About Ethiopia

In the Global Volunteer Network Ethiopia program, volunteers will be responsible for teaching the children with a focus on English and mathematics. With the aid of a local translator, volunteers will plan and run lessons for the children.

Additionally, volunteers with musical and computer skills are needed to instruct the children in these areas. After class, volunteers are encouraged to introduce new games and team building ideas, teach the children new songs, languages, involve them in art projects, as well as generally giving them the love and attention they need.

Two days a week volunteers have the opportunity to serve at a local feeding center where meals are provided to the street community; a large percentage of this community are children.

To learn more, please visit the Global Volunteer Network Ethiopia program page.

Recent Ethiopia Journals:

About to leave!

 Posted by Emma O'Hara at 7:51 pm  Ethiopia  Comments Off on About to leave!
Oct 292013
 

Spent the last few weeks fund-raising and crazily getting things together for my 3 months volunteering in Ethiopia. It’s finally time to go and I could not be more excited, the nerves still haven’t kicked in yet but I’m sure that will happen at the airport saying goodbye to the family. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the fundraisers and supported me. I hope to write regularly and keep you all updated!

One month in Ethiopia!!!

 Posted by Adele Scholtz at 12:04 am  Ethiopia  Comments Off on One month in Ethiopia!!!
Jun 292012
 

It’s been a wonderful and very spiritual month for me.  Every morning i wake up i thank God that i have everything that i have and i ask him to forgive me for all those times i asked for more and when he said no I could not understand.  I have been an very active reader and the 2 books that I do have to mention is “Maalika” written by Valerie Browning and Ït’s not ok with me” written by Janine Maxwell.  It is so true, I came here to change lifes and the biggest life that was changed is my own.  Shame on me for spending so much money on shopping and wining and dining with my friends while there is 30 000 children starving of hunger/malnutrition in sub Saharan Africa.  i have to admit that some nights I can’t sleep and I lay in my bed thinking what else can I do, i’m thinking of plans & new projects all things going through my mind endlessly of how I as one single person can make a difference.  I had this conversation with Eyob, our volunteer co-ordinator on Wednesday with tears in my eyes i asked him what else I can do to help more?  And God bless him for his answer Ädele you’re doing much as you can do, one step at a time!” I have to be honest Africa is and will always be in my blood, but I grew absolutely so fond of Ethiopia.  You can not explain this to anybody, you have to live it, feel it, look into the people’s eyes and see it before you will ever understand how much love and happiness there is in these people’s hearts.  People are usually scared of the idea to come to Africa, and yes, i completely understand that even for me that grew up in South Africa, coming out into this was an eye opener, sometimes a shock, sometimes i have to walk away and not show anyone especially the children, that i’m crying my heart out.  It is tough, but so rewarding… isn’t the great pleasures in life doing what people say you cannot do, and then you go do it because that makes you happy, and when you succeed you realize that your dreams are necessary to live!!! I have to thank so many individuals here that is making my everyday life in Addis amazing, i would also like to tell you about these wonderful people.  First of all Eyob, an amazing guy, a God send to these children and this country, from the 1st day you picked me up at the airport your endless love and support for me and mostly the children and people of Addis Ababa is shining through you.  I can’t thank you enough and you will always have my support where ever in the world i am.  Mattie, you were like my son from England, you were my help and assisting in every way from school to feeding soup to playing with the kids to painting to laughing to crying etc.  Thank you so much for coming to help me for a month putting your studies & friends aside and offering it all up for this wonderful country and its people.  Beza, our wonderful teacher and my best Ethiopian friend, thanks for showing us all the in’s and outs in Ethiopia without you we wouldn’t have seen it all, experienced it all and my Amharic would not be so good if it wasn’t for you my dearest friend.  Buze, i call her my Ethiopian mother, you cook me 3 delicious meals a day, you bake the best bread and make the best coffee in the world, you clean and see that all 15 children gets all their meals everyday, you are our angel, we love you mamma Buze.  Magadee & Hazim, the wonderful girls upstairs in the office, thanks for all your support and love and listening to all my suggestions, God bless you.  Then to my children, my love, my heart… I will do anything for all of you bunch… Kalid, Yabsra, Fkadu, Sintayue, Frewet, Lem Lem, Yabsra, Meseret, Big Yabsra, Abeti, Tomogosen, Hiwot, Melkamu, Hayder & Bahilu… I love you guys so much!!!  I don’t know when i will be updating my blog again, for this month I will be very busy here, this will be my last 4 weeks in Ethiopia, before i go back to my family and work.  I wanted to thank everybody for all their endless support and love to me and this people, we appreciate it so much, don’t stop helping and praying for Africa please!!! “Love and kindness are never wasted.  They always make an difference.  They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver!!!”.

