The University is delighted to announce the sixth AlSadi Changing Lives Programme, a cultural exchange opportunity in Jordan. This initiative is kindly sponsored by the philanthropist Majid AlSadi, the Chairman and CEO of Eastern Holding.

The programme will provide our students with a global, life-changing experience and a chance to immerse themselves in Middle Eastern culture and learning.

Working with a number of charitable organisations, the AlSadi Changing Lives Programme will give students the chance to build new skills and participate in community projects, volunteering activities, group workshops and historical visits to the beautiful sites of Amman, Jordan.

About the programme

Dates and duration

Thursday 11 – Saturday 20 April 2019, 10 days (inclusive of travel).

Please note: you must be available for the whole period of time and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip end date.

The trip takes place at the end of Semester 2 teaching and before the exam period begins. You may need to check with your tutor about any additional deadlines that could take place during this time.

Funding

This trip has been generously funded by Dr Majid AlSadi and the Quintin Hogg Trust.

Trip costs that are covered (and students will not have to pay for) include:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Internal transport
  • Meals

Trip costs that are not covered (and students will have to pay for):

  • A visa
  • Entrance to Jerash (10JD)
  • Your own transport costs to and from London Heathrow airport
  • Costs associated with free time

Itinerary/what’s included

The key aim of the programme is to provide students with a better understanding of life in the Middle East, through participating in volunteering projects, educational workshops and local tours to heritage sites.

The volunteering projects will include a variety of activities, which may include participating in cultural discussions, working with an elementary school, teaching English, helping to develop the school’s infrastructure and working with the children.

Charities you may visit include:

  • Madrasati
  • Jordan Media Institute
  • Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans
  • Jordan River Foundation 

Please note: this list may be subject to change. 

Accommodation

All students will be staying at a hotel, which will be arranged by the Alsadi Changing Lives Programme. Details of the hotel will be confirmed prior to departure.

Please note: you will be sharing a twin room with another student of the same sex.

In-country support

One staff member from the University of Westminster will accompany the trip and will be available at all times. In addition, colleagues from the AlSadi Changing Lives Programme, based in Amman will coordinate activities in Jordan.

You will also be joined by for part of the trip by Dr Tarik Sabry Reader in media and communication theory where he is a member of the Communication and Media Research Institute and Director of the Arab Media Centre.

There will be a number of informal alumni events which you will be required to attend as representatives of the University.

Student Testimonials 

"This was the best experience I have had whilst attending Westminster University. I feel so privileged to be a part of this trip. From start to finish, I was in awe of the work the Jordanians do to ensure children, mothers, families and communities are educated and equally respected.

"At times, the programme is challenging, but it opens your eyes and allows you to question in a way you have never been able to before. If I could, I would apply again a million times over. "

Holly Patrick, BA Journalism (September 2016 Trip)

Eligibility

This programme is open to all full-time, undergraduate University of Westminster students at the time of the trip.

Agree to the ‘Expectations of trip participants’ 

  • Be on time and participate in all activities and meetings
  • Post at least 3 times throughout the trip on social media (ie Tweets, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Submit photos, videos or write a blog post about your experience
  • Complete a reflective journal about your time on the trip
  • Be prepared to prep and deliver a workshop (you will be notified in advance if you are required to do this)
  • Be aware that things may change during your time abroad, have an open mind and be flexible!

Students are required to maintain the highest standards of behaviour while abroad on a University of Westminster programme. Students overseas remain bound by the University of Westminster’s Student Code of Conduct.

How to join the programme

  • Complete an online application form – the application will be live from Wednesday 2 January 2019
  • Agree to the participant expectations
  • Be available to travel from 11 – 20 April 2019

Apply now 

Applications will remain open until 11.59pm Sunday 27 January 2019 and applicants will be notified either way of the outcome as soon as possible after the application period closes.

A selection panel will shortlist the participants against criteria which includes:

  • Academic achievement
  • Quality of your response to the motivation questions for taking part in the programme
  • Previous Outward Mobility experience with the University

Please note: priority may be given to final year students who have not previously travelled abroad as part of their course or with the University. However, we strongly encourage applications from students on all courses and years within the undergraduate programme.

Further details

The University of Westminster takes the safety of our students very seriously. This cultural exchange programme will be supported in-country by one member of Westminster staff and all students will be covered by University of Westminster travel insurance (free of charge to students).

All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend the pre-departure briefing sessions which will take place before the trip. 

You can email [email protected] with any queries.

For further advice on security and visiting Amman, please see: