Hello, we are a family run bedouin camp in Little Petra which is 15 mins away from Petra. Jane (my wife from NZ) and I own the camp with another member of the Almashaileh family. The camp caters for tourists visiting Petra who want to stay somewhere other than a hotel.
It is out in the rocky desert typical of this altitude - there are plenty of places to walk, plus there are vehicles always running in between camp and Petra/Wadi Musa. It is a great opportunity to meet locals as well as intrepid travellers from all over the world.
You will have opportunities to join in hiking and 4 wheel trips that leave from the camp.
Jordan is a muslim country and Petra/Wadi Musa is very traditional. There is no western style night life and any alcohol that can be bought here is very expensive. Because you will be a working member of the community you would need to act with decorum at all times.
Aqaba is 2 hrs south and buses are available in the morning. Amman is 3 hrs to the north and buses are available. There is one bus early in the morning to Wadi Rum which is 1.5 hrs south. Also, from Aqaba there is a bus to Karak.
DIY and building projects
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The work in camp is anything and everything. e.g. helping if the generator breaks down, helping fill the tanks with water, working in the kitchen cleaning and preparing food, preparing the sleeping tents ready for guests and cleaning toilets. There are permanent staff members in camp (all male, by the way) so you would be lending a hand where needed. In particular, you need to be good at getting up early!
As for hours, we would expect the standard 5 hrs per day, 5 days per week (but of course there is flexibility in this).
Camp work is suitable for those with a practical background and physically strong as the work can be labour intensive and physically challenging e.g. cleaning water tanks or help digging a drain to lay pipes etc.
You would have a tent to yourself (as would a couple). Linen, towels and blankets are provided. The toilets and showers are separate for men and women but communal. There is always food in camp - throughout the day things like cheese, bread, hommous, lebaneh, jam, eggs, olive oil and zaata. An evening meal is prepared most nights if guests are in camp - if no guests than a simple dish will be made like galiyah.
5hrs (but obviously flexible)