This is a three-week project at a rural village primary
school in Andinet, near Gondar, northern Ethiopia.
The project takes
place between 21 October and 11 November 2017.
The total fundraising
target is £1,200 per person. This is divided into a registration fee of
£350 payable on application and a fundraising target of £850 which is due by 21 July 2017.
The school where the project will take place benefited from
AidCamps' first ever project in Ethiopia in February 2016 when volunteers built
two classrooms to help replace some of the existing, dilapidated buildings on
the site. Several of these original structures were in danger of collapse and
the poor quality flooring and leaking roofs meant that the children were often
forced to study in larger, combined classes or outside under nearby trees.
Original, unsafe traditional classroom
The proposed project will add further classrooms, enabling
the school to provide a safer and cleaner environment in which to study whilst
expanding the school's capacity to teach up to Grade 5, rather than stopping at
Grade 4 as it currently does.
The addition of an extra grade of study means that children
will remain at the school longer and therefore postpone the long journey to
schools in the closest town that teach Grade 5 and above.
The project will follow the typical AidCamps format. On the
arrival weekend volunteers will stay at a hotel in Gondar where there will be
an opportunity to meet our partner NGO Link Ethiopia, as well as explore this
historical town sometimes known as the Camelot of Africa.
Gondar town centre
The following weeks will then follow a similar pattern with
volunteers generally working Monday to Friday from 8.30am until 12.30pm. During
the afternoons and evenings there will be opportunities to visit nearby schools
and other Link Ethiopia projects, attend talks about Ethiopia and its culture,
visit nearby sites of interest and enjoy some free time to relax, meet the
local children or just catch up on your washing!
The second weekend will feature an overnight visit to the
world famous Simien Mountains for some light trekking and an opportunity to see
some of its unique wildlife, including the Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons.
View in the Simien Mountains
The third weekend of the project starts on the Friday and
involves a trip to Bahir Dar, a boat ride on Lake Tana the source of the Blue
Nile and a visit to the Blue Nile Falls, known locally as Tis Abay.
Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile
The departure weekend will see volunteers enjoy a final
night in Gondar on the Friday evening before being taken to the airport for
their onward departure on Saturday.
Accommodation for the project will involve camping whilst at
the project site. The campsite is basic but the tents are European standard two
or four-person tents which come equipped with camp beds.
Toilets are of the squat/drop variety and washing is either
by bucket or solar shower.
Accommodation at the weekends will be in local hotels and
guest houses except for the Simien Mountains overnight stay, which will be in
the huts in the national park.
Gondar is approximately 2,100-2,200m above sea level and
when trekking in the Simien Mountains we will reach an altitude of
At the time of year in which the project is taking place the average high temperature is 29.5C and the average low temperature is 13.7C.