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Love Hope Ethiopia 2016
Jul 7, 2016 - Jul 13, 2016

Love Hope 2016 is a storytelling and humanitarian vision trip to raise awareness and invest hope in the lives of children, families, and communities in Ethiopia.

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Love Hope Ethiopia 2016

Love Hope Ethiopia 2016

Jul 7, 2016 - Jul 13, 2016

Registration Information

Adult Trip Cost

Cost includes flights, lodging, food, transportation, translators, cancellation and medical evacuation insurance.

Trip Cost
Not Available

Trip Requirements

About this trip

Learn more about Help One Now's work in Ethiopia!

The purpose of this trip is to come alongside the community of Woliyta Sodo, Ethiopia. Extreme poverty has put many families at risk, and we want to keep these families intact through community development and our family empowerment program. Keeping families together by alleviating the sting of poverty is the most effective way to end the orphan crisis in Ethiopia. These families are on the brink of disruption not for lack of love, but for lack of resources.

Our hope is to raise awareness and funding to empower hundreds of families in Ethiopia over the next two years. We will pursue this goal through storytelling and a Giving Day campaign by engaging the Help One Now tribe, as well as the team member's public and personal networks. We'll activate individuals around the world to do good, do it well, and do it together!

Tentative Schedule

July 7: Team departs to meet the Hatmakers in Ethiopia

July 8: Arrive in Ethiopia

July 9: Full Day on ground

July 10: Full Day on ground

July 11: Full Day on ground

July 12: Half Day on ground/head home

July 13: Arrive home

Trip Needs


There are currently no required vaccinations for Ethiopia; however, we recommend Hep A & B, Tetanus, and Yellow Fever. Some people choose to get a Typhoid shot as well.

If you take prescription medicine, make sure you bring enough for the entire trip and be sure to leave it in their original containers. The following medication is recommended as precautions:

●     Malaria Medication- There are several prescriptions available. Please check with your travel nurse.

●     Cipro- This is an antibiotic that your doctor or travel nurse can prescribe for you to use in the event of severe diarrhea that does not resolve with Immodium

Please see your local travel clinic for more details about shots and prescriptions.

Passport & Visa

Upon arriving in Ethiopia, you must present a passport with an expiration date further out than six months. You will purchase your visa at the airport for $20.

Packing List

  • passport
  • shot record (just in case)
  • snacks- There may be times where it makes more sense to eat snacks for lunch on the go so please plan accordingly.
  • sunscreen
  • mosquito repellant
  • water bottle
  • jacket (It gets cool at night and will most likely rain.)
  • closed toe, sturdy shoes
Additional Costs
Help One Now will be handling on the ground expenses such as lodging, transportation, meals, etc., but it's always nice to have some cash on you for souvenirs, gifts, alcoholic drinks, etc. That said, you also don't want to have too much cash on you. We recommend bring $200 with you. You will be able to exchange US currency for Ethiopian Birr at the airport upon arrival.

Ethiopian exchanges prefers crisp bills and large denominations. When exchanging currency in Ethiopia, it is best to have a nice new $100 bill.

We recommend notifying your bank and/or credit card company that you will be traveling to prevent them from declining due to suspected fraud.

Phones/ Communication
There are international data plans available; however, it is important that you check with your provider to make sure Ethiopia is covered in the plan.

The safest way to avoid huge roaming charges is to turn off your data when you leave the States and use wifi for communication. If you have an iPhone, you can send iMessages over wifi for free.


Help One Now will purchase trip cancellation and medical evacuation insurance for each of you. You will receive an insurance card to print out and keep with your passport a week before your departure.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

You will each be registered with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This is a free service provided by the US Government for citizens traveling abroad that will allow the US Embassy in Ethiopia to better assist you in the event of an emergency.

Trip Location

Who's going

Rachel Hollis and 3 others are participating in this trip.

Rachel Hollis Jamie Ivey Anonymous Jen Hatmaker

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Field Partner

Help One Now 3M
Help One Now
Raleigh, NC, US
Help One Now empowers families in developing countries through high-capacity local lead...

Jen Allred
Jen Allred
Trip Organizer