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December 13, 2013 to December 22, 2013


Travel to the striking country of Ethiopia and help build affordable homes. Turn your holiday spirit into an experience filled with culture, history, laughter, friendship and hard work. Alongside locals in Debre Birhan, come and build homes, share stories and experience unforgettable memories. No previous building experience is required, just open your eyes, be flexible and take in this amazing adventure.

A typical shack made of scrap metal and wood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Country profile

About Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a land of dramatic variations—from lush mountain highlands to low-lying deserts to one of the highest peaks on the African continent. The Nile River winds its way through this country before flowing to the Mediterranean Sea.

Unfortunately, Ethiopia is also one of the poorest countries, ranking 169 out of 175 in the United Nations quality-of-life index. This team will work where the need is great.

About this project
Typical work for a GV team may include mixing mortar and concrete, carrying construction materials, fixing chicken wire, digging foundations and more.

Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia constructs houses from stabilized soil blocks, hollow concrete blocks and fired bricks. All houses are built so that partner families can construct additional rooms in the future. 

Dec. 13: Depart from U.S.
Dec. 14: Arrive in Addis Ababa; dinner and overnight in Addis Ababa.
Dec. 15: Travel to host project site; welcome and orientation with local staff and homeowner families.
Dec. 16-20: Build from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lunch on-site; team activities and free time in evenings.
Dec. 21: Build half day; house dedication.
Dec. 22: Travel to Addis Ababa; free time or depart for home.

Most teams stay at the Eva Hotel, a relatively new hotel that serves both Ethiopian and European dishes. Teams will spend their first and last nights at a hotel in Addis Ababa.

Program cost

US$1,480 per person
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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Team leader
After having taught Theater and French at Emory University in Atlanta, Alex Harrington currently lives in London, studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies, specializing on the Horn of Africa. Alex is very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel to Africa every year for the past two decades. This build will mark his ninth visit to Debre Birhan, of which two were Global Village builds. Alex has had the opportunity to work with amazing people at Habitat for Humanity throughout the years and is thrilled to be bringing a team to Debre Birhan, his “home away from home.” 

If you are interested in being part of this adventure, please contact Alex at

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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