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Youth Support Volunteer Program in Jordan - Amman

Youth Support Volunteer Program in Jordan - Amman

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is Nov 6, 2021

Interested in being a Youth Support volunteer in Jordan? International Volunteer HQ’s Youth Support project is a great opportunity for volunteers to assist in after-school programs which cater for young people with challenging backgrounds. Volunteers gain experience in youth work while acting as positive role models and helping with a range of activities designed to provide educational support and assistance with social and interpersonal skills. This extra opportunity for growth and development can help to raise students’ expectations of themselves and open up new possibilities for their futures.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every first and third Saturday of the month
  • Affordable fees from $645 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Be a positive role model, helping with education and encouraging disadvantaged students

  • See the amazing desert landscapes at Wadi Rum

  • Learn about daily life in Jordan by staying with a local family

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Who is this program suited to?

Volunteers who are passionate about supporting young people in their education and helping them to develop their interests and life ambitions. You will need to be adaptable and use your initiative and enthusiasm to be as effective as possible. No experience is needed as you’ll be supported by the local team.
Who is this program suited to?

Key information

Provide a safe space for marginalized youth
Based at after-school programs in Amman
Homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 18+
Up to 4 hours volunteering a day
Fully hosted experience from $645 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Arabic language lessons available

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Many young people from disadvantaged communities in Jordan grow up without access to quality education and strong support networks. The Youth Support project in Jordan provides an important and exciting developmental platform for these often underprivileged young people who need extra help, encouragement and to build fulfilling lives.

As a Youth Support volunteer you will help teach English in an informal way, by interacting with the young people to improve their oral and written English language skills, which can be one of their biggest difficulties. However, your main objective is to provide much needed after-school support. International volunteers are seen as an important part of the overall nurturing of young people as you’ll bring new perspectives and creativity to the program, helping broaden their horizons and expanding their minds.

When you volunteer with young people in Amman you’ll be based at after-school programs and act as a positive role model for young people aged between 6-18 years old. Your specific tasks will depend on the needs of the program at the time but duties are likely to include:

  • Assisting with homework
  • Supporting and encouraging English studies
  • Helping with arts and crafts
  • Assisting with sports
  • Other general daily tasks
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty

More than 10% of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation, to name a few. Growth must be inclusive to achieve sustainable development and an economy that benefits all.

Why do Youth Support volunteering in Amman with IVHQ?

As a Youth Support volunteer in Jordan you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to education for disadvantaged youth
  • Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
  • Practicing your Arabic
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching and youth work 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.

”By far it was the best experience of my life. Words can not describe the impact the youth support project had on me. If you never did a project like that, please do not hesitate and jump in with all your heart.”

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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 located in and around Amman and nearby 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.

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, Monday through Friday. 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 $5 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

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.
1 week $645 Equivalent to $93/day
2 weeks $985 Equivalent to $71/day
3 weeks $1,325 Equivalent to $64/day
4 weeks $1,665 Equivalent to $60/day
5 weeks $2,005 Equivalent to $58/day
6 weeks $2,345 Equivalent to $56/day
8 weeks $3,025 Equivalent to $55/day
10 weeks $3,705 Equivalent to $53/day
12 weeks $4,385 Equivalent to $53/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
  • Certificate of International Volunteering

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

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of $299 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • 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.

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:

Take an all-inclusive road trip around many of Jordan’s main attractions, including Mount Nebo, Aqaba City, Madaba City, the Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum.

The following options are available:

  • 2-day experience (US$553 for 1 person, US$310 each for 2+ people)
  • 3-day experience (US$650 for 1 person, US$400 each for 2+ people)
  • 4-day experience (US$923 for 1 person, US$611 each for 2+ people)

These are all-inclusive road trips where you’ll spend time ticking off many bucket list attractions alongside a local guide.

Experience a 1-day road trip around the incredible archaeological sites of North Jordan, including Umm Qais, Golan Heights, Ajloun Castle and Jerash.

For US$150 per person for 2+ people or US$182 for an individual, 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.

How to book IVHQ’s recommended add-ons:

When you apply for an IVHQ volunteer program, make a note of which tours and add-ons you’re interested in on your application form so we can check availability and prices for you.

Once you’ve paid your registration fee, your Program Manager will be able to book your place on the tour(s) you have chosen and help you organize your trip.

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 = $275
  • 20 hour package = $535
  • 30 hour package = $795
  • 40 hour package = $1055

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

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.
Safety and support with IVHQ

Protecting against COVID-19:

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Greater physical distance between volunteers

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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