Volunteering in Ethiopia – Best and cheapest programs with IKPVA!

Want to volunteer for volunteering in Ethiopia? At Iko Poran, we strive to offer you the best and most affordable volunteer programs in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. As always, we have quality in mind and give you a rewarding experience as a volunteer. You can choose between English lessons for adolescents at school, wellness coaching, gardening, ecology, construction, visual arts, music and more. If your travel budget is limited, do not worry, our prices are among the cheapest. Take a look! Finally, we offer you a free week of cultural activities during the first week of your stay.

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Project data at a glance

  • Location: Addis Ababa (New Flower), Ethiopia
  • Volunteer programs available all year round
  • Start dates: Every Saturday of the month the orientation is Sunday and starts on the Monday with the project.
  • Accommodation (bedroom with private bathroom) in a family environment.
  • All meals included (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Authentic Ethiopian dishes
  • All programs start with a free week of cultural activities upon arrival.
  • Program Fee includes: Assistance on arrival, pick-up and drop-off at the airport, orientation,
  • Accommodation, all meals, mediation, emergency assistance and donation for local projects.
  • English, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian speaking project manager
  • Program fees start at just $ 395 for 2 weeks

Ethiopia at a glance

Want to volunteer in Ethiopia? Iko Poran has a fascinating project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to suit your abilities and interests!

Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country and the second largest country in terms of population. Apart from a five-year occupation by Mussolini Italy in 1935, it was never colonized.

It has a unique cultural heritage. It is the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church - one of the oldest Christian churches - and a monarchy that was only ended by the 1974 coup d'état.

Volunteering in Ethiopia - All project details

Location - Addis Ababa

As a volunteer in Ethiopia with IKPVA you live and work in the city of Addis Ababa. Since its founding in the 19th century, Addis Abeba (አዲስአበባ) has always seemed like a magical portal, a gateway to another world. For the rural masses of Ethiopia it was and is a city whose streets are paved with gold. For a foreign visitor, the gate of Addis Ababa stands on the edge of an ancient and mystical world. And yet, Addis - Africa's fourth largest city and its diplomatic capital - is also a traffic-calmed, sprawling city with no special sights that many foreign visitors pass through as quickly as possible.

But remember, if you ignore this often contradictory city, you run the risk of not understanding Ethiopia at all. And apart from everything else, Addis is the best place in the country to sample Ethiopian food and visit some wonderful museums and places to stay. Some of the most visited tourist destinations are

  • Mercato, the largest open air marketplace in Africa
  • Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
  • National Museum of Ethiopia
  • Entoto hill
  • St. George's Cathedral
  • Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

As you visit so many interesting places in Addis Ababa, you will have the opportunity to sample an Ethiopian cuisine using typically spongy bread, Injera, instead of silver cutlery to wipe various spicy stews. During a tour, depending on the day of the week, you can get to know the edible offer of the city, from a typical juice shop to a coffee ceremony, a vegetarian restaurant and a meat or grilled roast eatery. On the way you get priceless insights into the local culture and culinary art.

Accommodation and meals

For all of our Addis Ababa, Ethiopia programs, you have accommodation for the duration of your stay. One bedroom (en-suite) lives next to our students in our hostel in a welcoming and family environment.

Detailed information on accommodation can be found in your pre-departure guide.

Both are great options and we are sure you will have a fantastic time!

Start dates and duration

Every Saturday of the month, the orientation takes place on Sundays and work on the project starts on Mondays

You can choose between 2 and 24 weeks

Arrival and introduction

All volunteers should arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Pick-up and drop-off service to the airport is included in your program fee. You will be received by a representative on arrival.

The introductory event takes place on the first day and includes:

  • About Ethiopia
  • About your program and other projects
  • Additional options such as excursions and tutorials
  • Project extension
  • Cultural responsibility
  • Basics of Amharic (the official language of Ethiopia)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Project visit

Requirements for Volunteers in Ethiopia

Volunteers work 4 to 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday.

You must be at least 18 years old at the beginning of your internship. All volunteers must have adequate voluntary travel insurance.

Ethiopia: background information

Symbol of African independence

Ethiopia served as a symbol of African independence throughout the colonial era and was a founding member of the United Nations and the African base for many international organizations.

Ethiopia suffers from periodic droughts and famines that led to a long civil war and a border war with Eritrea in the 20th century.

Structural change in Ethiopia

Although there are some signs at the end of the decade that manufacturing growth is beginning to reduce poverty in urban centers, the structural change in Ethiopia's progress history has been remarkable. The majority of Ethiopian households continue to work in agriculture and rural areas. Additional drivers of poverty alleviation are needed to end poverty in Ethiopia, especially those that support the structural change of the Ethiopian economy. Policies that promote further agglomeration through urbanization would help reduce poverty. This, in turn, requires measures that encourage the entry and growth of businesses, in addition to supporting self-employment in non-agricultural activities. Programs that aim to improve the well-being of the urban poor will also become increasingly important.

The meaning of volunteer projects in Ethiopia

Volunteering with IKPVA in Ethiopia gives you the opportunity to do your part to improve the lives of people living in underprivileged parts of Ethiopian society! Take a look at our selection of projects to see how you can dedicate your time, skills and affection to serving people who are less fortunate than you.

One of the cheapest program fees for volunteers in Africa

Bitte beachten Sie:

  • The program fee will be paid directly to the host organization.
  • For all projects in addition to the program fee, a registration fee of $ 199.00 will be charged.
  • Bedroom with en-suite bathroom (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Äthiopien Programmgebühren

Included in the program fee for volunteering in Ethiopia

  • Advice and care before arrival
  • Pick up service from the airport
  • Orientation about project, country and rules
  • Accommodation (double room with private bathroom) on the top floor of the dorm
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Authentic Ethiopian meals
  • English-speaking project manager to support project. Italian, Spanish and Hungarian spoken
  • Emergency Assistance (if required)
  • Travel Assistance in Ethiopia
  • Certificate of volunteering
  • Cultural week activities!
  • Traditional coffee ceremony
  • Visit to Mercato (the largest open-air market in Africa)
  • Cultural visits to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
  • Traditional Ethiopian dance
  • Visit the National Museum of Ethiopia, where you can see "Lucy", the most famous fossil remains of the early Hominids.

What is NOT included in the program fee of the volunteer in Ethiopia?

  • flight tickets
  • Visa
  • transport to the project
  • All personal expenses
  • Medical expenses (full health insurance recommended)
  • There are no hidden costs. Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We help you to help others at the lowest possible prices. We are interested in making volunteering abroad affordable so that more people can really do important work.