All students enrolled in the ACM Jordan program will live with a host family, giving students the opportunity to learn directly from Jordanians. They will enjoy the culinary delights of traditional Middle Eastern foods such as mansaf, malkouba, canafe, shwarma, and falafel, and can practice their classroom learning with their Arabic-speaking host families. Jordan’s famous hospitality provides deep engagement with the local culture, and helps expose students to a Jordan most visitors never have the privilege to experience.
Families generally host two students at a time, and while all host families are Arabic-speaking, English is also spoken in most of the homes. All host familes have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST, and students are matched with host families using a variety of criteria. While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. Students will be provided with all meals by their host families, but may find that some days it is not possible to return to the family for lunch because of class schedules.
Note: The cultural experience of living with a host family is a vital component of the ACM program in Jordan. While some other students on the AMIDEAST program in Jordan have the option of living with a host family or in a shared student apartment, all students participating through the ACM program are required to live in host families.