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Meet The Village Tour

ethiopia-mapDevxchange’s Meet the Village Tour is based on the premise “It takes a village to raise a child”. On this trip of a lifetime not only will you experience the rich history and culture of Ethiopia including the 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of the 13th– century, learning to ride a camel, and making injerra over a wood fire but you will learn 10 principles of international development that can change our world. You will experience 6 projects that are making a difference in the areas of education, agro-forestry, micro-loans, vocational training, and health.

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March 11-24 2017                        Meet the Village

March 11 and 12Saturday and SundayToronto to AddisDepart Toronto- Saturday March 11- arrive in Addis on the 12th. Rest in the morning. In the afternoon visit Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum followed by a cultural evening of Food and Dance.
March 13MondayAwassaTravel to Awassa by bus and have supper in the evening by the Lake.
March 14TuesdayAwassaVisit project Panafric School and have work day helping with various school projects and activitiesPanafric Academy
March 15WednesdayAwassaBoat Trip, Hippo watching, Fish Market and visit students homes for evening meal.
March 16ThursdayDebre BerhanTravel day to Debre Berhan- Orientation by project manager Feru on North Shoa area.
March 17FridayNorth ShoaVisit projects in North Shoa, ride a camel and overnight in Shoarbete Forestry for Life
March 18SaturdayNorth Shoa to LalibelaTraveling to Lalibela.
March 19SundayLalibelaTraversing the Stone Hewn Churches of Lalibela.
March 20MondayLalibela to Bahir DarTraveling to Bahir Dar.
March 21TuesdayBahir DarVisiting the Newlivelihood and New Hope Projects.
March 22Wednesday Bahir DarA cultural exchange where you will learn how to make injera, cotton spinning and more.
March 23ThursdayBahir Dar to Addis AbabaTravelling by bus to Addis Ababa.
March 24FridayAddis AbabaIn the morning you will visit the INschool and in the afternoon you'll visit the BOES project and have a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant and catch the flight back.



Visit the Stone Hewn Churches, one of the many World Heritage sites Ethiopia has to offer.


See some of the exotic birds on Lake Awassa and experience a boat trip and the local fish market.


See hippos in Lake Awassa where they have lived for centuries.


Immerse yourself in the culture as you learn how to prepare injera and participate in other traditions.


You will be travelling by private bus across some of the most exotic landscape including the breath taking Nile Gorge.


Experience a camel ride like one of the nomads of the Afar region.


img_1175Panafric International Academy is a school that was started from scratch by one of our Lead Members. It is elevating the quality of education as well as making it accessible to many who would not otherwise go to school. Project is in Awassa.

20160827_124930_resizedThe North Shoa project is a new project in a strategic area of Ethiopia where there is the convergence of 4 major tribes. This project has schools, agro-forestry, poultry and livestock as it brings peace to an area known for centuries for its conflict. The picture is of a Peace and Reconciliation conference hosted by our implementing partner with over 3,000 participants.

img_0733The Newlivelihood project has provided vocational training for more than 400 young women in the areas of hair dressing, computers, food preparation plus others. This prevents women from ending up in the sex trafficking trade as they are able lead productive lives with good jobs and many with their own businesses.

img_9109New Hope Micro Loans is a project in Bahirdar making a huge difference in the lives of the poor. More than 1,000 beneficiaries are earning their way out of poverty due to access to capital through these micro-loans.

dscn8838-copyThe iNSchool project is a school feeding program to enable kids to stay in school. Many kids don’t go to school as they and their parents often have to search for food instead of going to school.

bethel-addis-dumpThe Bethel Orphans and Elder Support project works with the disabled, elderly, orphans and poor that congregate in the poorest section of Addis. The project provides social assistance, vocational training and educational support.


ItemDescriptionTax deductibleAmount- Cdn$
In Country CostsThis includes all transportation, food, accommodation, attractions, and guides60%$1,500
Project DonationWe are asking group members to raise funds from their networks (family and friends) towards the projects100%$500
AirfareThis will vary depending on currency fluctuations and group rates obtained100%$1,100 to $1,800
Not includedVisa, Shots, Personal travel insurance and shopping