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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Ethiopia

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Ethiopia


Ethiopia is another country with a very limited number of projects welcoming international voluteers. Aside from WWOOF's listing of two organic farms, none of the other main help exchange websites had a single project between them.


Grassroots Volunteering in Ethiopia

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

English Alive Academy

English Alive Academy is a not for profit school following the British curriculum for pupils aged between three and twelve. Voluntary English teachers, aged 21 to 70, are sought. Although qualifications in teaching are preferred, English Alive are looking for enthusiasm and flexibility. A certain amount of life experience is necessary so English Alive do not regard their positions suitable for those on a gap year. Visa limitations restrict volunteers to a maximum of two months.

Where: Nazret, a rural town 100 kilometres away from the capital, Addis Ababa.
Accommodation & Costs: There is no admin fee but volunteers pay their own travel costs to Addis Ababa and are required to make a small weekly contribution towards food and other expenses. Accommodation used to be available either in a room at the school itself or with the headmaster and his family but their latest PDF volunteer pack makes mention of guest house and hotel options nearby. Bear in mind this pack dates from 2013 and due to a currency devaluation in 2015 the prices given are no longer accurate.

Volunteering in Ethiopia


Help Exchange Networks in Ethiopia



Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Ethiopia

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Volunteer Experiences*

A Teaching Story: Group Presentations - As her Peace Corps volunteering in Ethiopia moves into the second semester, Maggie starts to challenge her students.


* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations

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