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Contribute invaluable ideas, time and skills to a real-life development project in Southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, home to the remote Hamar community. As a volunteer, you will gain a unique, once-in-a-lifetime insight into the challenges for traditional pastoralist people, spending time in one of the most untouched tribal areas of the world with our sister organization, Big Beyond.

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia volunteer education program

By joining their small team of committed people in Ethiopia, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Volunteer across a range of basic, grassroots projects that aim to help the Hamar people achieve sustainable livelihoods, including; education, income generation, health promotion, conservation, tourism and heritage initiatives.
  • Immerse yourself in a unique volunteer experience. Your program will be tailored specifically to create the biggest impact for both the local community and yourself – taking into consideration both your personal goals and the objectives of the project. 
  • Enjoy a flexible working schedule. Day-to-day activities are dynamic – the project is in its early stages so you’ll be playing a part in discovering, shaping and experimenting with strategy and methodologies. 
  • Refresh yourself in a totally different rural location. Working alongside a small group of other volunteers from all walks of life, but who share your passion to make a difference.
  • Live in the South Omo, in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, far away from any city and home to 200,000 tribal people living as they have for centuries. You’ll be stripping back to basics, letting go of technology and the modern world.
  • Work hand-in-hand with the Hamar tribe, known as one of the friendliest and most hospitable people on the planet!
  • Experience a deep-rooted traditional African culture, still as strong today as it has been for centuries. Learn about Hamar’s inspiring beliefs, values and way of life. 
  • Empower the Hamar community, helping them achieve their own ambitions within respected cultural boundaries, to live healthier lives and to work towards saving the last remaining wildlife in nearby Mago National Park. 
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Minimum Stay 3 weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education
Destination Destination
Ethiopia
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£  1278 |
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Priced From
£  1278 |

Detailed Project Pricing
From 3 weeks GBP  1278

If your preferred length of stay is not listed above don’t worry! We can discuss the availability of different durations with you in more detail if you send us an enquiry outlining your preferences.

Project Start Dates

Join us throughout the year at various stages, starting from January 2017:

January 9th and 30th | February 20th | March 13th | April 3rd and 24th | May 15th | June 5th and 26th | July 17th | August 7th and 28th | September 18th | October 9th and 30th

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Tourism & Culture

Responsible Tourism and Cultural Heritage

Contribute research days to document the natural and cultural heritage of Hamar with the long-term aim of showcasing the findings in a community-led heritage center. Get involved in designing locally-sourced souvenirs for tourists with local craftsmen/women, develop participatory community or nature-based experiences for tourists that benefit Hamar, or shape marketing ideas and plans for the area. You’ll get to know the reality behind tourism in this location and can be part of making it better for the people who live here.

Research

Research & Mapping

We need volunteers to undertake research into the needs and ambitions of the Hamar people, as well as to analyze findings and produce reports. It’s a unique chance to get into the mind of a Hamar tribe member, and gain unique insight and understanding that will feed into overall project strategies for the region. You will sometimes be exploring the area on foot through villages, house to house or field to field, so you ideally need to enjoy walking! Mapping is also a great way to explore the area and provides the project with invaluable data for project design and evaluation. This focus can be combined with other projects, or be a full-time initiative in itself.

Community Health

Health Promotion

This education initiative is focused on disease prevention, and offers volunteers the opportunity to get involved in research, delivering engaging health workshops in the bush or at households, and designing and implementing affordable solutions to tackle local challenges. It is a priority for many to improve family health, but the basic knowledge to be able to make those changes is still developing in this remote region. Your motivation to share such useful information is highly valued.     

Teaching & Education

Enhancing Education

Due to cultural responsibilities, the Hamar are a population of which very few people have ever attended school, or have ever had the opportunity to formally learn, so volunteers on this project are some of the first to ever create the chance of education. This remote community is hungry to learn and you will be part of a flexi-education initiative, which is a groundbreaking education project designed just for the Hamar Tribe. There are opportunities to work with both children and adults, in schools at certain times of the year, and in the bush for others. It is very basic education (so anyone can get involved!), but if you have teaching experience we will tailor your involvement around that.

