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‘A Day In The Life’ – Volunteering in Addis Ababa

It’s been a while! An incredible amount has happened since my last post and I’m far behind on my blogs.

This is a quick video I made yesterday on my mobile – Even the default Android video editor is pretty powerful! It was a fun test project to work on and I’ll be uploading some more about the work I’m doing with VSO on the ICS program soon.

How to travel in Addis


I’m now almost two weeks into my Ethiopian adventure, and Addis is slowly turning from a monolithic spiderweb of traffic, noise and dust to a slightly more tamable beast. There’s organisation within the chaos of any developing city, and it takes any visitor (or ferengi as we’re known) at least a week or two to see beyond the veil.

With first hand experience of Indian driving, I was surprised to find that, although unconventional, Ethiopia seems to have a much more friendly and organised roads systems. Pips on the horn are only used to signal an approaching vehicle and driving on the opposite side of the road is kept to a minimum. The same lack of respect to pedestrians applies, however. When walking on two feet, you’ll need to slowly wade into approaching traffic and just hope the drivers haven’t been chewing too much chat (a local natural drug) to see you.
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Welcome to Addis

Didn’t manage to get much sleep on the flight, but watched a beautiful sunrise.



Addis is an 8 hour plane journey and 3 hours ahead of UK time, and that’s before you add the complications of Ethiopian timekeeping! Daytime starts at 6AM, and counts upwards to 12, and then repeats at 6PM to create Ethiopian night time. It’s currently 12:34 or 6:34 day time.  We travelled from Bole airport to Addis Ababa university for 3 days of training. The Hawassa team have met their counterparts but the Addis counterparts are arriving a little later.

Here’s a quick pics of some volunteers and counterparts outside the cafe: