Volunteer in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) November 2019

Date: 16 -25 Nov. 2019

Cost: £1700 (click for breakdown)

Project: Slum Upgrading and WASH

Partner with a group of volunteers in Ethiopia to experience the food, culture and help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Make Your Impact

This is your unique opportunity to help families build their homes by raising vital funds and directly contributing to our work on the ground. Your days on the construction site, building side by side with the community, will make a real difference for families who need of a safe place to call home. Join a team of volunteers who share your passion for travel with a purpose and see what you can achieve.

Why build in Ethiopia

We build in Ethiopia because vulnerable families deserve substantial housing.

We build real homes that have the power to improve health and education, create strong communities and safety for vulnerable people, allowing them to thrive and not just survive.

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Be A Part of Something Bigger

Volunteers are at the heart of Habitat for Humanity’s mission to create a world where everyone has a place to call home. Our volunteers are dedicated, caring individuals who embrace opportunities to make new friends, explore new places, and change the lives of others – and themselves – for the better. Become a part of our global community and the heartbeat of change.

Jonathan Reckford Habitat CEO
I believe that all of our faiths have shared values around serving in the community and serving people in need. Out of that shared value, we can build relationships and build community. Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International

Provisional Itinerary

16 Nov: Arrive in Addis Ababa and free time

17 Nov: Team orientation and welcome dinner

18 – 22 Nov: Build on site

23 Nov: Closing ceremony and free time

24 Nov: Cultural activities

25 Nov: Depart for UK or onward travel


You will stay at a hotel near the construction site (this allows us to boost local jobs too!) Everyone will stay in twin rooms, sharing it with another team member.All the meals are included. Typically breakfast is at the hotel, lunch is on-site or nearby, and dinner is at the hotel or a nearby restaurant.


Flights are not included in the trip cost, you need to organise them yourself.You can arrange to travel with other team members if you wish to - we let everyone organise their flights according to their own preferences. We can meet you at the airport or hotel.


We are not medical professionals, so before you travel please consult your GP or a travel clinic about the risks associated with your destination and what jabs you will need. The Fit for Travel website is a great starting point for identifying common risks such as malaria, zika, and other diseases.

Friends & Family

Yes - you can come with a friend or as a group - the more the merrier! You must be aged 18 to take part in the build on your own. If you are aged 16 or 17 you can sign up but, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


All volunteers will be covered for emergency medical care in country through our insurance policy with Chubb. The coverage period is for the build dates only and cannot be extended for personal travel. Please note that this is emergency medical and evacuation insurance only and does not cover personal items or flights, therefore it is worth considering supplemental travel insurance.

Meet the team

GB Head of Operations and Strategy - Manuela Campbell

I began as volunteer with Habitat for Humanity before making it my career. Part of my role is to oversee our global volunteering programme and ensure our volunteers have the best experience possible. I love to see the impact that our volunteers have as well as the personal transformation they experience on the worksite.
Jemma r

GB Volunteering Coordinator - Jemma Reid

I am passionate about volunteering, and have spent many months volunteering around the world on a variety of different projects. My role is to make sure that volunteers feel supported from beginning to end. I enjoy using my experience on the ground to help prepare others for their time in-country.
Chris Mallet team leader

Trip Team Leader - Chris Mallett

My first Build to Thailand in 2015 as a volunteer led to my participation in multiple other Builds across Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America on projects involving house building, slum rehabilitation, and more.

Begin your adventure

Are you ready to sign up? Have you spoken to the Team Leader and reviewed our Terms and Conditions (PDF) and Payment Policy (PDF)?

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