Where is the American Embassy in Ethiopia?
Should I carry my passport or keep it in my room?
Do I need a first aid kit?
Should we take antibiotics to prevent getting ill?
Can we adopt children from the your program?
Can I serve as a short-term or career missionary?
What is the cost for extended Mission Trips & Missionaries?
Can I sponsor a child who is already sponsored?

Where is the American Embassy in Ethiopia?

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia is located at:
        Entoto Avenue, P.O. Box 1014
        Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa
Telephone: 251-11-124-2424
Emergency after-hours telephone: 251-11-124-2400
Consular fax: 251-11-124-2435
Website: http://addisababa.usembassy.gov

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Should I carry my passport or keep it in my room?

It is advisable to keep your passport with you at all times, especially when traveling. While in Ethiopia, you may choose to keep it securely stored in your room

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Do I need a first aid kit?

There is a small clinic located in Debre Zeyit. Most emergency medical items would be available there. You may bring some first aid supplies as you feel comfortable, and perhaps you could leave them for the clinic.

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Should we take antibiotics to prevent getting ill?

Antibiotics are not recommended for prevention of travelers' diarrhea. The decision is based on:

  1. Concern that prophylaxis of travelers' diarrhea may cause emergence of resistant organisms in developing countries, and
  2. The number of side effects associated with antibiotics,
  3. Prolonged or excessive use of antibiotics could in itself lead to other gastrointestinal symptoms, which include diarrhea.

However, those at high risk or those planning a once-in-a lifetime brief vacation may want to take an antibiotic like Ciprofloxacin once a day while traveling.

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Can we adopt children from your program?

In Ethiopia - we encourage those able and interested in adoption to consider children they may meet in our programs.  Many are adoptable; however a ministry that operates an orphanage/children center is not allowed facilitating adoptions.  There are a number of qualified adoptions agencies you can work with, like Bethany Christian Services.

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Can I serve as a short-term or career missionary?

We need both short-term and career missionaries who are interested in serving a few weeks, a few months, or a few years. While education and child care are two areas of high priority, we have many opportunities for you to serve God in a Foreign Missions environment.

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What is the cost for extended Mission Trips & Missionaries?

We encourage people to come as their schedule permits. If extending your stay longer than the two weeks included in a base mission trip, the cost is $133/week and covers your basic living expenses (housing, food and local transport).  For missionaries extending their stay more than 4 months, we invite you to apply for BCI assistance.  If approved, BCI will contribute support as follows:

  • Months 5 through 8 - BCI pays 30%, your cost is $93/week during this period.
  • Months 9 through 12 - BCI pays 60%, your cost is $53/week during this period.
  • After 1 year, BCI participates 100% in your support.  There is no weekly cost during the second year and longer because we raise your weekly support.

The above costs are for room, board, and local transport in Ethiopia. They do not include money for personal ministry outreach and/or recreation. We do recommend you raise whatever support you can for extra ministry while you are there.  The amount depends on the type of person you are, and has varied from less than $20/week for some and hundreds of dollars a week for others.

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Can I sponsor a child who is already sponsored?

Yes.  Frequently when someone goes on a mission trip and gets to know the children personnally, we are asked if they can sponsor a child even though that child has a full sponsorship.  Sponsoring a child creates a personal relationship as the child will write to their sponsors and be praying for them.  All sponsorship funds are pooled and sent to Ethiopia to care for all of the sponsored children in our program.  So if a child is more than fully sponsored, then the excess funds are used to care for other needy children in the program.

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