Andinet School AidCamp

Ethiopia - February 2018

This is a two-week project at a rural village primary school in Andinet, near Gondar, northern Ethiopia.

The project takes place between 10 – 24 February 2018.

The total fundraising target is £1,125 per person.
This is divided into a registration fee of £300 payable on application and a fundraising target of £825 which is due by 2 December 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 rooves meant that the children were often forced to study in larger, combined classes or outside under nearby trees.

Old, traditional school building

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 Itinerary

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'.

Central Gondar

The following two 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 gentle trekking and an opportunity to see some of its unique wildlife, including the Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons.

View in the Simien Mountains

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.

Additional notes

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 in Gondar will be in local hotels and the Simien Mountains overnight stay will be in the national park.

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.

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