Join us this fall for a special opportunity to build a complete home for a family in Jordan. In this unique trip, our team’s donations will cover the cost of the entire house that we will construct alongside the family and community. Come create meaningful relationships, explore a fascinating culture and geography and work with your hands to build a house, hope and happiness. Another special feature of this trip includes the rich community-building experience of lodging in a local Jordanian home while on the build site. No construction or building skills necessary; all you need is flexibility, an open mind, a reliable work ethic and a desire to make a difference in the world. Caution: team members may leave Jordan with a severe and rewarding case of “Habititis!”
Jordan is a small country of approximately 6 million people. Although Jordan 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 US$5,000 per year.
The Jwabreh family places a block on their new Jordan home – one built with the help of Global Village volunteers.
Jordan is facing both urban and rural housing crises. In both areas, unemployment is increasing, causing severe overcrowding. Seventy percent of the population lives in cities—63 percent in Amman, Zarqa and Irbid. 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 who 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 working in four rural villages, where the average family consists of seven children. HFHJ is also working in three urban communities. To date, HFH Jordan has built or renovated more than 510 houses.
HFH Jordan’s unique, 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. By bringing people together from all walks of life to work side-by-side, it also encourages cross-cultural understanding and helps break down the stereotypes that divide 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 new home. Not only will teams be helping to build a home, they will be lending a hand of service to a very poor community.
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 appropriate, locally-available building materials that meet specific housing requirements. Houses have cemented or tiled floors, plastered or limestone brick walls and secure concrete roofs.
Day 1, Friday: Depart for Jordan.
Day 2, Saturday: Arrive in Jordan; dinner and overnight in Amman.
Day 3, Sunday: Breakfast at hotel; transport to work site; lunch en route; welcome and orientation at affiliate; dinner and overnight at guesthouse.
Days 4–6, 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.
Day 7, 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.
Day 8, 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.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Erika Allison is a mechanical engineer and science educator. She’s worked on oil rigs in Alaska, taught high school in Harlem and is currently the project director for the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership at the University of Maine. Erika has been involved with Habitat for Humanity in Texas and Michigan, and on Global Village builds in Romania, Mexico and Nicaragua. Last year she led a Global Village trip to Zambia.
For more information about this GV trip to Jordan and to join the team, contact Erika via email at email@example.com.