2019 Festival Update:
Following the success of the previous 3 years, we are planning to hold the 4th Annual Khubaizeh Festival from 14th February to 21st March 2019.
Khubaizeh is a delicious and nutritious vegetable, similar to spinach, but even more nutritious, grown in the Jordan Valley. It crops in the spring, the time of year when this part of the world is at its most beautiful. We grow it on our farm here and the Festival is a time when many people gather here to learn more about traditional Jordanian culture – its food, its handicrafts, its music and its dancing – and about leading a healthier and more sustainable life.
We are looking for volunteers to help with preparing the festival and making it happen. we would like to have you with us during the week prior to the event to clear the grounds, for office work, to decorate the buildings and to set up the stalls. Then during the festival, people will be needed for looking after the stall holders and attendees, and other duties.
We are an experimental initiative networking with peace organizations and environmental institutes to have a peace community, organic farm and an earth school in the same place near the Dead Sea which is the lowest point on earth and in the middle of a politically hot region.
The farm is located in the Jordan Valley, 300 meters away from the Jordanian border point at King Hussein bridge, not far from the Jordan river, the Dead Sea and the Baptism site, and very close to Israel and the Palestinian territory. In our 50.000 square meters we have about 200 date palms, some seasonal vegetables and a Maringa orchard.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
There are several old and new buildings on the farm that need development and painting, we are also doing some organic farming so weeding and planting is also expected. We are also growing papaya, passion fruits, mangos, various citrus fruits, basil, mint and some rosemary (in addition to a lot of dates). Besides farming there is a training center for local youth. They will learn how to cook, fish, work with and in nature in a sustainable way. A new structure, "the project" needs an artistic finishing touch. It is expected that you are self reliant and independent; you can make your own suggestions and realize your ideas - there is plenty of space for creativity. Overall, we are looking for someone that can help us for a longer period of time (short stays are of course always welcome).
1. FOOD FESTIVAL - From February 14th till March 21st we host a food festival. It is meant to celebrate the free products this land gives us every day. Khubbayza is a plant that grows wild in nature, it is a very healthy and tasty plant. We cook a lot of different traditional dishes with it, and we invite people from all over to come have a sustainable meal with us. During the festival there will be entertainment, music, dancing, handcrafts, food made from local produce, and a farmer's market on the weekends selling locally produced vegetables, fruits, dairy products, eggs etc. We will need many volunteers here, to help us run the festival. (See above for more details.)
2. RENOVATION - We are currently working on renovating a courtyard complex at the entrance to the farm which will become rent-able rooms for people stuck at the border, and a living space for volunteers. We need people to help clean the space, assist in construction, and add their own artistic expertise!
3. DATE PALMS - harvesting takes place in August, but soon we will be replanting seedlings and small trees to a new plot. The ground of the date palm orchard also needs to be cleared of dead branches and bramble. Furthermore, we need helpers to remove the grass and weeds around the base of the trees to make the irrigation system more efficient.
4. LASERS - If you know anything about lasers, we certainly have a project for you... it is a great hope that by shooting lasers across the Jordan Valley towards our friends at a Palestinian-Israeli peace project near Jericho, we can symbolically restore a historic connection between the people of Jericho in Palestine and in Shuneh here in Jordan. We hope to bridge divides at this farm by the river Jordan, with the knowledge that peace building starts at the local level.
5. English Language teachers who can make a commitment to work with a small group of local youth who are desperate to learn the English language. The language teachers would also be useful in securing support from the hotel industry that accommodates tourists at the Dead Sea. There is a huge need for English speaking workers that is currently unfilled especially by the local population. Anyone with experience or passion to see this project through would make a world of difference here in the Valley of Peace.
6. SUSTAINABILITY - any ideas are welcome. We are trying to increase public awareness, as well as make our own farm completely sustainable.
If travelers are interested, they can practice their Arabic language skills. They can also learn about traditions and heritage of the country in general and our region in particular. They can learn about local cuisine and habits, as well as visiting places of cultural significance.
Multiple options are available, including a dorm, private rooms when available and the roof top. Camping is possible with your own tent. Access to toilet and shower.
Usually we try to eat together. We tend to stick to a vegetarian/vegan diet, it is entirely possible to have meat though. Our produce mostly comes from our and our neighbors' farms.
Coming from Amman, you can take the public bus from Muhajireen bus station to Shuneh, a town 3 km from the farm. From Shuneh you could either walk or get a taxi (max. 1 JD) towards the King Hussain Bridge. You will see our gates on the left hand side, covered with pink flowers, between two billboards. There are usually taxi cabs parked right in front.
We are surrounded by the beautiful Jordan Valley and close to the beaches and restaurants of the Dead Sea. Amman with its young artists is an hour away. Madaba, with amazing mosaics, the Baptism site, and Mount Nebo are all within 30 minutes driving distance. There are also hiking trails in the nearby mountains overlooking the Dead Sea.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week