Ethiopia March 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Friday, March 20, 2020


March 12 - 20, 2020
Trip Details

Trip Cost: $1500 + airfare

See Cost & Payment Tab Below for Details. Flights will need to be booked asap for anyone signing up this month. Flight prices are still reasonable and much cheaper than summer flights to Ethiopia.


March 12-20, 2020

Team Leader(s)

Autumn Kerr, Chief Operating Officer at Go Be Love International and Erika Gothberg

Team Size

12 people max.

This spring break team is open to individuals, groups and families (children age 9 and over are welcome). We welcome anyone who would like to spend their spring break serving and taking in the beauty of Ethiopia.

Our team will spend time in the capital of Addis Ababa serving primarily at Brighton Academy. Brighton Academy is a primary school started in honor of Brighton Asher Hoffman. He passed away in an orphanage while waiting to be brought home from Ethiopia – but his 76 days of life changed everything for Laura and Tymm Hoffman, who started Brighton Their World, a ministry designed to provide formula and nutrition to babies in orphanages. Brighton Academy exists to provide a solid education, loving atmosphere, 2 meals a day and clean water to the students and families in the Shero Meda area of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  We will spend time with the students and staff at the school and we are currently working on planning some special things for the Brighton staff to refresh and pour into them.  

While in Addis Ababa, we will also get to learn about the ministry of Carry 117. Carry 117 exists to empower at-risk women in Korah, Ethiopia. There is always time to shop on our Ethiopia trips but we especially love to shop at the Carry 117 store because their creations are beautiful and those purchases help support this wonderful ministry.  

While in Ethiopia, the team will have the opportunity to experience a traditional Ethiopian meal and dance performance at a wonderful restaurant called Yod Abyssinia and you’ll get to drive up  Entoto Mountain for a breathtaking view. You will also get to experience an Ethiopian coffee ceremony which is always a treat.

Trip Type: Focused
This trip will focus on 2 ministries: Brighton Academy and Carry 117

Ideal Demographic
This trip is appropriate for individuals, families and groups who are able to handle long travel times, walking, rides on bumpy roads, long days and the difficulties involved in seeing impoverished and difficult conditions. If you are pregnant or think you might be during this trip, please check with your doctor and trip coordinator before planning to travel.

Age Requirements
9 and over with a parent, 15 and over without. Ask for our Considerations for Children document if you’re not sure about bringing children.

Total Trip Cost
$1500 + airfare
*This team will fly to a major airport such as Washington DC and from there to Addis Ababa. Final total varies depending on team size and flight costs which will vary depending on your departing airport. Flight prices change all the time so this cost varies but as a very general range – flights to Ethiopia in March can range from $1000-$1500 depending on departure city. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. We will aim to book flights early for this team so we can secure the lowest rate possible.

Estimated at $2400 – $2700 total including flights.

Trip Payment Schedule
DUE JAN 20, 2020 – $1800 SECOND PAYMENT  (for flights)
*If you sign up for the trip past any of the above payment due dates, you will need to fundraise to catch up on those deadlines quickly.

The following items are included in the trip cost:
✓ International airfare plus domestic connections from your home airport (see flight info below for more details on flights)
✓ 3 meals a day on the international portion of the trip
✓ Accommodations based on sharing rooms with other team members (see FAQ page for more info on room arrangements)
✓ In-country transportation
✓ Translator/Guide (if needed)
✓ Trained leader for the team
✓ Visa fee (if any)
✓ ACE Travel Insurance Coverage (medical, liability, travel and security assistance services)
✓ Tipping for guides, meals out, etc.
✓ Administrative costs
✓ Excursion costs (if any)

Costs not included in the trip price are: meals on airport travel days when traveling to and from the US, any additional costs due to deviations, any fees associated with baggage or immunizations, passport, personal shopping money and incidentals such as snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, film and other personal items. Costs for arts & crafts and other items needed for activities your team takes to do with the children are also not included in the trip cost.

