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    [post_content] => On the airplane, we asked students to complete the following two sentences.

After this experience, I am...
To me, Jordan is...

Here are there responses:
After this experience, I am never eating pita again, but have a profound appreciation for another part of the world.
After this experience, I am understanding of Arabic and Islamic culture.
After this experience, I am one and done and came out with great friends that I was lucky to have with me in Jordan.
After this experience, I am grateful to have been able to be exposed to Jordanian culture.
After this experience, I am confident that I want to continue learning Arabic despite how hard it is.
After this experience, I am excited to find ways to apply my new passions and experience to my everyday life.
After this experience, I am jetlagged.
After this experience, I am glad to have been given this opportunity.
After this experience, I am more unsure of things than when I came, but a lot happier.
After this experience, I am going to be eating a lot more yogurt with rice ūüėÉ

To me, Jordan is starkly different and surprisingly the same.
To me, Jordan is a place to remember but not to come back to.
To me, Jordan is an incredibly memorable experience.
To me, Jordan is a beautiful reminder of the different ways of life across the globe, all of which are valid, unique, and incredibly special.
To me, Jordan is a reminder that the world is smaller than you think.
To me, Jordan is an incredible country full of rich culture.
To me, Jordan is a really important and amazing country that will always have a place in my heart.

We hope you enjoy this final field note. I know we were not always the best at posting, but I hope that you see it was because we were often too immersed in the experience to take the time to write something on the computer. Each student is coming home with lots of stories and (hopefully!) the tools to talk about them. Ask away!

Yalla salaam.

P.S. Mackenzie ‚ÄĒ we‚Äôre still waiting for your introduction.
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Final field note…

Elley Cannon,SUMMER: Jordan

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On the airplane, we asked students to complete the following two sentences. After this experience, I am… To me, Jordan is… Here are there responses: After this experience, I am never eating pita again, but have a profound appreciation for another part of the world. After this experience, I am understanding of Arabic and Islamic […]

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08/1/16

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Elley Cannon

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SUMMER: Jordan

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    [post_content] => Students are all through security and they’re excited to be heading home. After finishing transference and a delayed flight, they are excited to start heading back across the Atlantic toward the US. Martine is particularly excited because she gets to get right back on a plane and head the exact same direction that she came en route to Hong Kong. Our flight looks like it is scheduled to take off at 6:30pm and will be arriving around 11:15pm EST.
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Through Security!

Elley Cannon,SUMMER: Jordan

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Students are all through security and they‚Äôre excited to be heading home. After finishing transference and a delayed flight, they are excited to start heading back across the Atlantic toward the US. Martine is particularly excited because she gets to get right back on a plane and head the exact same direction that she came […]

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07/28/16

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Elley Cannon

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SUMMER: Jordan

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    [post_content] => Dear Jordan Families,
This is an update to inform you that the Jordan group flight will be delayed 4 hours and 45 minutes. The flight will now be departing Amman in 6 PM (Jordan time, which is 9 AM EST) and will be arriving in New York at JFK at 11 PM (EST).
For those families students who may miss their domestic flights as a result of this change, we have followed up with you directly to check in about alternative arrangments. Please contact anne@wheretherebedragons.com if your son or daughter will need a hotel room for tomorrow night. We will be making all hotel bookings tomorrow afternoon.
With Care,
Jenny & Dragons Field Support
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Jordan Group Flight Delayed

Jenny Wagner,SUMMER: Jordan

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Dear Jordan Families, This is an update to inform you that the Jordan group flight will be delayed 4 hours and 45 minutes. The flight will now be departing Amman in 6 PM (Jordan time, which is 9 AM EST) and will be¬†arriving in New York at JFK at 11 PM (EST). For those families […]

Posted On

07/27/16

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Jenny Wagner

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SUMMER: Jordan

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Summer Reading

Josh Judd Porter,SUMMER: Jordan

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Doing some summer reading in Madaba.

