Inside Ethiopia 2017: In Partnership with REALITY

November 5, 2017 - November 14, 2017


Entwine and REALITY (a Schusterman Initiative) are thrilled to partner on Inside Ethiopia 2017! Together, Entwine participants and REALITY alumni will use Ethiopia as a lens to explore personal commitment to global responsibility.

Applications have now closed for Inside Ethiopia.

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 learn what it takes to create strong, sustainable international community development through meaningful volunteer work and exchange with local community members.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • 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
  • Participate in a profound Shabbat at the home of Dr. Hodes and Ethiopian peers
  • 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
  • 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
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017
Participation fee: $2,000 USD
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

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will be expected to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection. Final payments will be due two months before departure.

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.

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

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. 

About REALITYThe REALITY experience brings inspiring changemakers from around the globe on a transformative journey through Israel to reignite their passion and potential for repairing the world. After the journey to Israel concludes, participants become part of a global community of changemakers with a passion and determination to take what they learned in Israel and make a lasting difference in their communities and the world.

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