Touristic Information

Electric Supply

Electric supply in Addis Ababa is 220v - 50Hz and the type of electric plug and sockets are type C-2 parallel prongs-, also known as "French Type." Participants need to bring a plug adaptor if they wish to use their appliances and laptops.


Addis Ababa has a fairly constant temperature throughout the year averaging 25°C (77°F). It has a subtropical highland climate that is generally mild and pleasant. The month of September is usually sunny with occasional rain and temperatures slightly lower than average (about 17 C/63 F). It will be considerably cooler in the evenings, so remember to bring a warm jacket and umbrella.


The Ethiopian currency is called Birr. One Birr is made up of 100 cents and the bank notes are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, and 100 Birr. The coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents. Foreign currency can be changed at banks. Please note that the exchange rate fluctuates from day to day. The exchange rate is approximately US $1 to Birr 16.90, but for the most up-to-date exchange rate information and currency converter services, please visit the National Bank of Ethiopia.


There are many shops selling Ethiopian souvenirs. There are also many jewelry shops with intersting designs and filigree works in gold and silver.