Ethiopia Teaching & Community Project

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1. In Brief

With an historical significance that resonates across millennia, Ethiopia is known as the cradle of humanity for good reason. The oldest human remains were found here, and it has evolved to become a fascinating region of the African continent. The only nation to completely avoid colonisation, it has a proud and complex culture expressed through dramatic tribal traditions and a life blood of passionate and vibrant people who are proud of their recently acquired democracy.

Here in a land where the Queen of Sheba once ruled, primitive and modern live side by side, but the exquisite facial bone structure of the women here evokes the ancient heritage of the mighty queens of the past. However, years of famine, war and misrule have left a legacy of poverty and its attendant problems – consequently, it is somewhere that truly needs and deserves the help of international volunteers.

Visit this land of starkly beautiful savannah plains punctuated by age old rock hewn churches, highlighting the unique juxtaposition of natural magnificence and cultural heritage found here, whilst making a crucial difference to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. If you wish to transform the lives of disadvantaged Ethiopians whilst discovering this land of a tangible ancient aura, travel to Ethiopia for a gap year destination with a difference!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain your TEFL certificate for free!
  • Gain a life time of unmatchable memories
  • Transform the lives of disadvantaged communities

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • CV is required on application

FAST FACTS

Location Gondar, Ethiopia
Activities Teach English
Coach sports
Teach computer skills, art, music and other subjects of your choice
Transport Airport pick-up
Walk or bus ride to work placement
Accommodation Homestay or project-specific house


 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL qualification & certification
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
Ground transfers to project
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THIS PROJECT DO?

Education in this economically deprived country has suffered a great deal as a result of under-resourced schools and the fact that education is low down the list of priorities in a land ravaged by famine and disease. Adult illiteracy in the 1980's was as high as 90%, and although in recent years the government has allocated more funding to education, public expenditure on schools is still only 4%. This project looks to help alleviate this problem in this unique, fascinating community by equipping schools with books, teaching aids and computers to help restore hope for the future of the local children.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Whilst participating on this project you can expect to be involved within a range of initiatives encompassing a varied and enjoyable teaching programme which will engage you fully with your pupils and the local community.

You will be working with small groups of very enthusiastic and eager young people, all keen to improve their English communication skills. They will have volunteered for these extra lessons and you will never find a problem with their motivation and discipline. You will be provided with all teaching materials which have been designed by UK and Ethiopian teachers to be simple to use yet highly effective for your students. The local project coordinators will be on hand to provide plenty of help and support in using these materials before you begin teaching. 

Aside from the teaching placements, this project also focusses on computer training / support and sports coaching programmes. You do not need detailed computer expertise here but a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and the internet is important. This work will take you to various schools, checking on the new computers there and helping the enthusiastic yet rather nervous teachers - and some of the more senior students - to become more skilled at using common software packages. Sports coaching may also take you to a number of different local schools, talking to the teachers about their current sports activities, setting up some keen student teams and helping them with their techniques. You may also like to organise inter-school sports tournaments while you are there. 

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to get to know both the teachers and students in the schools and offer them any extra interests or skills you may have. You will be welcomed at every turn by smiling and enthusiastic people - we cannot emphasise this enough! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from helping and inspiring these underprivileged children whilst significantly enhancing your own skills and experience.

The main working week will be from Monday to Thursday with Friday reserved for participation in other community activities to give you a flexible and wide ranging experience. Those with the right skills may even find themselves working in the local teaching hospital!

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Gondar Airport by a friendly local staff member and escorted to the project site.  Any project-related costs will be minimal and your daily journey to the project may entail a short walk or bus ride.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation will either be with a welcoming host family, who will provide basic but comfortable living quarters for you, or in project-specific housing. Wherever you are, you will have basic but comfortable accommodation with a bathroom and running water. A laundry service is often included.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not included so volunteers are encouraged to source meals locally in order to support the local economy. A wide variety of very inexpensive food is available in the local cafes and restaurants with just two or three pounds a day being sufficient to buy you a delicious range of both Ethiopian and European style dishes. Ethiopian food is simple and delicious and will open up a whole new aspect of African culture to you. Try dishes such as chicken stew with hard boiled eggs, lamb dices or tartar steak, or if you are vegetarian sample the delicious "vegetable alecha" or vegetable stew. Honey wine is a traditional accompaniment to a meal, or tella which is the delicious local beer.

4. The reviews

Can't wait to get back out there next year!  | 10 Oct 2012
The best experience I have ever had! Every second of it was fantastic! I'm traveling around t...

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The volunteer experience  | 27 Feb 2010
My day usually began at 7 or 8am, with breakfast in a local cafe. I would then head off to class ...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you are sure to want to explore the natural and cultural wonders that are found in this remarkable land. See the rock hewn churches of Lalibela where you can join an Ethiopian church service, alongside white gauze clad worshippers. Encounter the shrieking baboons of the Simien mountains as they scamper down the slopes, weaving through the gnarled trees. If you want to venture further afield, catch a boat out to the monasteries on the islands in the middle of the largest lake in Ethiopia, or see the Hamer and Mursi people of the Omo Valley, a place where traditional dress and customs have been maintained for centuries. Perhaps most striking to visit are the ruins of Aksum; remote, quiet and the site of ancient palaces, you can visit this palace of the Queen of Sheba by bicycle, and enjoy being totally alone in a place of spectacular beauty.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,495

Extra week US$245

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK TEFL qualification & certification

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Addis Ababa (ADD)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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