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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! Click here to apply now! 

Drawchange has committed 6 years to the children of Shiro Meda and Kora Kore, Ethiopia. We have started two programs at two of the poorest community centers in the region. The children often go to the community center for their one daily meal and tutoring. One center serves girls that were rescued from the sex trade, prostitution, or family abuse while the other accepts community children after school for lunch and tutoring. If you are interested in joining us on our next journey to Ethiopia, know that your life will never be the same after a trip with us.

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 are changing the poverty mindset to one of hope-all through the use of art! 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 several times and have an extensive in-country network to guarantee your safety and ensure you have an amazing cultural experience. We have effectively created a self-sustaining program with a school in Costa Rica and now it is our goal to do the same in two community centers of Ethiopia but we need your help! Please visit last year’s photo album at this link.

We are looking for airline miles to help us with 2018’s project. 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.

My apologies to any and all that have been expecting an update on our trip but honestly, I’ve been exhausted. We’ve been here since Saturday and it has been a whirlwind of community visits, art projects, playground games and pouring every bit of energy into the kids. After three years, this place still amazes me. Equally as amazing are the volunteers, from all walks of life, that show up just to do some good. Several I’ve known for some time now and others I’ve just recently met but each of them and many of the children and families now have a place in my life that I’ll never forget. I just finished sharing another meal with the amazing group assembled here during which I paused for just a split second and almost felt a tear welling up. The time feels like it’s flying by and, as I stare down the mountain into the city below, thinking about having to return to the “real world” I am reminded that we are already in it. This is the time that counts. These are the moments that will be remembered for a lifetime. I owe everyone that helped make this a reality a huge debt that I will never be able to repay. ~ Justin Oulton, 2015 Costa Rica Team Member

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. Volunteer opinions count toward the success of our programs.




Project Dates

Early June 2018 for 10-14 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 15, 2017 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 January 15
2/3 cost of trip is due by March 15
Total cost of trip is due by May 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
Please ensure to type “Ethiopia Project” in special instructions box.

We are looking for airline miles to make this project a reality. Please click here if you have any to donate!

This is a volunteer’s personal video shot during our 2017 journey:

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 team. Know your application can only be processed upon receipt of initial deposit of $250. Click here to apply now! 
*Under 21 years of age must be accompanied by guardian.

If You’d Like To Support The Project But Cannot Physically Join Us

The team needs your tangible support. If you can support the trip financially, please do so by visiting our secure donation page here. Please notate “Ethiopia 2018” in the special instructions box. 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!

screenshot-2016-10-21-16-00-23More on Art Beyond Borders, Ethiopia 2018

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 community centers 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 to execute the intensive Art Beyond Borders program. 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*
Click here to apply.

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


* Subject to change dependent on costs of accommodations and airfare
** 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.