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Live and volunteer with an inspiring African tribe – a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This remarkable volunteer project is located in Ethiopia’s breathtaking Omo Valley, one of the most remote traditional tribal areas in Africa. You will be working directly with the Hamar Tribe in cutting-edge initiatives and contributing to sustainable development and conservation through a tailored high-impact volunteer programme with our sister organisation, Big Beyond. As a volunteer, you’ll get to:

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia volunteer education program
  •  Share your time, individual experience and knowledge across a range of sectors including teaching, business, healthcare, conservation, research, tourism and heritage.
  • Enjoy a unique volunteer experience tailored specifically for you.
  • Benefit from lots of guidance during your project, which will have less structure than most volunteer programs, so you will have a lot of freedom to carry out your work.
  • Work in a remote location with 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 from any city and home to 200 000 tribal people living as they have for centuries.
  • Work hand-in-hand with the Hamar tribe, known as one of the nicest groups of people on the planet!
  • Experience the African continent almost as the early explorers found it and, while there have been some changes, the Hamar tribe holds strong to their cultural traditions even though they are surrounded by an increasingly modern world.
  • Help 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 Mago National Park. 
  • Gain a genuine insight into the challenges faced locally, both in conservation and community development, as well as being inspired by the opportunities Africa offers. 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 3 weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education
Destination Destination
Ethiopia
Priced From Priced From
£ 1280|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1280|

Detailed Project Pricing
3 weeks GBP 1280
6 weeks GBP 1965
9 weeks GBP 2645

Project Start Dates

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.

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

Research

Research & Mapping

We need a team to help us interview Hamar people (through translation), take notes and interpret the results, as we find out about the needs and ambitions of the Hamar. It is a unique chance to get into the minds of this culture and hear about the details, and gain unique insight and understanding. This invaluable data informs the developments of projects to ensure that they are in line with what the community needs and wants, and helps us to track our progress. You will sometimes be exploring on foot through villages from 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 can be combined with other projects or be a focus in itself.  

Community Health

Community Health

This project is focused on disease prevention: volunteers can be involved in research, delivering engaging health-education workshops in the bush or at households, and designing and implementing affordable solutions to what may seem like simple 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 of Ethiopia. Your ability to share such useful information is highly valued.     

Teaching & Education

Teaching & Education

This is a population of which very few people have ever attended a school in their life or ever had the opportunity to formally learn because of cultural responsibilities, 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 can be part of a flexi-education school and help design and deliver a groundbreaking education project shaped 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, often involving teaching the elders to write numbers for the first time.     

Tourism & Culture

Eco-tourism & Culture

Be part of documenting the Hamar natural and cultural heritage to build towards a community-led heritage center. You could be involved in designing souvenirs for tourists with local craftsmen/women, developing ethical experiences for tourists to enjoy in the area that benefit Hamar, being part of a tourism club, marketing the area, working with farmers, building relationships with lodges and much more. You’ll get to know the reality behind tourism in this type of location, and can be part of making it better for the people who live in the region. 

Business & Finance

Business & Finance

Teach and mentor individuals or small groups in the development or management of sustainable enterprise; understand economic challenges in the villages and help identify achievable solutions; promote the understanding of cash among communities, which is still very new and misunderstood. Keep your eye out for income-generating opportunities based on their existing resources and be part of a local Business Club.       

Conservation & Environment

Conservation & Environment

Researching the flora and fauna around the Hamar area; building content to showcase Mago National Park and local wildlife in a new tourist education center; and helping to run environmental education sessions amongst the communities – these are some of the conservation activities you could be involved with. Water is a major challenge for Hamar, both for households and agriculture, and you could be a key part of the team developing innovative solutions.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Mago National Park Ethiopia Big Beyond

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LAND OF ANCIENT TRIBES

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LAND OF ANCIENT TRIBES

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, 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.         

We are more than happy to help arrange any trips during or after your time on the team in Ethiopia with us – traveling out of the South Omo from where you are living on weekends is pretty far though, 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.  

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The destination

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia bush camp Big Beyond

About the Destination

HAMAR TRIBE, THE OMO VALLEY, ETHIOPIA   

Ethiopia is utterly unique as a country, standing proud as an individual nation and so different from the rest of Africa. It has its challenges like its neighbors and there is a big gap between the rich and poor, but it is certainly not the place of famine most people seem to believe. It is not overly touristy yet, unlike its neighbor Kenya, but visitor numbers are growing, and it has now been named one of THE places to go this year, for many reasons. It is the birthplace of humanity and the richness in culture runs through the veins of the country. The food is awesome, the landscape stunning and the diversity of experiences on offer is immense.

The Hamar tribe live in the south of Ethiopia – in the Omo Valley. This is what we call the real Africa. It is an absolutely incredible place to live and volunteer. In fact, you would otherwise struggle to visit this inspiring part of the world, especially authentically.

The landscape where you would live as a volunteer is true African bush with mountain ranges on the horizon. You can sit on a large rock in the village watching the sunset with a 360-degree enormous view ,which will blow you away every time. It can get very hot at certain times of the year so you have to love the sun to enjoy living here. The hottest, driest times are between November and February. Other times of the year are a little cooler but still don’t really 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?

You will wake to the sounds of cowbells and sunrise birds in the Big Beyond Bush Camp, in a gorgeous little Hamar village. It is an amazing experience and one you will never forget. We are all part of their family and you’ll be welcomed with open arms in true Hamar style.

We have our own Hamar homestead – which looks traditionally Hamar in design from the outside – but inside we’ve treated you with some modern comforts! It’s a lovely little house with comfy beds, storage and everything you need to make a new home for a while. It is simple though, this is in a tribal village, so please don’t expect 5* luxury! Bedding and mosquito nets are provided but you’ll need to bring your own towel.

There are showers to use every day at the camp, usually you’ll want them cold because it’s hot but for those that don’t, we can heat them up. There are drop toilets with Western seats and the bathrooms have lovely views! There’s a chill out area or two and you can gaze at the views under the shade in a hammock from time to time.

We’ll provide you with drinking water and three nutritious meals a day while you’re staying at the Big Beyond Bush Camp. Some meals are traditionally Ethiopian, for example, injera, spicy lentils, veggies, but we also serve some international dishes including pasta, sarnies and veg curries. It’s mainly a veggie diet, but we have meat once or twice a week if people want it.

Days are never the same, so it depends on when you need it, but breakfast is usually served between 6.30am and 8.30am and includes fruit, bread, eggs or porridge, and tea/coffee (freshly roasted). We provide packed lunches, which you can either take with you if you’re out in the field or grab when you want in the camp.

On the weekends, we usually serve lunch at around 1pm rather than packed lunches. The evening meal is at around 7pm and volunteers usually eat together, but it will be waiting for you if you’re out for the evening. 

 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Sarah, Ireland

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

Joroen, Belgium

It's simply different from anything anyone could ever have experienced before and that's why I travel: to find something different & 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 & societies while they still exist. Not looking back and say: what a shame, wish someone had done something about it” 

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Hamar Tribe Outreach, Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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

Live and volunteer with an inspiring African tribe – a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This remarkable volunteer project is located in Ethiopia’s breathtaking Omo Valley, one of the most remote traditional tribal areas in Africa. You will be working directly with the Hamar Tribe in cutting-edge initiatives and contributing to sustainable development and conservation through a tailored high-impact volunteer programme with our sister organisation, Big Beyond. As a volunteer, you’ll get to:

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia volunteer education program
  •  Share your time, individual experience and knowledge across a range of sectors including teaching, business, healthcare, conservation, research, tourism and heritage.
  • Enjoy a unique volunteer experience tailored specifically for you.
  • Benefit from lots of guidance during your project, which will have less structure than most volunteer programs, so you will have a lot of freedom to carry out your work.
  • Work in a remote location with 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 from any city and home to 200 000 tribal people living as they have for centuries.
  • Work hand-in-hand with the Hamar tribe, known as one of the nicest groups of people on the planet!
  • Experience the African continent almost as the early explorers found it and, while there have been some changes, the Hamar tribe holds strong to their cultural traditions even though they are surrounded by an increasingly modern world.
  • Help 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 Mago National Park. 
  • Gain a genuine insight into the challenges faced locally, both in conservation and community development, as well as being inspired by the opportunities Africa offers. 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 3 weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education
Destination Destination
Ethiopia
Priced From Priced From
£ 1280|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1280|

Detailed Project Pricing
3 weeks GBP 1280
6 weeks GBP 1965
9 weeks GBP 2645

Project Start Dates

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.

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

Research

Research & Mapping

We need a team to help us interview Hamar people (through translation), take notes and interpret the results, as we find out about the needs and ambitions of the Hamar. It is a unique chance to get into the minds of this culture and hear about the details, and gain unique insight and understanding. This invaluable data informs the developments of projects to ensure that they are in line with what the community needs and wants, and helps us to track our progress. You will sometimes be exploring on foot through villages from 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 can be combined with other projects or be a focus in itself.  

Community Health

Community Health

This project is focused on disease prevention: volunteers can be involved in research, delivering engaging health-education workshops in the bush or at households, and designing and implementing affordable solutions to what may seem like simple 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 of Ethiopia. Your ability to share such useful information is highly valued.     

