Volunteer in Ethiopia

About the program in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia we have several Volunteering Programs available including teaching English at a school, work at a kindergarten, teaching, special needs children or construction projects. You also have the option to start with the Culture Week. You can combine different projects easily with us without any extra costs. You can join from a short term 2 week program up to 4 weeks.

Ethiopia Program Summary

Location: Bahir Dar in Ethiopia
Arrival: Ginbot Haya Airport on Sunday from 8:00 until 20:00.
Start Dates 2019 : 7 January, 21 January, 4 February, 18 February, 4 March, 18 March, 1 April, 15 April, 6 May, 20 May, 3 June, 17 June, 1 July, 8 July, 15 July, 22 July, 5 August, 19 August, 2 September, 16 September, 7 October, 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December, 16 December
Age: Join from 18 years old

Why Join with GapXperience ?
  • Experienced and Trusted Organization – Established over 14 years ago, we have grown to become one of the world’s leaders for Gap Year & Volunteer Abroad Programs with over 200 programs in over 30 countries around the world, having placed thousands of participants abroad.
  • Most Affordable Prices – our fees are the some of the most affordable for quality volunteer travel that you will find with just one low fixed fee without additional registration or application fees.
  • Responsible Projects – Our volunteer projects abroad are run responsibly and have a positive impact on local needs of the local people.
  • Great Support – Before you go and throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our team and the local coordinators who will provide you with assistance. Checkout our reviews to see the wonderful feedback we have received from our participants.
  • Make Friends – Meet up with the friendly locals and like-minded travelers during your program abroad and make life-long friends during your trip.
  • Explore on Weekends – You have the weekends free to explore the local area and travel around and create some great travel experiences.
  • Self Development – We see volunteering as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills.
Program Info

Bahir Dar is a bustling city with palm tree and flower lined roads and is located in the Amhara region where Amharic is widely spoken. Lake Tana, a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve and the Blue Nile Falls are located nearby.

Daily flights connect Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa. Bus services from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar entail a very comfortable bus journey of 10 hours rewarded with scenic views along the way.

Your accommodation is on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, about 3 to 4 kilometers from the projects, and is part of a gated community. The house overlooks Lake Tana and the Abyssinian Highlands.

Culture Week

You have the option to start with the Culture Week, this will ensure that you get the most out of your stay by learning about the local culture and customs. This week is not compulsory.


There are several volunteer programs available and you can build your own schedule from a short term 2 week program up to 4 weeks and choose which program(s) you want to join and you can also combine different programs!

Accommodation & Melas

There are three meals included from Monday to Friday and two meals during the weekend.

The accommodation is shared based on single gender rooms.

Arrival Details

You need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program  from 8:00 until 20:00 at Ginbot Haya Airport. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation. 

Departure day is on Saturday of your last week.

Requirements to Join
  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate.
  • For the medical project you need to be minimum 18 years
  • You need to have your own travel insurance, including health and 3rd party liability coverage
  • As this is a cross-cultural program it is important to be flexible and open to local customs and traditions.
  • Participants must have a clean criminal background check and give it to the coordinator on arrival, click here for details

This program is organized in cooperation & partnership with The Green Lion, our trusted partner for over 14 years
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volunteer programs in Ethiopia

You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project or experience you want to join and you can also combine different programs!


Bahir Dar is a bustling city with palm tree and flower lined roads and is located in the Amhara region where Amharic is widely spoken. Lake Tana, a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve and the Blue Nile Falls are located nearby.

Daily flights connect Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa. Bus services from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar entail a very comfortable bus journey of 10 hours rewarded with scenic views along the way.

Volunteer Programs

Culture Week
Get to know the traditional, vibrant and still relevant Ethiopian culture. A land steeped in history which unravels in the introduction week will make you fall in love with this land and its people. Nature walks, island hopping, language and cooking classes, Coffee drinking ceremonies and many other things to do and experience, let you immerse yourself in this culture which will leave you energized and eager to jump into the various projects you have chosen for the next week.

For more info and a brochure click here


Experience teaching by serving as a catalyst for subjects in the curriculum and instill confidence and enthusiasm for all the students. Teach the students mostly from Grades 1 to 8 who are from marginalized families. The primary school students are cynical about their future and could do with some career alternatives put forward by you. Not just reading and writing but help with the material and fluency in speaking English is another focal issue that needs attention.

For more info and a brochure click here


An opportunity to teach Kindergarten kids with the help of building blocks, recognition of shapes, colors, objects, popular fruits, vegetables and animals. Help them with alphanumeric cognizance. Being small children, they can imbibe inputs for a maximum of 30 – 40 minutes only at a stretch. This is the most fertile period time of their growth, thus there should be scope for learning games through fun which makes them keen to participate. Challenging but extremely rewarding.

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Construction and Renovation

There are many ways in which the aesthetic elements of the school can be improved. Activities that you can be a part of are in the constructing of new classrooms, painting, repairing discarded furniture and so on. Masonry work in building new blocks could do with another hand. You can also help with landscaping and planting saplings. Express yourself on the canvas provided with the walls of the school. The school has a huge area covered with tall grass and weeds that can be cleared.

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Special Needs Children

During the introduction period, you will have to choose the type of special needs that you are comfortable with according to your capacity. The children are separated into groups as the mode of teaching them will differ. They have different levels of autism and deaf and dumb levels. They need a different approach and different methodologies in which they can be taught. A register is maintained to log the progress of each child so that there is a smooth handover to the next participant.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.

Are the program fees subject to change?

When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.

What is the average age of participants?

We have participants of different ages. Most are between 18 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older (up to 55 years). The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.

What is the support like overseas?

We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.

Can I also join my friend or family member?

Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

Can I participate for a short period?

Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.

How well should my English be?

Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.

Is travel insurance mandatory?

Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.

Will I be picked up from the airport?

Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.

Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?

Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.

Are your programs suitable for an internship?

yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.

Can I combine different countries?

Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.

Can I still travel around after the program?

Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.

Will other volunteers be present on the project?

The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.

Do I have to reserve my flight myself?

Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.

What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?

In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.

When can I register?

The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.

prices of the programs in Ethiopia

Prices in Pounds
2 weeks : 795 Pounds
3 weeks : 1075 Pounds
4 weeks : 1275 Pounds

Prices in US$
2 weeks : 1025 US$
3 weeks : 1295 US$
4 weeks : 1625 US$

Prices in Euro
2 weeks : 895 Euro
3 weeks : 1135 Euro
4 weeks : 1425 Euro

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information

Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses, 5% international banking fee

Why book with GapXperience

Lowest & Affordable Prices

Our prices are some of the lowest of similar programs without reducing the quality, support and services.

Book Together with Friend

Book the program together with one or more persons and you all get a discount of £35/US$45/€40.

Returning Customers

Many of our customers join us again and they get a discount on their program of £35/US$45/€40.

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £145, US$175 or €150.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.

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