More than 3 wonderful weeks in Ethiopia!!!

 Posted by Adele Scholtz at 12:06 am  Ethiopia  Comments Off on More than 3 wonderful weeks in Ethiopia!!!
Jun 222012
 

For everybody must we wondering by now what happened to me… Sorry people i have had internet problems here for the past 10 days, but i’m doing absolutey great!  I’m becoming part of the family here now, i’m loving the way people get to know me now, where ever i go they say my name now and they shout bafana bafana… no more ferenzie (whitie).  The children has been absolutely adorable, Kalid has been sick and had to go to the hospital with an infection, i had 2 sleepless nights over this boy, i was so worried about him, at lunchtime one day i went and curled myself up behind him and hold him so tight and said that i love him so much and that he will be okay soon.  I have been called a local now at the fruit stalls and also at the embilta hotel where i love to go to gym and also come to enjoy the pleasures of a hot shower and a flushing toilet twice a week.  I’m still in town (Piazza) twice a week helping to feed 1000 street people and now i’m also sitting down in between them and enjoying my bean soup with them, eating it with the right hand, chatting my way to them trying to improve my Amharic.  Everytime i get sad or lonely or a little homesick i think of the wise words of that fantastic man Gandhi… “Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever!” In the mean time i have also been enjoying my time alone in Addis, as everyone here now know me i like to walk or run everywhere, i’m very strict with my eating and i’ll rather have a little food and give the rest to someone that needs it more than me, i love my coffee, and i love to be sometimes on my own reading or doing yoga somewhere quiet.  I had the great opportunity to go with Eyob to an traditional Ethiopian dancing show, i also went with Beza (my lovely and best Ethiopian friend) to Merkato, the biggest outdoor market in Africa, i went to Buze’s house for sunday lunch and i absolutely loved the traditional foods.  I was introduced to all their shai (different teas) and loving the way i learned how to make buna (coffee) outside with sticks and using african tea pots and doing it on the fire.  I grew fond of their corn bread, lentils and chickpeas… and believe you me this is great for the diet, i feel good & lean and fit just like an Ethiopian long distance athlete.  The only thing that i do have to admit still gets to me is the 7800 ft altitude.  I struggle very badly with this, but my body slowly gets use to it, i have to admit i do push myself though and with my hard headedness nothing will get me down, not even a dizzy spell every now and then.  It started to rain about 2 days ago, it’s really not cold but it’s so wet, and wednesday when i got home i was covered in red clay from head to toe… looked like a wet cat when i got home, i had to look at myself in the mirror and laugh at myself, what else can you do… just pick yourself up, clean yourself and carry on!!!  I also had a very bad cold a week or so ago but Beza’s Kashar (hot ginger & spices tea) sorted me out in a few hours.  Everybody here has been absolutely amazing, i will leave here by the end of next month with tears in my eyes, for i’ve been treated like a princess here,  so for anybody of you wonderful people out there want to travel or want to have an real African experience I will very comfortably recommend Ä few weeks in Ethiopia” it is life changing, but REAL.  Away from all the glamour and glitz, this is the real world, this is what life is all about, never mind if you are poor, you can always be nice and caring and help everybody no matter who they are or where they come from!!!  I will end this weeks thoughts by saying this “Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them!!!”.  Selam from me & my people in Addis Ababa!!!

Selam from Ethiopia!!!

