Photo teken on International Women's Day in Gereshk, Helmand, AfghanistanNahr-e-Saraj is the only district in Helmand with female representation on the local District Community Council (DCC).  The five female DCC members – Gulalai, Nargis, Fatima, Razia and Hadia – are vocal and active participants in DCC meetings and subcommittees, Helmand in general and Gereshk in particular have a bad reputation in Afghanistan, not least in terms of opportunities and rights for women. This makes it all the more noteworthy that real progress is in evidence in several areas. That the women of Gereshk have now been able to throw a Women’s Day celebration two years running, with hundreds of women participating, is a sign of wider changes that are no small feat – even as there’s still a long way to go.

Voluntourism in Jordan: Plan a Trip, Make a Difference


“Voluntourism” is the new word in vacation planning. It means offering your time to a worthy cause while experiencing the wonders of the world around you.

Voluntourism in Jordan: Plan a Trip, Make a Difference

If you’re planning a trip, but not quite sure how to get the most out of your vacation time, consider doing volunteer work. There are many ways you can help out in Jordan. Spend some time playing with disabled children, read to the elderly, help a community build a hospital, cuddle a newborn in an orphanage … the possibilities are endless.


Volunteering in Jordan isn’t much different than volunteering at home. For the most part, the needs of the community are pretty similar. If the thought of laying on a beach for a week just isn’t touching you the way it used to, then it’s time to up your game. Your vacation time can be used interacting with the people of Jordan and doing what you can to make a difference in their lives. The mark you leave on the community will last a lifetime, and the great feeling you get from knowing you did something good is yours to keep!


Not sure where to start?

Here are a couple of options:


Book your trip to Jordan today!