Jordan Volunteer Highlights
- Volunteer projects in Jordan include Youth Support, Teaching, Special Needs Support, Arts and Music, Women’s Education and a unique Ramadan project
- Your volunteer program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation in a local home stay, meals and 24/7 support in Jordan
- IVHQ’s affordable volunteer program fees start from US$530 (approximately AU$765) for one week
- You’ll be volunteering in the capital city of Amman and surrounding areas, including Madaba
- Volunteering in Jordan is available year-round with programs starting every month
- Between one and five volunteers start in Jordan each month
- Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Jordan to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
- Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Jordan will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
- Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
- Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
- Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
- New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
- Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Jordan with your new-found friends.
The IVHQ Jordan volunteer program is based in the capital city of Amman, a progressive hub in central Jordan. The IVHQ program provides an amazing opportunity for you to volunteer in the Middle East and experience a place that’s high up on every traveller’s bucket list, with attractions such as Petra, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum. Amman is the biggest city in Jordan, and is also its economic, cultural and political hub. Amman is considered one of the most modern Arab cities, and in recent years has become a popular tourist destination due to its rich history and stability within the region. This is where orientation and general administration is carried out by our local team. Volunteers are required to fly into Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), which is a 16 to 18 hour flight from most major airports in Australia.
Volunteer placements are located in and around Amman and Madaba. By choosing to volunteer in Jordan, you’ll be supporting community-led projects that focus on providing opportunities to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people that call Jordan home.
Volunteer programs in Jordan start on the first and third Saturday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for between one to twelve weeks.
Many young people in Jordan face a variety of challenges growing up, and by working with them volunteers can help to raise their expectations of themselves and open up new possibilities for their future. The Youth Support project in Jordan provides an important and exciting developmental platform for these often underprivileged young people who need educational support and assistance with social and interpersonal skills.
As a volunteer, you’ll work in community centres and act as a positive role model for young people aged between 6-18 years old. You can do anything from assisting with homework, supporting and encouraging studies in English, helping with arts and crafts activities, sports or any general work that needs to be done at the centre. A large focus of this project is to teach English in an informal way, by interacting with the young people at the centre to improve their oral and written English language skills, which is often one of their biggest difficulties.
The main objective of the Youth Support project is to provide much-needed after school support in a place where the children are well supported. International volunteers are seen as an important part of these efforts as you’ll bring new perspectives and creativity to the centres and the lives of the young people who go there.
This project is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about working with young people to support their education and helping them to develop their interests and life ambitions. Your specific tasks will depend on the time of the year you volunteer as well as the needs of the centre. You’ll work closely alongside the organisation staff and other volunteers to promote better outcomes for youth. These centres can lack structure and organisation at times, which requires volunteers to be adaptable and use their initiative and enthusiasm to be as effective as possible in their placements.
The Teaching project in Jordan provides an important educational platform for underprivileged young adults who need additional support to obtain their high school certificate or to work towards higher education and acceptance to university. Your assistance as a volunteer teacher in Jordan can make an incredible difference to the students involved in the project, as you help to open up further educational opportunities that can change the course of their lives.
The students you’ll help teach in Jordan have often been part of youth homes and come from challenging backgrounds. The next phase of the support they receive as teenagers and young adults is to give them bridging education to enable them to look forward to the potential futures they can have, and this is where the Teaching project comes in.
You’ll work in learning centres with students who want to further their education, integrate well into the job market and live as an equal member of society in Jordan. You can expect to tutor students one-on-one with a focus on teaching English, unless you can speak Arabic well enough to be able to teach other subjects. You will assist the staff at these centres by running intensive language classes and educational activities, providing tutoring for exams, helping with applications for further study opportunities and helping to develop resumes.
As you will work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate in this project. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
Special Needs Support
Social stigma still surrounds special needs in Jordan and with a lack of support, there are many families who are unable to properly care for family members who have mental and physical disabilities. Centers providing individualised care and education make a huge difference to the lives of people living with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.
As a Special needs Support volunteer in Jordan you can help enrich the lives of these people by providing support in these centres which are dedicated to improving their well-being and quality of life.
Volunteers assist a team of local staff and fellow volunteers helping to run educational lessons, games and activities such as arts and crafts, tapestry and woodwork for children and adults who attend the special needs centres each day. For those with relevant training or experience, your tasks can also include assisting with treatment, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and rehabilitation.
