Opportunities in Ethiopia for Volunteers

Ethiopia is a country in the horn of Africa and the oldest independent country on the continent. There are historians who think that this might have been the beginning place of mankind due to fossils found there.  Its natural beauty, high mountains, lakes, waterfalls and historic buildings also make it a great place to visit for explorers.

Aside from trekking, bird watching, rafting on the Omo River, wildlife viewing and visiting native tribes there are tons of volunteering opportunities available. I have found three interesting options:

Ethiopia, Omo River, Karo Tribe

Ethiopia, Omo River, Karo Tribe by Achilli Family Journeys | Flickr

Medical Director at Lalmba Association

Lalmba Association is a small, Colorado-based NGO that operates a Health Center and orphan care programs the Ethiopian highlands. They are looking for a volunteer Medical Director who will oversee the Health Center operations.

They don’t pay salaries but they do cover all of the travel to/from Ethiopia, working and living expenses in Ethiopia. Applicants should be from the U.S., South America, Canada or Europe. You should be a Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant with current medical license to practice in the U.S., South America, Canada or Europe.

For more information about this opportunity and other upcoming ones visit their website.

Microfinance Expert wanted by Strong Hearts Ethiopia

Strong Hearts Ethiopia is based in the Kore neighborhood of Addis Ababa. The microfinance program is designed to help low income members of the community start their own business to become self-sufficient earning income.

The organization lends money as capital for supplies and equipment, as well as provide mentoring and business advice. Volunteer tasks in this program might include research, community development through sustainability of a regular income, or giving advice on how to improve people’s businesses.

For more details of what the assignment is about visit their website.

Work with Children at Love Volunteers

They have a children Teaching/Working with Children program in Addis Ababa. These kids have lost their birth families due to extreme poverty, AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. Without their help these children would be living on the streets alone and in danger, unable to attend school or reach their full potential.

During the school year from September until the end of June, volunteers have the opportunity to teach in the local school. You also get to design and implement fun and educational activities for children living within our project homes. The only requirements are being over 18 years old, speaking English and to be able to commit for at least four weeks.

Take look at the website from Love Volunteers for more details.