Ethiopia – Culture Week in Bahir Dar

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Experience the vibrant culture of Ethiopia through a week of cultural activities and sightseeing!

Program Highlights:

  • Live by the shore of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile
  • Island hop around Lake Tana to visit the ancient churches
  • Enjoy a picnic at the Blue Nile Falls
  • Enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony and cooking class
  • Learn basic Amharic words and phrases
  • Book Culture Week with these programs (English Teaching in Bahir Dar, School Building and Renovation) for an additional cost. Booking them together will render you a 50% discount off this culture week’s full price!


Your Schedule at a Glance (One-week commitment):

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Ginbot Haya Airport (BJR). You will be picked up by the local team and transferred to your accommodations to meet fellow volunteers and settle in.

Days 1-5 Monday-Friday: Participants will enjoy five, culture-filled days in Bahir Dar, one of Ethiopia’s most touristic cities! Participants will learn about Ethiopian and Amharic culture, cook traditional food and learn Amharic phrases. The more adventurous activities include island hopping around Lake Tana and enjoying a picnic by the beautiful, Blue Nile Falls.

Day 6, Saturday: Departure day or transfer to your next program.

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change.


Location icon Location of the Project: Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Project length Project length: 1 week

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Ginbot Haya Airport (BJR)

Age Age:  18-60. (This project may accept volunteers who are younger than 18 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian, and those above 60 with doctor approval.)

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international participants


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared, dorm-style rooms

Food Food: 3 meals per weekday, 2 on weekends are provided

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival

Orientation Orientation: A full introduction is provided upon arrival.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunches on weekends, personal expenses.

Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa (the northeastern part). It is populous, with more than 100 million people.

Bahir Dar is the third-largest city in the nation and is bustling with hum and excitement. It is located just a block away from the beautiful shore of Lake Tana. Bahir Dar is currently serving as the capital of the Amhara Regional State in Ethiopia. Palm trees lay alongside the wide streets and shimmering, blue water. There are beautiful churches, museums, markets, and more located alongside the water. The Blue Nile River is located just slightly southeast of the city and faces the towering cliffs at the Blue Nile Falls.


Internet icon Internet: WiFi is available in public areas.

Laundry icon Laundry: Laundry facilities are available for use at an additional fee.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared, single-gender, dorm-style rooms in a house in a community that is four kilometers from the schools. Bathrooms are shared and Western-style toilets are available. There will be four to six volunteers per room. Fans and mosquito protection nets are provided.

Food icon Food: During the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. The meals will be Ethiopian style, and vegetarian five days out of the week. On weekends, two meals (breakfast and dinner) will be provided. There is plenty of clean drinking water and other beverages available.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Good level of English
  • Police clearance
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)

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