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Christian media from North America Mix ‘Voluntourism’ in Jordan with 3 Holy Sites and Modern Adventure

Christian media from North America Mix ‘Voluntourism’ in Jordan with 3 Holy Sites and Modern Adventure

At the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in historic Salt, Jordan, a handful of Christian media from North America ‘Voluntoured’ to join students at the school to make traditional handicrafts such as mosaics, rugs and belts. The center offers a wide range of vocational training courses, including ceramics, metallurgy, weaving, cooking and computer skills, to ensure the boys and girls have employable skills once they leave. Volunteers who visit the school can join in the activities to encourage and interact with the students.

Wild about Wadi Rum – flatulent camels and all

Wild about Wadi Rum – flatulent camels and all

The first day started off with a three hour camel ride in Lawrence’s old stomping grounds, Wadi Rum. Yes, camel riding is the iconic Middle Eastern experience (not to mention Lawrence’s preferred method of transportation) but believe you me, we could have lived without the angry, farting camels and all the leg and back pain associated with being perched atop them for three hours.

The QuarryScapes Project: conservation of ancient stone quarry landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean

The QuarryScapes Project: conservation of ancient stone quarry landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Quarryscapes project started in 2005 and is now almost finished … The project is basically an effort to study and raise awareness about ancient quarries in the eastern Mediterranean area. In this context, we in Jordan studied ancient Bronze aged quarries in the Jafr area, Nabatean quarries in Petra and Roman quarries in Jerash. In the upcoming meeting, I will present some of our work in Jerash.

The grail Indiana Jones didn’t discover while at Petra’s Treasury

The grail Indiana Jones didn’t discover while at Petra’s Treasury

In the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” Harrison Ford finds the Holy Grail. In real life, there are many tourists whom find a similar treasure in the magnificent structures that make up the ancient Nebatean city of Petra. Below are some excerpts from some recently visiting this “New World Wonder” – sharing their life-experiences there in photos, video, and prose:

A visit to Petra Jordan, and its ‘horse mafia’

A visit to Petra Jordan, and its ‘horse mafia’

“You want a horse? You wont make it five feet” – This was the advice of a young man who is part of the “horse mafia” that operates here in Petra. If you go into Petra as a group you have to pay an additional 7 JD on top of the large sum of cash you already dished out. This money goes directly to the horse mafia in order to keep them off your tail and to allow you to ride a horse if you wish.