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Jordan Field Trip

Date: From Wednesday 13 May 2020 to Saturday 23 May 2020
Venue: Amman and Zataari camps, Jordan

GoGlobal Fund: £750
Apply by: 22 January 2020

During the course of the conflict in Syria up to 1.3 million refugees are estimated to have crossed the border into Jordan to flee their war torn homeland. Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan is the largest camp, home to 76,602 refugees, nearly 20% are under five years old. 

Students will create three short media projects focusing on and raising awareness about the experiences of Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan.

Working under the supervision of UNHCR, Mercy Corps, the British Council and SHU staff, the students will gain first hand international humanitarian aid experience and a unique insight into life in refugee camps.

In the run up to the trip, students will be expected to carry out fundraising activities to help refugees in the areas we will be visiting.  

We are also aiming to raise the University’s profile through screening the student films at prestigious and leading events such as Sheffield Documentary Festival, The Guardian Documentaries, i-Docs: The Symposium and Migration Matters Festival. 

Collaborating with the British Council, SHU will run a screening event for young artists in Jordan, to meet and share knowledge and skills with our own students. We also plan to connect with The University of Jordan and Al al-Bayt University to run a media networking event.

We hope to link with the Royal Film Commission. Jordan has become a hot destination for Hollywood in last few years (The Martian, Star Wars and the new Aladdin have all been filmed here). RFC are working to build skills locally to support large productions coming to town. We’re planning for Hallam students to get first hand experience talking to industry professionals from the Jordan film community and find out about the work involved in these productions.

There is GoGlobal funding available 15 students.

Who is eligible to apply?

This international experience is open to students from all MAC courses.

We are looking for students with the following criteria:

  • Committed to the project and willing/able to manage an increased workload alongside their existing studies.  You will be expected to raise funds for camp children, attend weekly meetings to plan the project, carry out research and develop your projects in the run up to the trip.
  • Sensitive and effective communicators with a mature approach to working with others and ideally have some experience working with a charity, in a professional capacity or volunteering to work with vulnerable people.
  • Technical / Production skills (relevant to position on team).
  • You will need to provide the name of a tutor from SHU who is happy to give you a reference.

We will be holding short informal interviews 9am - 12pm on Monday 27 January 2020. 


Travel and accommodation

University staff will book the travel and accommodation. Rooms will be shared in either a hostel or student accommodation. You should expect basic conditions.

Visa & vaccinations

You’ll need a visa to enter Jordan. You can get a single entry visa valid for 1 month on arrival at the airports or the Sheikh Hussein/North Border crossing at the Jordan/Israel border.

Non-EU nationals may require a specific visa to travel to Jordan and are responsible for obtaining this. Please contact the International Experience Team if you require advice.

It is the responsibility of the each student to have a full and up to date passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry to Jordan.

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine.

Travellers should consult with their GP and organise vaccines (if recommended) for Tetanus, Hep A, Hep B, Rabies and Typhoid.

Estimated total cost of trip per student

    Estimated total cost - £1,100
    Student contribution - £350
    GoGlobal Fund - £750

    We hope to visit to Petra, a site of huge historical and archaeological significance in southern Jordan and the Dead Sea. These OPTIONAL cultural activities including transport for sightseeing, food and may need to be covered by each student if the current budget won’t stretch. This could incur an extra cost of up to £50 per student.

    Once your individual application has been approved by the GoGlobal Fund panel, you will be required to pay the non-refundable contribution by the following deadline:

    • £100 to be paid by Monday 3 February 2020

    Application deadline

    Apply for both the project and GoGlobal funding here, by the following deadline:

    • 22 January 2020

    There is GoGlobal funding available for up to 15 students. Please read the GoGlobal Fund Guidance carefully and note that you are only permitted on GoGlobal grant per academic year.

    If you'd like to take part in the project and do not require the GoGlobal Funding, please email the project organiser directly.

    For more information about this trip please contact Saskia Wilson

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