Jordan: Modernization and Social Change
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The Jordan: Modernization and Social Change program includes two different homestays, in Amman and in the rural area of Badia. Homestays provide students with an excellent opportunity to experience two highly different lifestyles, perspectives, and values while practicing their Arabic language skills. All host families are carefully selected.
Students spend the entire program period, other than the time on excursions, living with a homestay family in West Amman. The homestay provides students with an outstanding window into Jordanian urban life and culture. Most homestay families are middle class and maintain the customs of the typical Arab home.
Homestay families may include first or second generations of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, now a major component of Jordanian social and cultural life. Students are integrated into their host family's daily life, partaking in everyday activities such as sharing breakfast, participating in family outings, and shopping. In some cases, students have the opportunity to experience a Jordanian wedding ceremony or other traditional cultural activities organized by the host family or relatives. The homestay in Amman allows students to better understand the life of a Jordanian family and gives them a unique opportunity to further enhance their speaking abilities.
Badia (Bedouin homestay)
Students experience a five-day rural homestay in the Badia area of Jordan, living with a Bedouin family who is either nomadic or semi-nomadic. This excursion provides students with the opportunity to experience firsthand the daily life, culture, and traditions of a Bedouin community, one of Jordan's most distinct and well known groups. Students travel on their own to visit their carefully selected Bedouin family.
Other accommodations during the program include hostels, research institutes, or small hotels.
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