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Jordan

August 23, 2013 to August 30, 2013

If you are seeking a Global Village experience unlike any other, look no further. We are building a team of bright, enthusiastic, open-minded and adventurous people to immerse themselves in Jordanian culture. The week is sure to be fun and rewarding. No prior Global Village or building experience is necessary!

The Jwabreh family places a block on their new Jordan home – one built with the help of Global Village volunteers.

About Jordan
Jordan benefits from political stability and is one of the most educated countries in the Arab world, but it has no oil reserves and an inadequate water supply. The majority of Jordanians live on less than $5,000 per year.

Habitat for Humanity Jordan began its work in 2001 and is active in four rural villages and three urban communities. Our community-based approach builds houses as well as relationships that unite neighbors rich and poor, urban and rural, Western and Jordanian. 

About this project
This Global Village teams will be based in rural Jordan, working alongside a low-income family to help build or renovate their home. 

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 so that the project is economically and ecologically responsible. 

Standard itinerary
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 or separate travel. 

Accommodations
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.

Program cost
US$1,710 per person
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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Team leader
Alison Bregstein caught the Habitat bug from her mother at an early age and has been involved ever since. Several years ago she combined her passion for travel and Habitat by joining her first GV trip to Braga, Portugal. In addition to volunteering with Habitat in New York, she recently led a team to Cochabamba, Bolivia. She is excited to plan this cross-cultural GV trip and looks forward to more travel after it. 

For more information, please contact Alison at abregstein@yahoo.com


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