Volunteer in Jordan March 2018 (Easter Build) -

When:
24/03/2018 to 02/04/2018
Trip Cost:£ 900
Registration fee (Deposit):£ 250
Minimum donation to HFHGB**:£ 500
*Flights not included *After paying the £250 registration fee you can FUNDRAISE the balance of the trip cost.
Total cost of trip:£ 1650

Shared values bring us together

When we have the heart of a servant, we can bring people together and build bridges. In fact, bringing people together is one of the great strengths of Habitat for Humanity, which invites people of all faiths - and no faith - to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

"I believe that all of our faiths have shared values around serving in the community and serving people in need. Out of that shared value, we can build relationships and build community. 

It is much easier to come together around the common values rather than focusing on theology. The physical activity of working together on a build site enables us to be bridge builders and trust builders."

- Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International

The trip will be an amazing opportunity to work together as a team, make new likeminded friends (whether you're coming on your own or with a friend) and be part of something bigger!

Join This Build

All volunteers must be 18 years or older on the departure date or 16 years old and accompanied by a parent/ legal guardian. 

To find out more information, click Contact the Team Leader and complete the form. The Team Leader will be able to tell you more about the Build, our volunteering programme, and answer your questions.

Volunteer in Jordan 2018

  • 24 March - Arrive in Amman
  • 25 March - Attend Palm Sunday services or free time, transfer to community
  • 26 - 29 March - Build on construction site
  • 30 March - Closing ceremony and farewell to community, transfer to Amman
  • 31 March - Cultural activities
  • 1 April - Cultural activities and Easter Sunday services
  • 2 April - Depart for UK or onward travel

Project – House Building and Renovation 

Our Jordan office helps low-income families renovating and repairing their houses, including completing partially built houses, promoting green buildings, and enhancing access to improved water and sanitation facilities.

Houses are made of cement blocks and the average size is between 60 and 100 square meters. Houses are built on a separate plot of land or on top of an existing house.

Typical volunteer activities include:

  • Mixing and pouring concrete for foundations, roofs, and floors
  • Brick laying
  • Flooring
  • Plastering
  • Painting
  • Shifting of bricks, sand, etc.

We seek to eliminate housing  poverty in Jordan by serving low-income families to improve their living conditions. Assisting poor families in having a decent place to live and rehabilitating their homes will eventually support them to focus on their own progress and development.

In 2011, we started a new mechanism of work - the" Fund for Humanity Jordan" used as a wholesale loan fund and issued to Community Based Organisations (CBOs).

This helps us scale up our impact in the country as the organisations we work with are committed to start and grow their own sustainable housing programme to serve low-income families. Since then, our fund has supported more than 36 Community Based Organisations and served more than 7,500 families.

Unemployment, economic pressure and unsafe homes

The limited natural resources in Jordan and turmoil surrounding the country has weakened its economy. The average income of Jordanian families who are served by our local team is approximately US$6,000 per year which falls around the national poverty line.

According to 2010 Jordanian Department of Statistics, unemployment in those communities is high, especially in rural villages where agriculture is a major source of employment.

In the villages, families tend to have many children, and it is not uncommon for 12 to 15 family members to share a small two-room house. Common issues encountered include:

  • Lack of privacy which increases family tension and makes it difficult for children to sleep and study
  • Struggle to cook in makeshift kitchens with dirt floors
  • Lack of proper food storage cabinets, making pests and rodents are a constant challenge
  • Unsanitary toilet facilities bring contributing to the spread of diseases

Economic stagnation, the rise of inflation, in addition to the mass influx of refugees in the last three decades have been creating a huge burden on Jordanian housing.

How we alleviate housing poverty in Jordan

Our local office is currently working with 36 Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and with urban communities in the Greater Amman area. Each house brings greater opportunities for families to lead safe, healthy and productive lives. There, we also host groups of international volunteers and local school and corporate groups to build houses with homeowner families.

  • The team will be staying at a guest house near the construction site.
  • Everyone will stay in twin or triple rooms, sharing it with another team member.
  • All the meals are included. You will prepare breakfast and dinner at the guest house and lunch is on-site or nearby. 
  • You can arrange to travel with other team members if you wish to - we let everyone organise their flights according to their own preferences and meet you at the airport or hotel! 

Hard hats are provided, but you will have to bring your own steel toe cap boots, gloves and saftey glasses.

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