TelephonesGenerally, high-quality, long-distance communication is available. Cellphones from the United States will not work here. Cellphones can be purchased in Jordan; the Peace Corps provides very basic cellphones to Volunteers for safety and security purposes. Volunteers can also use these phones to keep in touch with family and friends in Jordan and in the United States. Volunteers pay for airtime out of their living allowances.
InternetWhile computers are available in most schools and in some host agencies in Jordan, you should not expect your worksite to have Internet access or email. Internet cafes are found in all major cities, usually at a cost of JD1 (US$1.40) per hour. Most Volunteers bring laptops. Each year, more Volunteers have access and decide to have Internet hooked up in their homes at their permanent sites. The Peace Corps office has three computers and a printer for Volunteer use during office hours.
Housing and Site LocationAfter completing pre-service training, you will move to your actual worksite for two years of service. You will receive your assignment partway through training, once the staff in Jordan has had the opportunity to get to know you and make an appropriate match. Your host agency or school will have helped to identify acceptable housing within the local community. As a Volunteer, you are more than an employee doing a job. You are considered a member of the community in which you work, and there is no better way to demonstrate this than by being visible and involved. Your living accommodation is intended to be simple and comparable to your Jordanian neighbors. Most buildings in Jordan are concrete and not insulated. Your house/apartment will likely have indoor plumbing and electricity with one or two rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. When working, the electricity runs 50 cycles, 220 volts. Surges and cuts strain voltage converters and appliances, so bring good-quality items. The Peace Corps does not provide transformers. Batteries are generally easy to find, but some Volunteers bring rechargeable ones for electronics. The Peace Corps will provide a settling-in allowance for the purchase of essential household items. Other Volunteers will be within relatively close proximity due to Jordan’s small size and reliable transportation. You may have another Volunteer in the same village, or it may be a few hours by bus to the nearest Volunteer site.
Living Allowance and Money ManagementVolunteers receive a monthly allowance in local currency that is sufficient to live at the level of the local people. The allowance covers food, housing, household supplies, clothing, transportation to and from work, utilities, recreation and entertainment, and incidental expenses. Peace Corps Volunteers are expected to live at a level that is comparable with that of their host country counterparts. The Peace Corps discourages Volunteers from supplementing their living allowance with funds from home. However, Volunteers often wish to bring additional money for vacation travel to other countries. For this, credit cards and traveler’s checks are preferable to cash. If you choose to bring extra money, bring the amount that will suit your own travel plans and needs.
Each Volunteer receives a monthly allowance sufficient to cover basic costs. The allowance enables you to live adequately according to the Peace Corps’ philosophy of a modest lifestyle. It is based on the local cost of living and is paid in local currency. Your living allowance is intended to cover food, housing, clothing, transportation from home to worksite, utilities, household supplies, recreation and entertainment, incidental personal expenses, communications, and reading material.