Jordan: Health and Community Development

Homestays

The Jordan: Health and Community Development program includes two different homestays, in Amman and in the rural area of Badia. These homestays provide students with an excellent opportunity to experience two highly different lifestyles, perspectives, and values while learning about health issues and sustainability in urban and rural Jordan.

All host families are carefully selected. Whenever possible, students will be placed with host families having direct experience in the health sector, so that they can be more engaged with the dynamics of healthcare and have direct access to Jordanian professionals in the field of public health and health services.

Amman
Students spend the entire program period, other than the time on excursions, living with a homestay family in 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-generation 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.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, research institutes, or small hotels.


Costs Dates



Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Amman

Language Study: Arabic

Prerequisites: None

Jordan

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Fall 2013 Evaluations (PDF)


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