Ethiopia is a really up and coming travel destination with friendly people, spectacular landscapes and lots of amazing places to see. Not many places compare to Ethiopia - expect bustling cities, stunning nature, lakes, mountains and tasty cuisine. Get inspired to visit Ethiopia today.
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There are so many reasons you should travel to Ethiopia including:
Thinking about going backpacking or travelling in Ethiopia? There are so many incredible places you can visit in Ethiopia including Addis Ababa, Axum, Gondar Castles And Churches, Bahirdar, Gondar-Tekeze Valley, Lalibela-Rock Hewn Churches, Bahar Dar, feeding hyenas in Harar, Gondar (Gonder), the Simien Mountains and the Omo Valley. Travelling in Ethiopia will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life. This is one of the world's most intriguing countries and one our top rated up and coming travel destinations. Don't leave the country before taking a game drive through Bale National Park, a cruise on the waters of Lake Chamo and try to meet the people of the Dorze, Mursi, Hamer and Karo tribes. You can also encounter the tribes of the Omo Valley which is highly recommended.
Looking for an incredible experience? Plan a life changing gap year to Ethiopia. There are lots of worthwhile programs available to book all year round. On a tour or in your spare time from a program you could see the churches at Lalibela and the holy city of Axum - both historic and cultural places of interest are must see destinations.
Ethiopia is a country to visit if you want to feel the warmth of African culture and people - don't let the image of famine and poverty stop you from applying. Ethiopia is a very safe destination and a very peaceful country to experience and most gap year programs are located in Addis Ababa which is the capital of Ethiopia, this is also where most international flights arrive into. This is a city which is great to explore, there is a mix of old and new buildings whilst there is a warm climate almost all year round. You will get an experience like no other in this country and whether you are a student, graduate, career breaker or just looking for gap year opportunities in Ethiopia then our website will appeal to you.
Ethiopian Infrastructure and the country as a whole has improved a lot over the last decade but there is still a for help and assistance form skilled / non skilled international helpers. We have a diverse range of projects in Ethiopia available to join all year round. You could join placements on care and community projects, teaching English, coaching sports, helping at schools or working at an orphanage. If you are looking for work experience then there are journalism, healthcare, medicine and physiotherapy internships and placements. You could also study in Ethiopia by taking a class to learn Amharic. Most Africa gap year placements are open to people aged 16+ but you will need to be in good health and have a flexible / open attitude. Ethiopia is a very poor country probably unlike anywhere you have ever visited before, don't expect everything to be up to Western standards.
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Ethiopia is a very cheap travel destination and you can get great value on transport, sightseeing, accommodation and food. Accommodation might not be luxury standard but there are a good level of comfortable hotels and places to stay. Expect conditions in rural areas to be more basic. Public transprt can be unreliable but you can book private transport with local companies througout the country - your accommodation should be able to help with this. One of the easiet ways to get around is with an organised experience.
Ethiopia is a very poor country but very few foreigners encounter any problems when visiting. If you are female you should dress conservatively. You will need to take Insect repellent, sunscreen, a mosquito net, a medical kit and also rehydration / diarrhoea tablets
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