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Wadi Rum Home Stay

Jon Dwyer, Participant

Thursday, March 29, 2018 Tweisi, Wadi Rum, Jordan My homestay host is Aboo Salah and his wife and five children. He is a farmer and tends a nearby grove of olive trees. This is a very warm and gracious family, helping me to feel welcome and at home......Read More

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Lessons from Petra

Sandra Makielski, Participant

Following a hot and sweaty walk through a siq (a canyon), past numerous tombs while bumping shoulders with braying donkeys, and up 845 steps, we found ourselves marveling at the immensity of the Monastery. The Monastery is the largest tomb located......Read More

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The Hajja is Dying

Elley Cannon, Participant

I have come to Tweisi village on a Dragons trip every year for the last four years, sometimes twice. During my first summer, it was Ramadan and hot as hell; I wrote this piece during that first trip. Everyone gets grumpier as the day progresses and......Read More

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Monday Reflections

Grace Krouse, Participant

Many thanks to all of our superb presenters today! We had another provocative, engaging, and moving day.   Our morning started at Collateral Repair Project, an organization running a community center for refugees in a neighborhood of Amman. The......Read More

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Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Monday Reflections

Grace Krouse, Participant

Many thanks to all of our superb presenters today! We had another provocative, engaging, and moving day.   Our morning started at Collateral Repair Project, an organization running a community center for refugees in a neighborhood of Amman. The......Read More

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Reflections on Our Themes

Grace Krouse, Participant

Hello all, Below are my reflections on Themes 1-3. Theme 1: I know a bit about the Syrian Refugee Crisis because I have incorporated articles and perspectives into my class during our current event time each week.  Especially 2016 and 2017, when......Read More

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Theme 5: Living Culture

Paul and Elley, Participant

Hi, It is great to see your introductions and responses to the posts on the Yak board. We look forward to taking these conversations further during the course. As you are traveling in the coming days, we would like to post a few thoughts and links......Read More

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Hello!

Grace Krouse, Participant

Hi folks,   I’m Gracie Krouse, a ninth and tenth grade history teacher in Indianapolis, IN.  I am originally from a small family farm in Ohio. I am quite looking forward to meeting all of you so soon!   What led you to your vocation as......Read More