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Ethiopia Sports Coaching and Teaching

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Ethiopia Sports Coaching and Teaching

Emmerse yourself within the vibrant and fun filled communities of Ethiopian culture through this invigorating football and teaching project.

Prices from US$1,195

With an historic significance that resonates across millennia, Ethiopia is known as the cradle of humanity for good reason. The oldest human remains were found here, and it has evolved to become a fascinating region of the African continent. The only nation completely to avoid colonisation, it has a proud and complex culture expressed through dramatic tribal traditions and a life blood of passionate and vibrant people who are proud of their recently acquired democracy.

Here in a land where the Queen of Sheba once ruled, primitive and modern live side by side, with the exquisite facial bone structure of the women here evoking the ancient heritage of the mighty queens of the past. However, years of famine, war and misrule have left a legacy of poverty and its attendant problems. Consequently, it is somewhere that truly needs and deserves the help of international volunteers.

Visit this land of starkly beautiful savannah plains punctuated by age old rock hewn churches, highlighting the unique juxtaposition of natural magnificence and cultural heritage found here, whilst making a crucial difference to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. If you wish to transform the lives of disadvantaged Ethiopians whilst discovering this land of a tangible ancient aura, travel to Ethiopia for a gap year destination with a difference!


•    Gain your TEFL certificate for free!
•    Gain a life time of unmatchable memories
•    Immerse yourself in the local culture


Location Gondar, Ethiopia
Activities Teach English and other subjects
Arrange training and coaching
Plan and run an interschool football tournament
Transport Airport pick up
Accommodation Volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
FREE Frontier TEFL certificate
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


While reforms have been made in education, the actual structure of the Ethiopian school system has remained pretty much unchanged since the 1950's. Higher education is very limited and very few students make it that far. 

Formal education is composed of six years of elementary school, two years of junior secondary, and four years of senior secondary. Most children start school at age five. An average class size is 65 students per teacher, and few school supplies are available to students; for example, schools lack pens, books and paper and most schools don't even have water or useable toilets.

Social awareness that education is important is something that Ethiopia lacks. Most people in Ethiopia feel that work is more important than education, so they start at a very early age with little to no education. Children in rural areas are less likely to go to school than children in urban areas. Most rural families feel that they cannot afford to send their children to school because parents believe that while their children are in school they cannot contribute to the household chores and income.

Very few schools offer children the opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities, such as sports and arts and crafts. Sport is a great way for children to take exercise while learning coordination, teamwork and leadership skills. After school training and tournaments also provide them with a productive and exciting evening activity that keeps them motivated and makes them feel supported.


Your work schedule will cover a comprehensive, varied and enjoyable teaching and sports coaching programme which will engage you fully with your students and will awaken your creativity and initiative.

As well as assisting in English classes, and other subjects you may be interested in, you will also run sports and football classes either during school or after school has finished. It will be up to you to arrange these classes by working with the local teachers and coordinators to ensure the children know about them! You should be prepared to use your own initiative while you are working on your project, although if you need assistance in initiating these activities, the local staff will be more than happy to advise and assist you.

You will find that the children are incredibly excited and keen to take part – as are some of the teachers! You will be welcomed at every turn by smiling and enthusiastic people - we cannot emphasise this enough! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from helping and inspiring these underprivileged children whilst significantly enhancing your own skills and experience.


You will be met upon arrival at Gondar Airport by a friendly local staff member and escorted to the project site.  Any project related costs will be minimal and your daily journey to the project may entail a short walk or bus ride.


Accommodation will either be with a welcoming host family, who will provide basic but comfortable living quarters for you, or in project-specific housing. Wherever you are, you will have basic but comfortable accommodation with a bathroom and running water. A laundry service is often included.


Food is not included, so volunteers are encouraged to source meals locally in order to support the local economy. A wide variety of very inexpensive food is available in the local cafes and restaurants, with just two or three pounds a day being sufficient to buy you a delicious range of both Ethiopian and European style dishes. Ethiopian food is simple and delicious and will open up a whole new aspect of African culture to you. Try dishes such as chicken stew with hard boiled eggs, lamb dices or tartar steak, or if you are vegetarian sample the delicious "vegetable alecha" or vegetable stew. Honey wine is a traditional accompaniment to a meal, or tella, which is the delicious local beer.

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In your spare time you are sure to want to explore the natural and cultural wonders that are found in this remarkable land. See the rock hewn churches of Lalibela where you can join an Ethiopian church service, alongside white gauze clad worshippers. Encounter the shrieking baboons of the Simien mountains as they scamper down the slopes, weaving through the gnarled trees. If you want to venture further afield, catch a boat out to the monasteries on the islands in the middle of the largest lake in Ethiopia, or see the Hamer and Mursi people of the Omo Valley, a place where traditional dress and customs have been maintained for centuries. Perhaps most striking to visit are the ruins of Aksum; remote, quiet and the site of ancient palaces, including that of the Queen of Sheba, which you can visit by bicycle and enjoy being totally alone in a place of spectacular beauty.


2 weeks US$1,195

Extra week US$195


Monthly between September and June




2 weeks +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • FREE Frontier TEFL certificate
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Addis Ababa (ADD)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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