Trip Details

Get some volunteer experience in teaching, by contributing your time and effort in giving lessons. Teach subjects in the prescribed syllabus and instill some confidence and enthusiasm in the students. The students are mostly from Grades 1 to 8 and come from less privileged backgrounds. They could do with some motivation and career alternatives that you could guide them to. You could help not only in reading and writing but also in improving their fluency in spoken English, which would make them happy.

It is preferred the options chosen by you depends upon your proficiency levels and match the school curriculum. You are encouraged to bring in interactive techniques and methodologies into the teaching process. The primary objective underlying the curriculum is to improve the spoken English capabilities of the students.

You would have to have a passion for the subjects that are taught and thus can help in the education of these children in these subjects. You would be involved in the preparations of the lesson plans to be taught the next day. It would be interesting if the learning experience is interactive so that they are encouraged to speak in English, related to the subject matter. It is usual that, the participants contribute at least in two subjects every day. Inputs in two subjects that you are strong in and passionate about.

Aims & Objectives
The aim is to instill self-confidence in the students in reading, writing, and most importantly spoken English. To remove the reluctance to read and speak in English on various subjects like Literature, Chemistry, Geography, etc. This Proficiency can give them a good platform for higher studies. Only 30% of the students are able to continue higher studies and the vast majority of students need various career options via vocational training and job alternatives.

Trip Itinerary

Assist students in reading and speaking skills and also in written English. Volunteer in the classroom and guide in teambuilding exercises and games, group assignments, competitions, and presentations. Guide in group discussions, debates, and public speaking exercises. Along with the curriculum, you can help in promoting activities in the Science and English Clubs.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project for 3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  3-5 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  3-5 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  3-5 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  3-5 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Evenings: Volunteers are free to sightsee around the local area, do some shopping, and/or plan for the next day.

Weekends – Weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation with other volunteers or you can use this time to travel and explore Bahir Dar with your new friends.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***

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. 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 volunteer projects, and is part of a gated community. The house overlooks Lake Tana and the Abyssinian Highlands.

About the Accommodation
Your accommodation is located on the outskirts of the town, where you will be staying in comfortable dorm-style 2-4 people per room on a single-gender basis. The house is fully furnished, with laundry and storerooms. The accommodation has a well-equipped kitchen. And there is also a cozy living room where you can hang out with fellow volunteers. WIFI is available in the communal areas of the house.

Food 
Your meals will be mainly Ethiopian dishes which consist of spicey stews and lentils, Vegetarian dishes will be available and non-vegetarian meals twice a week. Tea, Coffee, and filtered water are available daily. 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends.

Facilities
Facilities include first aid equipment as well as coordinator support. Supermarkets, cafes, shops, ATMs are available nearby.

Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

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.

Sights & Surroundings
Your program will take place from Monday to Friday and weekends will be free for you to explore the city on your own. The places of interest and activities which you can visit during your free time include natural sites, town centers, museums, walking tours, and many more. Some of the interesting sites are as follows;

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

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

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

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