Ethiopia

Projects in Ethiopia

Education

The education project provides high school students and teachers with access to personal, academic, and professional development opportunities through improved English education.

Volunteers are assigned to work at a high school and are responsible for a maximum of three English classes daily. Volunteers teach English and engage in teacher support programs that help local teachers develop professionally by focusing on English proficiency and instructional skills. All Volunteers plan and lead extracurricular activities such as student and teacher English clubs, computer trainings to support English language learning, library development and reading programs, and gender empowerment clubs.

In 2017, the project will become a TEFL certified program. Volunteers will earn a TEFL certification after successful completion of the training requirements and service.


Environment

The Environment project was launched at the beginning of 2013 following Peace Corps Ethiopia’s entrance into the global Peace Corps food security partnership agreement with USAID and the Feed the Future initiative.

Environment Volunteers provide core support at the village level to improve the food security status of the communities they serve. Volunteers work primarily at the grassroots level with rural communities and farmer training centers. Their main counterparts are the Development Agents from the local agricultural and rural development office and community members interested in undertaking reforestation, agroforestry and other natural resource management activities. Food security and natural resource management includes a wide range of activities, from small scale gardening, reforestation, watershed protection to farming and sustainable food production.


Health

Since 2007, Peace Corps Ethiopia has worked closely with the Ministry of Health and the federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office to help the Ethiopian government implement prevention, care, and support interventions. The health project focuses on establishing and strengthening community-based HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs. In 2011, the program diversified its focus to include maternal and child health with a focus on nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation.

Community Health Volunteers are assigned to work at a health center or health post with a local health extension worker. Together they facilitate community outreach and health education programs by conducting home visits, facilitating school based health activities for youth, and supporting community gatherings which focus on community health priorities.