Exploring Culture, Language and Context

For nine days, a group of students will have the opportunity to encounter Jordan through an increased awareness of place and culture. Students will explore the physical landscape of Jordan as well as the way in which the place has been captured in  theology, history, and art, among other sources.

For part of the program, students will be housed at King’s Academy and will have an opportunity to interact with King’s Academy students through evening activities and gatherings. They will deepen their appreciation for Jordan’s rich culture and history, through daily excursions, while enriching their senses through middle eastern food, floating in the Dead Sea, hiking to one of the seven wonders of the world, Petra, camping in the desert under the stars, and exploring the beauty of the Arabic language, art and calligraphy.

Program Notes

  • This program may conflict with some winter term Athletic post season tournaments.
  • This program conflicts with the March 9 SAT test date.
  • During this trip, students will stay in dorms while at King’s Academy, and hotels, inns, and lodges during their travels around Jordan. They will have meals in the dining hall at King’s, but also eat in restaurants.
  • Families are responsible for transportation from U.S.-based airport to the student’s destination for the remainder of the March break.

Program Dates

March 2 – March 11, 2024

Program Eligibility

This program is open to all students with preference given to those who are currently enrolled in Arabic.  All interested students are encouraged to apply by November 5. Financial aid is available to all qualifying students.

Faculty Trip Leaders

  • Lina Al Samawi; Anna Delwiche

Approx. Trip Cost: $5,250 (*includes estimated round trip airfare from NY based airport)

Deerfield Academy’s Center for Service and Global Citizenship strives to make all of our travel programs affordable and accessible for all students while ensuring a high quality global education experience. While the costs of travel around the world have been rising steadily over the past several years, all of our trips are subsidized, and thanks to the generosity of many we are able to provide robust financial aid for qualifying students.


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2024 Preliminary Itinerary

* This itinerary is subject to change.

March 2: Departure from NY JFK to Amman

March 3:

  • Orientation and Travel day; arrive in Jordan and settle at King’s Academy

March 4:

  • Morning class at King’s
  • Afternoon Cooking Class
  • Exploring Weibdeh Neighborhood
  • Evening get together with King’s Academy

March 5: 

  • Visit to downtown Amman, Citadel, and Roman Amphitheater
  • Walk and explore Rainbow street
  • Dinner at King’s Academy
  • Dabkeh Dance Class

March 6:

  • Mount Nebo and Dead Sea visit

March 7 – March 9:

  • Hike to Petra and camping in Wadi Rum

March 10

  • Calligraphy class
  • Visit to Jerash Roman City
  • Late lunch at Ms. Samawi’s house

March 11

  • Travel Back home **

** Families are responsible for transportation from U.S.-based airport to the student’s final destination for the remainder of the March break.

Notes From The Field

Jordan 2018

Jordan #10: Stargazing

Khalyse Benjamin ’21 and Matthew Popkin ’19 describe their final days in Jordan visiting the ancient ruins of Petra and the Wadi Rum desert.

Jordan 2018

Jordan #9: Life is Good

Michael Shalaby (’20) shares his experience in Aqaba with reflections of the impact of his time in Jordan. 

Jordan 2018

Jordan #8: The Human Story is a Mosaic

Erin Hudson (’18) reflects on the power of place, the impact of her travel experience and the evolution of her thought processes since being on the trip.  

Jordan 2018

Jordan #7: A Splash from the Past

Helen Feng (2020) and Gabriella Hu (2021) reflect on their experience at the river Jordan and the connections between spirituality and place.