Friends at Milton,
It feels wonderful to warmly welcome you to your Milton Academy and Where There Be Dragons Yak Board for “Jordan: Cradle of Civilization.”
Though it may seem like the fall semester just got underway, the spring is quickly approaching and with it, this course! In a few weeks, you’ll bid farewell to home, and trade the Neponset River for dramatic sandstone mountains surrounding the desert of Wadi Rum. Beyond the change of geography and landscape, your time in Jordan is sure to shaken and awaken you as you dive into Syrian refugee crisis, live and work alongside a Bedouin community, and engage with passionate activists and NGO leaders tackling gender roles, empowerment, and development in the Middle East. You’ll eat new things, laugh with new friends, contemplate your own worldview as you dive into contemporary Arab identity, into and make sense of the experience in your own wonderful way.
Alongside your collective experience, you’ll find that this Yak board will be a powerful forum that weaves together an exquisite narrative of the journey you’ll be on with your Milton-Dragons community. This narrative will extend from the pre-course days, well into the field, and even after.
We are thrilled to be a part of your experience in Jordan. To make it real, the first thing we are asking of you is an introduction. You may be well-acquainted with the folks on your course, but you may not know their expectations, excitement, goals, curiosities, and fears as you all embark on an epic journey to the cradle of civilization. This forum will provide the space and support to share these things. And, you’ll be amazed looking back at the end of the course and witness the ways you’ve grown and changed in just a matter of days abroad!
We are overjoyed to follow along with your adventure.
The Dragons Administration Team