Location
  • Jordan
    • Amman
Length
2 - 4 weeks
Need-based funding, General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Hotel Lodge Tent
Language
Arabic
Age Min.
13
Age Max
17

Pricing

Starting Price
6946
Price Details
Program fee includes college credit, meals, lodging, all program activities, in-country transportation, health insurance, and experienced group leaders.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Transportation
What's Included (Extra)

Health insurance

What's Not Included
Airfare
Oct 11, 2023
Aug 28, 2023
18 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Your Experiment starts in Amman, the capital of Jordan, a modern city with ancient roots. This fascinating city of contrasts—a unique blend of traditional and contemporary—is where you will begin your 45 hours of formal Arabic classes and experience Jordanian history, culture, and day-to-day life.

Then deepen your immersion by becoming part of a local community for four weeks during homestay activities and service projects and take advantage of around-the-clock opportunities to practice Arabic beyond the classroom. Your language training may exceed 90 hours with practice through formal classes, host community and peer interactions, and more. Expand your knowledge of present-day Jordan through discussions on politics, Islam, democracy, human rights, the role of refugees, and multiculturalism. You will also learn about the ongoing debates surrounding Jordan’s environmental and natural resource challenges.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Diverse identities and experiences are essential to intercultural exchange. We are committed to recruiting and supporting participants of the broadest socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of any high school exchange program in the world.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Diverse identities and experiences are essential to intercultural exchange. We are committed to recruiting and supporting participants of the broadest socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of any high school exchange program in the world.

Impact

Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is a key component of all programs. Participants minimize their environmental footprint by using public transit, eating local food, and participating in community service projects in collaboration with, and according to, the needs of local communities.

Ethical Impact

Social and environmental responsibility is more critical now than ever. We are committed to delivering programs that support and are respectful of the diverse communities and ecosystems that host our programs.

Our programs are developed in close consultation with local and international partners and with a critical understanding of the communities and regions we visit.

Program Highlights

  • Attend 40+ hours of Arabic language classes.
  • Learn about humanitarian assistance projects within Jordan and meet with the Red Crescent NGO, an organization similar to the Red Cross.
  • Visit Petra, one of the ancient wonders of the world, to view the ancient buildings carved out of mountain sides.
  • Participate in a community service project and take a dance class to learn traditional Jordanian dances.
  • Hike to sacred sights of Mount Nebo and then hike down to swim in the Dead sea.

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 7 reviews
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  • Growth 4.85
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Erich
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

The trip to Jordan was one of the most fun experiences of my life. On the trip, we did many different things ranging from learning Arabic in class to listening to lectures surrounding the geopolitics of the Middle East and Jordan. We also visited famous sites in Jordan like Jarash (an ancient Roman city), Petra, Wadi Rum, and Aqaba. However, the best part of the program in my opinion was the homestay. Interacting and hanging out with my homestay family taught me more about the culture and the people than any lecture or lesson did. Additionally, it was moments like hanging out with my host brothers and their friends or eating meals with my host family that was fun and made me feel immersed in the culture. Overall it was a really fun experience and I highly recommend it.

Pros
  • Very immersive program
  • Good Food
  • Host Family was amazing
Cons
  • Language Barrier was hard to overcome
34 people found this review helpful.
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Loowit
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A Wonderful Experience of Growth and Immersion

My experience during the Jordan: Arabic Language and the Middle East program was unforgettable. Jordan is such a magnificent country, full of beautiful wildlife, kind people, and lots of fun activities. I had an amazing time exploring the country, from hanging out at the malls and souks in Amman, to walking through the ruins of Jerash and Ajloun, swimming in the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, and wandering through Wadi Rum. All the while, I was able to practice the Arabic that I learned in Arabic class. We had classes around five times per week, and each class was full of engaging activities and games. We also had the opportunity to attend lectures relating to geopolitics, refugees, Islam, women's rights, and more. Each of these lectures helped us to learn more about our host country and its culture. However, I learned the most about culture through my wonderful host family! They really welcomed me like a true member of their family, and some of my best memories from the program are spending time with them - shopping, attending a wedding, and getting to know the extended family. I grew so much individually during this program and met many new friends from all around the world. I would recommend it to everyone as a chance to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new!

