Volunteer Program Ethiopia

MACHA is currently starting up a pilot volunteer project in Ethiopia for physiotherapists. The first volunteers are due to go to Ethiopia during the first half of 2018. The project is open for physiotherapists and final year physiotherapy students.

General information

As a volunteer you will work at the pediatric rehabilitation center Cheshire, in and outside of Addis Ababa. You will work together with Ethiopian physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants, who will guide you clinically and help out with translations. The volunteer stay is 30 to 45 days. All expenses related to the trip will be covered by the project.

About Cheshire

Cheshire is an NGO working with pediatric rehabilitation in Ethiopia, focusing on children that cannot afford private rehabilitation. The organisation has existed since the 1960s and is still developing its services. The patients are between the ages of 0 and 18 with disabilities such as amputations, clubfoot, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. The available services at the clinic are divided between direct rehabilitation by physiotherapists, orthopedic engineering, social capacity training and public information. Cheshire runs five rehabilitation clinics and an outreach program to cover rural parts of the country. The clinics are located in Addis Ababa, just outside of Addis in Menagesha, Dire Dawa, Awassa and Harar.

Task and responsibilities

As a volunteer you are expected to work at two of Cheshire’s rehabilitations clinics. The outpatient clinic in Addis Ababa and the inpatient clinic in Menagesha, 20 km outside of Addis Ababa. You will work together with Ethiopian professionals, with the common goal to exchange knowledge and experiences. The patients are children from the age of 1 month to 18 years. At the inpatient clinic in Menagesha you will meet patients from 6 to 18 years old. You will work Monday to Friday and have weekends off. After two weeks, you may chose to change location to the inpatient clinic in Addis Ababa, where focus is on patients up to 6 years old with neurological disabilities.

Costs and Practicalities

Travel costs, accommodation and food at the rehabilitations centers, visa and vaccinations (if required) are covered by the program. Accommodation is in private rooms with a private bathroom and access to a common area. Food is covered at the center at Menagesha but not in Addis Ababa. A meal in Addis costs between 15 and 50 SEK.


Applicants must hold either a physiotherapy degree or, if still a student, must have completed the second year of the physiotherapy program at the time of departure.
For the spring/summer of 2018, volunteers will be selected as pilots for the project. Applicants must therefore have experience in working/volunteering/traveling in low-income countries, and/or a documented interest in Global Health.

Apply to the program through the application form (click the button below).

Deadline 20th February.

Fill in application form

Do you want to know more?

Visit: http://cheshireservicesethiopia.org.

For more information or for further questions please contact our Project Manager for Ethiopia, Daniel Bergman at ethiopia@macha.se.