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Teach English Abroad In The Desert

Posted by Randy LeGrant | Dec 13, 2013 10:48:00 AM

 Feynan LodgeTry something really different in 2014 and help a lot of people at the same time.  This adventure takes you to the Dana Biosphere Reserve in the Jordanian Desert.

Hailed as one of the top fifty ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, the solar powered Feynan Ecolodge offers the most developed eco-experience in Jordan; an experience made possible by a unique partnership between EcoHotels and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, a Jordanian NGO devoted to the protection of the Kingdom’s finest natural landscapes.

WYSTC Experience AwardGeoVisions is the exclusive provider of English lessons to the staff at Feynan Ecolodge.  That means your adventure, should you decide to accept it, is to live at Feynan (free) and teach the hotel staff English.

Candice Walsh, a travel Blogger was just in Jordan and visited Feynan.  She wrote a great post entitled, Coffee With Bedouins.  It's a great post where she writes about the "old ways" of the Bedouins [“If you don’t like your neighbours, do it quietly.”] and contrasts that with "new ways" [I’m thinking about the simplicity of it all as Mohammed Abu-Khaleel tends to the fire. The sheer purpose in life to fulfill daily tasks, to use your hands and your skill to live the day. And then a cell phone rings, and Mohammed Abu-Khaleel pulls a flip phone from his pocket. The modern Bedouin."]

Near the Feynan lodgeBe prepared! Feynan Ecolodge’s electricity is solar-generated. There is limited electricity to light the guest bathrooms, kitchen, phone system, and other crucial functions. There are no electrical outlets in guest rooms. Cell phones, cameras and laptops can be recharged at Reception. Internet can be sketchy.

Along with teaching English to the staff at Feynan, and getting your hotel room and all meals for free, you also get to ride (or walk) along with the tour guides for free.  Visit Copper mines, Wadi Ghwayr, Wadi Dana and walk and bicycle to many aarchaeological treasures with local guides.  And if you really want to learn more about the Bedouin, we will arrange it so you can do a little teaching at the local Bedouin school.

Read Candice's full post here on the Matador Network.

Is this an adventure you would like to add to your list for 2014?

Written by Randy LeGrant

Randy is the Executive Director of the GeoVisions Foundation. He has spent the last 44 years managing organizations that send people abroad on cultural and educational exchanges.

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