Explore the culture and practices which surround Islam in Morocco. Learn about historical and contemporary perspectives on faith through local visits, guest speakers, and daily observations. Investigate the role of women in Islam, the history of Judaism in the country, and how religion impacts every-day life in different parts of the country.
Learn about the Moroccan monarchy, explore Morocco's progressive legislation aimed at improving the lives of women, and investigate the issues of water management and land-use. Through first-hand observations, observe the effects of tourism and the disparity between development in different areas of the country.
Focus Of Inquiry
Examine the vast differences between rural and urban Moroccan lives, as well as see first-hand the varying degrees to which religion and limited resources impacts daily duties, economy, education, and local culture.
Spend several weeks living with a family in a semi-urban environment in the north of the country and 1-2 weeks in a rural homestay where the mountains meet the desert in the south of Morocco. During treks, camp alongside nomadic families who make their home in the High Atlas Mountains. Possible additional group homestays throughout the program.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Choose a topic of interest to investigate independently such as indigenous language, traditional dance, healthcare and traditional medicine, drumming, Gnaoua music, Moroccan cooking, human migration, or henna.
Study Moroccan colloquial Arabic through regular lessons which focus on developing key communication abilities. Learn to write the Arabic alphabet and use your time in Morocco to develop rare Arabic language skills. Spend time also exploring one of the dialects of the indigenous Berber (Amazigh) language.
Learn directly from local community association members and see how they identify and carry out projects to improve the opportunities of local youth, artisans, or women.
Travel by shared van, bus, train, and the ubiquitous “grand taxi” through a country the size of California. Trek and camp in remote areas in High Atlas mountain villages and stay in homestays with limited amenities.
Spend around 10 days trekking in the remote High Atlas and Middle Atlas Mountains which are home to numerous different tribes. Explore the remote nomadic region of the Imilchil Lakes before you begin a traverse of the M'Goun Massif in the central High Atlas Mountains. Participate in day-hikes in the Fez or Marrakesh region as well, exploring the foothills of the High Atlas or the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas.