Jordan & West Bank Humanitarian Trip

September 28 - October 4 -- Jordan
October 4 - 8 -- West Bank

General Dress Code Rules

Clinic Dress Code
  • Please wear long pants and the team t-shirts provided by our partners. You will receive TWO clinic t-shirts on the first day of the trip. You will be able to do laundry (for a small fee) at the hotel; we also recommend bringing a mini bottle of detergent (can be purchased at the travel section) to do laundry in your room.
  • Bring comfortable shoes to wear. No open toe shoes for clinics.  Sneakers or hiking boots/shoes are great options.
  • No shorts in the clinic.

Before/After Clinic

  • There will be time for recreation (going out, dinner, etc.) after clinic days. We recommend bringing extra clothing such as dry fit shirts.
  • Bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and evenings when it could get cool. Days will be fairly warm. Bring a hat for convenience and sun protection.
Day-Off
On our day off, it is fine to dress like an American tourist.  Please keep jewelry to a minimum.  If you want to blend in a bit more in the city, consider wearing jeans or dark pants rather than shorts, which are considered more recreational in nature, such as in Europe.
  • A wide-brimmed hat; consider one with U.V. protection.
  • Windbreaker or light jacket for evenings and in case of rain.
  • Casual clothing for evenings, such as shorts and shirts, sundresses or anything comfortable. Also, a wrap or sweater for the cooler evenings when you want to go outside to look at the stars!
  • Socks for your hiking shoes and sneakers and other personal items
  • Small packages of Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Slippers and/or flip-flops for use on international flights and hotel room
  • Shout towelettes or Tide sticks
  • Ziploc plastic bags (large and small)
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra pair of contacts if you wear contacts or glasses (have prescription with you as well)
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel alarm clock – small flashlight
  • Small inflatable pillow (great for long international flights!)
  • List of all important contact numbers and email addresses

Sandy’s 1 Week Mission Recommended Packing List 

Clothing

  • 4 – Pants
  • 5 – Shirts
  • 8 – Pr. Shirts
  • 2 – clinic shirts (will be provided)
  • 2 – PJ’s
  • Hotel Shoes
  • 2 – Walking Shoes
  • Jacket
  • Swim Suit

Toiletries

  • 2 – Shampoo
  • 2 – Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Hair Things
  • Brushes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Kleenex
  • Imodium
  • Advil

Misc.

  • Cash
  • Passport
  • Passport holder
  • Bank Card
  • Credit Card
  • Pen (to fill out forms)
  • Neck Pilow
  • Phone Chargers
  • Computer chargers
  • Converter/Transformer
  • Laundry Detergent (shampoo)
  • Wine Opener (for others)
  • Headphones
  • Clorox wipes

VISAS

Each traveler will pay for their own Visa in Jordan. The Visa’s can be purchased at the airport when you land ($60 US – please be sure to bring cash).

WEST BANK
More information coming soon.

Electricity in Jordan

In Jordan the power sockets are of type C, D, F, G and J.

  • Type C: also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F. This is the type we have seen the most in Jordan.
  • Type D: mainly used in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and some African countries. This socket only works with plug D.
  • Type F: also known as “Schuko”. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.
  • Type G: this type is of British origin. This socket only works with plug G.
  • Type J: mainly used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. This socket also works with plug C. But plug N will NOT work.

We recommend purchasing the BESTEK International Power Adapter from Amazon.

Electricity in West Bank

In the West Bank, the power sockets are of type H.

  • You need a power plug adapter in the West Bank, when living in the United States of America.
  • You also need a voltage converter.
  • Be extra careful with certain appliances because of the difference in frequency.

Below you find pictures of the applied power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency.

Electricity in the West Bank

In the West Bank, the power sockets are of type H. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Which power plugs and sockets in Palestine?

In the West Bank, the power sockets are of type H. Check out the following pictures. When living in the United States of America you will need a power plug adapter for sockets type H.

We recommend purchasing the BESTEK International Power Adapter from Amazon.

All sockets in the West Bank (and Israel) are Type H

Flight Information

  • Arrive by Friday, September 28 to Amman, Jordan (airport code: AMM)
  • Try to arrive midday or earlier to allow for the possibility of delayed flights.
  • The Entheos team usually arrives a day early. If you decide to arrive a day early, you will be responsible for an extra night in the hotel (under $100).
  • You’ll depart for home on Monday, October 8 from Tel Aviv, Israel (airport code: TLV). Alternatively, you can depart from Amman, Jordan, but you will have to cross the Israel-Jordan border again.
  • If you decide to stay longer, you will be responsible for an extra night in the hotel (under $200).
  • Please send your flight itinerary to missions@entheoshearing.com.

