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Ethiopia Sports Coaching and Teaching

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With an historical significance that resonates across millennia, Ethiopia is known as the cradle of humanity for good reason. The oldest human remains were found here, and it has evolved to become a fascinating region of the African continent. The only nation to completely avoid colonisation, it has a proud and complex culture expressed through dramatic tribal traditions and a life blood of passionate and vibrant people who are proud of their recently acquired democracy.

Here in a land where the Queen of Sheba once ruled, primitive and modern live side by side, but the exquisite facial bone structure of the women here evokes the ancient heritage of the mighty queens of the past. However, years of famine, war and misrule have left a legacy of poverty and its attendant problems – consequently, it is somewhere that truly needs and deserves the help of international volunteers.

Visit this land of starkly beautiful savannah plains punctuated by age old rock hewn churches, highlighting the unique juxtaposition of natural magnificence and cultural heritage found here, whilst making a crucial difference to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. If you wish to transform the lives of disadvantaged Ethiopians whilst discovering this land of a tangible ancient aura, travel to Ethiopia for a gap year destination with a difference!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

•    Gain your TEFL certificate for free!
•    Gain a life time of unmatchable memories
•    Immerse yourself in the local culture

Airport Pickup Community Emergency Physical Hotel Teaching Terrestrial Qualification Sports
FAST FACTS
Location Gondar, Ethiopia
Activities Teach English and other subjects
Arrange training and coaching
Plan and run an interschool football tournament
Transport Airport pick up
Accommodation Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
UK TEFL Certificate
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THIS PROJECT DO?

While reforms have been made in education, the actual structure of the Ethiopian school system has remained pretty much unchanged since the 1950's. Higher education is very limited and very few students make it that far. 

Formal education is composed of six years of elementary school, two years of junior secondary, and four years of senior secondary. Most children start school at age five. An average class size is 65 students per teacher, and few school supplies are available to each student; for example schools lack pens, books, paper, and most schools don't even have water or useable toilets.

Social awareness that education is important is something that Ethiopia lacks. Most people in Ethiopia feel that work is more important than education, so they start at a very early age with little to no education. Children in rural areas are less likely to go to school than children in urban areas. Most rural families cannot afford to send their children to school because parents believe that while their children are in school they cannot contribute to the household chores and income.

Very few schools offer children the opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities such as sports and arts and crafts. Sport is a great way for children to gain some exercise while learning coordination, teamwork and leadership skills. After school training and tournaments also provide them with a productive and exciting evening activity that keeps them motivated and supported.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your work schedule will cover a comprehensive, varied and enjoyable teaching and sports coaching programme which will engage you fully with your students and will awaken your creativity and initiative.

As well as assisting in English classes, and other subjects you may be interested in, you will also run sports and football classes either during school or after school has finished. It will be up to you to arrange these classes by working with the local teachers and coordinators to ensure the children know about them! You should be prepared to use your own initiative while you are working on your project, however if you need assistance in initiating these activities, the local staff will be more than happy to advise and assist you.

You will find that the children are incredibly excited and keen to take part – as are some of the teachers! You will be welcomed at every turn by smiling and enthusiastic people - we cannot emphasise this enough! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from helping and inspiring these underprivileged children whilst significantly enhancing your own skills and experience.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Gondar Airport by a friendly local staff member and escorted to the project site.  Any project-related costs will be minimal and your daily journey to the project may entail a short walk or bus ride.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation will either be with a welcoming host family, who will provide basic but comfortable living quarters for you, or in project-specific housing. Wherever you are, you will have basic but comfortable accommodation with a bathroom and running water. A laundry service is often included.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not included so volunteers are encouraged to source meals locally in order to support the local economy. A wide variety of very inexpensive food is available in the local cafes and restaurants with just two or three pounds a day being sufficient to buy you a delicious range of both Ethiopian and European style dishes. Ethiopian food is simple and delicious and will open up a whole new aspect of African culture to you. Try dishes such as chicken stew with hard boiled eggs, lamb dices or tartar steak, or if you are vegetarian sample the delicious "vegetable alecha" or vegetable stew. Honey wine is a traditional accompaniment to a meal, or tella which is the delicious local beer.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you are sure to want to explore the natural and cultural wonders that are found in this remarkable land. See the rock hewn churches of Lalibela where you can join an Ethiopian church service, alongside white gauze clad worshippers. Encounter the shrieking baboons of the Simien mountains as they scamper down the slopes, weaving through the gnarled trees. If you want to venture further afield, catch a boat out to the monasteries on the islands in the middle of the largest lake in Ethiopia, or see the Hamer and Mursi people of the Omo Valley, a place where traditional dress and customs have been maintained for centuries. Perhaps most striking to visit are the ruins of Aksum; remote, quiet and the site of ancient palaces, you can visit this palace of the Queen of Sheba by bicycle, and enjoy being totally alone in a place of spectacular beauty.

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 1,345

Extra week US$ 195

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly between September and June

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK TEFL qualification & certification

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Addis Ababa (ADD)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.