Business & Finance

Economic Empowerment

By learning to understand the economic challenges in the villages and identifying achievable solutions, volunteers mentor individuals or teach small groups in the development or management of sustainable enterprise and promote the understanding of cash and savings, which is still a very new and misunderstood concept. As part of a fun Business Club program, volunteers are also able to suggest key ways that the tribe can generate income based on their existing resources.

Conservation & Environment

Conservation & Environment

Want to be immersed in nature 24/7? There are a number of conservation activities you could be involved with, including helping to research and document the flora and fauna that surrounds the Hamar area; building content for a new tourist education center that showcases Mago National Park and local wildlife, or helping to run environmental education sessions amongst the communities - the choice is yours. On top of this, water and other natural resource management is a major challenge for the Hamar, so you could be a key part of the team developing innovative solutions for businesses and agriculture.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Mago National Park Ethiopia Big Beyond

Exploring The Local Area

We are more than happy to help arrange any trips during or after your time in Ethiopia with us, however traveling out of the South Omo from where you are living on weekends is pretty far, so apart from visiting other tribes, we say embrace life there and appreciate everything it can offer you while you can! Meet friends, explore and just live like a local.  

There is lots of exploring to do in the local area: beautiful walks along dry rivers (for most of the year), spotting Colobus monkeys, baboons and colorful birds, bush walks, mountains that no one knows much about and tribes to spend intimate time with. You need to be quite creative in the evenings for entertainment here, but the big African starry skies can mesmerize you for hours by the campfire.

 

Further afield

Further Afield....

Further afield, there are 14 other distinct tribes you can visit and learn about, and Mago National Park is a true African wilderness begging to be explored.

Ethiopia as a whole offers a huge variety of destinations:

  • Southern Ethiopia: Famous for its tribes, culture and bush. 
  • Northern Ethiopia: The historical circuit with churches, hidden tombs, castles, the Simien Mountain for hiking and the Danakil Depression for the adventurous.  
  • Western Ethiopia: Green, tropical rainforests, coffee plantations, rarely visited by tourists. 
  • Eastern Ethiopia: Famous for the walled ancient city of Harar.
  • Addis Ababa: The capital city.
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The Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia bush camp Big Beyond

About the Destination

Ethiopia is utterly unique as a country, standing proud as an individual nation and so different from the rest of Africa. It certainly has its challenges and while there is a big gap between the rich and the poor, it is not the place of famine most people seem to believe. 

Unlike it’s neighbor, Kenya, Ethiopia does not see flocks of tourists, however visitor numbers are growing and it is has recently been named one of the places to go this year. It is the birthplace of humanity, rich in culture, with awesome food, stunning landscapes and the diversity of experiences on offer is immense. 

The Hamar live in the far southern corner of Ethiopia – in a region which stretches from the highland mountains of Buska, to the lowland desert of the Dassanech tribe and the shores of Lake Turkana on the border of Northern Kenya. It is an incredible place to live and volunteer. So much in fact, that you would otherwise struggle to visit this inspiring part of the world, especially authentically. 

The landscape where you would live as a volunteer is wild African bush with mountain ranges on the horizon. It can get very hot at certain times of the year, so you have cope well with the sunshine to enjoy living here. The hottest, driest times are between January and March, and June to October. Other times of the year are a little cooler, but still don’t require a jumper at night. It is a place where you need to enjoy embracing peace and nature. There’s some fun to be had, but no glitzy nightclubs! 

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

Where will i live

About the Destination

You will wake to the sounds of sunrise birds in the Big Beyond Camp, in a gorgeous mango grove – a little oasis tucked away next to the dry Kaska river, a place of cultural significance to Hamar, where ritualistic bull-jumping ceremonies take place throughout the year. 

We are located in the heart of the local community, but also have a relaxing place to rest our heads at the end of a hard day’s work in the village. You’ll be welcomed with open arms in true Hamar style – think camp fires in the moonlight, with traditional singing, dancing and lots of laughter. 

We offer ensuite shower rooms with comfy beds, storage and everything you need to make a new home for a while. It is simple though, so please don’t expect 5* luxury! Bedding and mosquito nets are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own towel.

There are drop toilets with Western seats outside and also chill out spaces, so you can gaze at the views under the shade in a hammock or tuck into a good book.

