Teaching & Education

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.

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.

  • Teaching or mentoring in a range of subjects, both inside and outside of schools to individuals, small groups or larger classes;
  • Working closely with local teachers to improve methods in engaging children more effectively, plus providing lesson support;
  • Running workshops around relevant vocational or social topics;
  • Reaching targets to encourage school attendance; or
  • Walking with pastoralists as they graze, or sitting with community members at night by the fire as part of a ‘mobile school’ initiative.
There are a lot of varied and exciting roles which you can fill, depending on your specific knowledge. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Pre-trip organisation questionnaire
Other Skills
If you are willing to be flexible, learn and understand a different education system, work across a mixture of initiatives and are happy to share your time and knowledge, you will be a great asset!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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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 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!

Bedroom (Single) Camping
Food & Beverages

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.

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.

Get ready to volunteer in Ethiopia

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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