Bakery training courses in Jordan

The Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf (KH) approached the Diepenbrock bakery in Everswinkel ...

... on behalf of the ”Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) to find a short-term expert in the bakery/confectionery sector to support a project in Amman (Jordan) for three weeks.

In the process, the Kreishandwerkerschaft came across Marc Mundri, a young master baker and trainer of the national German backery team, who has already collected intensive experience abroad.

"Theoretically we knew very well what was coming up, practically it was kind of a black box" Mundri describes the preparation for the project. "I had not had any experience in the Arabic region before, so I was reluctant at the first moment when I heard Jordan. I knew that it was very restless in this region of the world.” After a short time of reflection, Mundri was clear, "I want to get my own impression of what it's like in this part of the world."

He was helped by the fact that Jordan is regarded as an "anchor of stability in the Middle East" and is not comparable with the neighbouring states such as Syria, Iraq or Lebanon. This was the start of a short but impressive expert mission to Amman, Jordan.

The master baker from Everswinkel shared the time with his colleague Hans Wegener. Mundri was on site for the first part and Wegener for the second part of the project. "I saw the biggest challenge in communicating in English in the run-up to the project, in retrospect it was the smallest. On site, it was more about flexibility and coordination of the resources made available," Wegener reported. In the in-house "bakery" of our partner organization PTI, there was a small kneading machine and a small convection oven. These are the prerequisites for traditional German baked goods, such as pretzels, sourdough bread or yeast plaits.

“A classic "back to the roots" and for us not to be compared with everyday life. Our aim was to inspire the young women for handcraft work. With home-baked, fragrant and delicious baked goods according to the German model at the end of the day, this was not so difficult for us", Mundri explains.

In the coming months, further training sessions will be held in Jordan by short-term experts found by the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf in various areas of craft training. "We are very happy about the positive feedback and are already planning further assignments", summarizes Wegener.