We’ll provide you with purified, safe drinking water and 3 nutritious meals a day while you’re staying at the Big Beyond Camp. Most meals are traditionally Ethiopian, for example, injera, spicy lentils, veggies, but we also serve some international dishes including sarnies, falafel and avocado salad and curries. It’s mainly a veggie diet with protein coming from eggs, beans, pulses and lentils, so lots of people leave feeling super healthy and reinvigorated too!

A freshly cooked breakfast is served between 6.30am and 8.30am and includes traditional Ethiopian eggs, pancakes with honey, fruit, bread or porridge and tea/coffee (freshly roasted). A relaxed lunch at 1.00pm - 2.00pm back at the camp is a chance to recharge your batteries and share stories of the morning’s project work. The evening meal is at around 7pm – we usually eat all-together enjoying traditional and international dishes washed down with a cold refreshing soda.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Daniel, USA

“What I found at the project site in the southern Omo Valley in Ethiopia exceeded my expectations and my hopes. I did useful work—evaluating school systems in Hamar villages and making recommendations for meaningful improvements, working with staff on learning English (and learning Hamar from the staff!), writing curricula for community English classes, and even helping out with monitoring village health and business club projects. What has stayed with me most is my experiences with the Hamar people and the staff of Big Beyond Ethiopia.  I was drawn into an atmosphere of genuine warmth—one that, unlike my own culture, values relationships and community.  I’m happy with my work for Big Beyond, but I’m also grateful for the opportunity the experience gave me to step back, evaluate my own goals and values, and think about how I wanted my own life to change when I returned home.”

 

Joroen, Belgium

“It's simply different from anything anyone could ever have experienced before and that's why I travel: to find something different and gain wisdom through experience in another culture. I want my time and finances to go to projects like this permanently. I want to make a difference in these rare environments and societies while they still exist, not look back and say: 'what a shame, I wish someone had done something about it.'"

Sarah, Ireland

“Experiencing life with the Hamar Tribe for the short period of three weeks has changed my lifeforever. They have opened up my eyes to a way of life that is more honest and happy in its simplicity."

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Hamar Tribe Outreach, Ethiopia

Ethiopia

how would you like us to contact you?
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Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required
start a live chat instead

Contribute invaluable ideas, time and skills to a real-life development project in Southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, home to the remote Hamar community. As a volunteer, you will gain a unique, once-in-a-lifetime insight into the challenges for traditional pastoralist people, spending time in one of the most untouched tribal areas of the world with our sister organization, Big Beyond.

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia volunteer education program

By joining their small team of committed people in Ethiopia, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Volunteer across a range of basic, grassroots projects that aim to help the Hamar people achieve sustainable livelihoods, including; education, income generation, health promotion, conservation, tourism and heritage initiatives.
  • Immerse yourself in a unique volunteer experience. Your program will be tailored specifically to create the biggest impact for both the local community and yourself – taking into consideration both your personal goals and the objectives of the project. 
  • Enjoy a flexible working schedule. Day-to-day activities are dynamic – the project is in its early stages so you’ll be playing a part in discovering, shaping and experimenting with strategy and methodologies. 
  • Refresh yourself in a totally different rural location. Working alongside a small group of other volunteers from all walks of life, but who share your passion to make a difference.
  • Live in the South Omo, in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, far away from any city and home to 200,000 tribal people living as they have for centuries. You’ll be stripping back to basics, letting go of technology and the modern world.
  • Work hand-in-hand with the Hamar tribe, known as one of the friendliest and most hospitable people on the planet!
  • Experience a deep-rooted traditional African culture, still as strong today as it has been for centuries. Learn about Hamar’s inspiring beliefs, values and way of life. 
  • Empower the Hamar community, helping them achieve their own ambitions within respected cultural boundaries, to live healthier lives and to work towards saving the last remaining wildlife in nearby Mago National Park. 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 3 weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education
Destination Destination
Ethiopia
Priced From Priced From
£  1278 |
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£  1278 |

Detailed Project Pricing
From 3 weeks GBP  1278

If your preferred length of stay is not listed above don’t worry! We can discuss the availability of different durations with you in more detail if you send us an enquiry outlining your preferences.

