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, 2018


Suggested Ages

16-19

Number of Participants

12


Availability

open

Begins In

32 Weeks

Land Cost

$7,310


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,650

Fes

Marrakesh

Casablanca

High Atlas Mountains

Essaouira

Middle Atlas Mountains

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 era.

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 left empty.

Throughout the country we engage with locals using our budding Moroccan colloquial Arabic language skills. In the imperial cities of Fes and Marrakesh, the sounds of people bargaining in Arabic fill our ears as the smells of exotic spices fill our nose. Yet only a few hours hike takes us out of the cities and to a villages of peaceful mud huts in the mountains.

Though Morocco shows us a land of great differences, we come to see how religion and culture connect indigenous Amazigh (Berber) and Arab peoples. Our time in Morocco provides us wonderful opportunities…

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 era.

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 left empty.

Throughout the country we engage with locals using our budding Moroccan colloquial Arabic language skills. In the imperial cities of Fes and Marrakesh, the sounds of people bargaining in Arabic fill our ears as the smells of exotic spices fill our nose. Yet only a few hours hike takes us out of the cities and to a villages of peaceful mud huts in the mountains.

Though Morocco shows us a land of great differences, we come to see how religion and culture connect indigenous Amazigh (Berber) and Arab peoples. Our time in Morocco provides us wonderful opportunities to learn about the history and tradition of this, often characterized as mystical, Muslim culture. Whether outside an intricately decorated mosque in Casablanca or walking an unpaved road in a quiet mountain town, we often hear 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 over 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.

2/5
Development Studies

Learn about Morocco's progressive legislation aimed at improving the lives of women, investigate environmental issues, 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 an additional possible stay with an urban family and/or people in a High Atlas mountain village.

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.

4/5
Language Study

Study Moroccan colloquial Arabic through regular language lessons emphasizing oral communication skills. Learn to write the Arabic alphabet and get a short introduction to one of the indigenous dialects.

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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