Visit Selamta

There's no better way to understand our unique and holistic approach of orphan care than to take a trip and visit Selamta.


Vision Trips

If you're interested in a one-week trip to Selamta with the intent to see our Forever Family Program first hand, get to know Selamta on a more personal level, and meet our families - a vision trip is for you.

If you're a professional in one of our cornerstone areas and your skills could be utilized for professional development, an element of service could be added. All vision trips are led by Margaret, our Volunteer and Trip Coordinator.

November 4th - 9th
December 27th - January 2nd
April 4th - 9th

Contact if your church or team would like to organize a trip.  

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English Summer Camp  

Selamta’s English Summer Camp is a 4-week program for our youth, divided into two-week sessions. As a member of these teams, you serve as a camp counselor to our youth (ranging in age from 9-20 years old). This camp will help our youth develop conversational and written English skills through interactive play, experiential learning and hands-on activities.

Ambassador Trips

Are you looking for an opportunity that's longer and more in-depth than a Team Trip? Consider serving as a Selamta Ambassador. Selamta Ambassadors serve in Ethiopia 4 or more weeks at a time through an independent project tailored to leverage your particular skill set and meet the needs of our Selamta families. Being on the ground a month or more gives you the chance to invest in the lives of our families, build lasting relationships and see the impact of your personal project.

In preparation for your trip, you and our Service Team Leader will develop a project plan based on your unique skills and abilities to serve Selamta as an extension of our staff. Each project should build on existing programs or create a platform for new programming that will continue after your time in Ethiopia. Our immediate areas of need include, but are not limited to:

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  • English literacy

  • IT support & computer/online skills training

  • Social work

  • Tutoring and test preparation

  • Administrative support

  • Health and wellness

  • Photography and storytelling

Serving in Ethiopia for an extended period provides room for increased understanding, cultural experiences and deep relationships. Our Ambassadors arrive at Selamta as visitors; they leave as family.

General Trip Information

Trips range in total cost between $3,000 – $4,500, depending on flights, additional in-country travel and fixed costs. Once your basic application is received and accepted, our Service Team Leader, Abby Morrow, will be in touch with additional information and resources. For specific questions, use the Contact Us section below.

Team Trips are led by Selamta Staff and can accommodate up to 14 volunteers at a time. You will have the chance to meet and work alongside our families and staff. You will stay at a nearby guesthouse to be immersed in the community and environment in which we serve. You will have an opportunity to see with your own eyes why Selamta’s model is unique and extraordinary.

Banner photo above by The Archibald Project (@thearchibaldproject), an orphan care advocacy organization that uses media to share inspiring stories to inspire people into action.