This adventure is one of several challenges created to support our Refugee Campaign 2017/2018. We have partnered with a small selection of grass roots charities working tirelessly to help refugees driven from their homes and escaping their war torn country. We have chosen to run this event in collaboration with the Jordan tourist board to celebrate and show gratitude to a country that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees since the war began and to spread the word that Jordan remains a safe and welcoming destination.
The Trek to Petra challenge will begin with exploring the rich history and culture of Amman in Jordan. We will then visit local refugee projects in the region and share human stories with refugee families and aid workers alike. We believe a deeper understanding of the situation makes fundraising more effective and meaningful. You will get to play a small but active role in the refugee crisis as well as enjoy the hospitality Jordan is world famous for!
The challenge begins in Dana, from where we will cover 60km of dessert trail reaching the ancient Petra in 3 days. This trekking route is considered by National Geographic to be one of the world’s best hikes. Join us in October and see for yourself. If trekking isn't your thing then check out the rest of the challenges on our website in support of the Refugee Campaign. Thank you for your support.
CHALLENGE PRICE AND FUNDING OPTIONS
The cost of the trip is split between a donation to the charity this trip supports and the operational costs for the challenge. Choose one of the following funding options before booking:
1. Pay £350 deposit and fundraise a minimum of £1145 for your chosen charity.
2. Pay full price of £1495 and fundraise as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival, you will be picked up from Queen Alia International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Amman.
Day 2: School Visits and Desert Castles
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head out to the eastern desert where we will visit a school created for refugee children. There are several schools that have been designed for the refugees some in buildings, some in tents. The school and art supplies that you provide for them will make a huge difference in their education as well as their ability to enjoy their childhood. At the school you will have an opportunity to interact with the teachers and children as we play together. We will have lunch with them and then head out for the next adventure. Once school has let out, we jump in our vehicle to see the desert castles. They are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture, with fine mosaics and frescos. See the stunning artwork in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharanh, the Roman fort turned Umayyad residential palace at Qasr El Hallabat and the black basalt Roman / Medieval Islamic fort at Azraq. Drive back to hotel in Amman. Dinner will be on your own, but we can make some suggestions as there are many great places near your hotel.
Day 3: Amman City Tour & Syrian Refugee Introduction
After breakfast, we head out to do some urban refugee food distribution with the food care packages that some of your donations have provided for 20 refugee families. These are not all Syrians. We have refugees from several different countries which will all benefit from your trip to Jordan. After the distribution is complete, we head to Downtown Amman for our tour of the old city as we explore the Citadel and the Roman Theatre, two of the most popular archaeological sites in the city. Of course before we get too far we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant to experience authentic Falafel and Hummus. From here we transfer to your accommodation and dinner in Wadi Dana. The hike starts tomorrow! From here we transfer to your accomodations and dinner in Wadi Dana. The hike starts tomorrow!
Day 4: Hike from Dana Village to Feynan Ecolodge
Your first day hiking will start from Dana Guest House, 1,200m above sea level, and head west into Dana valley with your trekking guides. The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the eco- lodge at Feynan. The reserve, Jordan's largest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley you may see Griffin Vultures overhead as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on the rocks; if you're lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust. Finish at the highly acclaimed Feynan Eco- Lodge. Every day, a guided sunset walk leads from the lodge on a short walk (around 20-30 min) up to a nearby hilltop, for freshly Bedouin tea and stunning views westwards as the sun sets over the vast Wadi Araba deserts. The sunset walk is well worth the visit! Total Distance: 16km
Day 5: Transfer to Ghbour Whedat and Hike from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra
Between Gbour Whedat and Little Petra you will pass many sites such as Ba'ajah ruins, siq Ba'ajah,the Nabataeans wine and olive presses, water tanks, wells and the Nabataean rock carved facades and then on to Little Petra visiting the site (a mini version of Petra). On arrival in little Petra and for those feeling up for it, the guide will take you to explore Neolithic village in little Petra. Total Distance: 18km
Day 6: Hike to Petra
After breakfast it's time to start your hike. Enter Petra via ‘The Back Door’ avoiding most of the tourists. Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirting round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view, where there is a Bedouin café for refreshments if you would like. Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra; your route then takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and your Petra hotel accommodation. If the weather is poor, there is an alternative route to our hotel is via Wadi Al-Khayl. We will arrange for your luggage transfer from Little Petra to your hotel in Petra. Also please note that local hiking guides are not allowed to enter Petra and walk with you till you reach the main entrance. They will hike with you from Little Petra to the Monastery. This day the guide will add additional hikes along the way. Total Distance: 18 - 20 km
Day 7: Day in Petra
More time to visit other trails and sites inside Petra. If you feel courageous, want to avoid the crowds and discover some less visited monuments in Petra you can visit sites such as the Monestary, the Khubtha Mountain or the High Place of sacrifice.You will enter the Siq, exploring the ancient rock carved ruins of Facades Street before following a steep climb up ancient Nabataean steps to near the summit of Al Khubtha to enjoy the magnificent panorama overlooking the Treasury, then descending to Petra main entrance. Alternatively, You can continue on and hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice, enjoy spectacular views over the rocky, desert terrain, where breathtaking panoramic views await, or mule up the 800+ steep steps which lead to the ‘The Monastery’ Ad Deir. It is one of the largest monuments in Petra, measuring 47m wide by 48.3m high. It was built on the model of the Khazna but here the bas- reliefs are replaced by niches to house sculptures there is also a Bedouin café for refreshments if you would like. Whichever route is taken, You will be well satisfied with your two day exploration of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Transfer to Amman . Optional: After completing your challenge in Petra, join us in further exploring Jordan's cultural and natural wonders with our 4-day extension.
