Help out in a bedouin camp in Petra, Jordan

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Jordan

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    03/03/2019

 
  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Hospitality/Tourism

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5hrs (but obviously flexible)

Offroading in Wadi Araba - 45 mins away from camp
Walking from Little Petra to Petra via the backway to Monastery
Off roading near the camp in Little Petra
The landscape of Little Petra
Atef and Jane
inside one of the large beit shar tents
taking the food to the kitchen
lifting out the food cooked in the ground (mende)
tea pot on the open fire
camp front entrance
dancing
musicians
endless cups of bedouin tea
breakfast
sleeping tents
seating area
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