Ethiopia Children’s Home

Ethiopia— Africa

Dates: June 16 – August 3, 2018

Teen Missions Trip (ages 13-19)

Work & Evangelism Team

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 in this third world culture where villagers still use donkey carts for carrying firewood and transportation into town.

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

Ministry: 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, music and personal testimonies, bringing the story of Jesus to many for the first time.

Adventure: You will return to Addis Ababa 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, souvenirs and coffee beans. This team will Debrief in Ethiopia with two other teams. After Debrief, your team terminates at the Washington Dulles International Airport.

Project Expense: $4690 U.S. plus $30 Registration Fee


Please note that the projects have been chosen up to a year before they are published. Therefore, projects can change, even at the last minute. Please come with a servant’s heart and be eager to do whatever the mission has a need for, regardless of what was specified. We have been invited back to many places because of our willingness to do whatever is needed. ALL teams are work teams in addition to the project listed. Teams are filled on a first come, first served basis.

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Ethiopia Ministry

"Working with the children has been a joy.  All they want to do is hold your hand. We have been able to show them the true love of Jesus.  Being here has taught me so much already of how fortunate I am in America.  These people have nothing yet it is amazing to see their joy."

Viola H. | 2017 Ethiopia Team


Viola H. | 2017 Ethiopia Team

Ethiopia Adventure

“Ethiopia has been great so far! We have been to a few traditional coffee ceremonies and I love making balloon animals for the orphans. The work project is going well, and God is using this summer to help us rely on His strength only. I am loving Ethiopia!”

Kayla W. | 2017 Ethiopia Team


Kayla W. | 2017 Ethiopia Team

Ethiopia Experience

“Ethiopia is absolutely beautiful. There’s always music playing and there are so many unusual sights that I’ve gotten used to seeing daily. When the sky is clear enough at night and we can see the stars, it’s one of the most beautiful things. Though all these things are great and this place is truly beautiful, I think I’m going to miss my team more than anything. So I’m cherishing these last few weeks together!”

Isabelle D. | 2017 Ethiopia Team


Isabelle D. | 2017 Ethiopia Team


    1. Sarah, Put it in the middle of your tote and pack stuff around it. Pack your shampoo, laundry detergent, etc. in the bucket. We have a packing video on or website.

  1. Is the schedule out for boot camp yet? And the packet says 3 outfits is it ok if we bring an extra one? We just pack in a normal like plastic storage container? Thank you!

    1. Sarah, We are proofing the schedule and then it will be online. You can bring as many clothes as you want, but you cannot go with more than 35 lbs. (including what is in your carryon). Yes, we suggest packing in a plastic tote.

    1. Sarah, The leaders will be cooking from you. Your team will take meat and other foods not available in Ethiopia and these foods will be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables. We send Kool-Aid with the team and you will also drink water. All water is filtered.

  2. I am SO excited to see that a team is going to Ethiopia again this summer. I was one of the leaders for the team last year and it was so great to work with the local missionaries and the children. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!!! The children of the orphanage will steal your heart and help you to realize just how blessed you are to live in an amazing country like America. The dedication of the missionaries and the staff of the home will encourage you to work hard and give your best every day. The distance from family and loved ones will help you to appreciate the people in your life (even that “annoying” brother or sister who sometimes drives you nuts). The crazy things that happen because you are in a third world country will teach you to depend on Jesus in a more personal way than you could ever believe possible. Well, Boot Camp will start teaching you that from the very beginning.
    I am praying for the Ethiopia team, as well as all the others and TMI staffers. Somebody be sure to hug Chimdi, Boru and Misgana for me, please, and all the kids;-)
    God bless you all,
    Miss Ginger

  3. I am planning on attending the trip to Ethiopia this year. It says we debrief in Ethiopia? So i just wanna clarify we dont go back to florida to debrief? Im just trying to find out as much info as possible! Im so excited! So when you look at debrief on the website for our trip it will be different?

  4. Hey Casey. I am a 2-time Teen Missions FTM, and I went to Ethiopia last summer on this team. We started the work for a home for 30 children and it was AMAZING to see the work that we were able to accomplish. Personally, I HATE physical activity, and especially laborious activity, but I had an amazing time in Ethiopia! It was great to see the busy streets and vendors, and realize all that we have and take for granted in the United States. Although my Ethiopia team, as far as the team members go, was a little rough, the Lord taught me MANY lessons through those 8 weeks. We felt safe, the compound we stayed in was locked, and we had a “guard” who we nicknamed John because we didn’t know his real name. The walk to the worksite, although somewhat difficult and tedious, was a huge blessing and eventually became my favorite part of the work day. We were able to meet so many people on that walk and realize that body language or even a smile can show someone Christ. I hope that this helps, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]! I think that you’re really going to enjoy this team and the wonderful children that you meet! 🙂

    In Christ,
    Kayla Watkins

    1. Thanks Kayla for the kind message! That is great to know, and my sister and I are super hyped for this trip. I will make sure to email you if I have any questions or concerns about the experience.

  5. Hi! I have signed up for this team already, but my family members have shown concern about safety. I did research, and there are recent warnings about civil unrest and violence. I would like to know what you think about the situation, and whether my family should be worried or not. Thanks in advance for anything you have to offer!

    1. Casey, We always keep an eye on the political situations in countries where we send teams. And the missionary keeps us posted. My husband was just there setting up the Debrief and everything was fine. My daughter was one of the leaders last summer and they were never in any danger. However, we will keep our eyes and ears open!

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