Tips / Additional Info

  • Give yourself plenty of time at the airport to check in. The FAA recommends that you arrive 2 hours prior to international flights. Don’t forget to pack any scissors, pocketknives, or liquids over 3 oz. in your checked baggage. For any liquids less than 3 ounces that you will be carrying on, please make sure you put them in 1 quart size Ziploc bag. Whatever liquid items that do not fit in 1 quart size Ziploc bag will be thrown away. Please visit the TSA website for the most up-to-date restrictions prior to packing:
    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm.
  • Make sure you have a name-tag with a current name, address, and phone number attached to each luggage item.
  • If you use luggage locks (highly suggested on ALL bags to avoid tampering), make sure all locks are TSA approved (it will say on the lock and/or package).
  • Please check at the web site of the Airlines that you are flying the Policy on Checked Luggage
  • For luggage that weighs over 50 pounds due to personal items, the overage fee is the responsibility of each delegate.
  • Entheos may ask to use some of “your space” to transport supplies and we thank you in advance for your willingness to help transport needed project supplies to Ecuador.
  • Your carry-on bag should contain all your essentials in case your check-on baggage is lost in transit. Include at least one change of clothes and all necessary medicines and toiletries.

Hotel Information

Le Meridien Amman

Q Nour st. Amman 11195
Jordan
+96265696511

Carmel Hotel

Al Jihad street, Al Msyoun Ramallah
Ramallah, WestBank
+97022972223

Money / Currency / Expenses

  • Most expenses will be prepaid for you including: ground transportation, medical evacuation insurance, hotel room accommodations, translators and team meals.
  • Each volunteer is financially responsible for paying for and obtaining a passport and visa (it is not necessary to travel to Guatemala), receiving any necessary immunizations, all food/beverage items in all airports and outside team meals, and any other personal expenditures/shopping during the trip.
  • You will want to take enough cash with you for personal shopping in Panajachel, Guatemala. Bring U.S. currency that is as new as possible and undamaged. Traveler’s checks and credit cards (VISA or Master Card) will be good in airports, major hotels and many shops, but cash is the easiest and most convenient method of payment.
  • You will be able to exchange money in Panajachel.
  • To find the most up-to-date currency conversions, please go to http://www.xe.com/ucc/. The currency in Guatemala is typically around $1 USD to Q7.50 = Quetzales- local currency exchange-.

Safety / Security

Here are some helpful guidelines concerning the safety and security of your personal items:

  • Be mindful of how you carry your purse or where you place your wallet. Men, keep your wallets in a front or zippered pocket, as keeping it in your back pocket will make it susceptible to pickpockets. Ladies, keep purses across your chest or use a fanny pack (keeping your hands free is also wise).
  • An under garment money belt worn around your waist is a safe way to carry your personal cash or passport.
  • Stay with a group of people at all times – always go somewhere in pairs.
  • Take a minimal amount of jewelry with you – nothing flashy.
  • Be a confident traveler even if you are unsure or uneasy in a certain situation; confidence and calmness is key.
  • We also suggest that you make copies of all flight itineraries, wallet contents, passport, visa, etc. and carry copies in a separate, secure location. It would also be a good idea to leave copies of everything with someone at home also, just in case. These copies could prove invaluable should your personal documents be lost or stolen.

Food

We hope you will enjoy the local cuisine. Most meals will be eaten at a hotel or local restaurant. All foods that will be provided to you should be well prepared and safe for you to eat.

Meals are supplied on clinic days, but not on travel or recreation days.

  • As far as drinking water is concerned, to be on the safe side, always drink bottled water and brush your teeth with bottled water at the hotel. Avoid ice. Bottled water will be available.
  • You may want to take some personal snack items with you – good items to take include granola bars, dried fruit, and trail mix.

Time Zone / Weather

WEATHER:
Temperatures in Jordan and the West Bank are very warm this time of year. The average high temperature is in the mid 80°F with the temperature dipping into the 50/60’s at night.
Click here to view the estimated weather.

TIME ZONE:
Click here to view the current time in Jordan (same of the West Bank).

Vaccines

As we travel internationally, we may be exposed to certain diseases that are rare in the United States. Fortunately, the risk of catching these diseases is still quite low since we will be on site for only a short time and will be eating properly prepared food, etc. However, since it is impossible to eliminate all risk, there are a variety of vaccines and immunizations that provide prevention against many of the most serious infectious diseases in the world that we ask each delegation member consider receiving.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website www.cdc.gov, there are no required vaccines for Jordan or the West Bank. However, it does recommend meeting with a healthcare provider who specializes in Travel Medicine 4-6 weeks prior to travel to discuss receiving the vaccinations listed below. We have found that out of the local health clinics listed above, the JCHD is the cheapest and no appointments are necessary as they welcome walk-ins. Before making any decisions, you might consider contacting your personal physician and insurance company to see what they cover in terms of adult vaccinations. In addition, please consult your personal physician regarding WPC’s recommendations, as the WPC staff is not in a position to provide medical advice or recommendations to individuals.

CDC WEBSITE – JORDAN

CDC WEBSITE – WEST BANK / ISRAEL