Jordan: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action

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Examine firsthand the ongoing humanitarian relief response to the regional Syrian refugee crisis, while in Jordan and on excursion to Turkey, with special focus on refugee health response. Explore social challenges refugees face, such as identity crises, social inclusion, and risks relating to gender. Choose to take three or six credits of Modern Standard Arabic.

Major topics of study include:

- The role of UN and international relief agencies in refugee assistance and humanitarian action
- The impact of refugees on the economy and various social sectors of the host community
- Health status, risk factors, and health services available to refugees
- Mental health and psychosocial challenges in refugee populations
- Gender-specific vulnerabilities within refugee populations

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  • Academics 7
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 10
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Kira
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

the best semester in college

My time spent in Jordan offered me cultural immersion, renewed perspectives on world issues and political systems. It provided me with networking in areas which I hope to work in the future and mentors who will encourage me as a pursue my passions. Studying in Jordan was rigorous because I was surrounded by things that were new to me constantly, the language, culture, food, and family life. These experiences and my participation in a way of life I had never experienced before opened my eyes to new perspectives I had on myself and my country. The academics gave me a close look at how international bodies like Save the Children, Unicef, WHO and UNRWA work or don't work well and why. It also led me to realize the magic that goes on in communities and that often, the greatest work is done on the smallest budget by local community members. Meeting with the president of Unicef, the Head of the Ministry of Water etc. are opportunities I would have never had if I stayed at my home institution.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make an effort to see the country. Go out and meet new people, make friends with locals, go meet someone who works in the US embassy and get a tour of it. The experience will be just as good as the effort you put into stepping out there, and trying new things.
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Jennifer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Enriching Experience in the Heart of the Middle East

The Health and Community Development program (now renamed "Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action") at SIT offered everything I was looking for in a study abroad experience: a coursework focused on public health issues, a hands-on learning approach, complete cultural immersion, lifelong friendships, and the opportunity to learn a new language in its native environment. I was able to meet with and learn from some of the best professors and health professionals in Jordan, and see the realities of the Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps throughout the country. The ISP (Independent Student Project) was the most rewarding experience of the program in that it built my confidence in research and developed my analytical and communication skills. Because of my time abroad with SIT, I am ready to take on more international study and work opportunities in the near future. Thank you, SIT JOH, for the great program and memories I will never forget!

What would you improve about this program?
While I made great friendships at SIT and a few Jordanian university students, overall, I felt my opportunities to connect with local students and young professionals outside of the SIT were slightly limited. SIT organized "Language Partners," (locals in their early to mid 20's who volunteered to help students around Jordan and assist in Arabic) however, I felt they were rarely integrated into our program, having had only one event in the entire semester to meet them.

I believe that by adding more opportunities to meet locals in our age bracket would have added to the entire experience. It would have given me more insight into Jordan and the Middle East's current events and culture, and of course, more friendships!

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