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Newsletters from Ethiopia

Our staff in Ethiopia regularly put together a newsletter which is sent to volunteers working in Ethiopia at the time, those signed up to join a project in Ethiopia and to previous volunteers. The newsletters contain information about the country and our projects, stories written by volunteers, advice on what to expect when volunteering abroad in Ethiopia and much more. If you're considering overseas voluntary work the newsletters are a great way to gain a better idea of what to expect.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Celebrating Epiphany
    Ethiopia Newsletter - January 2015

    "Timket" (Epiphany), is one of the biggest holidays in Ethiopia. It is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. It is celebrated in January 19 (or 20 on Leap Year), corresponding to the 10th day of "Terr" following the Ethiopian calendar.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Cathleen Levy
    Ethiopia Newsletter - December 2014

    Cathleen Levy is a professional nurse, born in Northern Ireland and currently living in Australia. Cathleen has wanted to work in African for a long time but couldn't due to herprofession and family commitments. When she finally got a long enough leave period from work, she knew the time was right.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Etalemahu Heiz
    Ethiopia Newsletter - November 2014

    Etalemahu Heiz, a recent volunteer, is originally from Ethiopia. She was adopted when she was 8 years old and went to live in Australia. She has family in Ethiopia and came to visit them several times during the past twelve years since she departed for Australia.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Enkutatash
    Ethiopia Newsletter - September 2014

    Enkutatash, meaning "gift of jewels" in the Amharic language, is the name for the Ethiopian New Year. The story dates back almost 3,000 years to the Queen of Sheba, of ancient Ethiopia and Yemen, who was returning from a trip to visit King Solomon of Israel in Jerusalem; as mentioned in the Bible in I Kings 10 and II Chronicles 9. She had gifted Solomon with 120 talents of gold (4.5 tons) as well as a large amount of unique spices and jewels.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Buhe Celebration
    Ethiopia Newsletter - August 2014

    Buhe (Ge'ez: ቡሄ) is a holiday in Ethiopia and Eritrea, held on August, the19th (according to the Gregorian calendar and Nähase 13 Ethiopian calendar). On this date, the church celebrates the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. People of the neighbourhood tie a bundle of sticks together to make a chibo' and set it on fire while singing songs. The main song is called "Hoya Hoye"; with one singer singing while the others follow in a rhythmic way.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - 2 Week Special
    Ethiopia Newsletter - July 2014

    These students from UVHS and Barrow College (UK) had successfully accomplished their project even before the time they were expected to finish. The dedication and energy they showed was really exceptional and inspiring. Their project was making murals on school walls and building a shelter and seats for eating lunch at Lemlem School.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Clea Arrieta
    Ethiopia Newsletter - June 2014

    Ever since she attended a conference about youth travelling to developing countries four years ago, 19-year-old Clea Arrieta from Canada, wanted to go and volunteer in a developing country. After she graduated from high school, she used her gap year to fulfill her dream by coming to Ethiopia to volunteer at the Care and Teaching Projects through Projects Abroad.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Diana Wasilewka
    Ethiopia Newsletter - May 2014

    Using her talent in art, Diana played a great role in teaching the children some creativity. She taught them how to make toys from used plastic bottles and also how to make butterflies from paper and more.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Philip and Veronica
    Ethiopia Newsletter - April 2014

    “My wife and I wanted to go as volunteer‟s to another county and help young people. After we got in touch with Projects-Abroad, we decided to come to Ethiopia. When we came here, we came here and discovered the people, the school, the country and really fell in love. We stayed here for two and a half months and went back to Belgium.”

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Hannah Matthews
    Ethiopia Newsletter - March 2014

    Hannah Matthews wanted to use some of her time between school and university to volunteer in a developing country and share the knowledge she possesses. So she decided to sign up with Projects Abroad to work at our Teaching Project in Addis Ababa.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Sonja Pijper
    Ethiopia Newsletter - February 2014

    Sonja Pijper is a professional physiotherapist and nurse who had many opportunities to spend her time and resources in places where she can make more money and live in her comfort zone. With all her long lived experience and knowledge, she took time to go and volunteer in a developing country sacrificing her time, money and other resources.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Minassie Alemayehu
    Ethiopia Newsletter - January 2014

    It's been three weeks since I formally took over as Projects - Abroad Director for Ethiopia but it seems like I've been here longer. Every minute has been an experience worth a thousand words. I've spent a lot of time talking to volunteers, international staff, and local partners who have made me feel at home at Projects Abroad.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Julia Nolles-Bienfait
    Ethiopia Newsletter - December 2013

    If you are looking for a fast and reliable insight into the cultural and ethnological background of Ethiopia, visiting the Ethnographic Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies is a must, yet asking around the location of this museum appears – surprisingly – to be unknown.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Masumi Koizumi
    Ethiopia Newsletter - November 2013

    “When in Rome, do as the Romans do’’ may be a lesson learnt from a negative experience resulting from differences in etiquette around the globe. Although foreigners are usually qualified for leniency shown by the locals, it is discreet of you to understand a manner different from your own before you begin your trip.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Cameron Richards
    Ethiopia Newsletter - October 2013

    I have been in Ethiopia for four days and have made a startling discovery: I love share-taxis but they do not necessarily love me back.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Annelies Van Erp
    Ethiopia Newsletter - September 2013

    The heartbeat of ancient history still lays at the northern part of Ethiopia. From the former capitals, Yeha and Axum to Lalibela, the north is still covered with unresolved historical mysteries.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Laura
    Ethiopia Newsletter - August 2013

    I take a minibus to Mercato this afternoon to a large open market resembling the Turkish bazaar in Istanbul except it feels much bigger. Apparently it is the largest market on the African continent. It was originally built by the Italians. On my first visit last year to this quarter of the city I had only been shown the spices area.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Journalism volunteer from Italy
    Ethiopia Newsletter - July 2013

    When you are sitting in a café at the Piassa sipping a foamy macchiato in front of the rationalist building of the Ethiopian Electric Company or that of the Ethiopian Airlines, you immediatly perceive that Ethiopia and Italy have an especially close relationship. Names, food, even the architecture, all remind one of past colonial power.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Lalibela
    Ethiopia Newsletter - June 2013

    The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are often called ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’ for good reason. The network of eleven houses of worship chiselled directly out of basalt rock cut spectacular figures as the sun strikes their sandy-coloured exteriors, with the chipped stairs and cracked walls attesting to their 800-plus years of existence.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Robert Mastroddi
    Ethiopia Newsletter - April 2013

    I only found out last minute that I had time between jobs to go to Ethiopia. Amazingly, Projects-Abroad managed to organise my placement/home-stay etc. extremely quickly. After a short week of preparation for the trip, I arrived in the middle of Timkat (Epiphany) - Ethiopia’s biggest festival.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - An Interview with Teis
    Ethiopia Newsletter - March 2013

    Hi, my name is Bikesegn, I am working for Projects Abroad Ethiopia as a Project Supervisor and Social Manager. My tasks include supervising volunteer projects and managing volunteer socials - I have much experience working with volunteers in Projects Abroad Ethiopia office.

  • Newsletter from Ethiopia - Teis Feldborg Gregersen
    Ethiopia Newsletter - January 2013

    Injera for breakfast, injera for lunch and injera for dinner is typical and what you should expect here in Ethiopia. The sour taste of this rolled spongy flatbread is something you literally cannot miss if you visit Ethiopia, it is everywhere, and you will, if you wish, get to eat it for every single meal.