What should you expect on a typical mission?
We recommend you arrive in Amman at least a day before the mission begins to get settled in. The first day will begin with breakfast at our base hotel, immediately followed by an introductory meeting that will discuss the week's plans. We then load the buses and head out to our designated locations. The most efficient and preferred method of communication is via Whatsapp. Groups will be created on this platform to allow for easy communication in cases of changes in the scheduling.
All medications and supplies brought for the mission will be collected, inventoried and sorted by the team in advance so we can travel to our sites with a ready-to-go fully operational pharmacy. We travel with ready to distribute humanitarian supplies as well as fun, educational activities for youth which are all prepared and organized the night before for the next day.
Our Mission Director sets the daily schedule of visits via passenger vans to clinics in the field, local rehab homes, hospitals and various refugee camps. Our days begin at 7am and end with dinner around 7 or 8pm, followed by prepartations of pharmacy and other supplies.
VACCINATIONS: Please obtain the appropriate vaccinations for travel to Jordan, including the following vaccinations:
- Pneumonia and seasonal flu shots
- Hepatitis A & B series
We will provide letters to show you are part of a humanitarian mission. In the past, many airlines waive or reduce baggage fees. This is not guaranteed and each team member is responsible for their own fees. In most cases, team members collect old luggage that can be left in Jordan, fill them with medical and humanitarian supplies and bring just a carry-on with their personal clothing and items. It is helpful to keep a detailed inventory list in each bag. Please let the director know how many bags you will be arriving with.
AT THE AIRPORT IN AMMAN:
Go to the money exchange bank on left side, prior to immigration line. Visa costs 40 JDs (they only take JD) then proceed to the second line on the far left of the immigration desk to get your visa. Pick your luggage, and get a porter to assist (please tip $1 or $2 per bag). Exit the terminal and look for a driver who will be expecting you. If your flight is delayed, canceled or you change your flights, please notify us so we can pick you up accordingly. Again, please have the Whatsapp application on your phone so we can be in touch in case of flight changes.
KEY ARABIC PHRASES:
Keef halak? (masculine) keef halek? (feminine)- how are you?
Shu esmak? (masculine) shu esmek? (feminine)- what is your name?
Be flexible. Be prompt. Be a team-player. Wear many hats! Adjust your expectations. Think outside the box. Be creative. Use humor. Listen. Give hope. Do not venture off alone. Do not change the plan. Do not give out money, food, medications, clothing, toys etc. unless specifically instructed to. Share your experiences with the world when you return!