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Volunteer with Children in Ethiopia

Project Info
  • Placement locations: Addis Ababa
  • Types of care projects: Care homes, day care centers, kindergartens, orphanages
  • Age of children: 0 - 18
  • Number of people cared for: 15+
  • Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, and providing emotional support.
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Length of placement: From two weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Volunteer with children in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a fascinating country in which to volunteer with orphans and disadvantaged children in Africa. Only two decades ago, Ethiopia was ravaged by massive famine and cruel conflicts that left many hundreds of thousands of children orphaned. Today, the onslaught of HIV/AIDS combined with desperate poverty means that many children are left to fend for themselves. The need for volunteers cannot be over-emphasized.

Projects Abroad is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital. Located in the center of the country at an altitude of 2400m, Addis Ababa is the third highest capital city in the world. Despite the rapid growth of the capital, Addis Ababa, and the emergence of a small Ethiopian middle class, over three quarters of Ethiopians still live on less than $1 a day. 

Care volunteers in Ethiopia work in orphanages, day care centers, kindergartens, and care homes in and around the capital. You can volunteer on a Care placement in Ethiopia as part of a gap year in your education, a college summer vacation, on a career break, as part of an extended vacation or during your retirement. You could be a trained professional or totally new to the field. All we ask is that you have a passion for helping others and a commitment to the work and to the people you are here for.

A placement on one of our volunteer Care projects is sure to be challenging but there will not be a single moment when you will doubt that you are needed and valued.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ethiopia Care Management Plan.

Volunteer ProfileRachel Edwards
Rachel Edwards
I loved my placement in Ethiopia. The kids are an inspiration and I wanted to bring them all home. They are always happy even though they have nothing. They love having volunteers there and as soon as you walk through the gate they all run up to you wanting to hold your hand or be hugged. Read more...

This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Ethiopia.

Orphanage WorkCare CentersKindergartenEthiopia Care Management Plan

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