Project Start Dates

Join us throughout the year at various stages, starting from January 2017:

January 9th and 30th | February 20th | March 13th | April 3rd and 24th | May 15th | June 5th and 26th | July 17th | August 7th and 28th | September 18th | October 9th and 30th

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Tourism & Culture

Responsible Tourism and Cultural Heritage

Contribute research days to document the natural and cultural heritage of Hamar with the long-term aim of showcasing the findings in a community-led heritage center. Get involved in designing locally-sourced souvenirs for tourists with local craftsmen/women, develop participatory community or nature-based experiences for tourists that benefit Hamar, or shape marketing ideas and plans for the area. You’ll get to know the reality behind tourism in this location and can be part of making it better for the people who live here.

Research

Research & Mapping

We need volunteers to undertake research into the needs and ambitions of the Hamar people, as well as to analyze findings and produce reports. It’s a unique chance to get into the mind of a Hamar tribe member, and gain unique insight and understanding that will feed into overall project strategies for the region. You will sometimes be exploring the area on foot through villages, house to house or field to field, so you ideally need to enjoy walking! Mapping is also a great way to explore the area and provides the project with invaluable data for project design and evaluation. This focus can be combined with other projects, or be a full-time initiative in itself.

Community Health

Health Promotion

This education initiative is focused on disease prevention, and offers volunteers the opportunity to get involved in research, delivering engaging health workshops in the bush or at households, and designing and implementing affordable solutions to tackle local challenges. It is a priority for many to improve family health, but the basic knowledge to be able to make those changes is still developing in this remote region. Your motivation to share such useful information is highly valued.     

Teaching & Education

Enhancing Education

Due to cultural responsibilities, the Hamar are a population of which very few people have ever attended school, or have ever had the opportunity to formally learn, so volunteers on this project are some of the first to ever create the chance of education. This remote community is hungry to learn and you will be part of a flexi-education initiative, which is a groundbreaking education project designed just for the Hamar Tribe. There are opportunities to work with both children and adults, in schools at certain times of the year, and in the bush for others. It is very basic education (so anyone can get involved!), but if you have teaching experience we will tailor your involvement around that.

Business & Finance

Economic Empowerment

By learning to understand the economic challenges in the villages and identifying achievable solutions, volunteers mentor individuals or teach small groups in the development or management of sustainable enterprise and promote the understanding of cash and savings, which is still a very new and misunderstood concept. As part of a fun Business Club program, volunteers are also able to suggest key ways that the tribe can generate income based on their existing resources.

Conservation & Environment

Conservation & Environment

Want to be immersed in nature 24/7? There are a number of conservation activities you could be involved with, including helping to research and document the flora and fauna that surrounds the Hamar area; building content for a new tourist education center that showcases Mago National Park and local wildlife, or helping to run environmental education sessions amongst the communities - the choice is yours. On top of this, water and other natural resource management is a major challenge for the Hamar, so you could be a key part of the team developing innovative solutions for businesses and agriculture.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Mago National Park Ethiopia Big Beyond

Exploring The Local Area

We are more than happy to help arrange any trips during or after your time in Ethiopia with us, however traveling out of the South Omo from where you are living on weekends is pretty far, so apart from visiting other tribes, we say embrace life there and appreciate everything it can offer you while you can! Meet friends, explore and just live like a local.  

There is lots of exploring to do in the local area: beautiful walks along dry rivers (for most of the year), spotting Colobus monkeys, baboons and colorful birds, bush walks, mountains that no one knows much about and tribes to spend intimate time with. You need to be quite creative in the evenings for entertainment here, but the big African starry skies can mesmerize you for hours by the campfire.

 

Further afield

Further Afield....

Further afield, there are 14 other distinct tribes you can visit and learn about, and Mago National Park is a true African wilderness begging to be explored.

Ethiopia as a whole offers a huge variety of destinations:

  • Southern Ethiopia: Famous for its tribes, culture and bush. 
  • Northern Ethiopia: The historical circuit with churches, hidden tombs, castles, the Simien Mountain for hiking and the Danakil Depression for the adventurous.  
  • Western Ethiopia: Green, tropical rainforests, coffee plantations, rarely visited by tourists. 
  • Eastern Ethiopia: Famous for the walled ancient city of Harar.
  • Addis Ababa: The capital city.
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The Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia bush camp Big Beyond

About the Destination

Ethiopia is utterly unique as a country, standing proud as an individual nation and so different from the rest of Africa. It certainly has its challenges and while there is a big gap between the rich and the poor, it is not the place of famine most people seem to believe. 

