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PRI Jordan

Jawasari, Jordan

About the Site

The site is located in the Al Jawfa area in western Jordan, Shouneh Janobieh (i.e., South Shouneh), in the Dead Sea Valley just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank.

The local population is made up of traditional Bedouin tribes and long-term refugees stemming from displacement of local populations from within Palestine. The project site is typical of the area – a marginal arid-land low-income settlement. It is currently still under development and upon completion it will demonstrate energy-efficient appropriate housing with natural cooling systems and a plant nursery attachment, solar electricity, solar hot water, biological waste water treatment recycling, dry compost toilets, rainwater harvesting earthworks and diverse interactive plant, animal and tree systems for local food production and processing. The demonstration house will function as a classroom and administration office for the project and local Permaculture group.

Once established, the project will serve as a model that can be replicated within the village, throughout Jordan and other countries in the region.

 The project, started in 2008, has already seen significant progress. The first trees were planted and are growing well and the first garden is producing some vegetables. Now, the water tank needs to be expanded, the fence and gate improved and the rest of the project started. The current focus is to set up basic living accommodations for volunteers coming to work on the project.

Directions to the Site

Airport Taxi to the site: JD$40 approximately. Upon request, we can also email you written directions, in Arabic, so that you can print these off and give these directions to your driver.

Accommodation for the Course

Camping is included in the price of the course. Students must provide their own camping gear including tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, a torch etc.

We have a limited number of rooms available in our farm house. They are 20JD per night. The rooms can be shared by a couple or another course participant, and the cost divided, assuming there is someone of the same gender who would like to share. The rooms are simply furnished with mattresses, pillows, fans, locked doors and screened windows. For more information on accommodation or to book a room please email [email protected]

The house includes a toilet, shower, lounge and kitchen for use by all students (camping or renting).

Catering: Morning/afternoon tea and lunch are supplied to all participants. Breakfast and dinner are self-catered. Students are welcome to use the house kitchen to self-cater.

Days off – Fridays each week of the internship will be off. You should be prepared to self-cater for these days.

Dinner Shopping: There is a supermarket 5 minutes away by car. The cost for a one-way trip to this supermarket is some JD$3-4.

Cultural Sensitivity

The Jordan Valley is home to an ancient and classical civilization that has had many cultures, traditions, and peoples cross through its land and also settle within. International students are requested to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic traditions and Muslim social protocol. A full orientation will be provided.

General Guidelines include:

– Open and receptive attitude toward cross-cultural communication
– Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
– Conservative attire is recommended
– Respecting cultural gender relations
– Sobriety at all times during the PDC course
– Respect for elders, religious traditions and practice, and community leaders
– Not photographing locals without permission, with cautionary emphasis on photographing local women and children

For men this would include:

– Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
– Wearing long shorts at least to the knee
– Wearing shirts at all times
– Not touching or shaking hands of Muslim women without explicit permission
– Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with wife or partner

For ladies this would include:

– Showing respect for oneself
– Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
– Long skirts or pants (Shorts considered offensive)
– Wearing shirts at all times
– Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with husband or partner

What You Will Need

The climate during the course will be dry and warm although the extreme heat of the summer will have passed.

Recommended to bring:

– Sun Hat and sunglasses
– Good walking or working shoes
– Casual and comfortable clothing – natural fabrics recommended for coolness
– Sunscreen
– Water bottle
– Flashlight/headlamp
– Your own bedding (sheets etc.)
– Ample supply of any needed medications
– Tent if needed (depending on accommodation option)
– Sleeping bag and hiking mattress if needed
– Sandals
– Personal toiletries

VISA requirements for entering Jordan

Please download this PDF for details on VISA requirements for Jordan.

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