A Piece of Jordan is a community project – with a branch in both Jordan and the UK. With the unrest in the Middle East and the media coverage of the area, Jordan often gets painted with the same brush. A Piece of Jordan are working hard to show the real Jordan, the Jordan where people of all faiths live together, a Jordan that welcomes visitors from all walks of life and ensures they feel at home. A Piece of Jordan want to challenge the media stereotypes of the Middle East – one project at a time.
“When you’re travelling in a country with significant linguistic and cultural differences, it can be all to easy to run around and “see all the sights” without ever having a chance to really connect with the people who live there. Having the opportunity to come into a family’s home and spend an extended evening chatting, cooking, playing with children, and getting to know one another was a priceless experience”
With its breathtaking beauty, unquestionable hospitality, rich history and culture, Jordan needs to be celebrated, for it tells the tales of people in a land often scarred by stories of its neighbours. If a holiday in Jordan is not already on your bucket list, we hope it will be soon. Come create your unique Jordanian story, explore Jordan, meet the people and engage in cross cultural exchange, the sharing of knowledge and make friendships that will help create a more understanding and loving world.
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As well as our community tourism adventures, we are also working on a children’s book series about the sights and life in Jordan. You can purchase the first book from our shop and read more about the project here.
Behind A Piece of Jordan
A Piece of Jordan is run by Stephanie Altwassi, a Brummy Brit, who until September 2017 was living and running the project from her home in Petra, Jordan.
Steph first visited Jordan In 2005, on a family holiday. A chance encounter on a horse ride through Petra (and some would say love at first sight) meant that her fate was sealed. Anas and Steph married in 2006, have two young children and have lived in both Jordan and the UK. For Steph, Jordan, the country and the family she gained inspired her to want to be a benefit to the community she quickly became part of. A Piece of Jordan became a way of opening up conversations, encouraging questions and allowing visitors to the country to experience the community and culture.
Whilst the plan was to settle in Petra, life decided to take Steph and Anas on a different path, and they are currently residing in the England.
It has always been important that all our work directly benefits the community. The projects and plans are ever changing and expanding but include dreams of Petra’s first Women and Children’s Centre, a childen’s book series educating young visitors about the region and much more! Check out our community projects for more details – to stay really up to date follow us on Facebook
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful land….Check out our blog for more about Jordan