Help care for those in need
Join us during an upcoming medical mission trip to bring needed care & support
Join A Mission
Mission trips usually run a week long and take place in clinics, hospitals, camps, make-shift clinics, random refugee camps and villages in northern Jordan. As a member of the humanitarian team, you will be mostly working with children of all ages. In past missions, volunteers have introduced face painting, games, songs, music, and educational kits. The humanitarian team works hard to put smiles on the children’s faces by giving them a day full of laughter. Even if it is for one day, our goal is to remind them how to be kids again.
All mission participants are all self-supported – meaning you are responsible for your own flight and hotel; however AHR will assist you with coordinating efforts (i.e. travel planning, hotel accommodations, and travel between the hotel and our designated locations for the day).
If you would like to participate in an upcoming mission, please fill out the volunteer form. For any further questions regarding missions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We need people with all kinds of skill sets; if you have organizational skills, language skills, etc. please consider joining us. You are not required to speak Arabic as we have bilingual team members and translators available, but it certainly does help! We need people with all kinds of skill sets- not only medical. If you have organizational skills, language skills, etc. please consider joining us.
As a participant in our medical missions, we encourage participants to raise funds for donations such as medicine, food, baby formula, blankets, clothing, educational supplies and ongoing support of rehabilitation programs. You can donate directly to Atlantic Humanitarian Relief on our website or our gofundme campaign, or start your own campaign to share with family and friends!
What should you expect on a typical mission?
We recommend you arrive in Amman at least a day before the mission begins to get settled in. The first day will begin with breakfast at our base hotel, immediately followed by an introductory meeting that will discuss the week’s plans. We then load the buses and head out to our designated locations. The most efficient and preferred method of communication is via Whatsapp. Groups will be created on this platform to allow for easy communication in cases of changes in the scheduling.
All medications and supplies brought for the mission will be collected, inventoried and sorted by the team in advance so we can travel to our sites with a ready-to-go fully operational pharmacy. We travel with ready to distribute humanitarian supplies as well as fun, educational activities for youth which are all prepared and organized the night before for the next day.
Our Mission Director sets the daily schedule of visits via passenger vans to clinics in the field, local rehab homes, hospitals and various refugee camps. Our days begin at 7am and end with dinner around 7 or 8pm, followed by prepartations of pharmacy and other supplies.
VACCINATIONS: Please obtain the appropriate vaccinations for travel to Jordan, including the following vaccinations:
- Pneumonia and seasonal flu shots
- Hepatitis A & B series
We will provide letters to show you are part of a humanitarian mission. In the past, many airlines waive or reduce baggage fees. This is not guaranteed and each team member is responsible for their own fees. In most cases, team members collect old luggage that can be left in Jordan, fill them with medical and humanitarian supplies and bring just a carry-on with their personal clothing and items. It is helpful to keep a detailed inventory list in each bag. Please let the director know how many bags you will be arriving with.
AT THE AIRPORT IN AMMAN:
Go to the money exchange bank on left side, prior to immigration line. Visa costs 40 JDs (they only take JD) then proceed to the second line on the far left of the immigration desk to get your visa. Pick your luggage, and get a porter to assist (please tip $1 or $2 per bag). Exit the terminal and look for a driver who will be expecting you. If your flight is delayed, canceled or you change your flights, please notify us so we can pick you up accordingly. Again, please have the Whatsapp application on your phone so we can be in touch in case of flight changes.
KEY ARABIC PHRASES:
Keef halak? (masculine) keef halek? (feminine)- how are you?
Shu esmak? (masculine) shu esmek? (feminine)- what is your name?
Be flexible. Be prompt. Be a team-player. Wear many hats! Adjust your expectations. Think outside the box. Be creative. Use humor. Listen. Give hope. Do not venture off alone. Do not change the plan. Do not give out money, food, medications, clothing, toys etc. unless specifically instructed to. Share your experiences with the world when you return!