Hi all! I was a J2 TEFL volunteer in Umm Sayhoun/Bdoul (Petra) from 1998-2000. I now support college student success and engagement at San Diego State University. I live in the San Diego area with my husband (fellow J2 RPCV, Thomas Sabol), our son, and two cats. I’ve served as your membership coordinator for the past three years, and I am looking forward to continuing to serve FOJ this year as Vice President and Acting President.
Hi Everyone! I was a J2 volunteer in Jordan from 1998-2000 who worked as an environmental/NGO development volunteer mostly in Wadi Rum and Amman. Though originally from the Midwest, I now live in the Washington, DC area with my husband and two children and manage a wonderful group of public servants at the Environmental Protection Agency. I’ve served as an officer with Friends of Jordan many times over the years and served as President for the last several years. I’m so excited to embark on another year, this time as Treasurer, with FOJ.
Hello everyone! I served as a J1 volunteer from 1997-1998 working in a school for the deaf outside of Amman. I've spent time across the US, having grown up in the south, attending college in the midwest, then spending 12 years in the NYC area after heading there originally to study Arabic not long after returning from Jordan. I currently live in Boulder, Colorado with my husband and twin middle school sons and work for a translation and global business provider. I am still in touch with my Jordanian host family and count my friendships with my fellow J1 volunteers among my most treasured. Our group has met up over the years and recently held an incredible J1 reunion in Colorado last summer. I was an officer in the early years of FOJ and am eager to get back involved to help connect and re-connect everyone who has shared similar experiences in Jordan as volunteers, teachers, friends, and family.
Salaam! I am a J-15 TEFL Volunteer and I worked at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Irbid from 2012-2014. I actually received an FOJ grant for one of my secondary projects so I am really excited to give back. I had previously served as Secretary back in 2016 and I am happy to now be the new Program Coordinator. After Jordan, I went to finish my MA in TESOL from American University in Washington, DC and then taught in Taipei, Taiwan before returning stateside. I ended up back in California and currently live beautiful Santa Barbara! I look forward to reconnecting everyone together and establishing new friendships!
I’m so excited to be your new membership coordinator this year. I served as a J2 volunteer from 1998-2000, where I managed a handicraft center supporting local women in Aqaba and worked at a vocational training center for disabled youth in Amman. After COS, I worked for Peace Corps for 5 years in Boston and DC, as an admin officer and budget analyst. In 2007, I started a trip around the world that lasted for 10 years and discovered my passion for teaching. I’ve spent over 12 years teaching in several countries, but primarily in Korea. Over the last 3 years, I’ve divided my time between my life with my girlfriend and cat in Vilnius, Lithuania and my job working as a Civics Instructor/Tour Guide in DC with State Department exchange programs. I’m thrilled to join this wonderful group and grateful for the chance to welcome you back home to our Friends of Jordan family!