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Join a team of volunteers from the Down and Connor Youth Commission to support our Ethiopia Partnership; improving the living conditions of families in some of the poorest communities in summer 2019.

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In Ethiopia’s towns and cities, more than 90% of homes are in urgent need of repair. The vast majority of families live in poorly built and cramped homes which lack basic facilities, such as proper toilets and clean water.

Since 1993, Habitat Ethiopia has been working to improve living conditions with projects ranging from urban slum upgrading to building simple homes for vulnerable groups. Support from Northern Ireland has transformed thousands of lives through small changes which make a world of difference; simple homes, clean water, proper toilets.

Time and again, we see how home is the start of it – a solid foundation for children to do better in school, families to stay healthy and parents to earn a stable income, just like these families:

This is the seventh year of the Habitat-Living Youth Partnership to support this life-changing work. This is an exciting opportunity to put faith in action, experience grassroots development and be inspired by the generosity of the Ethiopian people. Volunteers will:

SEE the shocking reality of poverty housing

SERVE families in need

SPEAK out for the cause of safe, decent housing when they return home


Habitat co-ordinates everything for a safe and rewarding experience. You don’t need special skills to take part.

Day 1-2 Depart Northern Ireland, arrive in Ethiopia & orientation

Day 3-10 Build and closing celebration with the community

Day 11-12 Time in Addis Ababa & depart

Dates & itinerary dependent on flight availability.

Supporting Habitat's Work

The budget to take part is £2,200p/p (this includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum £700 donation towards Habitat’s work). Of the £2,200 volunteers make a minimum personal contribution of £500 towards logistics costs. If you are unable to make this contribution, get in touch. There are lots of ideas and resources to support fundraising. Volunteers must be clear about what the funds raised will support.

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.

For more information call 028 92 635 635, email or click on the link below to sign up. 


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