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Jordan - Al Yanaba'a-Ajloun
29 August - 8 September 2019
This team will work with Habitat Jordan and local masons to help construct a new home for a family in need of safe, reliable shelter. Staying in the community and dining with different families each evening will provide an opportunity for a genuine insight into Jordanian culture and traditions.
Habitat for Humanity Jordan
Due to economic necessity and tradition, extended families in Jordan tend to live together, resulting in 12 to 15 people sharing a small two-room house. Overcrowded living conditions and a lack of privacy endanger the health and well-being of families. Additionally, people struggle to cook in makeshift kitchens with dirt floors, which results in improperly stored food that can attract pests and rodents. Habitat for Humanity Jordan works with the local community to provide housing solutions to these families in need of healthy, affordable homes.
Houses are made of cement blocks. Homes range in size from 55 to 100 sq. meters and usually consist of 2-3 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and hallway. Houses may be larger for families with many children or extended families.
- Thursday 29th August - Arrive in country
- Friday 30th August - Cultural day - visit the sites of Amman and complete your build orientation
- Saturday 31st August - Travel to Build Community
- Sunday 1st September - Build day
- Monday 2nd September - Build day
- Tuesday 3rd September - Build day
- Wednesday 4th September - Build day
- Thursday 5th September - Build day and Celebration
- Friday 6th September - Post build cultural day
- Saturday 7th September - Post build cultural day
- Sunday 8th September - Post build cultural day
(Itinerary may be subject to minor adjustments)
In the community participants will stay in a rented house with shared rooms with 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.
This 11 day opportunity to build in Jordan will cost approximately
The trip cost includes: lodging, food, ground transportation, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Jordan and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Amman, Jordan. 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 eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt. Your team leader will advise how to how to pay this. (Do not pay to Habitat for Humanity)
There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which will be identified and discussed with you. These costs are not tax deductible.
Jean is a Registered Nurse who has led or participated GV builds to Zambia, Guatemala, Jordan, Ghana, El Salvador, Malaysia, Nepal, Madagascar, Cambodia, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal and in April 2019 Sri Lanka. In August 2019 Jean will retire which may leave a bit more time for travel and other projects. George is a former GV Host Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity based in Amman, Jordan from 2009-2010 and has participated in all of the trips with Jean plus a couple of extras to Jordan and his first to India in 2008. George has been retired from Hydro One for 10 years and spends most weeks volunteering for a number of local and international groups. Together they have traveled to over 35 countries and six continents.
“This will be our 7th project to Jordan as leaders and for George his 9th GV in Jordan. We think of Jordan as our second home and we feel like we have family in every village we visit there. The people of Jordan are like no others we have met with their hospitality. Its why we keep going back! We can’t wait to return to Jordan, to see our friends and the familiar sites of Amman, the Dead Sea, Petra and Umm Qais! We feel like family when we visit and we know you will too. We will build walls and relationships and while we sip tea we exchange stories to see this part of the world in a different way than the evening news portrays it. Be prepared to be surprised, please join us!”
No previous construction skill or experience is required. There will be a place on the team for all experience levels. Please feel free to contact George and Jean with any questions you might have about this project at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also apply right now using our on-line application!