The Student Issue

University Arabic students have limited opportunities to learn and converse in colloquial Arabic

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The Family Issue

Recently arrived refugee and immigrant families face linguistic, cultural, and social obstacles when they join their new communities in the US

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جيران / Jiran

Jiran (جيران) pairs college Arabic students with recently arrived Arabic-speaking families for a summer of language and cultural exchange focused on connecting families with their new community

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Jiran (جيران) is a summer language program that pairs intermediate and advanced Arabic students with underserved Arabic-speaking families in New Britain, Connecticut. Jiran programming in a program focused on Arabic language learning and intercultural competence development. The program allows student participants to progress in Arabic, access Arabic speakers from places they cannot study abroad (Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, etc), and experientially learn about challenges facing Arabic-speaking families new to the US.

Jiran 2021 dates and fees will be announced during winter 2020. The participation fee includes lodging, on-site program transport, and food during the program.  Many colleges and universities have funds available to support their students’ participation. Check with your home institution to find out if this is the case. Jiran also requires participants to do an fundraising component of the community organizing curriculum that will help you to raise an additional $500.