This project is well suited to compassionate, patient and caring volunteers who have a strong interest in working with people with special needs. As you will be working closely with the local placement staff, you are not required to have previous experience or training to participate on this project, unless you wish to be involved in therapy activities.
Arts and Music
Arts and music are a universal language that can bring people closer together regardless of their backgrounds. The Arts and Music project works to help child refugees in Jordan and children from other marginalised communities by using creative outlets to raise awareness of different social issues. Volunteers also help to promote a variety of important life skills such as creativity, confidence, communication, problem solving and team-work.
You’ll work alongside a team of local staff and fellow volunteers helping to run creative workshops which use art and music therapy as a means of empowering students to make positive changes in their own community and way of life. Themes can include diversity, gender equality, the pursuit of their dreams, deforestation, the impact of plastic on the world and climate change. By looking at universal issues, these lessons can also help students to understand their roles as global citizens in the world.
This project is well suited to creative volunteers with skills in art or music, who are also passionate about global issues and working with children. Many placements tend to have a stronger focus on art as opposed to music, though if you want to do more music-related activities, please note that on your application. It may be helpful to bring your own musical equipment with you in these instances, and please also be prepared to take part in art activities if required.
Many women in Jordan experience poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. In turn, this impacts their children. In an effort to combat the issues these women face, a range of initiatives have been established to improve their access to education and skills training and promoting income-generating activities.
As a volunteer on the Women’s Education project in Jordan you will work in local centres for women and girls that aim to improve their education and provide them with professional development opportunities in order to become self-sufficient. Jordanian culture is centered around food, and a core focus is teaching the women how to cook on a commercial scale as a means to generate income and support their families. Other areas of skill training and development include arts and handicrafts, embroidery and fashion design and computer training. Volunteer tasks will depend on your program duration - longer term volunteers and volunteers who can communicate in Arabic will have more opportunities to help in more involved activities.
This project is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about women’s empowerment and who also have skills in food preparation, arts and crafts and small business promotion. Volunteers who do not speak Arabic should expect a significant language barrier and come prepared with creative ways to overcome this. Due to cultural sensitivities in Jordan, this project is only available to female volunteers.
Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims only eat and drink outside of daylight hours.
In Jordan, around 92% of the population are practicing Muslims. The Ramadan project provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to experience Ramadan in a Muslim culture, while helping provide Iftar meals to socially disadvantaged families and individuals in a community kitchen. The community kitchen serves around 1,500 Iftar meals each day throughout Ramadan and provides a social place for people to break their daily fast with a warm meal.
Volunteer tasks include collecting food, serving meals, helping with cleanups, organising activities and general support. As a volunteer on the Ramadan project, you do not need to be a practicing Muslim, however you are required to observe Ramadan customs while in Jordan. The Ramadan project is only available during the four weeks of Ramadan. The timing of Ramadan is dependent on the moon, so changes each year, but generally falls between April-June.
The Jordan volunteer program begins on the first and third Saturday of every month. You need to arrive in Amman on the Friday before your chosen start date.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). Australian travellers are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 2 months. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and you will need at least two free pages in your passport reserved for immigration authorities. The cost of your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation, which is about a 45 minute drive. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.
If you are travelling in Jordan prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up from a meeting point in central Amman on the Friday before your program start date.
On Saturday, orientation is hosted by our local team in Amman and runs for a full day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Jordan – introduction to Jordan, Jordanian customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Jordan, and introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.
A volunteer day is subject to change depending on your specific project and placement. A typical daily schedule might be as follows:
8:00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer homestay.
9.00 AM Volunteers with a morning shift travel to placement to join local staff and begin work on your project.
12.00 - 2.30 PM Lunch is served at the homestay.
2:30 PM Volunteers with an afternoon or evening shift travel to placement to join local staff and begin work on your project.
7.30 - 9.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer homestay. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.
Please note, schedules will vary depending on the needs of your particular project as well as your host family’s lifestyle.
Volunteers are accommodated in a homestay where you will live with a local family and other volunteers. These families receive money from your Program Fee for support, food and board. This is an opportunity for you to directly see your volunteer fees having a positive effect in the community and going back into the local economy.
It is an exciting opportunity to stay with a local family, as this is a chance to learn the Jordanian way of life, meet local people, eat local food, speak the local language and engage in local customs and traditions.
