Onesimos Nesib Seminary

Aira, Ethiopia

Onesimos Nesib Seminary is a regional seminary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus that is committed to preparing leaders for ministry and church service. All courses are in English.

Opportunity type: 
Volunteer opportunities: 

Trained Christian educators, pastors, and professors are needed to teach intensive courses (of one to two weeks or three to four weeks) and semester courses in Old Testament, New Testament, pastoral care and counseling, theology, worship, ethics, etc. The academic year is from September 15 to the third week of June, with breaks for Christmas (three weeks) and Easter (two weeks). Fall is the best time for volunteer intensives.

Up to three people may volunteer at a time.

Cost notes: 

Some housing is available at the seminary at no cost. Accommodations also are available at a local guesthouse for $30 a day. Basic food items are available in Aira, and a variety of foods and groceries may be purchased in Addis Ababa and transported to Aira. Expect to pay $75 to $100 a week for food. Other costs include round-trip airfare ($2,000), in-country transportation ($600), a short-term visa ($50), healthcare (treatment is provided at Aira Hospital at a very reasonable cost), and international insurance (cost to be determined).

Nearest airport: 

Addis Ababa

Packing suggestions: 

Average temperatures in Aira range from the upper 50s at night to 90 degrees during the day (14 to 32 degrees Celsius). March and April are the hottest months. Women should pack mostly long, conservative skirts. Loose-fitting pants are okay for women, but women generally wear skirts. While working in the hospital, scrubs are standard attire for practitioners. Comfortable walking, trail, or running shoes are needed as well.


A short-term visa is needed unless the volunteer will stay longer than 30 days, in which case she or he will need a long-term visa.


Volunteers must be committed Christians who are able to teach, and must hold a master of divinity or a master of Christian education degree. They may be recent graduates, pastors, or college or seminary professors.

Contact information: 

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.

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Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

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