There are a few volunteering opportunities in Ethiopia, although many opportunities through international agencies need to be lined up in advance of your visit, rather than offering openings for drop-in volunteers.
Keep an eye out for small, focused grassroots projects. One such organisation in Addis Ababa is Hope Enterprises.
The following international organisations are good places to start gathering information on volunteering, although they won’t necessarily always have projects on the go in Ethiopia.
Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (http://ccivs.org)
International Volunteer Programs Association (www.volunteerinternational.org)
Peace Corps (www.peacecorps.gov)
Step Together Volunteering (www.step-together.org.uk)
Worldwide Experience (www.worldwideexperience.com)
There are few opportunities for getting work in Ethiopia and those that do exist – such as working in a hotel, or as a tour guide – must be arranged through a company well in advance of your visit to the country. In such cases, you will need to obtain a work visa, rather than a tourist visa.
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