A Granite Bay High School graduate spent seven weeks this summer studying Arabic in the Middle East.
Natalie Lehr lived with a family in the historic cite of Amman, Jordan. Lehr, who will start her senior year at the University of Oregon this fall, was among 27 U.S. college students who participated in SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning designed to teach intensive Arabic skills and introduce students to critical issues and Middle Eastern culture.
Some of the students lived in Morocco. The students were immersed in an Arabic-only environment where they acquired language skills through classroom instruction and field exercises. They lived with desert-dwelling nomads, shopped at a centuries-old souk and visited the ruins of ancient civilizations.
SIT Study Abroad offers more than 80 programs worldwide. In the program's 50-year existence, more than 25,000 students have participated in these field-based programs.