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PhD Alzbeta Svobodova, CTU Prague, ročník 0

Faculty Faculty of Civil Engineering
Field of study Building structures
Field of internship Civil Engineering, Geology and Mining
Specialization of InternshipCivil Engineering, General
Internship period (from - to) 25.6.2023 - 20.8.2023
Internship duration (weeks) 8
Transport (means, price) By plane, Ryanair or Wizz Air, with baggage 200-250 eur one way
Insurance/Insurance company ČSOB pojišťovna
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) Visa either upon arrival at the airport or can be bought online before (Jordan pass)
Price of Visa 52 eur at the airport or 91 eur for Jordan pass
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Jordan, Amman
Internship reference number JO/2023-052-WEEC

About the country

Location of the place

Amman is the capital city of Jordan located in the north of the country. It's inhabited by 4 million people.


Amman is the biggest city in Jordan, about 60% of Jordan's population lives there. Most of the buildings are not historical since the city grew the most after the 1st world war. Amman has a very uniform look, houses are mostly beige and rectangular. The city lies on many hills, so moving around on foot can be very physically demanding. There are many nice cafés and restaurants, as well as souvenir shops, in the city centre (consists of downtown and two hills) and in the Abdoun district.
To get around you can either use public transport (buses) or taxis. The city is built for cars so traffic is a very common problem. Most of the buses don't go very often so sometimes the best solution is to order a car from one of many available mobile apps (I don't recommend taking yellow taxis - if you do, make sure that the meter is running or you agree on the price beforehand). Fortunately taking a car is cheaper than in Europe.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Public transport between cities is all in Arabic and mainly for locals. There's no trains and the bus schedule is very random. I recommend taking a taxi to surrounding cities such as As-Salt, Madaba, Jerash. Most of the trips we took were organised by IAESTE interns. Trip to Petra and Wadi Rum was organised as well. If you want to go on your own, you can either take a Jett bus, rent a car with a driver or just rent a car.
I recommend visiting As-Salt, Madaba, Jerash, Karak, Wadi Mujib, Wadi Al Hassa, Wadi bin Hammad.



The employer's name is Water, Energy and Environment Center and it falls under the University of Jordan. The centre is located on the university campus. The number of employees is not very big (around 10-15), there were also some local students working there.

Work description

The working hours were 10-15, two other interns worked there as well. The centre is mainly focused on wastewater treatment and the environment. Since I'm a civil engineer and the work was classified under civil engineering, I was a little disappointed to find that the centre doesn't do a lot of research in this field of study. I ended up doing mainly research work and helping around. Still, there were a few weeks when I didn't have anything to do, at least I could go explore the city or do my freelance work from my home country. In the last few days, we did some field visits to various wastewater treatment facilities, which was very interesting.
I recommend bringing something to do to pass the time.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

The salary was 200 JOD (about 260 eur) monthly, the accommodation was paid for by the university, so we didn't have to pay for it. The food there is pretty cheap, especially fast food. You also need to pay for the visa (40 or 70 JOD, then after a month another 40 JOD to extend two more months).
I spent around 400-500 JOD a month, but I wasn't being frugal and I did go out quite often and bought stuff. I think if you take care of your finances, don't go out much and don't buy souvenirs, you can fit into 200 JOD/month.

Language requirements

The level of English of the employees was very good, so it was definitely enough.
Generally in Amman, it was very hit-or-miss with English. Some people spoke very well, some didn't speak at all. It would be nice to know some basic Arabic, that's definitely an advantage.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

All of the interns lived in the same building. It was a serviced hotel, with two people per room, and there was a kitchen with one stove, sink, and some basic dishes and pots, private bathroom. No washing machine! The rooms were pretty small and dark, some had balconies, but mine had only a small window. The rooms were cleaned by the hotel staff.
We didn't have to pay for them, it was paid by the university.
Unfortunately, the hotel was located in a not-very-nice area. It was very close to the University of Jordan and public transport stops, there were shops, restaurants, and cafes close by. But as a woman, I got catcalled every day on the street in this area, which was very uncomfortable. There is a huge highway right next to the hotel, so we could hear the cars and honking well into the night. Overall, I would really prefer to stay somewhere else.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

When I arrived at the airport, I was picked up by an IAESTE intern. Everything went smoothly, even though the plane was delayed. We also got a ride back to the airport at the end of the internship paid for by the university.
Other than that the interns were organizing a lot of trips and events. There was an International night, where we brought some food from our countries. There was an organized trip to Petra and Wadi Rum, also paid for by the university, and it was amazing! We really enjoyed that one. There was always something happening, I really appreciate how the interns cared for us and answered all our questions.

Meeting other foreign students

I met other students who went also for an internship in Jordan. As we were living together, we spent a lot of time together.

Sport and culture

I have a lot of time to explore Arabian culture.

Food, local specialties

Local food was interesting for me because I was expecting the cuisine to be more similar to Moroccan. You should definitely try the national dish mansaf and a shawarma.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

I used Messenger, WhatsApp, or any other app. The only thing that didn't work in Jordan was TikTok.
I bought a local SIM card and had about 10 GB, so there was no problem with communication. International calls are very expensive and for some reason, WhatsApp calls didn't work, so I used Messenger for calling.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Read about Jordan and the culture before you go. Be prepared it might be a big culture shock.
I recommend dressing more conservatively than in Europe. Men usually wear long trousers or jeans and a T-shirt with short sleeves. Local women wear mostly loose clothing up to their ankles and wrists and a hijab. A hijab is not mandatory, but women should wear something looser and cover a bigger area (so not recommended to show shoulders or knees, big cleavage,...).

What not to forget with you

Bring a plug adaptor. I didn't have a problem with my phone charger but my laptop charger needed the adaptor.
Bring either euros or dollars in cash and change them in the city or you can withdraw from an ATM (Jordan Kuwait bank had no fee for withdrawals).
Also bring sunscreen, hat, some food from your country to share on the international night and maybe small gifts for your new friends :).

Benefits of the internship

Since I didn't do much at work, the benefits are mostly from getting to know the Arabic culture and the country, as well as meeting a lot of amazing people from all over the world.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

No problems with communication, Jordanian interns did all they could to accommodate us and help us when we needed.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Very positive experience! Everyone was super helpful. Thank you!

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