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Jordan: Ammar Ben Yasser
November 2 - November 12 2018
Do you have a desire to help others? Are you looking for a purposeful and meaningful experience like no other? Have you ever said, “Oh, I really want to do that one day!” Well here is your opportunity. We are waiting for you to join our team as we make a difference and have a lot of fun in the process.
NO construction experience is necessary! Just a willingness to learn and meet new people, a positive attitude and a desire to immerse yourself in a beautiful culture.
Why should I go to Jordan?
Jordan has a total area of 89,342 square kilometers (34,495 square miles) and is not quite landlocked. Jordan's coastline stretches just 26 kilometers. Eastern Jordan is characterized by desert terrain, dotted with oases. The western highland area is more suitable for agriculture and boasts a Mediterranean climate and evergreen forests. The highest point in Jordan is Jabal Umm al Dami, at 6,083 feet above sea level. The lowest is the Dead Sea at -1,378 feet.
Jordan has a population of approximately 6 million people that benefits from relative political stability in the centre of the Arab world. Turmoil in the region has weakened Jordan’s economy with King Abdullah himself describing the country as “between Iraq and a hard place”. Jordan has no oil reserves and inadequate supplies of water with the vast majority of Jordanians living on less than US$5,000 per year. Visitors will still be welcomed at every turn with the words “Ahlan wa-sahlan” (welcome) followed inevitably by “Inshaallah” (If God is Willing)! Regional migrations as a result of unrest throughout the region have brought over 1 million refugees to Jordan; paired with domestic migrations to cities and a high level of urban poverty, this has left large numbers of families without adequate shelter.
Tell me about Habitat Jordan
HFH Jordan has a unique community-based approach working with local Jamaiat (Community Based Organizations like service clubs) that builds relationships to unite neighbours and provides people with a vision for what they can accomplish when they work together. Bringing people together to work side-by-side as a team encourages cross-cultural understanding that helps to break down the stereotypes that divide rich and poor, urban and rural, Western and Jordanian. This approach provides opportunities to meet local Jordanians and get a glimpse of their culture in ways a tourist never could.
What will I be doing?
You’ll do more than build a physical home, you’ll also gain insight into the complexities of Middle Eastern culture by dining with Jordanian families each night. Meet the local community and explore the rich history of the region with a visit to nearby archaeological sites, enjoy authentic Jordanian barbeque and pick tomatoes fresh from the farm with your teammates.
What will my week look like?
- Friday 2nd Nov. - Arrive in country
- Saturday 3rd Nov. - Cultural day - visit the sites of Amman and complete your build orientation
- Sunday 4th Nov. - Depart for your build community and begin building
- Monday 5th Nov. - Build day
- Tuesday 6th Nov. - Build day
- Wednesday 7th Nov. - Build day
- Thursday 8th Nov. - Build day and return to Amman
- Friday 9th Nov. - R&R
- Saturday 10th Nov. - R&R
- Sunday 11th Nov. - R&R
- Monday 12th Nov. - Return to Canada
(Itinerary may be subject to minor adjustments)
Where Will I Stay? What Will I Eat?
In Amman and on R&R we will stay in 3 star hotels sharing 2-3 persons depending on team makeup. In the community participants will stay in a rented house with shared rooms at least one shower and bathroom. Sleeping will be communal with separate rooms for males and females on mattresses (provided) on the floor. Participants MAY bring a light weight sleeping bag and pillow case and MUST bring a towel and personal items including toiletries.
Meals will be a combination of food prepared by the team, family visits and lunches prepared for us. Laundry, internet and banking facilities are NOT usually available in community, but will be in Amman.
What Will It Cost?
This 12 day opportunity to build in Jordan will cost approximately
The trip cost includes: lodging, food, ground transportation, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials and donations to HFH Jordan and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Jordan and their visa on arrival. This arrangement should be done in consultation with the team leader.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the airfare – this will be 2 separate receipts. The costs for R&R portion of the trip are NOT eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada. Your team leader will let you know how to pay this.
Meet The Team Leader: Wanda Lane
Hello future Habitat teammates! My name is Wanda Lane and I am fortunate to have been involved with HFHGV since 2011. I have led 9 previous teams to various parts of the world (Kenya, Chile, Costa Rica, Nepal, Portugal, Bail x 2, Alberta and most recently, India) where we have enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of families and communities while we helped to provide a “hand up” to local families. The opportunity to share time and experience another culture with other likeminded people can be a life changing experience.
This build in Jordan is a great opportunity to meet people living in an area that is often in the news these days. We may have preconceived ideas of the area and or the people. Being part of a Habitat build, where safety is always our first priority, is a way to break down our preconceived ideas and open our minds and hearts to the kindness, generosity and gratefulness of our future friends.
No construction or building experience is required, but you will need to pack your flexibility, caring, adventurous spirit, strong work ethic and willingness to get a little dirty. Expect to laugh (a lot), cry, learn, and meet some great people.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our online application!