Location: Jordan • Cost: $3595 

Departure Airport: JFK • Age: 16-19 

Dates: 

Trip 1: June 14 - July 1

Trip 2: June 28 - July 15

Trip 3: July 12 - July 29

Trip 4: July 26 - August 12 

Application Requirements

All volunteers accepted to a Jordan trip will be required to complete service hours with refugees in their own communities and take a refugee pre-trip training course (Approx: 20 hours combined). Volunteers will also be required to write and submit lesson plans to be used in the camp and volunteer centers in Jordan.


OVERVIEW

Jordan is an Arab country between Saudi Arabia and Israel. Since 2011 they’ve accepted millions of Palestinian, Iraqi, Syrian, and Sudanese refugees. In Amman, you will provide educational and recreational activities for Middle Eastern refugee families and children. In South Jordan, you will have the opportunity to serve the Syrian refugees living in rural areas. In the north of Jordan, you will offer support to those living in the poorest Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. You will also assist refugees in the capital of Jordan at a support center in Amman.


COUNTRY CHALLENGES

Jordan is one of the countries most affected by the Syrian crisis, but only a small percentage of displaced Syrians live in a refugee camp with access to resources. Most live in poverty in urban areas. Your job on this humanitarian trip will be to work with local organizations to help provide education, vocational skills, and activities to local refugees in multiple cities.


SIGHTSEEING

On the weekends, you will visit Petra, “glamp” in the Wadi Rum desert, swim in the Dead Sea, and visit the River Jordan where Christ was baptized. You will also attend the church meetings on Fridays (as customary in Jordan) and participate in activities with the local branch. On the way back, you will stay overnight in New York where you will visit the Manhattan Temple, the Statue of Liberty, and take a tour of Ellis Island and the immigration museum.


TEMPLE

Unfortunately, Jordan does not yet have a temple. In fact, the closest temple is 1460 miles away in Rome, Italy. However, you will have the opportunity to visit the Manhattan New York Temple on your way home. Because Manhattan is such a culturally rich area, you will most likely see hints of Jordanian culture during your brief stay in Manhattan. Although it is unfortunate that this area of the world has not yet discovered the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you will be an influential figure to the people in Jordan through your personal example of the Savior.


JORDAN FACTS

Jordan is primarily Islamic. Sunni Muslims make up 92% of the population, with 1% being Shia Muslim, and the other 7% of the population residing in the Christian faith. Arabic is the official language of Jordan, but English is also widely known and spoken among middle and upper-class citizens. Jordan has both Mediterranian and Arid desert climates. The north and western ends of the country are more Mediterranean, with warm, wet winters and dry summers. However, the majority of the country has an arid desert climate. Jordan is known to be a very friendly country. You will most likely hear “Ahlan wa Sahlan!” or “welcome!” quite often.

*Note: All info subject to final adjustment. 

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