The 3-day Jordan Field Study Extension offers opportunity for continued exploration of the Land of the Bible. This is accomplished as you assess the historical and geographical contexts of Transjordan to better understand its role in the biblical narrative. While in Jordan, you will evaluate the regions of Lower Gilead, Upper Gilead, Ammon, the Medeba Plateau, Moab, and Edom. Together with your program instructor, you will compare and contrast Cisjordan and Transjordan, contemplating the connectedness of the Land as a whole and considering the geopolitical opportunity it afforded.
The bus leaves promptly at 7:00am from Mamilla/Carta Parking. Make sure you bring your passport with you.
Before departure, please be aware that the first day will involve long bus rides in between stops. An early breakfast will be served at 6:00am the morning of departure. A sit-down lunch will be served around 1:00pm, and dinner will be close to 8:00pm or 8:30pm. Please plan to take some snacks along with you if you think you will need them.
Water in Jordan
While in Jordan, do not drink the water, as it is a health risk. Please bring a filled, reusable water bottle with you, instead. Thereafter, JUC will purchase one 2-liter water bottle per day for you. You will be responsible to purchase any extra water you need during your time in Jordan.
We recommend brushing your teeth with bottled water. It is also wise to take along some extra toilet paper every place you go since it is not guaranteed in every bathroom.
Hotel rooms in Jordan have different electrical sockets on each wall. Some are two-pronged while others are three-pronged. It is best to bring adaptors for both. The Wi-Fi in Jordan is often either pay-to-use or unreliable when free.
Since you will primarily visit tourist sites, you should be able to use American dollars for most purchases. All of your expenses are already paid for (they were included in your program fees), except for drinks besides water at meals. If you would like to drink something besides water at meals, you may pay for it yourself. Regarding souvenirs, note that most of what you will see you can also purchase in the Old City of Jerusalem, except it will have a “Jordan” or “Petra” stamp instead of “Jerusalem” or “Bethlehem.”
If you prefer to have Jordanian dinars, it is recommended you obtain them prior to departing. If you prefer, take small denominations of dollars for restaurants and shops. Expect to pay anywhere between $2-5 per drink.
As guests in Jordan, we want to err on the side of conservatism. This is more important than our own personal comfort. You will visit some conservative rural villages and holy sites, meaning women and men should wear long pants or skirts, to the ankle. Even in tourist locations, please be respectful of the surrounding culture. At a minimum, everyone should have a modesty kit handy for the following sites: