Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa.  Travel with some of our faculty to learn, teach, and embark on an amazing adventure!

Tentative Dates

Fall 2019:  December 10 -21

Tenative Itinerary

2019 Ethiopia Tentative Itinerary

Program Fee

The estimate program fee is $1,485.23

The program fee includes the cost of the Guest House, all meals while in country, bottled water, transportation while in country, interpreter fees, all excursions, travel insurance, and teaching supplies.

Students will be responsible for booking their own domestic and international airfare as well as paying for the $50 Visa to enter Ethiopia.  Students will also want to bring a small amount of money to cover cost of any souvenirs. 

Application Information

Application deadline is Wednesday, April 17th at midnight.

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Faculty Profiles


Heidi Higgins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, and Special Education at UNCW. She is currently also serving as the Department Chair of this department and also teaches the methods of mathematics courses for the undergraduate and graduate programs in elementary education. Dr. Higgins has visited Ethiopia numerous times and this is her third time leading a group of students to Ethiopia.

Michele Parker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at UNCW. Her responsibilities include teaching research and evaluation courses for Masters and doctoral students. Last year, Michele served as the Interim Associate Director for the Centers for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Leadership. Currently, she is the Ed.D. Program Coordinator. She has co-led two doctoral internships to Belize.

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Student Profiles

Hi, my name is Mary Donnell and I’m in school midlife and have two children who are 11 and 12. I’ve enjoyed being in school, it has been challenging as well as rewarding. I’m looking forward to going to Ethiopia to embrace a different culture and to experience the schools there.

AprilPulcini.JPGMy name is April Pulcini. I was born and raised in Florida. In 2008 I joined the United States Marine Corps. This is where I met and married my husband who is also a Marine. We have three beautiful girls who possess three completely different personalities. I retired from the military in 2018 and currently reside in North Carolina. 

I chose to become a teacher because I want to make a difference and believe that elementary school is the best platform to instill lifelong learning lessons. I applied for the Ethiopia field experience to increase my value as an educator. I wish to be well informed about education around the world in order to peruse my passion of creating a quality education for all. I look forward to learning more about Ethiopia; through its educators, students, and culture.