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Jordan - Ammar Ben Yasser
20 March - 28 March, 2020
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.To find out more about Habitat for Humanity Jordan, please visit their website, here.
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.
- Friday, March 20th - Arrive in Amman, transported to overnight hotel
- Saturday, March 21st - Travel to Build Community and orientation
- Sunday, March 22nd - Build day
- Monday, March 23rd - Build day
- Tuesday, March 24th - Build day
- Wednesday, March 25th - Build day
- Thursday, March 26th - Build day and Celebration
- Friday, March 27th - Non-build day activity
- Saturday, March 28th - Non-build day activity and Departure
(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.
Typical Volunteer Tasks
1. Mixing cement 2. Moving cement blocks 3. Building interior and exterior walls 4. Cutting and bending rebar 5. Preparing and pouring the flat roof
The Habitat individual donation for this 09 day opportunity to build with Habitat Jordan is approximately $2,170 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + approx. $200 non-build day activities* (3)
(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted)
*Costs for non-build days are approximate, and subject to change.
(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat for Humanity Jordan and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation .
(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Amman and must be done in consultation with the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.
(3) Non-build days compromise of activities organized by the team leader where you will take some time to rest, acclimatize, and reflect on your experience in addition to discovering local customs and culture. Expenses for team-non build days including accommodations, meals and activities are not eligible for tax receipt and are paid separately by the team, not to Habitat for Humanity Canada as part of the donation.
Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or non-build day activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in, please consider looking into industry registered travel agents within your local province.
There are additional travel costs such as passport and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.
Meet your Team Leader: Stirling Davidson
This is not the time to be shy, step up and come on an adventure that will change your view of life. I am a retired Firefighter. I live on a mountain lake, in the mountains of B.C. it is tranquil, safe and as close to heaven as I want to be right now. I have been on eight Habitat builds, I served in Haiti after the quake and New Orleans after Katrina. What I am giving to you is the opportunity to help, come along. Yes you can think of a lot of but's, forget them. You need no construction skills at all, no tool's, just a belief that we are all equal. It is not what you bring to this build, but what you take home that makes it all worthwhile.
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 Stirling Davidson 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!