go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

Working and volunteering


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.

Volunteering Organisations

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.


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.

Want to Live & Work in Ethiopia Teaching English? Partner Content

If you’d like to spend more time in Ethiopia than a vacation allows, experiencing what it’s like to live and make a difference to the local community, it’s all possible by Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) with i-to-i TEFL. No previous teaching experience or local language knowledge is necessary. Get your free i-to-i TEFL e-book now to find out more about TEFL, what TEFL jobs are available and how it can get you exploring the globe...

Get your free TEFL e-book and find out how to start a new life in Ethiopia