Living is basic, yet comfortable, and all homestays have electricity and running water. Volunteers can expect to share a room with other volunteers, however in some homestays volunteers have their own rooms. Bedding is provided, but it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag if you wish to travel on the weekends, along with a towel and toiletries.
WiFi is available in all of the homestays in Jordan. To keep connected when out and about, you can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone. The local team can assist you with this.
Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, with all meals hosted at your homestay. Breakfast and dinners tend to be smaller portions with mixed platters including falafel, dips, bread, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunches are the bigger meal of the three, and can include a range of meats, breads, rice dishes, salads and vegetables.
Bottled water is readily available in Jordan and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 (approximately AU$8) per week for this (two litres per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
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- All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- To see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.
- Discounts on language lessons
- * Terms and Conditions do apply
- Visa, flights, travel insurance, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours, transport to and from your placement if required.
- Transfer back to the airport at the conclusion of the program
- Spending money - Volunteers in Jordan generally find US$50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses
What it covers
- Most affordable program fees
- Expert support from a program specialist
- Full MyIVHQ account access
- Online volunteer training
- Comprehensive preparation tools
- Deals on flights and travel insurance
- IVHQ alumni rewards
What it covers
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Volunteer placement
- Discounts on language lessons
The Jordan work week runs from Sunday to Thursday, with Fridays and Saturdays free. During the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or explore other parts of Amman and Jordan. Amman is home to many ancient ruins including the Roman Amphitheater and Citadel, as well as traditional eateries, shops and markets.
Some incredible bucket list attractions lie further afield, so make sure you set aside time to travel to the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Wadi Rum, and one of the New Wonders of the World; the ancient city of Petra. With so much on offer, it’s a great idea to plan and book some excursions through IVHQ in advance. We can facilitate visits to some of the more popular options:
Mid and South Jordan Experience This is a four day tour around many of Jordan’s main attractions including Mount Nebo, Aqaba City, Madaba City, the Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum. For this experience there are 2, 3 or 4 day options, ranging in price from US$240 (approximately AU$350) to US$470 (approximately AU$680). These are all-inclusive road trips where you’ll spend time ticking off many bucket list attractions alongside a local guide. Once you have applied the Jordan Program Manager will be happy to provide more information on what is included in each option.
Petra and Wadi Rum Experience This is a two day tour through two of Jordan’s top attractions; Petra and Wadi Rum. For US$420 (approximately AU$610) this is an all-inclusive road trip where you’ll tick off two amazing bucket list attractions alongside a local guide.
North Jordan Experience This is a two day tour around the archaeological sites of North Jordan including Umm Qais, Golan Heights, Ajloun Castle, and Jerash. For US$350 (approximately AU$505) this is an all-inclusive road trip where you will learn about the geopolitical site of Golan Heights and also visit many ancient ruins alongside a local guide.
Once registered, please get in touch with your IVHQ Program Manager to get more information and secure your booking for these unique Jordan experiences.
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Weather and climate: Jordan can be divided into three climatic regions. The Jordan Valley, which runs from Southern Turkey to the Red Sea in South Jordan; the Mountain Heights Plateau, which separates the Jordan Valley and plains of the eastern desert; and the Badia Region which makes up 75% of Jordan and is a desert area in the eastern part of the country.
The volunteer program in Amman lies on the East Bank Plateau in the Mountain Heights; Temperatures range from 38°F to 52°F (3°C to 11°C) in the cool season, from November to April, and 67°F to 89°F (19°C to 31°C) in the hot season, from May to October.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to to learn more.
Volunteers must speak fluent English. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a recent criminal background check to IVHQ after registering on the program.
Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.
Volunteer Language Lessons
We recommend volunteers take advantage of the very affordable Arabic lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our local team in Jordan. These language courses can be booked through your IVHQ Program Manager once you have registered for the program and will be tailored to your current level of Arabic. The lesson times will be arranged outside of your volunteer hours and are taught by professional Arabic teachers. We believe that taking these lessons can help you immensely with your day to day volunteer work and communicating with local people while in Jordan.
- 10 hour package = US$275 (approximately AU$400)
- 20 hour package = US$535 (approximately AU$775)
- 30 hour package = US$795 (approximately AU$1150)
- 40 hour package = US$1055 (approximately AU$1520)