Education lies at the core of our development objectives, because knowledge builds individual capacity, understanding, and ultimately, greater choice.
About the Program
The goal in the community is to create greater opportunities for Hamar to learn subjects that are in line with their culture, values and ambitions. At the moment, government run schools in nearby towns forbid Hamar dress and hairstyles, also teaching in Amharic and English, which is eroding Hamar culture amongst younger generations.
We hope to one day see Hamar teachers taking the lead in village schools, teaching appropriate subjects in the Hamar language. In the meantime we would also like to achieve greater attendance, especially to the village schools, along with a more productive and engaging learning environment. We also aim to offer relevant academic and vocational education opportunities to children and adults in informal village environments, to fit around busy pastoralist lifestyles. That could mean teaching in the evenings or out in the bush during the day – not your average school environment. We currently have connections with a few primary and nursery schools (there are no Hamar secondary schools yet), including those in remote villages and in the town. There are a lot of different and challenging roles which you can fill depending on specific knowledge
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.
You will be working from Monday to Friday including the following 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.
You will organise your transport from Addis Ababa airport to your hotel and to the domestic airport for your internal flight. Once you get to Arba Minch, one of our friendly Big Beyond team members will pick you up from the airport and take you to a hotel in the town centre. You will spend one night in this beautiful lakeside town and then embark on the stunning 6 hour bus journey through the Omo Valley, the following day. You'll be accompanied at all times. Get a window seat, sit back & relax.
We have two site locations - one community-owned Hamar camp where you’ll have your own en-suite room, or you’ll be sharing, depending on availability. The other location is a campsite in a Hamar village where we have our own private area. You’ll be in a furnished tent (with mattress) and Big Beyond will provide mobile facilities for these occasions including tents, bedding, shower, toilet and cooking facilities. It's simpler that you might be used to, but we promise we'll make you feel at home!
You’ll be fully catered for with three meals a day, plus water, tea and coffee. We provide a menu with a mix of international dishes (curries, scrambled eggs or pasta) and some Ethiopian food (injera and rich vegetable or meat stews). Be prepared, we are remote, many ingredients are hard to source and there’s no refrigeration, so expect a less varied diet that’s mostly vegetarian, with protein coming from eggs and pulses.