Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Jordan
We particularly recommend joining one of the help exchange networks to access volunteer opportunities in Jordan. Many smaller scale, often Bedouin owned tourism businesses, including cave hotels in Wadi Musa or desert camps in Wadi Rum, use their services to welcome volunteers into their homes.
Hostel Work Exchanges
Many hostels use help exchange networks (see below) to find volunteer staff but the following either advertise on their websites or are particularly noted for taking on volunteers:
This Bedouin bed and breakfast asks for help with general maintenance, animal care, building and decorating for roughly twenty hours a week. Everyone is welcomed to stay but they are particularly looking for people who have experience or knowledge in dam construction, building, carpentry and gardening. They also enjoy volunteers who come up with their own ideas.
Where: Wadi Rum.
Accommodation & Costs: Accommodation, Arabic practice, free hiking trips, silence and amusing stars are provided in return. JD5 per day covers meals but you can use their kitchen and shop for yourself if you want.
More Hostel Work Exchanges
It was a while ago but Raymond, the owner of the Amman Pasha Hotel, got in touch with us saying how he loves to have volunteers to do a few hours a day. The Pizza Roman Cafe is also part of his business.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Jordan
Jordan’s proximity to Syria has seen over half a million people cross over the border to seek refuge, placing a burden on the country’s education system. One of the more leftfield organisations we have seen is Squash Dreamers who train refugee girls in Jordan to become competitive squash players, while also providing English language education with the hopes of enrolling them in schools with squash programmes. They seek volunteers living or studying in Jordan, or just in country for a short while, to get involved with teaching English. Squash players, graduates of urban squash programmes, and all squash enthusiasts are also invited to swing by practice to help coach. Right to Play also empowers refugee and at-risk women and girls in Jordan through sport and play.
They weren’t yet open when we visited their website but Salaam Cultural Museum shortly hoped to complete a long held dream of opening a physical location to house and display their collection, and will need volunteers to show visitors through the exhibits.
Help Exchange Networks in Jordan
More Volunteering in Jordan Resources
My Amman Life – A list of local non profits that welcome volunteers. Sports, refugees, education are among the categories included.
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Jordan
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents’ homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free Airbnb credit from us here.
* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations