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The 2nd most populated country on the African continent, Ethiopia is also one of the earliest documented locations of human existence. With such a long history, the country boasts several "must-see" historical sites and artifacts, including Lucy, the 3.5 million year old hominid skeleton. Aside from Ethiopia's various associations with exciting historical and archaeological events, the modern country is a beautiful and dynamic place to visit. In addition to boasting delicious and authentic Ethiopian food, Ethiopia is home to an extremely diverse population comprised of over 80 ethnic groups. Getting an internship in Ethiopia is a great way to learn more about the Ethiopian people, immerse yourself in the culture, and gain professional experience at the same time.
Internships in Ethiopia are available year-round, but most opportunities open up in the summer season. For those looking to work with international non-profit organizations, it is easiest to contact the organization directly via email. Otherwise, you can apply for an internship program through a program provider that has already established connections with local hospitals and organizations. These internship program providers usually make the planning process much easier, as they also provide housing and transportation for interns in the program. Either way, think about what type of internship you want to pursue first, and then reach out to potential internship opportunities right after.
The cost of living in Ethiopia is low compared to the rest of the world. However, many local Ethiopians complain about high living costs relative to their salaries. As inflation continues to increase, the prices of many goods are prone to be unstable. Hopefully, the economic trends will stabilize in the near future. Below are some examples of living costs in Ethiopia. Although the Ethiopian birr is the official currency, the prices are listed in USD to help you get a better gage of the costs.
Ethiopian labor laws set basic guidelines for employee's rights and labor contracts. International interns are also protected by these statutes, but they must work on a volunteer basis.
Ethiopia's amazing history, delicious food, and dynamic culture draw in visitors from around the world. Although the third-world country does not boast the modern luxuries that one might find in Japan or France, it certainly has character. Interning in Ethiopia will give you the exciting opportunity to live and work in a completely different environment and see the world from another perspective.
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