Hi, everyone. I hope you will consider joining our team to build a home for a family in Jordan. This trip will be a rewarding adventure and a close-up experience of a warm, hospitable culture. Please look over the details and email me, Aubury the team leader, if you want to join the team or have any questions.
Jordan is a small country of about 6 million people. Although it benefits from relative political stability and is one of the most educated countries in the Arab world, war and turmoil in the region have weakened the economy. Jordan has no oil reserves and inadequate supplies of water. The vast majority of Jordanians live on less than $5,000 per year.
An increase in refugees, continued migrations to cities and a high level of urban poverty have left large numbers of families without adequate shelter. As a result of overcrowding and poor-quality housing, families suffer from a variety of problems, including unsanitary conditions, sexual abuse and social alienation. Inadequate housing fosters a sense of helplessness and marginalization among the poor, most of whom believe they are powerless to improve their living conditions.
About Habitat for Humanity Jordan
Habitat for Humanity Jordan began its work in 2001 and is currently active in four rural villages and three urban communities. HFH Jordan’s community-based approach builds more than just houses. It builds relationships that unite neighbors and provide people with a vision for what they can accomplish when they work together to meet their common needs. They encourage cross-cultural understanding and help break down the divides between rich and poor, urban and rural, Western and Jordanian.
Types of construction for volunteers
Most Global Village teams will be based in rural Jordan, where they will be working alongside a low-income family to help them build or renovate their home.
Houses are made of cement blocks; the largest home measures 55 square meters. Team members assist with sifting sand, mixing cement, hauling blocks, bricklaying, painting and plastering. Housing solutions in Jordan are built using locally available building materials that meet specific housing requirements. Houses have cemented or tiled floors, plastered or limestone brick walls and secure concrete roofs.
Saturday: Arrive in Jordan; dinner and overnight in Amman.
Sunday: Breakfast at hotel; transport to work site; lunch en route; welcome and orientation at affiliate; dinner and overnight at guesthouse.
Monday to Wednesday: Breakfast at guesthouse; work at build site 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; lunch on site; dinner at guesthouse; time for team activities in the evening.
Thursday: Breakfast at hotel; work at the build site 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.; travel to Amman by bus; lunch en route; depart for home late in the evening/early in the morning the following day.
Friday: Depart for home.
In Amman, teams will stay in double-occupancy rooms with private baths at a three- or four-star hotel. Accommodations in other locations are local guesthouses with separate communal sleeping for males and females and shared Western toilets and showers. Teams will have the opportunity to try traditional Jordanian dishes. During build days, team members will be provided with a lunch—the main meal of the day—at the build site or in the guesthouse. Breakfast and dinner are typically lighter meals with fruit, eggs, bread, cereal and pasta prepared by the team at their accommodations.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Hi! I am Aubury, and I have been a Habitat volunteer for 15 years and have led four Global Village trips. I was a team leader to Guatemala with a group of high school students; to Macedonia to work on a home for a young family; to Cameroon to build a house for a school teacher; and to Fiji to repair a widow’s home on a Women Build trip. My favorite way to experience a country is through a GV trip. It’s an opportunity to meet the people, learn about their culture, and make new friends. I am looking forward to meeting our team and building a home with a family in Jordan!
Contact Aubury at HabitatJordan1@gmail.com.