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Arts and Music Volunteer Program in Jordan

Arts and music are a universal language that can bring people closer together regardless of their backgrounds. The Arts and Music project in Jordan works to help child refugees and children from other marginalized communities by using creative outlets to raise awareness of different social issues.

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.

Arts and Music volunteer in Jordan with IVHQ

You’ll also help to promote a variety of important life skills such as creativity, confidence, communication, problem solving and team-work.

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.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from CA$892 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in creative workshops for children from marginalized communities

  • Helping to organize and run art and music activities

  • Incorporate current social issues to encourage children to think about their world

  • Suited to creative volunteers with skills in art or music

  • Volunteer for up to 4 hours per day

Destination Highlights
Jordan at a glance
  • Based in Jordan’s capital city, Amman

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation in a local homestay

  • Between 1 and 5 volunteers start in Jordan each month

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 traveler’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 12 to 14 hour flight from most major airports in Canada.

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.

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). Canadian travelers 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 traveling 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 socializing.

​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 CA$6) per week for this (two liters 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.


Duration Program Fee
1 week $645 CA$892
2 weeks $985 CA$1,362
3 weeks $1,325 CA$1,833
4 weeks $1,665 CA$2,303
5 weeks $2,005 CA$2,774
6 weeks $2,345 CA$3,244
8 weeks $3,025 CA$4,185
10 weeks $3,705 CA$5,126
12 weeks $4,385 CA$6,067
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee from US$299 (approximately CA$413) 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. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • 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
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Expert support from a program specialist
  • Full MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive preparation tools
  • IVHQ alumni rewards
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Discounts on language lessons
Capital Amman
Population 9.702 Million
Languages Arabic
Currency Jordanian dinar (JOD)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)

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 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.

We recommend volunteers take advantage of the very affordable Arabic lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our ​local team ​in Jordan.

The lesson times will be arranged outside of your volunteer hours and are taught by professional Arabic teachers. Volunteers find these lessons help immensely with your day to day volunteer work and communicating with local people while in Jordan.

  • 10 hour package = US$275 (approximately CA$380)
  • 20 hour package = US$535 (approximately CA$740)
  • 30 hour package = US$795 (approximately CA$1100)
  • 40 hour package = US$1055 (approximately CA$1459)

These language lessons 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. Please contact us for further information.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!