Any experience in Ethiopia?

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Marguerite Thorp Basilico

May 15, 2013, 12:31:23 AM5/15/13
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Hello Truman global-health friends! I'm excited to send the first non-introductory email to our list :)

Have any of you (or any of your colleagues/friends) spent any time in Addis Ababa? A student I know from Harvard College is headed there for the first time, and I would be extremely grateful for any advice you might be willing to give her about expat life in Addis, particularly how to find affordable housing. I often let first-time travelers to Malawi know about the Lilongwe listserv and the Thursday afternoon ultimate frisbee group, for example, so any tips like that would be most helpful! She's a rockstar undergrad and will thrive anywhere, I'm pretty convinced, but preparation would help a lot.

Thanks so much!!
CO '10

Marguerite Thorp Basilico

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Brett Keller

May 15, 2013, 10:29:20 AM5/15/13
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Marguerite -- I lived in Addis for eight months last year, so am happy to help! Truman Kate Otto (cc'ed, I don't think she's on this list yet, but should be!) also spent some time there. 

She should try to join the Addis Diplo List:!topic/addis-diplo-list/3DBppkl6npM And if she uses Couchsurfing, she can also try the Ethiopia group there to find roommates. With both those options I'd say be wary of any 'brokers' who want to act as middlemen: depending on how long she goes for it might be better to arrange something for when she firsts arrives, and then nail down something for longer-term once she's already there, as that would let her figure out where the accommodations are, and how good they actually are. 

Also, this guide from one of the international schools is very helpful:

If you put your friend in touch with me I can answer any questions and put her in touch with the Addis ultimate frisbee group! Best,


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Brett Keller
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