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Offering a hand up in Jordan
December 26, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Do you have a desire to help others? Are you looking for a purposeful and meaningful experience like no other? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this trip to Jordan is for you! If you have a strong desire to make a difference and like to have fun in the process, then we would love to have you on the team!
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. Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Middle East and see how magical this side of the world can be!
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 more 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 started 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?
|Tues. December 26:||Team arrives in Amman|
|Wed. December 27:||Welcome Breakfast and Cultural Orientation in Amman, ½ Build day|
|Thurs. December 28:||Build day|
|Fri. December 29:||R&R Day – Wadi Rum (overnight)|
|Sat. December 30:||R&R – Petra (overnight)|
|Sun. December 31:||Build day|
|Mon. January 1:||Build day|
|Tues. January 2:||Build day|
|Wed. January 3:||Build day|
|Thurs. January 4:||½ Build day, depart for Amman|
|Fri. January 5:||R&R – The Dead Sea, return to Amman|
|Sat. January 6:||Depart for home or other travel|
(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 toiletries.
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 12 day opportunity to build in Jordan will cost approximately
$ 2350 + round-trip airfare + $1000 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 leader.
*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 Leader: Sophia Chaudhery
Hi my name is Sophia Chaudhery and I’m very excited to be leading a team to Jordan over the holiday season! I’ve done quite a bit of travelling over the years and love the idea of travelling for purpose. Habitat is great way to experience something new and help a family in need. I participated in my first Habitat trip to Jordan a few years ago and was inspired to continue on the Habitat journey. I’ve had the opportunity to be team leader on builds within Canada (Grande Prairie, Whitehorse and Iqaluit) and the United States (Hawaii). I’m very excited to be leading a team to Jordan now and I hope you will join me on this Middle Eastern adventure.
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 on-line application! Please note I will be away from July 8 – 20 on a build and will respond to your inquiries either before or after those dates.