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My name is Tefera Alemu I have been involved in different aspects of Ethiopian tourism for the last 10 years. This includes authoring the contents of 2 comprehensive Ethiopian travel websites ( www.evgethiopia.com & www.tourethiopia.co ) . I have also had the pleasure of organizing several tours every year.
My main dream in life has always been to save enough to travel the world. I feel that this has made it easier for me to empathize with travelers. With my writing, I am happy to play a part in helping independent travelers with their plans. In organizing tours, I get pleasure from meeting people who are living my dream and, inspired by my own views of the ideal experience, I get joy from the challenge of organizing the best possible custom tour to my ability.
I am happy to share more about myself if you click on any sections below.
I know it is easy doubt self-professed experience or be suspicious of reviews. It is for this reason that I have made the effort of documenting most of the tours that I have managed. Please take a look at MY CUSTOMERS page.
Since I had the chance to organize my first tour in 2007 as a part timer, I have grown to the stage where I organize up to a dozen tours in a year. Using what I see as a DIFFERENT APPROACH to organizing tours, I have been at the service of customers from different walks of life.
From families with children to the elderly, from solo travelers to large groups, from luxury travelers to the budget conscious... I have successfully managed tours for people with varying interests and needs.
My tour organization skills have also been put to the test with some of the longest tours, short ones and last minute requests.
The fact that nearly all of my previous customers have become my references, my ambassadors and ,most importantly, my good friends is testament of their satisfactions over my services.
I travel around Ethiopia for most of the year and step foot in every destination atleast 7 times. My evenings while on the road and my days back at home are mostly spent on writing about Ethiopia.
EVG Ethiopia is the first website that I authored. With 300+ pages, EVG has been among the most comprehensive travel website on Ethiopian tourism. It contains the most complete travel planning check list to Ethiopia. (See here)
Tour Ethiopia is a far more complete website on Ethiopian travel. In addition to the hundreds of information pages I single-handedly wrote, I was also responsible of integrating the various elements of the website which I thought would come in handy to travelers.
It gives me great pleasure to see that the two websites I authored provide free travel information to thousands of their visitors.
From Zero to learning various skills to become among the most accomplished online writer and tour organizer. Here is my story
Someone who dreams of touring the world once I saved enough, life has surprisingly taken me to be at the service of the people I share a common interest with and are my inspirations. How I got here to do the job that I love feels like a dream every time I think of it.
Long story short: I was successfully working as a Progam Manager in the humanitarian sector doing a job I really loved: helping people in need. (See my last TV interview).It had nothing to do with tourism. But as a part time initiative, I wanted to partner with a wide range of professionals to develop a website that promotes Ethiopia as a tourist destination, a gap needing to be closed. With no one willing to come on board, one day I was determined to do it all my self: learned about Ethiopian tourism on my own, taught myself web design and SEO, studied online the basics of graphics... to build what would become the most comprehensive travel websites on Ethiopian tourism. It is easy to check: no other websites provide as comprehensive information and services as www.evgethiopia.com and www.tourethiopia.co
But most of my first writing were based on reading and research.Writing about places you haven't seen in person isn't enough. With not enough resource at my disposal to tour this vast country, the second step in my ambitious plan was to ask travelers to go along with them in return for my help through my websites. It worked. I would take breaks from my regular work to tour the country with helpful tourists and get to experience Ethiopia myself. As I edited my websites with first hand information, I also fell in deeper love with Ethiopia.
As I toured Ethiopia with willing travelers, something else happened. A life long dreamer of touring the world, it was easy for me to empathize with the travelers I accompanied. And I couldn't help thinking what I would do differently to make every tour I was in more exiting. In 2007, I was given the first chance to organize a customized tour for a second time traveler Virginie. And life has been different since...until I started working full time in the fulfilling tourism industry
Although through referrals and recommendations I became a tour organizer before I knew it, at heart I am still passionate about what I did set out to do. I am still fully committed to the dual purpose of Promoting Ethiopia as a tourist destination and providing more up to date information to travelers who need it .
Name: Tefera Alemu
Major field of studies: language and literature, Management
Languages: English and FrenchMain works I did:
Dear visitor to my site,
I would hope you would consider me to organize your tour in Ethiopia.
As my website shows, I am well qualified to undertake the responsibility:
In addition, my aspiration to travel the world allows me to empathize with my customers, driving me to do my most to deliver the best possible tour for you.
Hoping that you will give me the opportunity to be at your service, I can be reached at anytime of the day if you use my contact form.
Yours sincerely,Tefera Alemu