Monday, November 1, 2010

Jordan Bound??

There hasn't been much to say as I continue to play the government waiting game with other agencies. It is always interesting to read the questions and comments after another round of test takers either moves on to the next stage or begins the long period of self-reflection.

In the meantime I have just been plugging away at maintaining and improving my Arabic proficiency and am moving ever so closely to becoming fluent. One of things that is a glaring hole in my personal resume is some sort of international volunteer work. With two almost teenage kids we can't pack up as a family and go on a Peace Corps tour so it looks like I am going to do some volunteer work for an NGO in Jordan in January.

I will be living with a Jordanian family and working in the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The program includes some survival Arabic instruction, but since I am beyond that I am going to try to squeeze in some lessons at the school I went to in Amman last year. If anyone ever needs a good recommendation for an Arabic School in Amman let me know.

Definitely ready for dinner at Hashim's!


  1. Sounds like a fun job. (oh - and I, too, am moving ever closer to being fluent... ha!).

  2. Good for you!

    Looks like I might be in scenic Ajloun rather than in Amman. Don't know if you guys have been there yet or not. There is a very cool Islamic castle/fort there, but the rest of the city looks like a scene out of an apocalyptic movie. When I got off of the bus there I was like oh boy, the guide book was wrong on this one.