Overview

Experience Jordan's culture and environment, learn Arabic, and spend time with a Bedouin community on this summer abroad program for high school students.

Program Description

Immediately begin practicing Arabic and experiencing Jordanian history, culture, and contemporary day-to-day life as you explore Jordan’s capital city, Amman, with other members of your group during an interactive orientation. You’ll quickly deepen your immersion in Jordanian culture as you commence your Amman homestay experience—for four weeks, gain tremendous insights into Jordan’s culture and daily life, and take advantage of around-the-clock opportunities and real-world situations to practice the language you’re learning in the classroom with your host family and neighbors. Receive a total of 46 hours of formal Arabic language instruction in small classes composed of Experiment participants only.

Expand your understanding and knowledge of present-day Jordan through thematic workshops and discussions on Jordanian politics, Islam, democracy, the role of refugees, and multiculturalism. Experience firsthand ongoing debates surrounding Jordan’s environmental and natural resource challenges. Through cultural activities, such as tea nights and cooking classes, experience Jordan’s culinary culture. Complete eight hours of community service partnering on a local development project.

Continue advancing your Arabic while experiencing Jordan’s ancient history and present-day resources, cultures, and communities outside of Amman. Spend time with a Bedouin community, one of Jordan’s most distinct and well known groups. Visit the Dead Sea, the most spectacular natural landscape in Jordan and lowest point on earth. Explore Petra, a treasure of the ancient world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the Rocky Mountains of Wadi Rum. The program begins and concludes in Amman.

Language Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed.

Sample Itinerary

Days 1–2
Orientation in Amman

  • Learn about Jordan’s history and culture from experts
  • Get to know other members of your group during activities
  • Start learning and practicing Arabic

During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

Days 3–22

Urban Stay in Amman (Thematic Focus)

  • Become immersed in the daily life of a family and community in Amman
  • Do activities with your host family
  • Attend Arabic language classes
  • Learn about Jordanian history and culture from guest speakers
  • Attend cooking classes and sample traditional Jordanian cuisineVisit ancient locations and ruins
  • Explore the city of Amman

During this period, you will stay in the home of a family.

Days 23–25
Rural Homestay in Badia (Thematic Focus)

  • Become immersed in the daily life of a Bedouin community in Badia
  • Do activities with your host family
  • Assist your host family with field work and food preparation
  • Go on nature walks with your family

During this period, you will stay in the home of a family.

Days 26–28
Excursion to Sites throughout Jordan (Thematic Focus)

  • Visit Petra, one of the ancient wonders of the world
  • Visit the Dead SeaVisit the rocky mountains of Wadi Rum

During this period, you and your group will stay in hotels and a camp.

Day 29
Wrap-up and Reflection in Amman

  • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
  • Go water hiking in Wadi Al Mujed

During the reflection period, you will stay in with your Amman host family.

Day 30
Departure

About The Experiment

The Experiment in International Living is a nonprofit organization that has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers three-, four-, and five-week summer programs for high school students in more than 20 countries around the world.

Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.

The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Each program follows a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage in dynamic cross-cultural experiences. We have implemented specific risk management strategies that include a 24-hour emergency on-call service and regular safety reviews. We hire and train experienced adult group leaders and maintain longstanding partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs.

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