I am a New Zealander married to a Jordanian. We have a small family run hotel in Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan. It has 15 rooms. I spend most of my time in the hotel and Atef (husband) spends most of his time looking after our Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.
We like to have some volunteers with us all year round.
We need help in all areas of the hotel. Sometimes helping with cleaning. Also, odd jobs such as watering plants, room service (emptying rubbish bins only). May also be required to keep the diaries and do some correspondence (so written english needs to be good). Anyone coming here needs to be flexible!
If you smoke, the hotel has a strict "no smoking inside" policy (including in your room) so you would have to smoke on balconies (a great view though and at least it isn't cold and raining!).
The hotel is a 5 minute drive from the Visitors Centre and a 30 min walk away.
There are buses to Aqaba (2 hrs south) in the morning. There is also 1 bus to Wadi Rum. Amman is 3 hrs north and there are buses in the the morning and a Jett bus at night.
Because we also run a Camp in Little Petra there will be opportunities to visit the camp, plus join in some of the hikes and/or 4-wheel trips out of camp. Also, there are a couple of swimming pools in town you can use - they are both in hotels but are open to the public, as well.
A private room with ensuite bathroom.
Re: food, there is always lebeneh, hommous, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, and eggs, bread and jam in the kitchen. There is always soup and bread for lunch or sandwiches. For dinner there is food from the buffet IF we cook. Apart from that there are vegetables (potatoes cauliflower etc and chicken and meatballs in the freezer). I won't always be there to cook for you but food will be there for you to cook for yourself.
Jordan is a muslim country and Wadi Musa/Petra is a small traditional town. There is no night life to speak of. There are a few pubs for tourists but excessive drinking is frowned upon (plus alcohol is VERY expensive). You will need to be fairly self reliant to live here. Also, as a working member of the community you need to dress and act with decorum at all times. Having said that, the community is very friendly and accepting of others.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5hrs (but obviously flexible) max 25 hours a week