Category Archives: International Educational Development Program at UPenn, 2012-2013

Visit to Za’atari Refugee Camp

Last week, after filling out an official UN request for travel, getting my boss and his boss to sign a travel schedule, and submitting a copy of my passport to Questscope, I finally was able to accompany Questscope on a … Continue reading

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Keeping busy around Jordan

Since my last blog post, I have been keeping busy all day at the office and there always seems to be some event or activity after work. I have not had much downtime since I moved into my new apartment, … Continue reading

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Non-formal Education training for Ministry of Education liaisons

An interesting work-filled Friday at the Ministry of Education’s training for a group of 18 liaisons who will be overseeing the 49 Non-formal Education centers across Jordan. Today was spent editing the program’s formal guidelines, discussing the challenges the program … Continue reading

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Jordanian Circassians

Jordanians of Circassian orgin make up about 2% of the population here, including my friend Hamza and his family. (Hamza is half Circassian, half Chechnyan.) I arrived in Amman completely and shamefully ignorant of Circassian history and culture in the … Continue reading

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Nonformal Education Site Visits: round one

This week I escaped the office and traveled out to the lower-income neighborhoods of East Amman, a world away from the shiny high rises of West Amman, to visit three nonformal education centers with Questscope program coordinators. In Jordan, if … Continue reading

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Overview of my work at UNESCO

It is Thursday, the end of the work week here in Amman, Jordan. I have been in the country eight days and have finished a full week here around the office. The UNESCO office is located right next to the … Continue reading

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Around Amman

Hamza has been such a kind host and has provided me with a great first introduction to Amman. I’ve already seen a lot of this gigantic city, considering that I’ve been here less than a week. Over the weekend, I … Continue reading

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