Travel to Jordan, where East meets West, and where you can see the modern Middle East rising amidst ancient sites. We will combine an exploration of the cultural, historical and environmental wonders of Jordan with a visit to King’s Academy, a modern boarding school founded by King Abdullah.
March 3 – 15, 2019
Upon arrival in Jordan, we will depart to see sites of great cultural and historic importance along with visits to Jordan’s beautiful sea resorts. The travel itinerary includes the magnificent ruins in Petra, a Crusader castle, a picnic in the Wadi Rum desert (where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed), resorts on the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea, the Baptism Site on the Jordan River, an archeological center in the modern capital of Amman, and a community outreach program in East Amman. Students will learn of the rich cultural and religious heritage of this region as well as having the chance to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the desert and seaside; in March it should be warm enough to swim. After traveling, students will spend a few days attending classes and meeting students at King’s Academy, with a few day trips planned to towns of historic and cultural significance, including Madaba, Amman, and Jerash. Students with an interest in learning about this important and unique part of the world will have the opportunity to experience Jordan's remarkable natural beauty and historic wonder.
Throughout the program, we will engage in the following questions:
1) How has modern Jordan emerged from the remnants of its past? What other great civilizations have occupied this region? What evidence exists that establishes this region as a cultural and religious crossroads?
2) What do the excavations at the various historical sites tell us about the importance of this region in the ancient world? What do the careful preservations of these sites tell us about modern Jordan?
3) Why is Jordan one of the most politically and culturally stable countries in the Middle East?
4) How and when was Jordan established? What role did the family of the current king, Abdullah II play in the formation of the modern Middle East?
5) Why did King Abdullah II found and build King’s Academy? What were his objectives? How is Kings Academy similar and different from Lawrenceville in student body, mission, courses and daily activities?
6) What are the current problems facing Jordan related to socioeconomic diversity and its development as a modern nation?