Volunteers are an essential part of Link Ethiopia’s work, providing vital help for our small team and an opportunity to share learning between different cultures. Volunteering in Ethiopia is an amazing way to add to your professional experience and a great way to enjoy the exciting experience of living abroad, supported and welcomed by our close knit team. Our placements last a month and are designed to meet our programme needs in Ethiopia and be adaptable to the interests of those who volunteer with us.
“I will never forget the hospitality, warmth and kindness shown to me during my time spent in Gondar. I would also like to congratulate everyone involved in the excellent work that is being done by the Kindu Trust, and to wish them even greater success in the future.” Volunteer, 2014
See below for more details and click here for full information on the placements.
Why volunteer in Ethiopia?
Because it’s a beautiful and astonishing country! Ethiopia is a large country that includes many landscapes. The food, the coffee and the music is unlike any you will find in another country. However, it is the people who are the main draw and will form your lasting memories of Ethiopia; warm, welcoming and fun, our volunteers formed friendships here during our first visits 20 years ago which last to this day.
Why volunteer with us?
We’re local – we are a small charity, both in the UK and Ethiopia are offices are small and teams are made up of people from the communities that our projects support so you’ll quickly feel welcome and never end up doing anonymous admin work in the corner of a large office.
We’re experienced – we’ve been hosting volunteers for over 20 years – it’s part of our mission to share cultural understanding between countries! So we really appreciate you joining us in achieving this. Our staff are well-versed in the experiences and potential problems of being a volunteer abroad and will be ready to help you with anything!
We’re friendly – our office is also the site of our Kindu Klub school group and Playgroup so expect to see children running around! Most of our staff have been involved with us for many years, if not since we started, and all levels of the organisation are considered family.
We’re making a difference – we help those most in need in the communities we work in, our projects are tested and we know they have an impact – meaning that children can access school and have the materials and support they need to learn there. You will quickly see how vital our work is and how important the impact of our programmes are.
We’re non-profit – many volunteer placements are set up through companies that run off profit made from arranging the placement. We set up and run our own placements so you can be sure that all the money that you pay is going towards the actual cost of arranging your placement and to support children in Ethiopia.
What will I be doing?
Volunteers usually split their time between the lively Kindu Klub and our wonderful sponsorship team. The Kindu Klub is a youth group held for our sponsored children and their siblings, who are given lessons, play games and receive homework help to support their education. You will also support our sponsorship team to carry out home visits and write update reports to international sponsors. Our sponsorship team is made up of 3 members of staff who are all extremely committed to the social care and welfare needs of the 450 children we support on a one-to-one basis.
Where will I be working?
All placements are based in our Gondar office. Gondar is a beautiful and historic city, having been the country’s former capital, and just the right size to get to know and feel at home quickly! It has both ancient castles to visit and modern amenities for your comfort. Transport, Wi-Fi and restaurants are all easy to find within walking distance of the town-centre, making it a very convenient place to live. Accommodation at a local guesthouse is included in the volunteer package and you will be based an easily walkable distance from the town centre and office. Gondar is also a great point from which to visit the many amazing places Ethiopia has to offer in the North and Lalibela, Bahir Dar and Axum can all be easily visited in your weekends.
How much does it cost?
Unlike many other volunteer organisations, Link Ethiopia is run entirely on a non-profit basis. The longest placement is a month due to visa restrictions, and is £740.
The cost includes comfortable accommodation, delicious lunch from our own office cook on work days, transportation to and from the airport, induction in Gondar and ongoing staff support, as well as a donation to the projects you will be working on.