Blessing the Children is pleased to offer you a variety of ways
you can come to Ethiopia in person and give of yourself in
ministry. Some people are called to send, and others are called
to go. If your considering going, let us help you make your gift
of service memorable for you and effective for those you are going
to minister to. For more details about each option:
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Thinking about Studying Abroad?
Good idea! Studying abroad is one of those
experiences that you only get one shot at. If you
ask anybody who has studied abroad, he or she will
most certainly tell you that it is a life-changing
experience and one of the most rewarding things he
or she has ever done. Perhaps you're not certain
what benefits you can reap from an extended stay
in a foreign country.
Some excellent reasons
why you should Study Abroad:
1. Study abroad allows you get to know another culture first-hand.
Cultural differences are more
than just differences in language, food,
appearances, and personal habits. A person's
culture reflects very deep perceptions, beliefs,
and values that influence his or her way of life
and the way that they view the world. Students who
experience cultural differences personally can
come to truly understand where other cultures are
2. You'll gain skills and experiences a
classroom setting can never provide.
Being immersed in an entirely new cultural
setting is scary at first, but it's also exciting.
It's an opportunity to encounter situations that
are unfamiliar to you and you'll learn to adapt
and respond in effective ways.
3. Study abroad affords you the
opportunity to make friends around the world.
While abroad, you will meet not only natives to
the culture in which you are studying, but also
other international students who are as far from
home as yourself.
4. Study abroad helps you to
learn about yourself.
Students who study abroad are challenged to
consider why they believe what they do. The
encounter with another culture enables students to
see their own culture through new eyes,
strengthening their faith and understanding why
they believe what they do.
5. Study abroad provides the
opportunity to travel.
Weekends and academic breaks allow you to
venture out and explore the beautiful land of
Ethiopia. With over 100 people groups or tribes in
Ethiopia, and a land that has thousands of years
of history and culture, there is no shortage of
sights to see.
6. Study abroad expands your
In comparison with citizens of most other
countries, Americans tend to be uninformed about
the world beyond the nation's boundaries. Students
who study abroad return home with an informed and
much less biased perspective toward other cultures
7. Study abroad gives you the
opportunity to break out of your academic routine.
Study abroad is likely to be much unlike what
you are used to doing as a student. You may become
familiar with an entirely new academic system and
you will have the chance to take courses not
offered on your home campus. It's also a great
opportunity to break out the monotony of the
routine you follow semester after semester.
8. Study abroad enhances
Through an employer's eyes, a student who has
studied abroad is self-motivated, independent,
willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope
with diverse problems and situations. Your
experience living and studying in a foreign
country, negotiating another culture, and
acquiring another language will all set you apart
from the majority of other job applicants.
Study & Ministry Work
The Study Abroad Program integrates a work
schedule of 15-25 hours per week with a class
schedule of three or more courses. Although you’ll
work less hours than an internship, the added
stress of studies must be considered. Offered
courses through local colleges vary from semester
to semester, such as: Language arts, Ethiopian
history, Ethiopian culture, Bible, pastoral and
ministry studies, etc.
The length of the Study
Abroad program depends on the time of
year. There are three semesters to choose
January - May
June - August
August - December
Housing & Food
You will stay as a guest of an Ethiopian host
family, ensuring the richest and deepest cultural
experience. You will discover an underrated aspect
of Ethiopia, its friendly and welcoming people.
Even so, as you live with your host family, it can
be difficult to adjust to living in a foreign
culture, without many of the comforts that
Ethiopians have never enjoyed. Meals are provided
by your host family.
Students must be mature and resourceful
individuals exhibiting a commitment to ministry
and community participation. Successful volunteers
are those willing to step out of their comfort
zone and be used where needed. It is essential
that students be flexible, open-minded, and
capable of adaption to new situations. A positive
attitude, even in frustrating or difficult
circumstances, is vital. Study Abroad participants
must be enrolled at a college/university (having
completed 12 or more credit hours), or if not
enrolled, they must have completed an associate
degree or greater.
Internship Prices start at $1,950
‘Airfare Included’ are for flights
departing from a major US city.
If coming from
outside of the USA or if you wish to
depart from an airport that is not
an international airport in a major
city, please contact us for a quote.
All Trip Prices
Pickup in Ethiopia
Transport to Ministry Sites
Airport & Exit Taxes
Prices don’t include
spending money, passports,
visas, trip insurance,
vaccinations and other
expenses not listed above.
Refund policies are
stipulated in the
Team & Missionary General
Policies and BCI
reserves the right to make
changes in refund policies,
trip prices, and fees
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