Posted On

07/27/16

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Josh Judd Porter

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SUMMER: Jordan

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    [post_content] => Dear Jordan 4-week Students & Families,

Jordan 4-week summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference:

July 28th, 2016

Royal Jordanian #261

Depart: Amman (AMM) 1:25 PM

Arrive: New York (JFK) 6:15 PM

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Dragons Administration
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Return Travel Information

Eva Vanek,SUMMER: Jordan

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Dear Jordan 4-week Students & Families, Jordan 4-week summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference: July 28th, 2016 […]

Posted On

07/26/16

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Eva Vanek

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SUMMER: Jordan

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views from Tweisi and Disi

Christina,SUMMER: Jordan

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moonrises, sunsets, and the moments in between…

Posted On

07/21/16

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Christina

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SUMMER: Jordan

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    [post_content] => The Wadi Rum Desert is simply beautiful. I have not experienced anything quite like it-sleeping under a million lights and watching the moon vanish in the mountains at dawn. It's unreal, and at the same time, it's surreal. I feel like I am looking at the world untouched, in it's rare and natural state. For the past week, the group has been immersed in village life and are taking on new experiences with our homestay families. In the men's village, we have learned about the village's water supply, studied Arabic, and made a trip to the Wadi Rum visitor's center where we watched a film about the history of the desert land. We have also had the chance to get to know each other better and have shared some laughs and certainly meaningful experiences. This is our last day in the village and I am looking forward to spending time with the rest of the group. These upcoming days in Petra and Madaba, I am hopeful, will conclude our time together and enable us to talk about what our time here in Jordan has meant to all of us.
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Village Homestay

Sam Barlow,SUMMER: Jordan

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The Wadi Rum Desert is simply beautiful. I have not experienced anything quite like it-sleeping under a million lights and watching the moon vanish in the mountains at dawn. It’s unreal, and at the same time, it’s surreal. I feel like I am looking at the world untouched, in it’s rare and natural state. For […]

Posted On

07/21/16

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Sam Barlow

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SUMMER: Jordan

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    [post_content] => We realised we haven't posted many pictures yet, so we've chosen a few to send you all. We hope everything is going well at home. Hi Patrice and Liz Black and Um Osama! ok bye shlooks
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Picture this

Christina,SUMMER: Jordan

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We realised we haven’t posted many pictures yet, so we’ve chosen a few to send you all. We hope everything is going well at home. Hi Patrice and Liz Black and Um Osama!¬†ok bye¬†shlooks

Posted On

07/20/16

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Christina

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SUMMER: Jordan

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    [post_content] => Marhaba!

We are 2 and a half days into our village homestays, and 2/3 of the way through our time in Jordan! Each of the girls are staying in separate families, and are having a variety of experiences. Common themes include semi-consensual nail polish, henna, and hair-styling.

This homestay has been one of the more challenging aspects of our course so far, but we are all learning, growing, and remaining positive! We're continuing our Arabic lessons; the advanced group has been focusing on describing their daily life, something that has already come in handy in the homestays. The other group has been learning verbs and their conjugations.

This morning Ruth led an intro to Islam lesson, including background, history, and beliefs. Currently students are receiving individual feedback from the instructors and working to create presentations based off of several articles. This evening we will meet again for another Arabic lesson, and tomorrow we will see the boys to begin Expedition phase planning.

Yallahbye!

-The Jordan Dragons Team
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Girls Village Homestay: Day 2

Hanna and Caroline,SUMMER: Jordan

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Marhaba! We are 2 and a half days into our village homestays, and 2/3 of the way through our time in Jordan! Each of the girls are staying in separate families, and are having a variety of experiences. Common themes include semi-consensual nail polish, henna, and hair-styling. This homestay has been one of the more […]

Posted On

07/18/16

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Hanna and Caroline

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SUMMER: Jordan

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    [post_content] => The nomadic homestays have been eye opening for our group. Some of us spent the day collecting firewood, herding goats, and making bread. We also spent a good half of the day playing with the children and resting under the shade. After saying goodbye to our wonderful hosts, we left to go watch a camel race. Afterwards, we spent the better half of the day recharging at a nearby camp, preparing for our village homestays. Sitting around the campfire, we shared stories about our experiences and did some introspective reflection. Our group, feeling well rested, is now ready to dive into a new experience.
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Nomadic Homestays

Martine and Josh,SUMMER: Jordan

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The nomadic homestays have been eye opening for our group. Some of us spent the day collecting firewood, herding goats, and making bread. We also spent a good half of the day playing with the children and resting under the shade. After saying goodbye to our wonderful hosts, we left to go watch a camel […]

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07/16/16

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Martine and Josh

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SUMMER: Jordan

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