Bedouin Desert Camp, Wadi Rum Jordan



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We are a Bedouin desert camp in the Wadi Rum Protected Area. We host guests from around the world and offer an authentic Bedouin experience and offer tours to explore the protected area. We welcome volunteers to help us with the day to day running of the camp as well as any projects we may have to improve the camp facilities.

    We aim to have a positive impact on our environment, society, visitors and other stakeholders and are confident you will have a rewarding experience staying with us.

    We aim to set goals for all volunteers who stay with us and hope that each volunteer. This is both to ensure the progress of the camp and to ensure that each volunteer can clearly recognise the positive impact they have over the duration of their stay.

    The opportunity will include spending time with the Bedouin staff in the camp and sharing in the culture. Communication with guests and in the presence of guests is in English but there will be opportunities to practice Arabic for those interested. There will also be various opportunities to sightsee and for those who stay 2 weeks with us we will ensure you are able to join a tour to see the highlights of the protected area.

    The camp is set up with traditional Bedouin tents and various activities and there will always be some planned projects to assist with. The camp is well established and primarily assistance will be required with coordinating guests, arranging changeovers and handling various logistics required to run the camp.

    Your knowledge of basic online tools and English proficiency are of great benefit for us to assist in interacting with guests. The required assistance will vary but will primarily involve preparing the camp and tents for guest arrivals and communicating and entertaining guests.

    The exchange will include transport to and from Rum village, all meals and accomodation for the duration of your stay. You can expect to spend some time in the village with time online most days during your stay.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will spend each day with traditional Bedouins whom hold great practical knowledge as well as live with customs that are unique and interesting. You will experience and expand your understanding of our culture and lifestyle.

    You will gain a greater understanding of Bedouin culture but also Islam, Arabic and desert cultures which all overlap in this community.

    As we are located within the UNESCO listed desert landscapes you will have access to this tourist attraction with many worthwhile sites within walking distance of the camp.

    For visitors interested in learning Arabic, all staff at the camp are fluent Arabic speakers and outside of communication with guests and volunteers all communication is in Arabic.

  • Help


    The camp is located in the protected area and does not have phone or wifi signal. To run the camp we travel between the camp and village several times daily and wifi connection can be regularly provided. It is important however that volunteers understand that the camp operates around the schedule of our guests and therefore volunteers are required to be flexible with their requirements for connectivity.

    The standard daily schedule will be: Breakfast between 7:30-8:30am
    Initial transport to village 8:30am
    Tours begin from 9:00am
    New guest arrivals throughout the day
    Communal dinner and guest interactions after sunset

    The schedule for volunteers will vary and may either require departure to the village at 8:30am or remaining in the camp to assist with preparations for guest changeovers. It is extremely important that volunteers are prepared to join the scheduled transport between the camp and village that is timed based on logistical requirements and planned guest arrivals and departures. Further to this it is important to understand that the camp operates at the behest of our guests and it is not uncommon for arrivals to be delayed or timings to change at short notice.

    Key contributions:
    - assist with guest communications
    - assist with room changeovers
    - assist with general cleaning around the camp
    - socialise and interact with guests and staff during communal evening interactions
    - assist with logistics of running camp including but not limited to laundry, water delivery, food pickup, stocktake, etc.
    - identifying any issues in the camp and assisting with minor repairs where relevant

    Key requirements:
    - flexible with operating with the uncertain timings of the camp based of guest arrivals, departures and planned activities
    - flexibility with requirements for access to wifi

    In general we take a flexible approach to volunteers and if you have a specific skill set that we believe can benefit the camp we are happy to plan to incorporate that. Obvious benefits that people with appropriate skills are photography and social media engagement. If there is something that you are passionate about and want to deliver great results and have an impact on the improvement of the camp just engage with us and we would be interested to discuss.

    It is always hugely beneficial to have high quality photos for promoting the camp, social media and other purposes as they arise so we appreciate volunteers who travel with a good camera and have an eye for high quality photos.

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accomodation will be provided either in a traditional tent within the desert camp or basic accomodation within the village. You will almost exclusively stay in the camp and accomodation will only be provided in the village where it is required to facilitate tasks or timings of other activities.

    When available volunteer will be able to stay in the same facilities provided to tourists who visit the desert. Accomodation will depend on availability of accomodation after reservations. If there is spare rooms volunteers will be able to utilise private rooms, otherwise either dormitory accomodation in the camp or alternate accomodation in the village. Bathroom facilities for these room types are shared facilities.

    All meals will be provided and as part of our local custom we prepare large shared banquet style meals as a standard and eat together at a fixed time. This is traditional within Bedouin communities. Breakfast and dinner are at set times for all guests, staff and volunteers and lunch will be coordinated around timings of guest activities and works in the camp.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Wadi Rum is a major tourist destination and there are plenty of nearby attractions to seek out in your free time. We will endeavour to make these accessible to all volunteers. Additionally where possible volunteers will be given the opportunity to join their host in daily life activities.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 499525999641