Hamar Tribe Outreach, Ethiopia
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, contributing to sustainable development and conservation through a tailored high impact volunteer programme with our sister organisation, Big Beyond.
Volunteers will share their time, individual experience and knowledge across a range of sectors including teaching, business, healthcare, conservation, research, tourism and heritage.
You don’t need any specific skills or experience to get involved in this project, but the ability to be flexible, respectful of different cultures, adventurous, enthusiastic, motivated and open-minded is what we ask for. It’s our job to ensure you make the greatest impact & receive the best experience whatever your background may be.
Where will this project take me?
To the South Omo, within Africa’s Great Rift Valley, far from any city and home to 200,000 tribal people living as they have for centuries. Our volunteers are privileged to work hand-in-hand with the Hamar tribe - probably one of the nicest groups of people on the planet. This unique opportunity offers you the chance to experience the African continent almost as the early explorers found it and, whilst there have been some changes, the Hamar tribe holds strong to their cultural traditions even though they are surrounded by an increasingly modern world.
Hamar tribes-people wear colourful jewelry and dress in animal skins or cloths. Married women have red braided hair. The men and boys usually stroll behind cattle and a man’s wealth is judged by the size of his herds. The Hamar are known particularly for their ritualistic ‘bull jumping‘ or ‘ukuli’ ceremonies. The tribe is both pastoral and agricultural, and keeping cattle is a very important component of life here.
What’s the project all about?
The overall goal of this project is to 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.
Working at this location and on such innovative projects can be a challenge for some and requires great deal of respect and flexibility. However becoming part of this initiative will be an unparalleled experience and you will contribute in a very real way. It’s also not as hard as it might sound!
Our volunteers are supported day-to-day by a dedicated local and international team. Whilst being closely guided towards well researched objectives, you’ll be offered a great level of freedom in leading your project role as it suits you – in return, we ask for self-motivation, initiative, enthusiasm and support for our capacity-building approach. You’ll 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.
We invite you to be on our Ethiopia team and make positive steps forward for this often forgotten corner of Africa.
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