Arabic Language Summer Program in Jordan!!!

Demiana Farag Start Date: Apr 5, 2018 - End Date: Jul 3, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Amman, Jordan

My Travel Story

by: Demiana Farag Start Date: Apr 5, 2018 - End Date: Jul 3, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad

Hello!
Thank you so much for visiting my page!
I got accepted to do an Arabic Language program with CIEE! My native language is Egyptian Arabic, however, it had been deteriorating since my family immigrated to the United States when I was really young. Recently I have been trying to relearn Arabic!

Here is a little about what I want to do this program and how it will impact my future:

A question that has given me trouble since I began college is “where are you from?” Technically, I am supposed to answer that I am from Miami, Fl, but my instinctual answer is to say that I am from Egypt. I was born and raised in Egypt until I was six, and then I moved to Miami. However, my parents have kept the Egyptian culture and language alive in our household. But as I grew up my Arabic deteriorated and I began to lose my ability to effectively communicate. As I was losing touch with my native tongue, a series of events around me and in my life slowly guided me back. At that time the Syrian refugee crisis and it greatly saddened me heart and so I sought ways to help those who are being pushed from their homes. I kept up with the news and became involved with several organizations that either sent support to Syria, or helped refugees across the world, and that is when I realized that I wanted to work with refugees in the future.

After realizing that I wanted to work with refugees, I decided to take Arabic as a second language in college. Taking Arabic has not only taught me the grammar of the language, but it introduced me to the beauty and complexity of the Arabic language that is thousands of years rich in history and culture.  This has led me to desire to learn more about the cultures behind the language, and my search to do so is what led me to this program. Learning through class is of paramount importance, but exposure to the world of the subject is an irreplaceable experience that will catapult my learning and broaden my knowledge, as experience is something that cannot simply be read.

In the long run I want to work with refuges and become an ophthalmologist. My dream is to combine my two passions, and to travel to Middle Eastern countries and offer my services to those in need. This program will be pivotal for my holistic education, as it will allow me to be engulfed in the Arabic tradition and culture that constitutes part of my identity while also providing me with the ability to interact with the people. Thus, CIEE will make it possible to pursue an Arabic minor while on a pre-med track, which will make my dream of becoming an ophthalmologist serving those in need in middle eastern countries tangible.

Thank you so much for whatever you donate!!! It is truly appreciated!! :)   

 

 

  • Amman, Jordan