Placement dates (excluding travel time): 17 Oct- 14 Nov 2020
Cost: £2,100.00 ($2,729.87 approx)
Application deadline: 15 June 2020
Pre-departure training: 28 Jul 2020 - 30 Jul 2020 Teddington (GB)


On this 4 week placement you will live and learn alongside our partner, Wolayta Kale Heywet Church (WKHC), in their vision to equip and empower individuals through self help groups. 

Self-Help Groups (SHGs) enable small groups of vulnerable people to support each other, both financially and with mutual encouragement. Members begin by saving small amounts which are used to start new businesses or to help when times are tough. They are a proven method for communities to lift themselves out of economic and social poverty. The partner's plan is to grow this work over the next six years to half a million SHG members supported through 30,000 groups around the country.

On placement you will have the opportunity to work alongside the partner to support the process of transforming communities which offers volunteers a learning opportunity through both SHG Approaches, conservation agriculture. 

What will you be doing?

  • Working alongside community Self-Help Groups
  • Learning about conservation agriculture techniques 
  • Helping to teach Information Technology (IT) and English Language
  • Supporting bible study groups with a focus on Integral Mission/Theology

What can you bring?

We’re looking for people with a passion for Jesus who want to support Wolayta Kale Heywet Church to share the good news. Four weeks in Ethiopia will challenge you personally and stretch your faith, as you experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice. You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable, and ready to work as part of a team of volunteers.

*Please note…

The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.

For information on additional costs, check out our FAQ section below.


Worried about costs?

When we first meet you at an interview day or at pre-departure training, we will give you some ideas about fundraising. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog with eight fundraising tips.

We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once!

When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, interviewing and/or assigning you to a team.

After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for administrative, preparatory, in-country and other costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

What will I be doing?

All sorts! It totally depends on which country you chose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we’re normally correct when we say...

  • You’ll be learning loads
  • You’ll be supporting our partner to keep up their fantastic work
  • You’ll be making new friends
  • You’ll be growing in your relationship with God

Here are some recent examples.

In Cambodia: Tearfund’s partner CHO, works closely with children, providing education. Volunteers have brought their personal education experience to help teach english, run sports and lead bible studies. CHO also has an incredible Social Enterprise called Destiny Cafe where the volunteers get an opportunity to work alongside locals and develop new innovative ways to expand business in the area.

In India: Tearfund’s partners have invited prayer teams to join them for two weeks. Volunteers bring their fresh enthusiasm and commitment to prayer, coming alongside partners and beneficiaries, often resulting in a fresh awakening of God’s power at work.

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

This totally varies from team to team, but we can guarantee that you will have a mattress under you and a roof over you! You may be sleeping in a church, house, school, or simple guesthouse. Two-week teams tend to live in a guesthouse with running water. Food will usually be a mixture of local food and English food. It's hard to predict what you will encounter so you need to expect the unexpected. Our most common complaint from teams is that they are treated too well!

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

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