Trip Details

Volunteer Teaching Ethiopia

Only one-third of students in Bahir Dar are able to continue on to higher studies. How would you like to be part of a programme which seeks to change that? We thought you might! Our Volunteer Teaching programme gives willing students the chance to improve their own skills whilst teaching English and other subjects like Literature, Chemistry and Geography, amongst others. Improving their confidence as you work with them, you will not only be teaching them new skills, but also giving these children from underprivileged backgrounds the chance of – and belief in – a brighter future.

Get Creative with your Passion for Teaching!

‘The world is your oyster’ – you’ve heard the saying, but many children in Bahir Dar do not have the same sense of wonder; life can be harsh for Ethiopians. We ask our volunteers to instil their own sense of wonder and excitement at what the world can offer when you work hard and believe in yourself.  Your students will need varying levels of support and you will be required to find new and innovative ways of getting them involved. Creativity, passion and empathy are a must for this challenging but rewarding programme in volunteer teaching!

Exciting Adventures await our Volunteer Teachers in Ethiopia!

When you’ve finished teaching children from ages 5-14 for the day, you will still have plenty of time to spare to explore! Bahir Dar is a bustling city that has plenty of shops, markets, and local events, so there’s plenty to do.  At the weekends, many of our volunteers travel further afield, taking in Ethiopias more well-known natural landmarks, from breathtaking waterfalls to the deserts and highlands. Alternatively, you can just relax at your accommodation, mixing with friends or sharing your teaching adventures with family back home (Wifi is available).

Why Volunteer Teaching in Ethiopia?

  • Find your calling as a teacher, building the confidence of Bahir Dar’s children
  • Learn new skills and enjoy working with a dedicated team of local school staff
  • Explore Ethiopia’s vibrant culture and friendly local community
  • Stay in our safe, gated-community accommodation, with Wifi included
  • Meet new friends and plan weekend adventures as intrepid explorers!
  • Enjoy the diverse flavours 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

As a volunteer teacher, you will assist students in reading and speaking skills and also in written English, as well as other subjects. Each day will be different; one morning you may be helping with a debating team, and another you may getting the students involved in a Science Club! Whatever you can offer to this programme, it will be greatly appreciated by the staff and students alike, so bring your enthusiasm and sense of fun!

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. Further, you will wake up to 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 wonderfully scenic views. 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 alone, don’t worry! There will always be others who, like you, are volunteering overseas, 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 vegetarian). 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