Art Beyond Borders, Ethiopia

Have you ever wanted to take a trip where you experience a foreign culture and touch lives? Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend your vacation this year? If so, this trip is for you!

Drawchange has committed 6 years to the children of Shiro Meda, Ethiopia. We will be visiting a school that was started to educate the children of women that previously worked as fuel wood carriers. Their conditions were harsh. The work was backbreaking and the pay was dismal.  The women continued this work to provide for their children. The school identified a need to educate their children and give the women an opportunity for a better living.

Donate Now Towards Our Ethiopia Program
Please ensure to type “Ethiopia Project” in special instructions box.

What Is The Trip About?

Art Beyond Borders is designed to provide empowering art experiences to children, who otherwise, are not allotted the privilege of leisure art activities. Art Beyond Borders seeks volunteers who believe in the empowering properties art has in the lives of children. Art should not be excluded from global aid because art provides the creative element that no other form of aid can provide. We connect our volunteers with the resources necessary to become a global advocate of the force of art in children’s lives. We provide a safe, friendly and fun environment to our volunteers. We travel together as a tight-knit team to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We visited the area of Shiro Meda in 2012 and in 2016 returned with a team and ready to create with the children. Our vision is to create a self-sustaining art program at the school in the Entoto Mountains. We have effectively created a self-sustaining program with a school in Costa Rica and now it’s Ethiopia’s turn. Please visit last year’s photo album at this link.

We are looking for airline miles to help us with 2017’s journey. Please click here if you have any to donate!

Donate Now Towards Our Ethiopia Program
Please ensure to type “Ethiopia Project” in special instructions box.

screenshot-2016-10-21-16-01-42Our Wish For You

We truly want for you, the volunteer, to become a partner of Art Beyond Borders. We like to keep in touch with our volunteers and include them with further developments on programs they were a part of and helped to make a success. Volunteers work one-on-one with the program’s creators and get in-depth insight to the many layers of community development. (2017 trip team is already assembled. Check back for our 2018 journey!)

Project Dates

April 1, 2017 for 10-15 days
We understand all volunteers may not be able to stay the duration of the trip. To ensure a team environment, it is mandatory to be present the first 10 working days of the project. Staying for 14 days is encouraged!

Cost And Fundraising*

Team members are encouraged to fundraise for their trip fee. We will set you up on a fundraising portal where you may interact with your donors and track your progress. Approximate cost of trip: $3,400. Due at signing: $250 before December 1, 2016 or $400 after. Your deposit fee is included in the overall cost of the trip minus a $50 administration charge. Trip fees include the following for 10 days: airfare, ground transportation, most meals, lodging, taxes and tips.

Payment Schedule*:

1/3 cost of trip is due by December 15
2/3 cost of trip is due by February 15
Total cost of trip is due by March 15

Checks may be mailed to drawchange Inc, PO Box 7201, Atlanta, GA 30357. Daily late fees will be assessed.
Cancelation and refund policy **

Donate Now Towards Our Ethiopia Program. We are looking for airline miles to make this project a reality. Please click here if you have any to donate!

Who Is Eligible To Go And Application Procedures

Participants will be chosen from information provided on application forms, based on skill set needed and group demographics needed for work teams. Please know that your application can only be processed upon receipt of your initial $250 towards the trip.(2017 trip team is already assembled. Check back for our 2018 journey!)
*Under 21 years of age must be accompanied by guardian.

If You Want To Support The Trip But Cannot Physically Join Us

The team needs your tangible support. If you can support the trip financially, please do so by visiting our team’s fundraising page here.
Those who stay can be as important as those who go, and every little bit counts! You are important to the success of the trip’s mission!

Sponsor a child with just $30.

screenshot-2016-10-21-16-00-23More on Art Beyond Borders, Ethiopia 2017

Overview: We will arrive in Addis Ababa and will rest that day and evening. Bright and early the following day we will begin visiting the school and touring the area where we will be spending the remainder of the trip. During the rest of the week, volunteers will work with the program directors laying the foundation for The Art Beyond Borders curriculum in the school. Volunteers have the opportunity to create strong bonds with the students and have 100% involvement in creating lasting change for the children. The language barrier between the volunteer and students dissolve in the process of connecting through art! It is a wonderful experience that our volunteers value.

Ethiopia is a country with a long and storied history and the home of unparalleled natural beauty. We are pleased to offer our volunteers the last two days* of our trip as excursion opportunities to explore the wonders of Ethiopia. Click here to learn more about the country scientists proclaim as, “The cradle of civilization.”

On our final day with the children, volunteers are invited to share final moments through an inter-cultural exchange art exhibit and party. Volunteers are encouraged to record video logs on the final day expressing the experience for future volunteers.


Prior to departure: Several team meetings will be held to solidify our team and all details given.
Average trip size: 5-7 Team Members
Full trip cost: $3,400*
(2017 trip team is already assembled. Check back for our 2018 journey!)

Join Dreaming Zebra and drawchange in changing a child’s life with just $30 today.


* Subject to change
** Cancellation and refund policy
All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to drawchange and made before the cutoff date. In the event that drawchange has to cancel the trip, a full trip cost refund minus taxes, fees and administrative costs will be issued or used towards the project’s success. You may choose to save your funds raised for the following year and only the following year for you to go.