Development of the Nabulsi Community Center 2018 (DNCC18)

Sela for Vocational Training and Protection of Cultural Heritage launched in March 2018 the DNCC18 Training Program under the scientific supervision of Andrews University, Berrien Springs – Michigan.

The on-the-job training program will be held at the Nabulsi Complex at Tell Hisban starting June 24th with 4-weeks cycles.

Participants will be involved in the documentation, cleaning and conservation of the 19th century Nabulsi complex, which the Nabulsi family made available for the community.

Participants will contribute to development of the Nabulsi Community Center (master plan) whose primary purpose is to showcase the history of Hisban, as a paradigm of the history of Jordan, and to develop a community-based resilience education program to improve water and food security in ways that also helps protect and preserve local environmental and cultural heritage.

The first phase will be implemented by Sela for vocational training and Protection of Cultural Heritage in 2018 and 2019 as a training program open to members of the host community, to national and international students and to professionals who want to contribute at building a more sustainable future for the host community and its heritage.

At Hisban the archaeological team from Andrews University has pioneered an explicitly social engagement approach that has involved investment of time and energy in sharing forces and visions with the local stakeholders and the villagers keeping them abreast of major discoveries and efforts to narrate the history of the site.

Therefore participants will work in close cooperation with the local stakeholders and authorities and with the host communities in a widely variegated and international environment that will facilitate cultural exchanges.

Brief project history

Since 1996 the Hisban Cultural Heritage Project, under the directorship of Dr. Oystein S. LaBianca, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director of the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University, together with Dr. Bethany Walker, Professor at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg at the University of Bonn and Co-director for Archaeological Excavations, and  M.Arch. Elena Maria Ronza, Co-director for Community Archaeology and local coordinator of the Jordan Field School, have pioneered efforts among the community of practice to partner with the host communities as a means to secure a sustainable future for the local cultural heritage in the region where they work. Their strategy has been to bypass the conflicted issue of the site’s religious heritage, focusing instead on its global past by drawing attention to the story of resilience and survival attested in the deep-time history of the local food system. This focus has brought to light lessons about past practices for harvesting rainwater; about economic uses of herbs in the past; and about past practices of cooperating for the sake of local food and livelihood security. The development of the Nabulsi Community Center seeks to further develop this narrative–and to share the experience as a model for other projects.

The partnership between the archaeological team that excavates at Tall Hisban and the local village goes back fifty years (2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the project) and now spans three generations. There is thus a foundation of trust and understanding on which to build and move forward with the endeavors envisioned in the present project.

About Jordan

The Hashemite kingdom of Jordan is rich of historical and natural sites, including several UNESCO heritage sites and one of the world’s modern seven wonders, Petra.

Visit the Jordan Tourism Board to know more about this amazing and hospitable country (click here).

Participants can choose to be based in the city of Madaba or in the village of Hisban.

The training program includes study trips to the major historical and natural sites of Jordan, such as Jerash, Amman, Petra, Dead Sea.

Training program

The on-the-job training that Sela proposes is a once –in-a-lifetime experience to have a full immersion in the culture and the lifestyle of Jordanians and to contribute to the long-term well being of the host community by working side by side with community members as you learn about the history of Jordan, its culture and how to best preserve it.

Each session of the proposed on-the-job training program lasts four weeks and includes both theoretical and hands-on classes on three major topics:

Documentation: participants will gain experience in how to document heritage sites and implemented work, including the basics of photography, on-site hand drawings and CAD drawings.

Conservation: participants will be instructed on best conservation practices and will have the opportunity to learn hand-on cleaning operations, emergency conservation, mortar repairs

Rehabilitation:  participants will collaborate with local stakeholders and the host community in designing, planning and implement initiatives and projects to raise awareness towards the preservation of the Nabulsi complex.

Teaching modules will include hands-on training at the Nabulsi complex, teaching material and written assignment, weekend study trips to major Jordanian sites, field research and brain storming sessions, lectures twice a week.

How to register

Registrations are open. You can register by email at trainingsela@gmail.com or through our website here.

The minimum number of participants is 10 persons.

Registration requests processed and approved two weeks after submission.

Non refundable tuition deposit (1000US$) is due two months before starting date.

Final tuition payment to be completed at registration in Jordan.

Schedule

Arrival and Orientation

Week 1 – Fieldwork at the Nabulsi complex in Hisban.

Monday and Wednesday – weekly lectures

Friday  – Northern Jordan (Jerash and Ajloun) study tour

Saturday – Baptism site and Dead Sea study tour

Week 2  – Fieldwork at the Nabulsi complex in Hisban.

Monday and Wednesday – weekly lectures

Friday – Ma’in (and Wadi Mujib optional)

Saturday – Amman tour

Week 3  – Fieldwork at the Nabulsi complex in Hisban.

Monday and Wednesday – weekly lectures

Friday – Kerak – Madaba study tour

Saturday – Desert castles study tour

Week 4  – Closing up fieldwork at the Nabulsi complex in Hisban and final event at the local women center to present the results of the training and the proposed initiatives.

Friday and Sunday – Petra study tour (includes two nights at local hotel on half board – breakfast and dinner, Petra entrance fee, Little Petra tour, lunch boxes in Petra)

Participants’ departure.

 

Tuition

Full program fee is USD $3,000 for 4-week on-the-job training.

The fee includes:

– daily hands-on classes (five days a week, Sunday to Thursday) and two weekly lectures (Monday and Wednesday

– housing in the village of Hisban with families or in the nearby city of Madaba in a bunkhouse or hotel accommodation in Madaba at an additional cost of 150$. (see options below)

– three meals a day and a light second breakfast on site

– daily transportation from/to the site for the fieldwork

– tools, materials, project e-handbook, reading materials

– Certificate of Attendance

– weekend study tours including entrance fees to the sites as listed in the program above

– administrative costs

Fee does not include visa expenses, airfare or health/travel insurance, airport fees and any other item not explicitly specified in the list “the fee includes”.

Cost for one week only is 850$. Fee includes:

– one week of fieldwork at the Nabulsi complex in Hisban.

– housing in the village of Hisban with families or in the nearby city of Madaba in a bunkhouse or hotel accommodation in Madaba at an additional cost of 200$ (see below).

– three meals a day and a light second breakfast on site

– daily transportation from/to the site for the fieldwork

– tools, materials, project e-handbook, reading materials

– Certificate of Attendance

– two study trips to major tourist sites in Jordan (Friday and Saturday)

– weekend (Friday to Sunday) in Petra (includes two nights at local hotel on half board – breakfast and dinner, Petra entrance fee, Little Petra tour, lunch boxes in Petra)

– administrative costs

Fee does not include visa expenses, airfare or health/travel insurance, airport fees and any other item not explicitly specified in the list “the fee includes”.

Accommodation

Sela propose three options for the accommodation, all including three meals a day:

Shared flat in the city of Madaba (min 3 and max 6 persons per flat)

Accommodation with families in the host community of Hisban (upon availability)

Accommodation at a hotel in the city of Madaba (with an additional cost of 150$ per week – 600$ for the full season) in shared rooms with private bathroom (2 persons per room – two single beds). If participants would prefer to have a single room they can do so at an additional cost of 340$ for the entire season (Total additional cost for hotel accommodation in single room is 600$ + 340$ = 960$). Hotel facilities include internet, restaurant, outdoor areas, and other services (Salome hotel).

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

The DNCC project is implemented as a field-school for locals, national and international students.

Academic credits

The training program does not carry credits, but Sela administration can coordinate and work with your university/institution to provide documentation and evaluation forms as needed for credits.