Exploration of the culture, practices, and philosophy of contemporary and historical Islam through local visits, speakers, and observations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work with local associations to identify and carry out a service project with a rural school, cooperatives, and/or youth groups.
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.
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.