Day 8: Departure
You will be collected from your hotel in Amman and transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for departure flight details TBC.
- English speaking guide
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to all attractions in the itinerary
- Water during hiking days
- Syrian translator for volunteer days 2-3
- Project donation
- Personal insurance
- Drinks with meals at restaurants
- Personal expenses
Fundraising for The Worldwide Tribe
The Worldwide Tribe
What started as a travel blog by Jaz O’Hara, documenting her adventures in Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Costa Rica, Brazil and more has evolved into something much bigger. Jaz and her team still tell the amazing, inspirational stories of the people they meet, as Jaz always has, only now many of these people are refugees, and their stories are quite different.
After visiting the Jungle camp in Calais in August 2015, the raw and emotional post that Jaz wrote about her experience went viral, with over 65,000 shares. What followed was an immense outpouring of support that has enabled The Worldwide Tribe to have a direct, positive impact on a ground level.
From galvanising an audience of over 55,000 people, to installing WiFi in Calais and Lesvos; from highlighting the stories that really need to be heard, to supporting vital grassroots projects, we have worked with love, compassion and unity toward a better future for us all.
The time we have spent in Calais and Lesvos has allowed us to build relationships, form friendships and gain a level of trust that enables us to give an unprecedented, intimate perspective of this crisis. We aim to bring a voice to those who need to be heard, all across the world.
We use creative storytelling to highlight the humanity of this crisis, with a focus on the hope, love, compassion and unity that we have been lucky enough to experience. Through words, photography, film and art, we are inspiring people to take action and to use their own skills and experience to be the change they wish to see in the world.
In April 2016, The Worldwide Tribe team members Jaz and Nils worked with artist Hannah Rose Thomas on a project in Jordan.
Visiting refugee camps Za’atari and Azraq, the team hosted art workshops for refugee children from Syria. The idea was to provide the means for the children to creatively express themselves, and that they did.
Heartbreaking paintings and drawings of tanks, soldiers, ambulances, crying children, dead bodies, blood and burning homes brought home the reality that these children had faced. They had known too much of war.
Together the children painted two canvases; one which represented war and another which represented hope. The contrast was stark, but the hugs and kisses and smiling faces showed just how valuable this work is.
Fundraising for Mercy Malaysia UK
Mercy Malaysia UK
MERCY Malaysia is a non-profit organisation focusing on providing medical relief, sustainable health-related development and risk reduction activities for vulnerable communities, in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
We provide emergency medical and humanitarian aid, in both crisis and non-crisis situations, regardless of race, religion, culture or boundary. We go beyond the emergency phase of a natural disaster, and we carry out prevention and preparedness programmes to minimise risks in the event of future disasters. We carry out sustainable development by helping communities find ways to prepare and protect themselves in the event of natural disasters, rebuilding and refurbishing hospitals and health clinics and providing health training and education. Our aim is to build resilience in all the communities we touch.
It started with just one brave Malaysian doctor, Dr Jemilah Mahmood, who put her life on the line to help others in a crisis situation. She founded MERCY Malaysia in 1999 driven to inspire other Malaysians to volunteer their time away from home and make a difference to people impacted by a crisis or natural disaster.
Today, we have more than 7,000 registered volunteers, including Malaysian doctors and nurses, operating in 19 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Since its inception in 1999, MERCY Malaysia has been present in more than 26 countries and territories. Today, our efforts are benefitting more than one million individuals.
Where does MMUK fit in?
MERCY Malaysia UK (MMUK) is a registered UK charity, established in September 2014 and is associated with MERCY Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We aim to raise awareness and funds for the work MERCY Malaysia (http://www.mercy.org.my) carries out.
Fundraising for Helping Refugees in Jordan
Helping Refugees in Jordan
Helping Refugees in Jordan (HRJ) is a group of dedicated and experienced volunteers based in Jordan who are helping recognised local charities and NGOs deal with the large influx of refugees arriving in Jordan. In-kind donations are received, sorted and transported to distribution centres, skilled volunteers introduced to the right organisation, longer term more sustainable projects are being investigated. There is no political or religious agenda and all work is carried out in the spirit of humanitarianism regardless of religion or background. In Mafraq in particular, local charities have been dealing with refugees for over two years with little international support.
Your donation will go towards the items that are most needed by the refugees and underprivileged Jordanians who we are seeking to help. For example, through our winterisation campaign, we buy nearly new coats in bulk for about £2 per coat, keeping a child warm all winter long. Thanks to our partnership with Mercy Corps, we are able to deliver all of our donations, from family packs to hygiene packs to donations for persons with disabilities, directly to the beneficiaries without any overhead charge. 100% of your monetary donation will go straight to essential aid for refugees.
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Making a booking
The deposit for this trip is £198
Your full balance is due 3 months before your trip starts. If you book within 3 months of departure then the full balance is due at the time of booking. If you have any questions please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 203 394 0050.
|Monday 22nd Oct 2018 - Monday 29th Oct 2018||£1,250|