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October 12 - 23, 2017
If you like to travel with a purpose while immersing yourself in a different culture this trip is for you! Join us for an adventure to the Middle East offering a hand up and a new home to a deserving family that will not only change THEIR life but most likely YOURS FOREVER! You will experience this warm and hospitable culture that is nothing like the nightly news portrays it. No experience required, just bring your good humour, willingness to work with others and you’ll be surprised what you take home!
Why should I go to Umm Al Yanaba'a Ajloun, Jordan?
Jordan is a small country 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 for Humanity 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. HFH Jordan stated in 2001 and now works with more than 38 CBO(s) and has helped over 4,000 families to find a more stable existence in communities from the Dead Sea to the Capital of Amman and throughout small villages mostly in the northwestern part of the country.
What will my week look like?
October 12 (Thurs): team arrives in Amman
October 13 (Fri): cultural orientation in Amman & welcome dinner
October 14 (Sat): morning orientation travel to the affiliate location; worksite orientation; 1st build day
October 15 (Sun): Build day
October 16 (Mon): ½ Build day, Cultural activity in the afternoon
October 17 (Tues): Build day
October 18 (Wed): Build day
October 19 (Thurs): ½ Build day, Farewell Dedication, lunch with the family & CBO
October 20 (Fri): R&R
October 21 (Sat): R&R
October 22 (Sun): R&R – return to Amman, overnight or late departure
October 23 (Mon): departure for home
(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 or 3 persons depending on team makeup. In the community we 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 CONSIDER bringing a light weight sleeping bag and pillow case and MUST bring a towel and personal items including soap.
Meals will be a combination of food prepared by the team, family visits and lunches prepared for us. Lunch is the main meal of the day and will include chicken, rice, vegetables, bread, eggs, yogurt, fruit and local specialties like hummus and falafel. Laundry, internet and banking facilities are NOT usually available in community although cell service is available in all but the remotest locations.
What will it cost?
|This cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in Umm Al Yanaba's Ajloun, Jordan is approximately $2,040.00 + round-trip airfare + approximately $1,000 for R&R|
The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Jordan and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Amman/Jordan. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leaders.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these 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.
There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.
Meet the Team Leaders: George & Jean Clarke
Hi everyone, I am George, I was the GV Host Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Jordan from 2009-2010 and have participated in 16 Global Villages builds, 6 as leader. Hi there, I am Jean and I am a Registered Nurse who has led 4 teams and has participated in 14 GV builds along with George. Sometimes we lead and sometimes we join other projects. Since 2008 we have been on Habitat projects to India, Zambia, Guatemala, Ghana, El Salvador, Malaysia, Nepal, Madagascar, Cambodia, Paraguay and Jordan and we’ll join a team to Portugal in May of this year. Together we have travelled to over 30 countries and six continents.
"This will be our 7th project to Jordan, it’s our second home and so far, we have not found an experience anything like it! We are always looking for an opportunity to lead or join a build to Jordan, to see our friends and the familiar sites of Amman, the Dead Sea and Petra! We feel like family when we visit and we know you will too so please consider join us. We will build walls and exchange stories, visit a new house every night for dinner and see this part of the world in a very unique way. Be prepared to be surprised!”
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