Morocco

Crossroads of Mountains & Cultures

A 4-week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
30 Days
Description

Discover the hospitality, faith, and languages of Morocco across mountain ranges, ancient cities, and villages.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28, 2017


Suggested Ages

16-19

Number of Participants

12


Availability

closed

Begins In

4 Weeks

Land Cost

$7,095


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,650

Fes

Marrakesh

Casablanca

Program Overview

Carefully balanced mounds of spices – red, green, brown and deep ochre – flank narrow paths winding through a living labyrinthine.


Wandering through a Moroccan “souq” (market place) framed by the ancient walls of city medinas, you are sure to think that you have entered another time. Hiking along ancient trade routes and current nomadic enclaves, we experience a Morocco that few travelers encounter. Our time in remote villages immerses students in Morocco’s unrivaled hospitality; families welcome us as kin and our tea cups are never empty. Throughout the country you have ample opportunities to engage with locals using your newly acquired Moroccan Arabic skills. In the imperial cities of Fes and Marrakesh, the sounds of people bargaining in Arabic fill your ears as the smells of exotic spices fill your nose. Surrounded by such an onslaught to the senses, it is difficult to remember that just a few hours hike brings you to mud huts in the mountains. Though Morocco shows us a land of great differences, we come to see how religion and culture unites indigenous (Amazigh) and Arab peoples. Our time in Morocco provides…

Wandering through a Moroccan “souq” (market place) framed by the ancient walls of city medinas, you are sure to think that you have entered another time. Hiking along ancient trade routes and current nomadic enclaves, we experience a Morocco that few travelers encounter. Our time in remote villages immerses students in Morocco’s unrivaled hospitality; families welcome us as kin and our tea cups are never empty. Throughout the country you have ample opportunities to engage with locals using your newly acquired Moroccan Arabic skills. In the imperial cities of Fes and Marrakesh, the sounds of people bargaining in Arabic fill your ears as the smells of exotic spices fill your nose. Surrounded by such an onslaught to the senses, it is difficult to remember that just a few hours hike brings you to mud huts in the mountains. Though Morocco shows us a land of great differences, we come to see how religion and culture unites indigenous (Amazigh) and Arab peoples. Our time in Morocco provides us wonderful opportunities to learn about the history and tradition of this, often mystical, Muslim culture. Whether outside an intricately decorated mosque in Casablanca or walking an unpaved road in a quiet mountain town, we are always assured of hearing the call to prayer, and are reminded five times a day that among the vastly disparate lives of Morocco’s people, Islamic culture, faith, and devotion continue to bring families and communities together as it has for the last 1300 years.

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Program Components

5/5
Comparative Religion

Exploration of the culture, practices, and philosophy of contemporary and historical Islam through local visits, speakers, and observations.

3/5
Development Studies

Learn about Morocco's progressive legislation aimed at improving the lives of women, investigate the issues of water management and land-use, hear about Moroccan government and press, and consider the effects of tourism across Morocco.

3/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Examine the diversity that exists throughout Morocco: urban/rural, Arab /indigenous, mountains/desert, progressive/traditional, and influences of Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East.

4/5
Home Stay

Spend time in a rural home-stay, with additional possible overnight stays with urban families and people in High Atlas mountain villages.

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Choose a topic of interest to investigate independently such as traditional medicine, education in rural areas, marriage rituals, North African drumming, the art of henna, jewelry making, North Africa cooking, or human migration.

3/5
Language Study

Study Moroccan colloquial Arabic through daily lessons emphasizing oral communication skills. Learn to write the Arabic alphabet and use your time in Morocco to improve speaking and reading abilities.

2/5
Learning Service

Work with local associations to identify and carry out a service project with a rural school, cooperatives, and/or youth groups.

4/5
Rugged Travel

Travel by bus, collective taxi, and van travel through the Moroccan landscape. Experience an extended trek and camping in remote areas in High Atlas mountain villages.

3/5
Trekking

Spend multiple days trekking in the beautiful and rarely visited High Atlas Mountains; either in the remote nomadic region of the Imilchil Lakes or in traverse of the M'Goun Massif in the Central High Atlas mountains.

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