Trip Details

Construction and Renovation Volunteer Ethiopia

Each of our programmes is carefully designed to give our volunteers an exciting and memorable adventure whilst doing good for the community. And this Construction and Renovation Volunteer programme provides all of that and more! Based in Bahir Dar, this project involves the construction of new classrooms and furniture, as well as renovating old ones in a school which houses 1300 children! It’s hard work, but it will be well worth it when you see the fruits of your labour (…and let’s not forget the adventures you will have in between!)

Build it and they will Come …

You will be plastering, brick-laying, excavating, woodworking, and even landscaping – whatever it takes to help make this school a better place for the local children. If you’re the creative type, you might also be able to put your hand to some murals, to really take things up a notch!  The students here love their school – it’s a huge part of their lives and offers a place where they can just be children, away from the difficulties of Ethiopian life. Our volunteers really enjoy being part of making this a better place for them to learn, play and enjoy socialising with their friends. And so will you!

Head off on your own Ethiopian Adventure!

Ethiopia has a wealth of varied landscapes from deserts to highlands, cities to lush greenery and waterfalls. In fact, your accommodation sits on Lake Tana, a scenic lake that sustains a diverse array of wildlife. You will find no end of places to explore with your newfound volunteer friends, as you take in the vibrant culture of Ethiopia, and of course, the delicious African cuisine!

Why be a Construction and Renovation Volunteer in Ethiopia?

  • Be an important part of building and improving a community school
  • Improve your skills and learn new ones, working with a great team
  • Explore the towns, landscapes and natural landmarks of Ethiopia
  • Relax back at your safe gated community accommodation (Wifi included)
  • Discover the taste of African cuisine, with all meals and beverages* included

*tea, coffee and drinking water

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

Each day will be different, and the tasks you are set by your volunteer coordinator will be aligned with your level of ability. They are there to ensure that you are safe and happy, so you can be sure that you will be well looked after whilst working as a Construction and Renovation volunteer!

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, as well as local culture. Thereafter, your programme will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Orientation Day Schedule

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Introduction to Ethiopian History and culture.
  • Amharic Language Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Visit the Local Market, St George Church and town
  • Visit Lake Tana
  • Dinner
  • Visit a local traditional Show of music and dance.
  • Meet some of our academy athletes at our training centre, help with our after school programme or visit the community children we support with our programs.

Weekly Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Introduction
  • Lunch
  • Introduction
  • Dinner

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Lunch
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Dinner

Please note:

Cost of transport to locations is not included, but will usually be around £1.50 per day.

This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Evenings and Weekends

After a hard (but rewarding!) day’s work as a Construction and Renovation volunteer, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures when they get here!

Places to Visit

Ethiopia offers so much adventure to those who have chosen to go volunteering overseas. In fact, many volunteers return here to explore more of beautiful Ethiopia! Here are some of the destinations we love!

  • Tana Kirkos
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • The historic city of Gondar
  • Blue Nile Falls

Trip Accommodation

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. In addition, Lake Tana, a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve and the Blue Nile Falls, are located nearby and transportation is available (not included).

Your accommodation is on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, about 3 to 4 kilometres from the volunteer projects, and is part of a safe, gated community. Further, you will be able to enjoy beautiful scenery, as the house overlooks the Lake Tana and the Abyssinian Highlands.

Journey to Bahir Dar

Daily flights connect Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa, and the bus service from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar is a very comfortable bus journey of 10 hours, with scenic views along the way. In fact, many volunteers say they love this part of their adventure, as they get a feel for their surroundings along the way!

About the Accommodation

You will be staying in comfortable male/female dorm-style accommodation within a gated community, and the house is fully furnished, with laundry and storerooms and a well-equipped kitchen. Also, you will have a cosy living room where you can relax and hang out with fellow volunteers.

…and if you’re coming by yourself for the first time, you won’t be alone! There will always be other overseas volunteers around and there are staff on-site 7 days a week to help you. In fact, socialising is the norm here, so you’ll find you’ll not be short of things to do during your down-time. Wifi is available in communal areas of the volunteer house so you can catch up with friends and family – if you get the time!.

Food 
Your meals will be mainly Ethiopian dishes which consist of vegetarian spicy stews and lentils, and flatbreads. However, non-vegetarian meals will also be available twice a week, in addition to daily vegetarian meals. Tea, Coffee, and filtered water are available daily. You will be provided with 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends.

Facilities
Supermarkets, cafes, shops, ATMs are available nearby and first aid equipment is available at the accommodation, should you need it.

Transportation

Transportation is available to all surrounding areas. However, transport costs are not included in the programme and extra provision must be made for your excursions.

 

Trip Country Info

Ethiopia

Country Information
A country with a unique cultural heritage, the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church – one of the oldest Christian denominations – and a monarchy that ended only quite recently. Dating to prehistoric times and also having Biblical references, Ethiopia has a rich and varied history. Ethiopians pride themselves of never being colonized except for a five year period during Mussolini’s occupation. Coupled with its beautiful highlands and desert it is a traveler’s delight. Addis Ababa the largest city and capital is like any other city with all its modern trappings. Culture, cuisine, wildlife, welcoming hospitality, these and many other experiences await you in this ancient and modern land. As Ethiopians like to say, “Come and enjoy, 13 months of sunshine!”

Climate
Predominantly of a tropical monsoon weather, but due to the Ethiopian Highlands which cover most of the country, Ethiopia experiences a climate which is generally considerably cooler than other regions at similar proximity to the Equator. Most of the country’s major cities are located at elevations of around 6,500 to 8,000 feet above sea level.

Most major cities and tourist sites in Ethiopia lie at a similar elevation to Addis Ababa and have a comparable climate. In less elevated regions, particularly the lower lying Ethiopian xeric grasslands and shrublands in the east of the country, the climate can be significantly hotter and drier. Dallol, in the Danakil Depression in this eastern zone, has the world’s highest average annual temperature of 34 °C (93.2 °F).

Culture
From Music and Dance to Attire and Customs, Ethiopia is unique in its own way. The blend of traditional and modern can be seen in its architecture to the way its people dress up and conduct their day to day lives. Steeped in religious roots its culture is as vibrant as any other modern countries’ but its traditions are always visible, never having been hidden or forgotten. The Ethiopian calendar is one of the most unique in the world today that is still being followed. It has 13 months, with 12 months of 30 days each. The last month has 5 days in a common year and 6 days during a leap year.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

MUST have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof
Under 18, Parental Consent
Travel Insurance

Additional Requirements

Team Player
Open Mind

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa