AISA Admission and Marketing Institute: Raising the Profile of School Advancement

The aim of this event is to support the development of school advancement professionals in the AISA region, with a focus on admissions, communications and community relations.
  • Professional Learning Institutes
  • Admissions, Communications, Community Relations, Marketing
  • International Community School of Addis Ababa Mauritania St, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • US$ 160
  • 8:00 am (GMT +0:00) - 4:30 pm (GMT +0:00)
  • 4 November 2023 - 5 November 2023


School advancement can encompass admissions, communications, community relations and development/fundraising, all highly valuable elements that benefit an international school community. How do we ensure that advancement is recognized and valued for its contributions to the success of a learning institution? This is particularly challenging when there is a small team or one individual responsible for multiple aspects of advancement.

With a focus on admissions, communications and community relations, the institute will allow participants to dig into their own practice, learn from others and grow their professional profile and confidence while enjoying amazing Ethiopian coffee and culture!

As a result of participating at this institute, attendees can expect to:

  • Increase their network of counterparts in the region
  • Reflect on their current practice
  • Come away with new ideas to implement in their schools


You will need a valid visa (unless exempted) and a valid travel document to enter Ethiopia. Before travelling, visitors must obtain a visa from the official Ethiopian e-visa platform or from their nearest Ethiopian Embassy.

A valid certification of vaccination for Yellow Fever is required if you are coming from a country where Yellow Fever is present.

The Ethiopian government removed all COVID-19 vaccination restrictions for travellers on 28 October 2022


Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa: US$ 225 per night single occupancy; Bed & Breakfast

Victoria Guesthouse: US$ 90 – US$ 120 per night single occupancy; Bed & Breakfast

  • Book directly with the hotel and request the corporate rate for ICS Addis.
  • You can also book your airport transfers with the hotel. The airport transfer cost should be included in the accommodation rate, however, please confirm with the hotel.
  • ICS Addis will provide a shuttle in the morning and a return trip in the evening for participants staying at all the hotels listed above.
  • Transportation to and from ICS Addis and other alternative hotels/guesthouses (not listed above) will be the responsibility of the participant.


  • Jessica Fortin
    International Community School of Addis Ababa
    Admissions Director

    Jessica Fortin lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she works as the Admissions Director at ICS Addis, an IB World School of 930 students from over 70 countries. Prior to ICS, she was an Admissions Associate at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, California, USA. In her 17+ years in admissions, she has learned from many different colleagues and counterparts around the world and appreciates new opportunities to meet others in her field and grow as a professional. She is thrilled to be partnering with her colleague Chris Clark, the ICS Communications and Marketing Coordinator, to grow the profile of their departments within the ICS community, as part of developing a comprehensive School Experience Team.

  • Chris Clark
    International Community School of Addis Ababa
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Chris Clark is a passionate community builder and strategic communications professional. Chris serves as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at ICS Addis in Ethiopia and has extensive international school and media experience, including nine years at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). A former newspaper reporter and TV broadcaster, Chris takes a “newsroom style” approach to marketing content creation, directing authentic, engaging, and targeted multimedia content to promote the school’s mission and achieve institutional goals. Chris is thrilled to partner up with his all-star counterpart in the admissions office, Jessica Fortin, to think unconventionally, fine-tune our focus, and reinvigorate the way we design the school experience within and beyond the ICS community.

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