With its stunning landscape and ancient historical remains, ETHIOPIA provides students with an unprecedented exploration of Africa's colorful history and modern struggles. Ethiopia is home to the famous rock-hewn ancient Coptic Christian churches of Lalibela - where entire buildings have been carved out of a single block of stone - as well as one of the largest open-air markets in Africa. Its natural wonders leave visitors in awe - from the jagged and unique Simien Mountains to Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Visit ancient religious sites, including a monastery said to hold the 'Ark of the Covenant', and observe an array of wildlife while travelling through Ethiopia's vast plains, mountains and valleys.
SAGE OFFERS a truly off the beaten path experience in Ethiopia. Travel by foot between rural villages, studying sustainable development and staying in traditional tukuls. Float across the Nile in a papyrus boat and marvel at the Great Rift Valley, which could hold 4 Grand Canyons. Play volleyball with Ethiopian students and meet with famous female leaders, including a Stanford educated economist who founded the first Commodities Exchange in Africa. Dedicate your time to service while working with youth at a Peace Center, orphans who have lost their parents to AIDS, or a world-renown surgeon who works with maternal health. SAGE's unique partnerships in Ethiopia allow students to have an incomparable experience in Africa while exploring real issues and meeting with local change-makers.