Finding Challenge and Comfort at a New Pace June 09, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/07/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Amman

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I found that this program improved my communication skills in any language. Additionally, after this experience I am more independant and comfortable living in new situations than I was before I left. Due to the influence of my experience in strengthening these skills and clarifying my values I would consider my time abroad worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Lots of course availability and personal instruction that is able to adapt to personal needs and interests. The instructors were also super supportive.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great program admin. I felt like I knew where I should be or what I should be doing at all times related to the program. They offered support and suggestions but also encouraged ind├ępendance.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Wonderful living arrangements. Only downside was usually having to take a taxi to the university because of the distance.

* Food:

Delicious food but variable based on host family and dietary restrictions.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The community engagement component bolstered my connection with the community. One of my favorite parts of the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Difficult coming from a college residential situation to one where we needed to pay for transportation daily.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Language Emphasis
  • Community Engagement
  • Strong Host Family Enviornment
* What could be improved?
  • More Language Learning Focused on Arts
  • Diversity
  • Connection with the University of Jordan and Other Programs
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that I should be willing to break off from the program bubble sometimes and explore interests and spaces on my own. Once I found spaces away from the program that were central to my interests I felt more connected in the community, confident in myself, and had a healthier mindset.