 Posted by Adele Scholtz at 11:17 pm  Ethiopia  Comments Off on Selam from Ethiopia!!!
Jun 082012
 

Now that our first week is over in Addis Ababa, i can share thoughts and feelings with you and honestly tell you that i have never had feelings like this before.  All i can state before i begin is there is a God out there looking after these people, their will to live and succeed is so incredible it is contagious and even me as an outsider fell in love with this very poor but very happy country!  On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays we teach English, Vocabulary, Mathematics, Arts & Crafts and Sport Activities to the children of the Mercy Home.  There are 15 children each one of them very special in their own way, some making great progress others a bit slower and needs alot of love and attention from us.  On the first day i spotted a young boy named, Kalid.  I just love this boy, he is a very slow learner and his mind gets distracted very quickly so i spend lots of extra time with him, he has one parent and comes from a very poor house, but he is just lovely.  I get tears in my eyes when i see him in the morning and he runs to me with open arms so that i can pick him up and give him a huge hug & kiss.  The children i have to admit are very active and energetic, so after a full day with 15 of them i am exhausted.  I spend hours at night in my bed awake…  i’m thinking how and where do i start helping getting the resources and the money together to make this world a better place for these children & their families and the poor.  A good friend of mine on the ship said to me Ädele, you can’t save everybody, but you can make [click here to read more]

First few days in Ethiopia!!!

 Posted by Adele Scholtz at 9:12 pm  Ethiopia  Comments Off on First few days in Ethiopia!!!
Jun 012012
 

Just to let you all know that i’m absolutely doing great, the internet is a challenge to start of with so I found a place to come to every weekend to get great internet and to update you all on what’s happening here.  I arrived safely and our director/co-ordinator of the mercy happy children home, Eyob is the greatest friendliest and most helpful person ever.  The first night i arrived, we (This is now me & Mat, he is from the UK and the other volunteer assisting us) were very tired so we unpacked and went to sleep.  Got up at 9AM the next morning and had breakfast, tea/coffee and some traditional bread.  We were introduced to the children, i love them already gave them hugs and kisses, they are just precious kids.  Eyob took us for coffee in town and showed us Addis Ababa, it somehow reminds me alot of India, so already i love the people and the place.  The people speak 82 different languages here, and there are so many different tribes and cultures it is amazing how these people live together in harmony and peace here, we in the other countries have so much to learn from these people.  They are sincere & honest and polite.  Everybody is friendly and all the children wants to shake your hand and wants a hug.  We got shown the bank, internet cafe, beauty salon (for me to get my hair washed and also braided).  We got told what to do and what not to do, Eyob was very good explaining their culture and believes, which are mostly Ortedox Christians and secondly Muslems. We drove back to the Mercy Home and had some lunch it was rice, my favourite food, and it was really tasty.  In the afternoon Mat & I decided to go [click here to read more]

Ready for Etihopia – 2 days to go!!!

 Posted by Adele Scholtz at 5:18 am  Ethiopia  Comments Off on Ready for Etihopia – 2 days to go!!!
May 292012
 

I’m very excited… but shall i say also scared for what will happen on this journey!!! I have planned this for months, from work visas to vaccinations to airplane tickets to paying the fees and  today it came to the time that i’m sitting on my bed and realized this is it… i’m going to Etihopia, may God be with me and i hope and pray that i can make a difference to these children’s lifes and help people all over the continent and the entire world realize how important it is to give and to help those who needs it so badly!!!  This will be my African journey for 2 months I’m blessed and looking forward to it… God Bless Africa!!! This is the continent that I grew up in that looked after me for many years, taught me the good things in life, put a smile on my face, now it’s time for me to give some of myself and lots of love back to this most beautiful place… AFRICA or shall i say HOME!!!

48 Hours to go!!

 Posted by Deena Fatania at 3:22 pm  Ethiopia  Comments Off on 48 Hours to go!!
Feb 252012
 

woww just 48 hours to go before my flight! Its been an experience so far. Everything from booking tickets, applying for visas, taking all my vaccinations (I hate needles, HATE THEM) and knowing that I will be the only volunteer for the whole month. I did everything all by myself without my Dad’s help and at times things have been crazy but I’ve managed. I didnt even tell Mom and Dad untill 2 weeeks before my depature date. At first, they thought I was winding them up. They didnt believe me for few days but now they do!! There has been times when too many things went wrong and I thought of cancelling the whole trip but I made it this far! I can’t believe I am actually doing this, going to the country where I’ve never been before, don’t know anyone (although when I speak to Eyob my Co-Ordinator at Mercy Home it seems like I’ve known him for years), I don’t speak the language and it will be a complate different culture. I am not sure how I will cope with everything but I can’t wait! It is going to be an adventure. I’ve never been away from home for more then 10 nights and by the fourth day, I am homesick!!  It will be interesting to see how I will get on. I will try my best not to CRY…!!! And at last, I just want to say my last 2 days at work have been amaizing. I received great support and advice from people at RRD. I want to thank Ayesha, Mariam, Sunny K, Ranvir and Riks for doing a brillian job in fund raising. Antony, I didn’t get to say goodbye but I will see you soon. El, Will miss you and thank you for everything. Billal, Daryl, Sarju and Will thanks for all your [click here to read more]

