Join Imagine Ethiopia 2011

How You Can Join Imagine Ethiopia 2011:

We are inviting 14 passionate people who are excited about elevating themselves, their community and the world to join the Imagine Ethiopia 2011 team.

If you would like to be part of this journey, please send an email to or a fax (604-737-7267) with the subject line Imagine Ethiopia 2011 and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Where you live
  • What draws you to this trip?

You will be contacted within 24 hours by one of the leaders who will share more about the trip and learn more about you and the possibility of you joining the team.

Upon registration, you will receive a detailed package containing all of the information you will require to prepare for your journey with Imagine Ethiopia 2011.

Your Cost:

CDN$3,500 per person if fully paid by June 14, 2011. CDN$3,900 per person if paid after June 14, 2011.

Includes all Ethiopia domestic air travel and ground transportation, double-occupancy accommodation, three meals per day, adventure guiding, yoga, and entrance fees to cultural and sacred sites planned in the itinerary between October 23, 2011 and November 5, 2011.

The cost does not include travel to and from Ethiopia, trip and medical insurance, visas, inoculations, medications, beverages and alcohol, personal spending, unforeseen expenses and any expenses not specifically listed as being included. Our travel together will begin and end in Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa.

Payment Terms: 25% non-refundable and non-transferable deposit to reserve your space on this trip. Cost of trip is CDN$3,500 if fully paid by June 14, 2011. Final payment is due no later than August 15, 2011 for those not taking advantage of early payment terms. No portion of this cost is eligible for tax exemption.

Your Commitment:

Together, the Imagine Ethiopia 2011 participant team will raise CDN$100,000 to fund the cost of a primary school project for a remote rural community in Ethiopia's Tigray Region. Fuelled by your personal passion, talents, and a nation's vision to educate their children, you will be required to make a personal commitment to raise CDN$7,145 by September 30, 2011.

We really mean it when we say together. Your connection with imagine1day, the community of participants and leaders that will join you on this journey, and the Ethiopian friends you will come to know, begins the moment you declare your participation. Through CreatributionTM (imagine1day's approach to fundraising), we will support one another in having fun, being creative and growing as individuals as we reach our goal.

Funds raised will be eligible for tax receipts in Canada and the United States. The cost to participate in the trip is not eligible for tax exemption.

About CreatributionTM:

In designing imagine1day's approach to fundraising, we set out to explore how charity could engage people, not on a level of the problem that has defined them or by way of a problem that their resources could solve. We support each participant in creating a charitable transaction in which they discover their unique contribution to the world.

We created a new currency of giving and receiving that we call CreatributionTM. Modeled after a business principle called the hedgehog, a CreatributionTM invites you to contribute to the world by exploring what you love to do and what you're great at. It's about finding your sweet spot, where your passion, your talents and your creativity intersect.

Here's an example.

Lacey Norton, is passionate about art. Through her unique contribution called submiT, she's giving Vancouver's art community an opportunity to impact the world. submiT is a t-shirt design contest that exposes the work of artists through social media and to a judging panel of respected gallery owners, creative directors, and retail designers. Last year, the winning design was featured on imagine1day's first t-shirt, the proceeds of which funded a classroom of a school in Ethiopia. By following her passion, Lacey generated exponentially more for herself, her community and a community in Ethiopia than she would have had she simply written a cheque.

Moving away from the current charitable paradigm, imagine1day distinguishes itself as a community that expands through shared experiences and inspiring connections. People being supported in living and breathing their passion and discovering how it can be of contribution, makes for a happier, more creative and diverse world.

In CreatributionTM, everyone is treated as an operator. The result is that people are far more invested in the outcome of their contribution and therefore demand the highest level of transparency. People are discovering how their unique contribution can become their own business venture, thus fueling their local economy. CreatributionTM has become a training ground for entrepreneurs to take risks, to fail, to succeed and ultimately to develop as leaders in their community.

Most importantly, through CreatributionTM, a new story for Ethiopia is being told. No longer are we identifying with a marginalized group of people, nor are Ethiopians relating to rich people on the other side of the world. Instead, we are identifying with each other as people who are partners in a commitment to designing a new story for our future.

By its nature, CreatributionTM is designed to elevate first the creatributor, then their local community and finally the world.

To Understand:

All participants will be required to:

  • Sign a liability release prior to embarking. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will sign the liability release on behalf of the minor.
  • Sign a CreatributionTM commitment to raise your share ($7,145) of the $100,000 team fundraising goal by September 30, 2011.
  • Complete a medical examination and provide a medical information form to the leaders of Imagine Ethiopia 2011.
  • Receive all recommended inoculations and purchase recommended medications.
  • Confirm your flight reservations to Ethiopia by June 30, 2011.
  • Purchase a visitor visa upon entrance to Ethiopia.

