Safe & Responsible Volunteer Programs in Ethiopia

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IKPVA offers a wide range of safe and responsible volunteer programs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s vibrant and fascinating capital.

10 amazing programs to choose from:
- Teaching
- Computing and IT
- Sports Development
- Community Renovation
- Environmental Awareness
- Gardening & Landscaping,
- Health and Wellness Coaching
- Arts Development (Singing & Playing Instruments)
- Women’s Empowerment
- Arts & Photography

Arrival dates: every Saturday
You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 14 weeks
All meals included - Delicious Ethiopian food
Airport pickup and drop off included
First week of free cultural activities
Weekends off to relax and explore around
The program fee is paid directly to the local organization
Volunteers have a unique experience of by actively participating in developing communities for a fairer world while creating a rich personal opportunity for cultural exchange
Volunteers have the chance to experience Ethiopia from a local perspective

Highlights
  • Volunteerism should not be expensive for the ones with good hearts that want to lend a hand.
  • IKPVA is the only international volunteer organization based in a developing country that also runs its own developing projects. Most of other providers are profit-oriented traveling companies based in First World nations.
  • Most affordable program and registration fees in Ethiopia! Program fees starting at only $395 for 2 weeks
  • We are not targeting any surplus revenues. ll money charged is used to further achieve our mission and contribute to our local programs
  • The most affordable registration fee: only U$ 199! And it is refundable 60 days before program start date

Impact

Volunteering with IKPVA in Ethiopia gives you the opportunity to do your bit to help improve the lives of people living in underprivileged parts of Ethiopian society! See our range of projects to see how you can donate your time, skills and affection to the purpose of helping people less fortunate than yourself.

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Reviews

9.67 Rating
based on 3 reviews
  • Impact 9.7
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 8.7
  • Safety 9.3
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James
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What a great and touching experience!

My wife and I spent two weeks with the EEF family in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Staying together with the students at the EEF hostel made everything even more intense and special. 

Once they were back from school, our daily sessions with the kids would begin. We had the opportunity to help them with English, as well as their homework in whatever subject they needed support. We also had great discussions about global affairs, financial planning and life in university, as well as exciting trivias about topics like Brazil and Africa, which they enjoyed a lot. We even had the chance to help some of the students with their application essays for university. Now our fingers are crossed for them. ;)

During the weekend we were invited to visit one of the kid’s home and get in touch with the family and local neighborhood. Another special occasion was the Ethiopian Christmas, celebrated on January 7th, which we had the opportunity to share with some of the kids. An unique celebration with traditional food, dance and coffee ceremony. Moments which we will never forget!

We thank both EEF and Iko Poran to have made it possible. Iko Poran team (Felipe in special) was very supportive since the very first contact. The EEF program managers in Addis (Alice and Giulio) made everything possible for us to get the most out of this experience. 

What would you improve about this program?
Don’t worry too much before arriving there. You will certainly be helpful and the EEF managers are also there to help tailor the activities to the students’ needs. ;)
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Sangweon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EEF Korean Volunteer- Sangweon

For me as a 14 years old high school kid, it was certainly one of the best experience in my life. The staff members at hostal are very committed in helping the students. In my opinion, the students are in a very good environment to study and achieve their careers considering the amount of money the community have. This 2 weeks have been such a pleasure as it reminded me of my selfishness (of thats a word) because I was used to waste water and time. The students in the hostal weren't fortunate enough to receive the same education which I had. However, their effort and interest in learning really suprised me. On the other hand a lot of my friends (including me) have so much better education but still never takes the oppertunity.
I think the hostel is just a wonderful oppertunity for the students to success in life. The EEF Community provides so much oppertunity to students. Furthermore, unlike other older volunteers, everyone was older then me so just from that, I could learn more about just general life. A lot of students had a clear path to their career and in comparison, a lot of people in my school never even thinks about it.
Honestly, these 2 weeks will not be forgetable as it made me grow up so much more. I think everyone on the world should be inspired by the students of EEF Community. I want to stay in contact with all students and truely wish the best of best of the best of the best luck to every students in their bright careers!😁 I thank everyone for this amazing oppertunity!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
This experience is speechless (I am not trying to advertise it 😂). But it really is. You will get to know the truth of the world. And I am not talking about those poor looking African kids in TVs. Some are better and some are worse. I would say it is different. I am only 14 and my family (except my mum) stayed over for around 10 days. It would be a little challenging for womens because it really is a hard environment. But that is really why you would decide to come.
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Emmanuel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Health and Wellbeing Volunteering Experience

I had a great experience volunteering and working with children of the Ethiopian Education Foundation (EEF). It was a grand experience coaching the youths on the basics of health and wellbeing lifestyle initiatives. Everyone involved learnt and practiced basic CPR and resuscitation techniques to save lives in emergency situations where there is no doctor. The students learned how to handle and respond to various forms of first aid treatments for common accidents. It was also a pleasant experience as various groups explored how to recognize and manage signs of worms, diarrhoea and dehydration in children. The youths loved it as much as I did as they also helped in showing me around the local places of relaxation at the weekends. Would relish an opportunity to work with the staff and organising team again as they made my experience a fantastic one.

I would recommend Iko Poran and EEF to anyone who would like to consider volunteering in Ethiopia.

What would you improve about this program?
More advertisement to make people aware of the good work you are doing in Ethiopia
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