Trip Details

Volunteer Kindergarten Teaching in Ethiopia

If you love working with children and have a great sense of fun, join us on this exciting programme as a volunteer Kindergarten teacher!  Located just outside Bahir Dar is a small kindergarten that teaches children from 4 to 7 years.  These little ones are eager to learn, and love to know all about their visitors. So we have no doubt that you’ll be kept on your toes from day one as a volunteer kindergarten teacher in Ethiopia! 

Improve your Skills and Help to Inspire Local Children!

Your mission is to help these young children to learn about the alphabet and other basic themes, as well as building their confidence to learn new things.  Most importantly, though, we want you to have fun with them, bringing learning to life and joining in with their songs and games.  In addition, you’ll be improving your own skills, supported by staff who are passionate about giving these little ones a good start in life!

Explore Ethiopia’s Culture and Make New Friends!

Bahir Dar is rich in culture and with a vibrant community that embraces the visitors who come here. In fact, our kindergarten volunteers often return to explore a little more!  And, after a day of volunteering at the kindergarten, there will be plenty to see and do around Bahir Dar with your newfound friends. So get with the programme! Join us at TRU and book your next adventure!

Why be a Volunteer Kindergarten Teacher in Ethiopia?

  • Learn new skills and have fun with children as they learn
  • Enjoy getting to know about the Ethiopian community and culture
  • Discover the delights of Ethiopian cuisine
  • Explore the city, the desert and highlands of Ethiopia
  • Get to know new friends and other TRU volunteers
  • Stay in our volunteer accommodation 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

Children of this age (4-7) can have a very short attention span, so kindergarten volunteers have to be ready to change activities when they start to drift! Lessons should be about 30 to 40 minutes each and you will spend a lot of time outside the classroom, playing creative games and having fun!

Your teaching slots will be from 9 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm and you will need a little time to prepare for the day ahead, so these will be busy but rewarding days as a Volunteer Kindergarten Teacher in Ethiopia!

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. 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
  • Kindergarten
  • Lunch
  • Kindergarten
  • Preparation time for the next day
  • 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 day of teaching excitable children as a kindergarten 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 as they go!

Places to Visit

There’s so much to see in Ethiopia – here are some of our top ‘must-see’ destinations!

  • 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 volunteers to spend time with, and there are staff on-site 7 days a week to help you. In fact, socialising is the norm here, so you’ll find board games and other 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
DBS, Criminal Background Check
Travel Insurance
Under 18, Parental Consent

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