We have a great deal to learn from and share with Ethiopia and its people. As a participant it is nonetheless important to understand that Ethiopia does not have the infrastructure, medical facilities, hygiene and legal system that exist in North America.

Though this trip is designed to promote participants' safety, comfort and fun, you must be prepared to accept the risk of this adventure in Ethiopia, including; personal injury, emotional trauma, illness, unanticipated events, death, loss or damage to property. The dates and activities planned in the itinerary are tentative and subject to change based on weather, flight availability and other events.

About imagine1day:

imagine1day is sending children in Ethiopia to school with a goal of nation-wide access to quality primary education by 2020, and a commitment to the next generation of leaders who will carry Ethiopia into a new era of prosperity. We operate with visionary leadership and a solid financial base that covers all administrative costs. This means that 100% of donations directly fund project costs.

imagine1day is currently working with 37 communities in Ethiopia's Tigray region. We are an implementing organization that partners with dedicated communities, building community-ownership and sustainability every step of the way. Our efforts address the Four Pillars of Education: Access, Efficiency, Equity and Quality. This includes the construction of schools, clean water points and private latrines, provision of school supplies and furniture, curriculum development, teacher training, and Parent Teacher Association leadership development. Our schools are actively engaged in income generation activities designed to fund ongoing operating and school improvement costs. Since we started working in Ethiopia in 2007 we have supported 13,464 children living in Ethiopia's rural communities in receiving quality primary education.

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia, previously known as Abyssinia, is the only country to have maintained independence against the sixteenth-century Muslim conquest of Ahmad Gragn, the era of European Colonialism, and twentieth-century fascism. This fertile wedge is the "cradle of humanity," where "Lucy," the now fossilized hominid, lived 3.2 million years ago, and where her older relative, "Ardi," walked 1.2 million years before.

Africa's third-highest mountain, Ras Dashen (4,543 meters) spikes in Ethiopia's Simien Mountains in the northwest, and the Ethiopian highlands form the largest continuous area of significant altitude (above 1,500 meters) in the African continent. The Danakil Depression -one of the lowest points in Africa (155 meters below sea level) and one of the world's harshest climates, swelters on the eastern edge of the country with summer temperatures consistently topping out at 48 degrees Celsius. Great mountain ranges spread throughout the country and shelter geological, zoological, and botanical diversity. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, sits 2,400 meters above sea level and is Africa's third-largest city.

Geographically, Ethiopia is twice the size of France. With more than eighty-five million people, Ethiopia is Africa's second most populous nation and the fourteenth most populous country in the world. Close to 80 percent of Ethiopians live in rural Ethiopia, though urbanization is increasing by 4 percent annually.

Historically, Ethiopia is thought to have been part of the ancient Land of Punt, a global trading center that thrived in 3500 BC, and is home to the four-thousand-year-old Ge'ez language, the precursor to both Amharic and Arabic. Here, too, the Axumite Kingdom ruled more than two thousand years ago, regulating trade between India and the Mediterranean. Axum legends claim that the Queen of Sheba considered Axum home and that the Ark of the Covenant has its final resting place in the region today. Beyond the legends, the ancient kingdom's might is plain to see in Axum's obelisks, called Stelae, one of which measures thirty-three meters and is considered the largest single block of stone humans have ever attempted to erect. It now lies in three pieces on the grounds of the Stelae Field, surrounded by more than 120 other such stones.

Christianity arrived in Ethiopia in the fourth century, and by the fifth century monasticism began to spread here. Christianity soon took physical root via dozens upon dozens of rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and Tigray. Islam gained a presence in the seventh century, and today Harar, in eastern Ethiopia, is considered the fourth Holiest City of Islam. Judaism also has strong roots in Ethiopia and the Beta Israel have lived throughout northern Ethiopia since pre-Christian times. Currently the majority of Beta Israel live in Israel, the country. Today, Ethiopia is 60 percent Christian and 35 percent Muslim.

Ethiopia is home to the Solomonic Dynasty, an imperial bloodline dating back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba in 1000 BC and continuing until Emperor Haile Selassie's death, in 1975. Ethiopia's current prime minister, Meles Zenawi presides along with a president over a bicameral parliament.

Ethiopia has a grand legacy as Africa's oldest independent country. Many cite this as the genesis for her immense national pride. This pride is unmistakable, as is Ethiopian hope. The Italians made several attempts to overtake Ethiopia but were never successful enough to lay official claim to the country, or ideological claim to its people. One thing the Italians were successful with, however, was a legacy of espresso machines. Machines from the 1930's are still found throughout rural Ethiopia, with modern machines commanding prime urban counter space.

*Excerpted from Coffee Story: Ethiopia, by Majka Burhardt

Meet the Participants
Photos from IE 2010

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