“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
If you have volunteered abroad before, you know how meaningful and insightful global service learning experiences can be. For those of you who have not done so, we invite you to take advantage of the unique opportunities to explore, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of others with People to People in Ethiopia this summer 2012!
2012 Volunteer Trip #1
Deaf Education & Empowerment
Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, & Wollisso, Ethiopia
July 31st—August 13th, 2012
$1,500/person (all inclusive except visa and airfare)
Ethiopian deaf children suffer discrimination in education, healthcare, job skills training and opportunities, and everyday communication and activities. For this reason, we are developing a program in partnership with local deaf organizations already engaged in serving this vulnerable community. During this trip we intend to learn from their experiences and efforts in greater detail. Our hope is that the end result will be the development of a thoughtful and thorough program of life skills training, Ethiopian Sign Language (ESL) training, job training, public education/outreach, and educational support for the deaf community in Bahir Dar (where there are currently no real services available). We will be volunteering with two deaf schools, one in Addis Ababa and one in Bahir Dar, teaching leadership and life skills, and engaging the students in all sorts of activities and games.
2012 Volunteer Trip #2
Women’s Development Issues
Addis Ababa, Debre Markos, Mekelle, & Lalibela, Ethiopia
August 15th—28th, 2012
$1,700/person (all inclusive except visa and airfare)
Throughout the world, women do the vast majority of the work but earn only a fraction of their male counterparts. Women also face a whole host of other challenges and are often relegated to second-class status. Taking account of these hardships and the unique situation of women globally, international development has slowly but consistently moved in the direction of recognizing and addressing these challenges that women face throughout their lives. On this trip we will explore some of these issues, meet with local change-makers who are engaged in serving women and girls, conduct a 5-day leadership & life skills training for young women who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and spend time learning about obstetric fistula and meeting with Safe Motherhood Ambassadors. It is our hope that young women (students, professionals, the “young at heart”, etc.), especially those of Ethiopian origin, will join us for this important trip and become empowered, so that they may return home and become advocates and change-makers themselves.
In addition to the volunteer component, these trips will provide an opportunity to see local development projects in action. Volunteers will meet with local NGOs and make field visits to various projects designed to make a difference in communities in need.
Finally, volunteers will have time for periodic sightseeing and leisure, providing an opportunity to see some of the many fascinating sights that Ethiopia has to offer. Volunteers will experience some of the historical and archaeological heritage, nature/wildlife, and more. All of this will give volunteers an opportunity to experience Ethiopian culture and engage in what amounts to a potentially very powerful cross-cultural exchange and learning experience.
Download more information about this summer’s volunteer opportunities here:
- 2012 P2P Ethiopia Volunteer Trip #1 Flyer (Deaf Education & Empowerment)
- 2012 P2P Ethiopia Volunteer Trip #2 Flyer (Women’s Development Issues)
- 2012 P2P Ethiopia Volunteer Appeal
- 2012 P2P Ethiopia Volunteer Application & Release
How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering with P2P this August, simply fill out the 2012 P2P Volunteer Application & Waiver and return it. Please make sure your application is complete and has been signed wherever a signature is required. Also, a photocopy of your passport photo page is necessary. There is a non-refundable volunteer application fee of $50, which will be applied to your overall program fee if you are accepted as a volunteer. All checks should be made payable to “People to People” and included with your completed application. Applications must be received by June 10, 2012.