Arrive in Amman, Jordan’s Capital city anytime. Sunset dinner to meet our fellow volunteers, and welcome you to the Middle East’s safest city.
After brekky, we’ll head on our private bus to our partner community. We’ll use the time to get to know each other a little better, and prepare ourselves for the hot & sweaty work ahead! Once we arrive, we’ll check-in, where our project leader will brief you guys about just why we’re working with them, the good that your money has done, and the work that you’ve signed up for.
Day 1 on our project. As many of our returners can testify, the projects can be hard work, so we hope you’re ready. Depending on how far the construction has progressed with the local staff we have been hiring over the last few weeks, jobs can include lugging bricks, shifting sand, painting the buildings and of course playing with the kids.
The second day of the project. Hopefully your body isn’t hurting too much, and you kept the sunburn at bay. After our first project day, day 2 should be a breeze. You’ll know exactly what you have to get done in order for the project to be ready to open. So hop to it!
This one could be an early start! It depends on how hard we’ve been working but today is opening day! So if we’ve stayed on top of our workload, we’ll work all morning, have lunch then enjoy the opening ceremony together. If we’ve fallen behind, we’ll be up at sunrise to get here and get the work finished. Let’s do it folks.
The project is done and dusted, lets repay all that hard graft with the trip of a lifetime. First stop, the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea. Famous for its healing qualities, we’ll take a dip, smother ourselves in the mud, let it bake, then come out looking 5 years younger, or so they say. After a relaxing time on the beach, we’ll hop back in our private transport and head to Wadi Musa, home to Jordan’s most famous attraction.
Finally, after countless early mornings, you can spend a morning to yourself. Wandering around Wadi Musa’s local markets and restaurants. After lunch we’ll have an (optional) trip to an epic Petra viewpoint, the one from above looking down. If you’re ready to brave the heat and sun, then join us for that. That evening, we’ll spend the evening at ‘Petra by Night’, a spectacular scene where we get to see the Treasury lit up by candlelight, all while local Bedouins entertain on their traditional instruments.
Make sure that camera is charged, and maybe double check your alarm clock too. This morning is the main event, Petra in all its glory! We’re going to be the first people in there, meaning we get all those epic shots without hordes of tourists dotted along the background. So it’s an early start, but its worth it we promise. We’ll spend the next few hours trekking across Petra, from the Treasury to the Monastery, past camels, and local Bedouins, struggling to believe that all this was built 2000 years ago. Truly one of the most impressive sights in the whole world. We’ll be out of here by late lunch to hop in our private transport and make our way to Wadi Rum.
No trip to Jordan is complete without spending a night in a Bedouin camp, camels sleeping in the corner, the Milky Way in full view thanks to no light pollution, in the depths of the desert. Wadi Rum was once home to Lawrence of Arabia, not it’s ours (for one night). There’s something special about drinking local tea, and soaking up travel stories as we appreciate the beauty of the desert.
Let’s go and explore Wadi Rum! We’ll hop in a 4X4 and check out the best of Wadi Rum has to offer. Epic view points, clambering over sand dunes, feeling as if we have the whole of Jordan to ourselves in the stark beauty of this UNESCO world heritage site. Spend a few moments to marvel at how locals have carved a life out of this place of millenia. Amazing.
Around lunchtime, we’ll make the short journey to Aqaba, right on the ocean, where we’ll have dinner as the sunsets on the Red Sea, Egypt to one side of us, Saudi Arabia to the other.
Welcome to Aqaba. You’ve earned your break, now go and use it. The Red Sea is world famous for its diving, so feel free to explore the ship wrecks off the coast. Or grab yourself a massage, or simply lie in the sun and recover from the last few days. Optional jet skiing, water skiing or sunset beers are all within a phone call.
Soak up your last morning by the Red Sea, we’ll be checking out and making our way back to Amman today, but not before stopping at Karak. Karak was once a Crusader stronghold before being ransacked by the Sultan Saladin. Now the Citadel is one of Jordan’s most famous stops, so we’ll check it out before getting to Amman for dinner and drinks.
It’s our last full day, how did that happen?! After breakfast, we’ll go and do our best Arnold Schwarzenegger posts in front of the Temple of Hercules, before we climb the stairs of the Roman Amphitheatre in the old city. Lunch with a view before an optional half-day trip to Jerash, the former Roman city, ‘the Pompeii of the Middle East’ famous for how well it’s Roman structures have been preserved.
One final dinner in Amman together to reflect on what we’ve done, seen and experienced.
Tissues at the ready, tears are expected as we head-off to the airport. See you guys on the next trip!
As we’re over a year out until the project, our partners in Jordan have a few different projects in the pipeline that are crying out for some help. Depending on what our communities needs our, and what work gets carried out between now and our project date, we’ll know more specifically closer to our departure. We’re looking at options within the Bedouin community, street kids within the city, and Syrian refugees community. Watch this space in the meantime, we promise it’ll one of the most rewarding trips of our lives. And we’re so excited to run our first project in the Middle East.
All Accommodations in comfortable hotels with wifi, air-con and hot water as a minimum.
All breakfast included on tour.
Visit to the ancient wonder of Petra, a swim in the buoyant water of the dead sea and more.
All group in country transportation.
Your Project Donation (100% of which goes directly to our project partner in Jordan).
Two experienced guides that will be there for you 24/7.