Sustainable Enterprises Consultant

Teach and mentor individuals or small groups on how to develop and manage sustainable enterprises, particularly women.

About the Program

Along with a local partner, we are initiating an empowerment program with the hope of helping Hamar communities to sustainably benefit from tourism and associated enterprises, as well as find enterprising solutions to serve the local market. 

The monetary economy in Hamar is in its infancy, but growing for a number of reasons. The big goal of Hamar men is to accumulate large herds of livestock; goats and cows are mostly used for trade, marriage and status. Crop diversity is very low in Hamar communities, mostly comprising of small fields of sorghum, maize and black beans. As rainfall becomes increasingly difficult to predict, the need to generate household income to support a healthy diet and more stable life is becoming really important to the Hamar. Generating income is also a means to help Hamar communities create the financial ability to improve the quality of their cattle and potentially reduce herd sizes. This is also linked to the conservation of Mago National Park. A focus of our enterprise project is also with women’s empowerment.

The Hamar Tribe

This is a remarkable volunteering opportunity for adventurous and pioneering individuals to join us in remote southern Ethiopia. It is home to one of the last truly authentic tribes in Africa – the Hamar - a dream for many. 

Through this program you will work directly with the Hamar Tribe, helping them look past today towards a more secure future, all within their own cultural boundaries. Far from any city, within Africa’s Great Rift Valley, you will live and work amongst the Hamar – an experience that few people ever get the opportunity to do. 

Our volunteer programs in Ethiopia are entirely bespoke, matched to your individual skills, abilities and interests, yet always prioritizing long-term development and conservation goals. You’ll be part of a small and super passionate local and international team. If you join us you’ll be part of something new, unexplored and groundbreaking as we’re one of very few NGOs that has ever ventured this far south in Ethiopia. You’ll be offered a great level of autonomy throughout your project. In return, we ask for self-motivation, initiative, flexibility, enthusiasm and support for our capacity-building approach.

Long-term goals

The long-term goal of our program here is to empower the Hamar community, helping them achieve their own ambitions, within respected cultural boundaries, and to work towards conserving the last remaining wildlife in Ethiopia's Mago National Park. We work at the grassroots level, listening closely to community needs and ambitions. We don't give handouts, we want to help the Hamar to help themselves through powerful, capacity raising activities.

Suitable for


Typical day

You will be working from Monday to Friday including the following activities.

  • Helping to research the economic landscape and related cultural values in this preliminary stage of the project to identify enterprise opportunities;
  • Delivering basic business education sessions on finance, admin, marketing, etc…;
  • Mentoring individuals or small groups on different business functions;
  • Helping to design or develop business plans for new ideas or existing operations;
  • Developing local products or services; or
  • Creating economic benefits from tourism through implementing a local tourism network. 

You will be working in a different context, so we need creative and innovative volunteers to work in such a resource-contrained environment. You should enjoy discovering simple opportunities from limited financial capital and human resources. Through these projects you will be a real part of building the foundations for a self-sufficient Africa, reducing the need for hand-outs. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
Pre-trip organisation questionnaire
Other Skills
Volunteers aren't expected to have a degree in this field, but knowledge of basic business functions are necessary, be that finance, marketing, logistics, etc.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Ethiopia? Volunteer World directly connects you with Big Beyond

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Free-time activities

You're well placed to explore one of the most beautiful regions of Africa! We can help organize incredible adventures, from cultural explorations to wildlife and wellness experiences. The local area is perfect for trail running, hiking, gentle strolls, bakiga dancing and learning new skills from the local people. Of course one thing you shouldn't miss when you come to this part of the world is gorilla trekking. You need a permit to track gorillas in Bwindi and only 12 permits are issued per day per gorilla group, in order to limit human to animal contact. We can help organize your permit. Day or weekend trips could also include climbing the Virunga Volcanoes, relaxing at Lakes Bunyoni or Mutanda, or perhaps safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park Activities are not included in the program, fee but we will help make arrangements for you in advance of your trip so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the excitement of what’s to come. If you’d prefer to decide once you’re out there - that’s no problem either, just speak to our expert team in Uganda and they’ll organize everything for you.



What's included?
A creative and totally unique high-impact volunteer programme - Your personal email and phone guru to help you prepare - Pre-departure destination handbook - Airport transfers: on arrival and departure - Detailed in-country orientation programme, including basic language and cultural immersion - Local project transport where necessary - Decent full-board accommodation in a shared volunteer house - Three organic veggie meals a day - Bottled drinking water, fresh hand-roasted coffee and tea available all day - Fresh local fruit available at all times - All housekeeping and laundry done for you - Local mobile phone SIM card (including pre-cut SIMs for unlocked Smart phones) - Free internet (unfortunately slow and unreliable in this part of the world, be warned!) - Big Beyond team T-shirt - Daily project support, guidance and translators when needed - 24/7 emergency support from professional in-country teams - Head office support with CRB checks and visa applications (HQ South Africa) - Optional and on-demand free time activity facilitation - Travel advice and bookings for any weekends away
Programme administration - Contribution to project costs - A life-long membership to the Big Beyond Tribe
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

You’ll be escorted by one of the Big Beyond team from Kigali, across the border to your new home in Uganda. The journey is a combination of private vehicle and public transport. The journey takes about 5 hours door to door and goes past some beautiful scenery, so get a window seat and start getting excited!


Our cosy and rural retreat has bed space for ten people. Depending on how many volunteers are around, you may have your own room, although it’s more likely that you’ll be sharing. Some rooms have bunk beds, others singles and there’s a double bed for any resident couples. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. We harvest water from rain and heat it over a fire, so you'll be able to indulge in hot showers. There's also a cosy, communal living and dining area, both inside and out.

Bedroom (Single) Camping
Food & Beverages

We will provide three vegetarian, nutritious and locally-sourced meals a day, sometimes traditionally Ugandan (chapatti, sweet potato and rice) and sometimes a little more international (pizza, homemade bread and lentil curry). There's not refrigeration and there's also not a wide range of food available here, as you may be used to, but we try to be creative at mealtimes.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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24 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Turmi/Ethiopia between 3 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Big Beyond will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Big Beyond during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ethiopia. Please check the visa regulations for Ethiopia.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ethiopia.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Arba Mintch (AMH) in Arba Mintch. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ethiopia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ethiopia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ethiopia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ethiopia.
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Ethiopia upfront.
Shele Village, Turmi, Ethiopia