteer in Ethiopia in order to further environmental awareness among the students at school. You can explain the students, why our environment is so fragile. Each of the students will start to understand, how human activity is impacting nature.

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Arts & Music

Arts & Photography

With your artistic talents, you can make the school students very happy. They will love to learn painting, sculpture and photography with you. While you are teaching your arts students, you will give students the opportunity to develop their creativity.

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Music & Singing

Get involved with teaching music and singing as a volunteer, in order give your students a wide range of possibilities to explore their talents and creativity. In many cultures, music is an important part of people’s way of life, as it plays a key role in religious rituals, rite of passage ceremonies, social and cultural activities.

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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!

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.

Volunteering in Ethiopia - Project Details

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the local organization in Brazil.
  • All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 149 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
Breakfast & 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)
No Hidden Costs
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.
Location of the Projects
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.
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 our Pre-Departure Guide.
Start Dates & Duration
Every Saturday of the month, orientation takes place on 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 at the start of your placement.

Volunteers must have adequate travel insurance.
Language Skills required
Fluency in English is required in all the projects.
Volunteers in Ethiopia can count on 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.

Volunteer Experiences in Ethiopia

Testimonials of our Volunteers in Addis Ababa

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