Oman

One of the most convenient aspects of living in Jordan is the accessibility of travel. It is fairly inexpensive to travel internationally due to Jordan’s location between the Mediterranean and Gulf states. My roommate and I decided to take advantage of our location and, on a whim, booked last-minute plane tickets to Muscat, Oman. Three…

Teaching English

One of my favorite things I did this semester was teach English to kids. I know I have mentioned doing this before, but I want to explain why it was so rewarding and why everyone should try and find an opportunity like this while abroad. Every Saturday, I went to a middle school outside of…

5 Must Sees in Jordan

While I have written about some of the places I have visited in Jordan, I have not talked about all of them. I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a run down of the top five places you should see here! Petra: Petra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World…

MALIC

My last day of class was today, so I thought I would tell you about the program I studied with this semester and why I chose it. The program is called MALIC which stands for “Modern Arabic Language Institute Center.” For the semester, I studied Arabic intensively every Sunday through Thursday from nine in the…

Wadi Rum

A few weeks ago my friends and I took a trip to Wadi Rum. When we arrived at the camp, we put our bags in our tent and went exploring. The camp was set up beside a group of tall rocks which we climbed for about an hour. I went up the rocks higher than…

Homesickness in a Foreign Country

Homesickness is rough— especially when you are thousands of miles away from home. Everyone always talks about the glamour of studying abroad, but no one ever seems to mention the times they miss home. Here are some tips that have helped me when all I’ve wanted to do is curl up in my bed at…

Lunch with a Jordanian Family

Every Saturday my roommate Jordan and I teach English to a group of middle school students. Last week, one of the girls invited Jordan and me to have lunch at her house. One day after class, we went to the girl’s house. We met her mother, her older sister, and four of her brothers (yes,…

Aqaba

I finally got to cross going to Aqaba off my bucket list! The director of our program took my class (my roommate, another girl, and me) after class on a Wednesday. After a long five-hour drive, we ate at an authentic Jordanian restaurant. I ordered mansaf, which is a traditional dish of chicken and rice…

Jordan: Managing Fears about the Middle East

December 8, 2014 By Sabrina Kosloske Studying abroad is a life-changing experience. However, there are challenges and fears that can get in the way of anticipating your trip and having fun on it. No matter how well you prepare, things will happen that you didn’t plan for. This can be scary, especially the further away…