Unlike it’s neighbor, Kenya, Ethiopia does not see flocks of tourists, however visitor numbers are growing and it is has recently been named one of the places to go this year. It is the birthplace of humanity, rich in culture, with awesome food, stunning landscapes and the diversity of experiences on offer is immense. 

The Hamar live in the far southern corner of Ethiopia – in a region which stretches from the highland mountains of Buska, to the lowland desert of the Dassanech tribe and the shores of Lake Turkana on the border of Northern Kenya. It is an incredible place to live and volunteer. So much in fact, that you would otherwise struggle to visit this inspiring part of the world, especially authentically. 

The landscape where you would live as a volunteer is wild African bush with mountain ranges on the horizon. It can get very hot at certain times of the year, so you have cope well with the sunshine to enjoy living here. The hottest, driest times are between January and March, and June to October. Other times of the year are a little cooler, but still don’t require a jumper at night. It is a place where you need to enjoy embracing peace and nature. There’s some fun to be had, but no glitzy nightclubs! 

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

Where will i live

About the Destination

You will wake to the sounds of sunrise birds in the Big Beyond Camp, in a gorgeous mango grove – a little oasis tucked away next to the dry Kaska river, a place of cultural significance to Hamar, where ritualistic bull-jumping ceremonies take place throughout the year. 

We are located in the heart of the local community, but also have a relaxing place to rest our heads at the end of a hard day’s work in the village. You’ll be welcomed with open arms in true Hamar style – think camp fires in the moonlight, with traditional singing, dancing and lots of laughter. 

We offer ensuite shower rooms with comfy beds, storage and everything you need to make a new home for a while. It is simple though, so please don’t expect 5* luxury! Bedding and mosquito nets are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own towel.

There are drop toilets with Western seats outside and also chill out spaces, so you can gaze at the views under the shade in a hammock or tuck into a good book.

We’ll provide you with purified, safe drinking water and 3 nutritious meals a day while you’re staying at the Big Beyond Camp. Most meals are traditionally Ethiopian, for example, injera, spicy lentils, veggies, but we also serve some international dishes including sarnies, falafel and avocado salad and curries. It’s mainly a veggie diet with protein coming from eggs, beans, pulses and lentils, so lots of people leave feeling super healthy and reinvigorated too!

A freshly cooked breakfast is served between 6.30am and 8.30am and includes traditional Ethiopian eggs, pancakes with honey, fruit, bread or porridge and tea/coffee (freshly roasted). A relaxed lunch at 1.00pm - 2.00pm back at the camp is a chance to recharge your batteries and share stories of the morning’s project work. The evening meal is at around 7pm – we usually eat all-together enjoying traditional and international dishes washed down with a cold refreshing soda.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Daniel, USA

“What I found at the project site in the southern Omo Valley in Ethiopia exceeded my expectations and my hopes. I did useful work—evaluating school systems in Hamar villages and making recommendations for meaningful improvements, working with staff on learning English (and learning Hamar from the staff!), writing curricula for community English classes, and even helping out with monitoring village health and business club projects. What has stayed with me most is my experiences with the Hamar people and the staff of Big Beyond Ethiopia.  I was drawn into an atmosphere of genuine warmth—one that, unlike my own culture, values relationships and community.  I’m happy with my work for Big Beyond, but I’m also grateful for the opportunity the experience gave me to step back, evaluate my own goals and values, and think about how I wanted my own life to change when I returned home.”

 

Joroen, Belgium

“It's simply different from anything anyone could ever have experienced before and that's why I travel: to find something different and gain wisdom through experience in another culture. I want my time and finances to go to projects like this permanently. I want to make a difference in these rare environments and societies while they still exist, not look back and say: 'what a shame, I wish someone had done something about it.'"

Sarah, Ireland

“Experiencing life with the Hamar Tribe for the short period of three weeks has changed my lifeforever. They have opened up my eyes to a way of life that is more honest and happy in its simplicity."

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