Moving to Addis 

The ICS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) maintains a guide to living in Addis Ababa, with many useful contacts, tips and advice on topics from health, education and entertainment to shopping and history. It is as up-to-date as possible, but information in Addis in continually changing. You can download the pdf of the guide: Welcome to Addis Guide (903 kb) or use the Welcome Guide website, which is the most updated version. Parents interested in contributing to the next edition of the guide should contact the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
 
Prospective and incoming ICS families interested in communicating with a current ICS family are welcome to contact the Admissions Office for more information. We have a group of parents willing to answer questions from prospective ICS families; they represent 30 languages and have lived in more than 70 countries.

Useful Addis Ababa-related Websites
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/387580667979185/: What's Happening In Addis on Facebook - great place to get answers to your questions.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/sellandbuyethiopia/: Sell and Buy (Ethiopia) - where to sell and buy second-hand items.
 
Email Lists
http://groups.google.com/group/qaa-ethiopia: listserv for questions on living in Ethiopia.
http://groups.google.com/group/oddsnsodsnaddisabeba?hl=en: Google group that gives updated listings of classifieds, inquiries, etc…for the expat community. Visit link to join group.
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/addis-diplo-list: Google group similar to Odds and Sods (above). Visit link to request membership.
Swedish Clinic Newsletter: regular Ethiopia-related health updates from the Swedish Clinic.
 
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=8.99583&lon=38.7306&zoom=17&layers=M: Addis map on open source online map. See ICS and nearby locations.
http://g.co/maps/fww2r: Google map with a few major places indicated, including ICS
 
Blogs
http://expatinaddis.wordpress.com/: Living in Addis blog.
http://salamboinaddis.com/: Living in Addis blog.
 
Tourism/Business Links
http://www.ednamall.net/: mall with movie theater showing the latest releases
http://www.laphto.com/: fitness center, pool, mall and supermarket, near ICS
http://www.ethiopiahotelguide.com/index.php
http://www.rootsofethiopia.com/: Community tourism website.
 
Other Information Sites
http://tisaddis.com: Addis/Ethiopia information site.
http://www.addisallaround.com/: "Your complete guide to entertainment, food, art, business and events in Addis Ababa"
http://addisrumble.com/: African arts (particularly Ethiopia)
http://abyssinia.posterous.com/: events, information, houses for rent, etc
http://www.whatsoutaddis.com/: a monthly newsletter which promotes and highlights arts and cultural events in Addis Ababa (available in hard copy at ICS reception)