Amanda’s journey to Africa

 Posted by Amanda Skeldon at 6:37 am  Ethiopia  Comments Off on Amanda’s journey to Africa
Mar 282011
 

Wow has time gone by fast. Its 1 more sleep till I start this journey of a life time. I’m in a bit of shock right now to be honest. This is something other people do and it just doesn’t even seem real yet that I am doing this. My flight leves tomorrow at 6:15pm I will blog every chance I get and I hope you all have fun following me. I just want to take a second to thank EVERYONE who helped out with fundraising and helping me put together a huge suitcase full of amazing things for these children. I’m very greatful for all the love and support.

The countdown has arrived ……….

 Posted by Kate Montgomery at 8:54 pm  Ethiopia  Comments Off on The countdown has arrived ……….
Nov 272010
 

Well ………. for the first few weeks I never thought I was gonna last the whole 3 months, but I have, it’s almost over   It was rough at first, but, then it all turned around very quickly and I’ve had a BRILLIANT time. Since I last wrote we have taken a trip up North to Lalibela (if you haven’t heard of this place, look it up, it’s amazing).  The ride up was SO long and the roads were average/bad.  The first drive was 10 hours but it was fine, it was the last 5 hours that hurt the most.  Seriously, on such bumpy roads like that, it’s about the only time in my life I was glad I had small boobs.  Even THEY hurt, mate if they had of been bigger those puppies would have been sore for WEEKS! 😀 Anyway ………… we hired a van and a driver for the whole trip which was really cheap and worth every penny as the public transport can be PAINFUL.  First we stayed in Bahir Dar for a night which has a HUGE lake, I loved Bahir Dar.  Then we did the tough bumpy road trip to Lalibela.  It was a shit trip but once we made it there it was incredible.  TOTALLY in the middle of nowhere with gorgeous scenery left right centre.  We stayed in an AMAZING hotel called Mountain View which had views to die for.  All in all we had a great time. UNTIL!  The next day …………Us being the idiots that we are ………….. we went so nuts at the primo hotel, we were like “Oh screw it, lets just go nuts, it’s a hot hotel and we’ll never be back, lets have fun!”  So we did …………. but the next day ………… we needed petrol, [click here to read more]

Only a few weeks to go …………..

 Posted by Kate Montgomery at 9:21 pm  Ethiopia  Comments Off on Only a few weeks to go …………..
Nov 082010
 

OK!  So, it’s almost been a month since my lazy ass has written.  I’ll do my best to fill you in on all the fun stuff. All has been going really well here, time is going to quickly now.  Before I know it, it will be Christmas.  The kids are great, the weather is awesome, I’m eating HEAPS more of the local food (which I will miss!).  It’s really nice and although I can’t eat it as well as they can (with my hand), I still like eating it.  I actually started eating the enjera with a fork one time, I don’t think anyone had actually seen a person do this before and got some strange looks so won’t be doing that again. So the kids are revising a lot at the moment.  Each week that goes by, they learn so much more.  We have learnt the ABC’s, my body, days of the week, colours, shapes etc.  It’s hard work some days but it’s good fun at the same time.  As time gets closer though the more sad I am going to be leaving them.  They are GORGEOUS!  And they all have such strong personalities, they are all so different.  I have heaps of photos of them which I can’t wait for you all to see. So what’s been happening out of school …………. we have made a few trips away on weekends to see the countryside, which I love!  We did an EPIC fail one time though.  One weekend we went to Awassa on the hectic bus which was primo, Awassa was great, but we stopped in a place halfway on the bus to get a break.  Well ………… this place was SHIT!  SO hectic, when we got off the bus we got caned by all these locals pouncing [click here to read more]

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