Third-level Student Volunteering, Ethiopia 2020
The joy of the new homeowners was worth all the time and effort put into this trip. I could not be happier that our group was able to contribute something to this great community. The attitude towards life shown by the members of the George community was truly remarkable, and it is something that I will do my best to learn from.David Meenan, Past Student Build volunteer
May/June 2019 Apply Here Now!
Our Student Build trip to Ethiopia is an amazing opportunity to work alongside families in need of a decent place to call home.
Habitat’s Student Build trip to Ethiopia invites you to join third-level students from around Ireland in fighting poverty housing. You will travel as a team to Ethiopia and help a family to build a home, strengthen their community, and enrich both their lives and your own. You will experience firsthand the impact of poverty housing and help make a lasting difference to the entire community. You will work as part of a team, develop new skills, experience a different culture and learn about global development issues.
Dates: May/June 2020
Type of Work for Volunteers
No construction experience is required for this trip. Some of the tasks include mixing and pouring concrete, insulation, brick laying, flooring, plastering and painting. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on site.
Need to Know
Where will I stay?
Accommodation will be clean and safe; usually a modest hotel or guest house. Local Habitat staff will organise transport to and from the work site.
What will I eat?
You will have the opportunity to try local food but in most cases you will have access to food you will be familiar with too! Bottled water will be provided to keep you hydrated. Include allergies or specific requirements in your application form.
Do I have to be a student to take part?
Yes, to take part in this trip, however we have lots of other opportunities for those who are not here. You must be over 15 to join the team. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or can join a Youth Build team. If you are older than 75, get in touch to discuss insurance.
Habitat co-ordinates everything for a safe and rewarding experience. You don’t need special skills to take part.
Day 1-2 Depart Ireland, arrive in Ethiopia & orientation
Day 3-10 Build and closing celebration with the community
Day 11-12 Time in Addis Ababa & depart
Dates dependent on flight availability.