One last post before we leave for Jordan, since I don't know when I'll be able to post once I'm there. We'll be getting to Jordan the day after tomorrow, insha'allaah (hopefully)!
Yesterday, we had our first Arabic lessons and quiz, and we're learning quickly already! We're able to introduce ourselves, ask each other questions, and speak in some sentences. We gave 2-minute presentations today to introduce our roommates in Arabic, which was stressful but we could all do it! It's really cool! We're also feeling more and more like a team; yesterday evening we spent about two hours lying on the floor in the conference room doing our homework all together. There have been endless presentations about safety, academics, rules, and everything else we need to know for our time in Jordan.
We're also learning about how the classes in Jordan will work; we're studying at a Jordanian institution, so it will be a lot different from learning in the U.S. For one thing, teachers will be fasting for Ramadan, so we need to be respectful to that. Also, the classroom is much more formal, and teachers are more open to direct criticism, and more willing to give it, too! It'll take some getting used to, but it should be a good experience.
We're going to be in Jordan for almost the whole month of Ramadan, athough we're missing the first few days. It's going to be a really interesting time to be there. The energy level in Amman will be much lower during the day, and everything will be so culturally different.
Anyway, the next time I post will be from Jordan! Everyone's nervous and excited right now, and we were talking about how it hasn't really sunk in that we're actually going. But stay tuned for stories from across the Atlantic!