Like Uganda, Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in Africa and desperately in need of volunteers to help with manual labor, health and hygiene programs, education, and general child welfare. As many African volunteer programs can be dubious or even scams, these are recommendations from Carmen, our resident expert on volunteering in Africa. Below are places she has personally been to and recommends.
Volunteer in Ethiopia
Korah (a former leper colony of over 100,000 that live in the city dump – http://www.embracinghopeethiopia.com/welcome-to-korah/ and http://p61.org/ (“Project 61”). And a documentary about Korah can be found at: http://youtube/f4pgQvgdNqs
Mother Teresa’s HIV/AIDS orphanage is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but, it takes a bit more planning to visit them. And, there are absolutely no pictures permitted so leave your camera on the bus or at your guesthouse. The children there are so desperate for hugs – it is such a crowded orphanage and few nuns, that the only touch many of them get is from visitors. Information for her orphanage is:
Missionaries of Charity
Post Box 21871
Shoa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Lodging in Ethiopia
Just want to visit Ethiopia? Here is a wonderful guest house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Ethiopia Guest House: http://www.ethiopiaguesthome.com/home.html – opened and run by a wonderful Christian couple who adopted from there and wanted to help other adoptive families. It is staffed by local Ethiopians. The cost includes meals, water, transportation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 951-491-9675 (US number) for reservations/questions.