Required Documentation
1. Submitted trip application (with deposit)
2. Current passport that will not expire within 6 months of travel date 

Documents Needed (2 weeks from registration)
1. Signed Child Protection Policy & Guidelines document
2. Signed Code of Conduct document
3. Signed Short-Term Mission Trip Guide document
4. Signed Release, Hold Harmless & Consent Form
5. Signed Cancellation Policy
6. Signed Background Check Consent Form
7. Signed Statement of Faith
8. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #1
9. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #2

*A background check will be run on all teams members over the age of 18.
*All documents should be turned in to us within two weeks from the time you sign up for the trip.

Team Member Commitment
I understand that the mission trip starts the day I apply for the trip and agree that, as a part of a Go Be Love mission team, I am committing to being available for conference calls leading up to the trip and reading all emails and materials pertaining to the trip, and responding when necessary. I understand that these communications are needed to maximize the effectiveness of my team on the mission field, to prepare each person for the trip and to build team unity. For some teams, this may include 4 to 8 conference calls leading up to the trip. I understand that a large part of these conference calls will focus on a spiritual preparation and will include doing a pre-trip discipleship study together.

Go Be Love advises all travelers to read the US Department of State background notes on their website. Travelers can also check the latest health information with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention at to get the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations/requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. We also suggest that all participants consult their physician before traveling abroad.

Paying for Your Trip
Go Be Love encourages our team members to raise support. Once you are signed up for a trip, you can fundraise with all items on the team member fundraising section of our online store, you can send out support letters or come up with your own creative ideas. We use a team member database called Managed Missions that allows you to create your own custom fundraising page. Unlike other online fundraising pages, those donations will go directly into your trip account and will also be tax deductible for your donors. This feature is called Public Profile and we encourage all team members to create one and send the link to your donors who would like to give online. You and your donors can also make tax deductible payments toward your trip total by mailing checks to Go Be Love.

Flight and Travel Info
One thing that sets Go Be Love mission trips apart is that we book ALL flights for all of our team members, including your domestic connections from your home airport. Please list your home airport on your application. For smaller airports, please give several options for airports you could fly from as sometimes our international airline partners may not have options in and out of smaller airports. Please note: because we will be booking all of your flights and connections and because we do so at the best possible price – this does not always mean the best possible schedule. Many times, the international airlines we use are able to offer us domestic flight connections at a very low cost (usually only $75-$100) and therefore, we are offered a very limited class of service. This might mean longer layover times so please be prepared for this in advance. You may find a better schedule online but that doesn’t mean that it was an option within the price range and class of service we were going for. If you have specific limitations on arrival and departure times, you will need to let us know in writing 90 days or more in advance and you will need to be prepared to incur additional costs if your preferences do not fall within the class of service we are offered at the lowest cost.

About Your Leader

Autumn Kerr

Ethiopia Team Leader, Chief Operating Officer at Go Be Love International


Autumn Kerr serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Go Be Love International and has been with the organization for 10 years.

Before coming on staff at Go Be Love, Autumn worked in the advertising agency world for 11 years. Her background is design and writing but her passion is to live out James 1:27. This passion came alive on a trip to the Philippines in 2007 where she went on a group tour with Compassion International to meet her sponsored child. This trip was truly life changing and Autumn returned home with a heart on fire for missions and doing more to help children around the world. She has been on mission trips to the Philippines, India, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, China, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Ecuador, the Bahamas, and Haiti.

It was on a Uganda Ethiopia combo trip in 2011 that Autumn met her son Mihretu and her life changed forever in the best possible way. Autumn adopted Mihretu as a single mom and brought him home from Ethiopia in 2012. She is thrilled to be going back to Ethiopia and to be able to bring her son with her – Mihretu is now 10 years old and has already been on mission trips to Bahamas, Haiti, Uganda and Ethiopia. This will be Autumn and Mihretu’s 3rd year in a row to return to Ethiopia. 

Autumn and Mihretu live in Sarasota, FL and enjoy pool and beach time as well as frequent trips to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. They also love to travel.

Erika Gothberg

Ethiopia Team Leader 

Erika’s bio coming soon
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