Inside Ethiopia 2017

November 5, 2017 - November 14, 2017

Applications are now open. Click here to receive an application.

Application Deadline: June 30th, 2017

Inside Ethiopia is an opportunity to explore the country's humanitarian challenges and learn about life-saving programs and best practices in international development. This is your chance to contribute to JDC’s critical interventions in the areas of education and health, and learn what it takes to create strong, sustainable international community development through meaningful volunteer work and exchange with local community members.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Understand JDC's historic role in assisting Ethiopia's Jewish community and current development needs though briefings with JDC senior professionals
  • Explore Jewish sites in the Gondar region, including the Jewish villages of Ambober and Teda to tour synagogues and landmarks
  • Take a hands on role in educational programming with JDC partner organization, the NALA Foundation, and at the JDC-supported Gondar Science Center
  • Tour important historical sites such as Fasilides Castle, and the natural wonders of the Simien Mountains National Park
  • Visit the International Surgery Program in Addis Ababa, run by Dr. Rick Hodes, JDC Medical Director & CNN Hero
  • Experience a unique Shabbat experience with Dr. Rick Hodes and Ethiopian peers
  • Indulge in Ethiopia’s culture, nightlife and cuisine though a traditional coffee ceremony, injera, and folk dancing

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: November 5-14 2017

Participation fee: $3,800 USD

International participation fee: $2,200 USD, not inclusive of flights

*Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. JDC Entwine has subsidies available. Click here to learn more.

The trip cost includes:

  • Roundtrip International Airfare from Washington, DC
  • Local transportation within Ethiopia
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double rooms; participants may elect to stay in a single room for an additional fee)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

Participants will be expected to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection.

Final payments (which may vary based on individual subsidies) will be due two months before departure.

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Flight details: The group flight will depart from Dulles International Airport (Washington, DC) on Sunday, November 5 and will return on Tuesday, November 14. All US based participants are expected to meet at the airport three hours prior to departure and must travel to Addis Ababa with the group. Exact flight details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.

About JDC in Ethiopia: Despite Ethiopia’s relatively high GDP growth in recent years, per capita income remains among the lowest in the world, and well over a third of Ethiopians continue to live below the poverty line. In an economy heavily dependant on agriculture and plagued by frequent droughts, Ethiopians, particularly in rural areas, lack access to basic resources such as healthcare, education, and potable water.

JDC began working in Ethiopia in 1983, striving to advance the health and well being of those living in the Gondar region. Providing critical services, including medical care under the supervision of Dr. Rick Hodes, JDC’s Medical Director in Ethiopia for more than two decades, JDC met the needs—both in Gondar and in Addis Ababa—of the successive waves of Ethiopians who’ve immigrated to Israel over the past 30 years.

Learn more about JDC's work in Ethiopia here.

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