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October 18, 2013 to October 27, 2013


We are headed to Ethiopia—a place of vibrant culture and rich history—to partner with a family in building their house. It’ll feel good to make something with our hands, we’ll meet the neighbors, we’ll have fun exploring the area, and we’ll work hard to support Habitat’s inspiring work in Ethiopia. This new house will change the family’s life forever, and our team is invited into that experience!

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 at a village about an hour north of the capital, where need is great.

About this project
Typical tasks for a GV team 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. 

Oct. 18: Depart from North America.
Oct. 19: Arrive in Addis Ababa; dinner and overnight.
Oct. 20: Travel to project site; welcome and orientation with local staff and homeowner families.
Oct. 21-25: Build from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; team activities and free time in evenings.
Oct. 26: Build half day; house dedication and celebration dinner; return to Addis Ababa.
Oct. 27: Museum visit; depart for home or independent travel.

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$1,760 per person
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.) 

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Team leader
Eddie Turner is an Atlanta native and works at Habitat for Humanity’s headquarters, managing international volunteer projects. Across his work in political campaigns, community organizing and graduate school, he has come to understand volunteer service as an act of love that should be useful to the people served and meaningful to the volunteers. With Habitat—his favorite volunteer organization!—he has traveled to Malawi and Mozambique. 

If you are interested in joining this adventure, please contact Eddie at

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