Crossing sites off a bucket list can be fulfilling, but we need to add more human experiences to our bucket lists.

After our tours, we ask our guests to give us the top 2 highlights from their trip.  They often say: Petra and the village experience in Ghor.

A simple experience with locals rivals one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

It’s a straightforward idea: locals teaching travellers traditional skills; the money paid for the experience goes directly to those locals.

The experience, however, is much more than trying your hand at making Arabic “shrak” bread; the learning is a conduit for interaction. Shoulder to shoulder, travellers and locals work on something together, and share frustration, laughter, and really good mint tea.

The below video is a recent experience we had with locals in Ghor.

What are some ways you’ve engaged locals while travelling?  Let us know in the comment section.

If you’d like to interact with locals throughout Jordan, check out some of our itineraries.

(to read more about about visiting Ghor al Mazra’a, check out the Zikra Initiative)

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