Become an Ambassador

Are you ready for an experience that will change your life? Join us as an Ambassador on an independent study program for college students and adults. As an Ambassador, you will travel to Addis Ababa and spend a lot of time getting to know everyone in the Selamta family. In preparation for your trip, you will design a personal project to work on during your eight to twelve week stay at Selamta that reflects your personal inspiration and interests. In the past, Ambassadors have created art projects, led basic woodworking and sewing workshops, taught English at the local school, collaborated on a book project, created a community mural, and built chicken coops. In addition to working on your project, you’ll spend a lot of time with our children, Moms and Aunties. Through play, tutoring and attentive listening, our Ambassadors become strong positive role models for our children; they befriend our Moms and Aunties over long coffee ceremonies and intimate chats. Our Ambassadors arrive at Selamta as visitors; they leave as family. To apply to become a Selamta ambassador, we will ask you to complete an application that includes your personal information along with a formal, written essay stating your motivation to volunteer at Selamta and your project proposal. We also require two written recommendation letters from individuals who can elaborate on your work ethic and personal attributes. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Mia Brown at marisa@selamtafamilyproject.org for an application or further information.