Uploaded on May 26, 2009
This shows how local rural communities are hosting tourists in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, and thereby earning an income. The sites are near Lalibela - famous for its rock churches. T.E.S.F.A., a local NGO/charity, is assisting the communities to develop this tourism facility as a way to improve their lives. We really hope you enjoy it and it inspires you to come and visit. Check out www.community-tourism-ethiopia.com.
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Seasons and weather
Ethiopia maybe in Africa but it is sometimes cold in the highlands (our sites range from 2,600 - 3,000 meters above sea level). Generally the sun is warm and the air is cool. Sometimes it rains, especially in the main rainy season-a veritable monsoon-between July and September. During this season the tourist sites are closed: the mud makes walking unpleasant even if it is not raining - believe me! There is a short rainy season, important to the farmers, with sporadic rain (often late in the afternoon and at night) between February and April. Sometimes the short rains come late and merge into the main rains with May and June wet. All part of global changes in weather patterns perhaps!
List of universities and colleges in Ethiopia
This is a list of universities and colleges in Ethiopia. It includes both public and private institutions.
Asella 2014 Arsi university is a Public university established in 2014.
Area: 1,104,300 sq km
Climate: two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September (tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variation)
Total Population: 90,873,739 (July 2011 est.)
Languages: Amarigna (Amharic) (official) 32.7%, Oromigna (official regional) 31.6%, Tigrigna (official regional
Government type: federal republic
National holiday: National Day (defeat of MENGISTU regime), 28 May (1991)
Independence Day: oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world - at least 2,000 years (may be traced to the Aksumite Kingdom, which coalesced in the first centuries B.C.)
Currency: Ethiopian Birr (ETB); 10ETB = 0.60USD
GDP: $84.02 billion (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,000 (2010 est.)
Information for Foreign Students in Ethiopia
Obtaining a Visa
A visa is required to enter the country. Some tourist visas can be issued on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for Foreign nationals coming from countries where there is no Ethiopian mission; for Foreign nationals coming from and who are permanent residents in any of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA.
If applying for a tourist visa on arrival, visitors will require two passport photographs and US$20; application can take up to two hours.
Various visa costs are: Tourist: £14 (single-entry, one month); £22 (multiple-entry, three months); £30 (multiple-entry, six months). Business: £14 (single-entry, one month); £22 (multiple-entry, three months); £36 (multiple-entry, six months); £72 (multiple-entry, one year). Transit: £14 (single-entry); £22 (double-entry).
Addis Ababa has hotels that cater to all budgets, from the luxurious Sheraton and Hilton hotels to the tourist class hotels. All tourist resorts offer a choice of modern hotels.
Homes and hotels: http://www.ezega.com/RealEstate/
Prior to entry, visitors should be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.
Health facilities are extremely limited in Addis Ababa and inadequate outside the city. Travellers should bring their own prescription drugs accompanied by a doctor's note. The high altitude and low oxygen level of much of Ethiopia need time to be acclimatized to.
Example of student Insurance offered: http://www.studyabroad.com/pages/sitecontent/marketplace_insurance.aspx
To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. They are difficult to exchange outside the capital.
Roads: There are some 4,100 kilometers of asphalt roads with a further 19,000 kilometers of gravel and dry-weather roads. Railway: A 778 kilometers railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.
Taxis are available in cities and major towns. These include the blue-and-white mini buses, pickups with a closed Canopy or Saloon Cars. They normally operate on a fixed rate and standard route. Personalized and specific trips should be negotiated with the driver in advance. In the Capital, there are Luxury Mercedes Benz taxis operated by National Tour Operation (NTO). They are stationed outside major hotels and at the airport. They also do not have meters. In addition, there are yellow taxis stationed at the airport for special hire which necessitates a prior negotiation with the driver for the price.
You can easily find public booths in the main cities.
Published on Apr 18, 2014
Neha Reddy, a sophomore at Northwestern University studying anthropology and global health, completed a research project on female circumcision in Ethiopia and discovered the cultural disparities surrounding human rights issues.
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Published on 28 Oct 2013
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