Mawasem: Olives Season
Action for Peace #53
This project is organized for the first time by the Space SD in Ajloun. It aims to support the local community through providing a space where the local youth can experience an intercultural exchange. We aim to promote the idea of volunteering in agricultural and ecological activities and encourage the local young people to get involved in work and the future of their farms.
The short-term project will be held during mawasem- the olive season, therefore it will contribute to support the local community during the harvesting. Participants will have a unique opportunity to get to know more about the culture and traditions of the local community of Ajloun and the history of the city; participate in basic learning sessions about photography; learn how to harvest olives and witness the whole process of producing olive oil. What is more, volunteers will prepare a photography exhibition and organize an event for the local community; as well as get to know various aspects of life in Ajloun (lifestyle, potential of the area, local youth and local people, culture and tradition). The main tasks will be performed in the olives farms. Volunteers will pick olives from the trees and take it by trucks to the mill where they will be pressed to extract oil.
Also, volunteers are going to photograph the olives picking season and beautiful natural heritage sites in Ajloun. On the last day volunteers will organize an exhibition in the city hall of the municipality, in this way, the workcamp during olive season will be captured in pictures as a story.
Space SD is a Jordanian non-profit, non-governmental organization that works with youth, particularly those living in marginalized areas, and contributes to the long-term socio-economic and cultural development of the Jordanian society, social and environmental justice and sustainable living. Space SD also strives for protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. This project gives a unique opportunity for international volunteers to immerse into the culture and daily life of Jordan as well as provides opportunities for local youth and people to be part of an international exchange and experience diverse cultural contexts. We welcome all volunteers who are motivated to discover Jordan and contribute to the work during olive season in Ajloun.