Ethiopia Orphanage

Take a life-changing journey to one of the poorest countries in the world, Ethiopia, Africa. From the moment you arrive, you will feel as though you have stepped back in time, where villagers still use donkey carts for carrying firewood and transportation into town.


Dates: June 17 – August 11, 2017


Teen Missions Trip (ages 13-19)

Travel:  After Commissioning you bus to the Orlando International Airport for a flight to Washington D.C. before boarding a flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. From Addis Ababa you will bus eight hours, southwest to Bako.

Ministry:  Here you will begin construction of new buildings for an orphanage that has outgrown its existing location just outside of town. You will have the opportunity to present the Gospel in open-air meetings using puppets, drama and personal testimonies, bringing the story of Jesus to many for the first time.

Adventure:  After your time on the project, you will return to Addis Ababa where you will overnight in a hotel and have the opportunity to shop in the Merkato – the largest open-air market in Africa! The market is especially well-known for its supply of traditional Ethiopian garments, Ethiopian souvenirs and coffee beans.

Project Expense: $4890 U.S. plus $30 Registration Fee


(Note: Teams are filled on a first come, first served basis.) Return to Mission Trips List



  1. hello beth,
    i am a NYC public school teacher. we are interested in having an orphanage/school build in addis, ethiopia. can you advise me on how we should begin such a venture? i am not sure how or where to start with such a project. thanks. liesl.

  2. Has someone already made a facebook page for this group? If anyone coming on the Ethiopia Orphanage Team 2017 would like to contact me, my email is [email protected].

  3. I was wondering if Teen Missions has a base in Ethiopia? If so, is that where we would be building the orphanage or would we be traveling elsewhere to build it?

    • Kayla, We do not have a base in Ethiopia. The site of the orphanage is listed on our website and in the brochure.

  4. So if you live in North Dakota, would you still be available to go, even if its not this trip specifically? Would you have to find and pay your own way to the “meet up” location?

    • Philomena, We have kids coming from all over the world this year! You are responsible for your transportation to/from Boot Camp. Your project expense would cover your transportation to/from your project country.

  5. Is it too late to sign up a 16 year old boy for this trip? Also, do the kids sleep in individual tents or group tents with a chaperone? Lastly, does this trip require any special vaccinations? Docs other than a passport? Thank you!

    • Eve, No, it is not too late, but we are purchasing the airline tickets next week. Therefore 1/2 of the project expense is due upon registration. They will sleep in individual tents. You would need to check with your physician on what he/she recommends. Nothing is required.

  6. is there anymore room

    • Mattie, Yes, but we will be beginning ticketing in the next week or so. After that time, the price may go up (if we can get seats).

  7. How many service hours is this trip?

  8. Good Afternoon.
    I just want to make sure about dates before I purchase the plane tickets.
    Arrival day?
    commissioning day?
    departure day?
    For Ethiopia orphanage trip

    • Bethany, Arrival is June 17 between 6AM-2PM. Commissioning is July 1. Departure is Aug. 11 between 6AM and 3PM. We have the dates in every monthly letter. Make sure travel is to/from Orlando International (MCO).

  9. If I am in the process of getting a passport, should it be in by the time the trip leaves?

    • Renee, As long as you have it by July 1, you will be fine. You should have it before you leave for Boot Camp if at all possible.

  10. Hi! Which Teen Trips still have openings?

  11. Please confirm that we should be applying for a “tourist” visa from the Ethiopian embassy. I want to be sure we have the correct visa type!
    Thank you,
    Dianne (Alyssa’s mom)

  12. Is this team full?

  13. No phones correct? How do we stay in touch with our parents/boyfriends/siblings etc?

    • Megan, That is correct. The leaders will send bi-weekly reports that we will post online. You will get to communicate the good old fashion way – snail mail!

  14. Ms. Beth, I was wondering: will we be able to communicate with the children there readily, or will it have to be done primarily through a translator? Really I want to know whether the people we’ll be in contact with there will speak any English.

    • Alyvia, You will be able to communicate with them, even if there is a language barrier. There will be those around who can translate, but they will probably know some English also. They will want to play games, take pictures with you, etc. You may have to be creative, but it can be done and will be fun!

    • Alyvia,
      I went to Zambia, Africa last summer and few kids or adults knew any English, and if they did, it was VERY broken. At first it was hard because the language barrier was so strong, but in no time we were communicating through smiles, hugs, pictures, hand motions (carefully) and games. The language barrier honestly connected us to the children more than if the spoke English because we had to be creative and just love on them. It can become frustrating, but it was AMAZING to see how we could connect with the people of Zambia without English. We also learned a few words/phrases in their language (Bemba) from our translator and missionaries that helped.

  15. I was wondering approximately how much time the team would be spending with the orphans? Also, is this team recommended for teens who want to build, but also play with the children?

    • Kayla, We cannot give you an exact amount of time as there can be a lot of variables. There will probably be kids around all day. You will be allowed to play with them during your free time and there will be time to specifically minister to the kids.

  16. I am contemplating registering for the Ethiopian Orphanage team. I was reading about Ethiopia in general and Bako where we would be staying, and it said that the rainy season was from June-September. I was wondering how we would be building an orphanage if it rained every day and what we would be doing if we were not able to build one. Thank you.

    • Kayla, It will probably not rain every day and not all day. I went to Nepal one summer and it rained all around us most of the time and we had a “donut hole” on top of us that allowed us to work. God has it under control and if it is rainy, there will be other projects that you will be able to do. You will be able to work on the building. The rain may just be sprinkling which you can work in with your poncho. We have had teams to Ethiopia in the past and rain was never a big issue. When we were in Cambodia, it rained almost every evening.

  17. Interested in this trip as well as Khazakstan. What are the accommodations on these two trips? Are there spots for guys open on these teams? How many have signed up?

    • Amy, Both are good choices, but very different. We are still working on accommodations, but please don’t let that influence your decision as that can change, even at the last minute. There are spots for both guys and girls on both teams.

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