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Women's Education Volunteer Program in Jordan - Amman

Women's Education Volunteer Program in Jordan - Amman

Inspired to make a difference to gender equality as a Women’s Education volunteer in Jordan? International Volunteer HQ’s Women’s Education project enables volunteers to empower, educate and upskill disadvantaged women. Volunteers will assist in centers for women and girls that are designed to improve their education and provide them with professional development opportunities that can help them overcome inequalities, find employment and become more self-sufficient.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every first and third Saturday of the month
  • Affordable fees from CA$1237 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Provide mentoring and support for disadvantaged women and girls

  • Visit Jordan’s amazing Dead Sea

  • Stay with a local family and learn about life in Amman

Key information

Support women to gain financial independence
Based in women’s centers in Amman
Homestay accommodation
Ages 16+ accompanied or 18+
Fully hosted experience from CA$1237 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Arabic lessons available
Up to 4 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Volunteers who are passionate about women’s empowerment and who also have skills in food preparation, arts and crafts or small business promotion. If you don’t speak Arabic you 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.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Many women in Jordan experience poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. In turn, this affects 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 that can help them find work, become financially independent and support themselves and their families.

As a Women’s Education volunteer in Jordan, you’ll be based in local centers for women and girls that aim to improve their education and provide them with professional development opportunities that help them 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.

Volunteer duties will vary greatly depending on a number of factors including your skills, proficiency in Arabic and program duration. You may be able to help with:

  • Cooking and food preparation training
  • Art and handicraft making
  • Embroidery and fashion design
  • Computer skills
  • Small business promotion
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful and sustainable world. Nearly 60% of women work in the informal economy, which puts them at greater risk of falling into poverty. Education and long-term employment opportunities are key to combating this.

Why do Women's Education volunteering in Amman with IVHQ?

When you volunteer with women in Jordan you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving quality of life for disadvantaged women and girls
  • Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
  • Practicing your Arabic
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching experience
  • Immersing yourself in Jordanian culture
  • Exploring Jordan’s ancient history

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in this program. 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.
  • All volunteers are required to speak fluent English, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ before departure.
  • Due to cultural sensitivities in Jordan, this project is only available to female volunteers.
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Darlene Poehlmann
04 Feb 2024

My experience with IVHQ has been extraordinary. Visiting Jordan has been one of the best experiences I've ever had. I love the people. I love the culture. I love the food and I absolutely love and adore my homestay family. My IVHQ Program Manager was punctual, articulate, knowledgeable, helpful, and really supportive. The world is a better place because of IVHQ.

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Sarah Alamer
15 Jan 2024

I’ve gained so much! I feel like I really did have some sort of impact but I also feel like that impact was on me as a person! I learnt so many things from this experience and I will definitely come again to volunteer here!

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Alice Jones
19 Sep 2023

I gained a lot of valuable knowledge about different ways of life and different cultures. I would say to anyone hesitant about joining to just do it!

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Lanette Lanchester
03 Aug 2023

Go intending to serve and love people and you will get more than you hoped! Always leave everything better than you found it.

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Ines Farah
26 Apr 2023

It is such a good experience and you’ll learn so much, just go for it and remember to come with an open mindset without too many expectations.

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Sara Torstrom
27 Oct 2022

Just do it. It will be an amazing experience that not many people get to do.

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Volunteer Abroad in Jordan with IVHQ

Location

Jordan’s capital city Amman is considered one of the most modern Arab cities in the Middle East and in recent years has become a popular tourist destination due to its rich history and stability within the region. Amman is the biggest city in Jordan, and is also its economic, cultural and political hub.

IVHQ’s Jordan program provides an amazing opportunity for you to volunteer in the Middle East and safely experience a unique place with ancient attractions such as the famous archaeological site of Petra where buildings were carved into the pink cliffs thousands of years ago, the breath-taking and extremely salty lake that is the Dead Sea and the spectacular and moon-like desert of Wadi Rum.

Volunteer placements are based in and around the bustling capital Amman and the nearby cities of Madaba, As-Salt, Al Mafraq governorate and Tafilah governorate. 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.

Arrival and orientation

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). 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 taken to the volunteer accommodation, a 45 minute drive away. 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 – an introduction to Jordan, Jordanian customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Jordan, and an 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.

Volunteer schedule example

First day

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff.

Weekdays

You may have a morning or afternoon shift, or both, and can expect to work a minimum of 3 hours, Sunday through Thursday. A typical daily schedule would 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.

Weekends

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 to these sites through IVHQ in advance. Please contact us for more information or contact your IVHQ Program Manager to secure your booking for these unique Jordan experiences.

Accommodation and WiFi

You’ll be hosted in a homestay where you’ll live with a local family. It is an exciting 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. 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 impact in the community and going back into the local economy.

Living is basic yet comfortable, and all homestays have electricity and running water. Volunteers can expect to share a room with other volunteers of the same gender, however in some homestays volunteers have their own rooms. Bedding is provided, but it is recommended that you bring your 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.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, with all meals served 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$7) a week for two liters a 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.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week CA$1237 Equivalent to CA$177/day
2 weeks CA$1802 Equivalent to CA$129/day
3 weeks CA$2367 Equivalent to CA$113/day
4 weeks CA$2932 Equivalent to CA$105/day
5 weeks CA$3496 Equivalent to CA$100/day
6 weeks CA$4061 Equivalent to CA$97/day
8 weeks CA$5191 Equivalent to CA$93/day
10 weeks CA$6321 Equivalent to CA$90/day
12 weeks CA$7451 Equivalent to CA$89/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$476) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Jordan generally find US$50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.
  • Any changes or cancellations within 14 days of your start date are subject to a US$200 late change/cancellation fee.

Free-time experiences & tours in Jordan

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Jordan! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Jordan program.

Arabic Language Lessons
Arabic Language Lessons

Very affordable Arabic lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers.

From CA$576
Ma'in Hot Springs Experience
Ma'in Hot Springs Experience

Spend the day exploring the baptism site of Jesus Christ and relaxing at The Ma’in Hot Springs.

CA$330
Mount Nebo and Dead Sea - Mid Jordan
Mount Nebo and Dead Sea - Mid Jordan

Spend the day exploring Mount Nebo, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land, and enjoy lunch while visiting the Dead Sea.

CA$330
Arabic Language Lessons
Arabic Language Lessons

Very affordable Arabic lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers.

From CA$576
Ma'in Hot Springs Experience
Ma'in Hot Springs Experience

Spend the day exploring the baptism site of Jesus Christ and relaxing at The Ma’in Hot Springs.

CA$330
Mount Nebo and Dead Sea - Mid Jordan
Mount Nebo and Dead Sea - Mid Jordan

Spend the day exploring Mount Nebo, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land, and enjoy lunch while visiting the Dead Sea.

CA$330

Affordable Arabic Language Lessons

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$398 (approximately CA$576)
  • 20 hour package = US$658 (approximately CA$953)
  • 30 hour package = US$918 (approximately CA$1329)
  • 40 hour package = US$1178 (approximately CA$1706)

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.

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

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.

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