Teaching & Education

Teaching & Education

This is a population of which very few people have ever attended a school in their life or ever had the opportunity to formally learn because of cultural responsibilities, 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 can be part of a flexi-education school and help design and deliver a groundbreaking education project shaped 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, often involving teaching the elders to write numbers for the first time.     

Tourism & Culture

Eco-tourism & Culture

Be part of documenting the Hamar natural and cultural heritage to build towards a community-led heritage center. You could be involved in designing souvenirs for tourists with local craftsmen/women, developing ethical experiences for tourists to enjoy in the area that benefit Hamar, being part of a tourism club, marketing the area, working with farmers, building relationships with lodges and much more. You’ll get to know the reality behind tourism in this type of location, and can be part of making it better for the people who live in the region. 

Business & Finance

Business & Finance

Teach and mentor individuals or small groups in the development or management of sustainable enterprise; understand economic challenges in the villages and help identify achievable solutions; promote the understanding of cash among communities, which is still very new and misunderstood. Keep your eye out for income-generating opportunities based on their existing resources and be part of a local Business Club.       

Conservation & Environment

Conservation & Environment

Researching the flora and fauna around the Hamar area; building content to showcase Mago National Park and local wildlife in a new tourist education center; and helping to run environmental education sessions amongst the communities – these are some of the conservation activities you could be involved with. Water is a major challenge for Hamar, both for households and agriculture, and you could be a key part of the team developing innovative solutions.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Mago National Park Ethiopia Big Beyond

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LAND OF ANCIENT TRIBES

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LAND OF ANCIENT TRIBES

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, 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.         

We are more than happy to help arrange any trips during or after your time on the team in Ethiopia with us – traveling out of the South Omo from where you are living on weekends is pretty far though, 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.  

Back to Top

The destination

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia bush camp Big Beyond

About the Destination

HAMAR TRIBE, THE OMO VALLEY, ETHIOPIA   

Ethiopia is utterly unique as a country, standing proud as an individual nation and so different from the rest of Africa. It has its challenges like its neighbors and there is a big gap between the rich and poor, but it is certainly not the place of famine most people seem to believe. It is not overly touristy yet, unlike its neighbor Kenya, but visitor numbers are growing, and it has now been named one of THE places to go this year, for many reasons. It is the birthplace of humanity and the richness in culture runs through the veins of the country. The food is awesome, the landscape stunning and the diversity of experiences on offer is immense.

The Hamar tribe live in the south of Ethiopia – in the Omo Valley. This is what we call the real Africa. It is an absolutely incredible place to live and volunteer. In fact, you would otherwise struggle to visit this inspiring part of the world, especially authentically.

The landscape where you would live as a volunteer is true African bush with mountain ranges on the horizon. You can sit on a large rock in the village watching the sunset with a 360-degree enormous view ,which will blow you away every time. It can get very hot at certain times of the year so you have to love the sun to enjoy living here. The hottest, driest times are between November and February. Other times of the year are a little cooler but still don’t really 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?

You will wake to the sounds of cowbells and sunrise birds in the Big Beyond Bush Camp, in a gorgeous little Hamar village. It is an amazing experience and one you will never forget. We are all part of their family and you’ll be welcomed with open arms in true Hamar style.

We have our own Hamar homestead – which looks traditionally Hamar in design from the outside – but inside we’ve treated you with some modern comforts! It’s a lovely little house with comfy beds, storage and everything you need to make a new home for a while. It is simple though, this is in a tribal village, so please don’t expect 5* luxury! Bedding and mosquito nets are provided but you’ll need to bring your own towel.

There are showers to use every day at the camp, usually you’ll want them cold because it’s hot but for those that don’t, we can heat them up. There are drop toilets with Western seats and the bathrooms have lovely views! There’s a chill out area or two and you can gaze at the views under the shade in a hammock from time to time.

We’ll provide you with drinking water and three nutritious meals a day while you’re staying at the Big Beyond Bush Camp. Some meals are traditionally Ethiopian, for example, injera, spicy lentils, veggies, but we also serve some international dishes including pasta, sarnies and veg curries. It’s mainly a veggie diet, but we have meat once or twice a week if people want it.

Days are never the same, so it depends on when you need it, but breakfast is usually served between 6.30am and 8.30am and includes fruit, bread, eggs or porridge, and tea/coffee (freshly roasted). We provide packed lunches, which you can either take with you if you’re out in the field or grab when you want in the camp.

On the weekends, we usually serve lunch at around 1pm rather than packed lunches. The evening meal is at around 7pm and volunteers usually eat together, but it will be waiting for you if you’re out for the evening. 

 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Sarah, Ireland

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

Joroen, Belgium

It's simply different from anything anyone could ever have experienced before and that's why I travel: to find something different & 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 & societies while they still exist. Not looking back and say: what a shame, wish someone had done something about it” 

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