38 people found this review helpful.
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Loowit
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A Wonderful Experience of Growth and Immersion

My experience during the Jordan: Arabic Language and the Middle East program was unforgettable. Jordan is such a magnificent country, full of beautiful wildlife, kind people, and lots of fun activities. I had an amazing time exploring the country, from hanging out at the malls and souks in Amman, to walking through the ruins of Jerash and Ajloun, swimming in the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, and wandering through Wadi Rum. All the while, I was able to practice the Arabic that I learned in Arabic class. We had classes around five times per week, and each class was full of engaging activities and games. We also had the opportunity to attend lectures relating to geopolitics, refugees, Islam, women's rights, and more. Each of these lectures helped us to learn more about our host country and its culture. However, I learned the most about culture through my wonderful host family! They really welcomed me like a true member of their family, and some of my best memories from the program are spending time with them - shopping, attending a wedding, and getting to know the extended family. I grew so much individually during this program and met many new friends from all around the world. I would recommend it to everyone as a chance to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The best moments of this program were when I fully immersed myself in the country. To make the most of the experience, it's important to be ready to step outside of your comfort zone and be willing to engage in Jordanian culture. Whether this be trying new foods, attempting to speak Arabic with locals, or being willing to accompany your host family in their tasks and activities, you will learn the most and have the most fun if you dive into the culture.
35 people found this review helpful.
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Kayla
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Opportunity

Last summer, I traveled on an 11-hour flight to Amman, Jordan. After being accepted for a full scholarship to the Jordan program, I knew that my summer would be full of self-discovery. I am forever changed because of my experience with this program. I felt a different way about every part of my family; my host mother felt like my best friend, my host father gave me a sense of security, my host brother gave me happiness and comfort, and as a whole, including my host grandparents and aunts/uncles, I received nothing but warmth and love. The entire time I was there, I was treated like a sister, daughter, niece, granddaughter, and friend. I always visited and had dinners or spent all night with my host grandmother while she taught me different aspects of traditional Jordanian food. My host mom and I would watch soap operas in Arabic and she’d help me study or do schoolwork. My host father sat with me during breakfast to read my Arabic writing work and helped me to revise it. In the mornings, I took my baby brother to our balcony and held him while listening to music until I had to leave for class. I can’t imagine not having any of these memories now, I can’t see myself being someone who hasn’t experienced everything that I have. Though it was only one month compared to a lifetime, my Jordanian family will always be a part of me. I got to learn a new language, try new foods, dance to new music, sing new songs, and create more memories. So, to The Experiment, my counselors, group leaders, host family, and all of the friends that I’ve made on this trip, شكرا!

What was your funniest moment?
One of my friends from my group fell backward out of his chair while joking around and I caught it on camera, so we always play that video to poke fun at him.
87 people found this review helpful.
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Amanda
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-Changing

My experience in Jordan was absolutely opposite that which is portrayed in the media. Going into the Middle East, especially from a country like the United States, I was told that the culture and the people would be completely foreign, that they would not think like me or act like me, but everything I was told was wrong. The people, the place, everything, was absolutely amazing and I cannot begin express my gratitude for this amazing, enlightening experience. On my trip to Jordan with The Experiment, I met so many people, both Jordanian and American, and had amazing experiences sightseeing, learning, and exploring. I cannot recommend this program more, I had a life-changing experience!

78 people found this review helpful.
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Ariel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experiment in International Living: Jordan

This program provided a truly unique and valuable experience. Jordan is a country with experiences, viewpoints, and social structures so unique in the world, while also being a society which is overall very accessible and welcoming to outsiders. Westerners are likely to find little trouble in adapting to life in Jordan. There are several once in a lifetime experiences to be had in Jordan. Some of the best are all nighters in Wadi Rum, balcony-top gatherings above Amman expressways,dead sea photoshoots, buying matching clothes from mecca mall, climbing roman ruins in Jerash, record breaking cafe visits, lewd jokes in arabic class, lock in pranks, as well as countless laughs in the SIT common room. Go to Jordan. Do it for The Culture.

86 people found this review helpful.
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maggie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An experience of a lifetime

I loved every part of this trip! The team over in Jordan truly cares for their students, they get us fully emerged and a lot of personal growth happens! I learned the language, culture and history not just through lectures and class but also through first hand experiences! The home stay is one of the most amazing parts of the trip, making you feel like you belong! I highly recommend this trip to future travelers!

82 people found this review helpful.

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