Morocco

 

Destination – Morocco

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers incredibly unique student travel experiences in Morocco. Visit the World Heritage sandstone forts, grandiose palaces, and ancient mosques in the imperial cities of Fez, Rabat, and Marrakesh. Travelers can also:

  • Stay overnight in a traditional “riad” home and experience the importance of family values while working on a community service project
  • Visit an organization that addresses women’s health and youth issues to learn about some of the challenges in the region
  • Tour the cultural and historical sights of the capital city of Rabat to see how the city evolved during post-colonization
  • Marvel at the carnival-like atmosphere of Djemma el-Fna in Marrakesh where snake charmers, Gnawa musicians, and open air performers entertain the crowds
  • Meander through the intricate alleys and narrow street souks of Fez’s ancient medina
  • Ride camel-back through the vast Sahara Desert and meet nomadic indigenous Berber traders or watch the sunrise along one of the spectacular treks in the Atlas Mountains

Summary

Morocco sits at the crossroads between Africa, Europe and the Middle East. A multi-lingual, multi-ethnic society, Morocco draws from the many influences which has shaped its history, culture and geography. From the modern business center of Casablanca to the ancient city centers or medinas of Rabat, from the cool lush Mediterranean coast to the hot Saharan desert sands, from quiet Berber villages to the exuberant music of the markets of Marrakesh, Morocco has a vast array of experiences to offer.

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Culture, Service and Homestay in Morocco

11 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Begin you journey / Depart for Casa Blanca

Afternoon/Evening: Depart on your overnight flight for Casa Blanca, Morocco

Evening Location:

Overnight flight

Day 2: Orientation / Meet your host family / Good night’s rest

Morning: Flying through London and arrive in Casa Blanca in the late morning and meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader. Transfer from the airport to the medina in Rabat.

Afternoon: Settle into your new surroundings with an orientation session with information on expectations, manners, bargaining and more.

Evening:
Enjoy a traditional Tajine meal and get to know your host family. Get a good night’s rest.

Evening Location:

Homestay in Rabat

Day 3:Tour Rabat / Interact with peers at a local school

Morning: Spend the morning touring the historical and cultural sights of Rabat, the capital of Morocco, to see how the city evolved during and post colonization.

Afternoon: Visit a local public school for a group discussion and interaction with your peers.

Evening: Dinner with your host family.

Evening Location:

Homestay in Rabat

Day 4: Learn about the Moroccan economy and politics from professors and officials

Morning: Spend the morning with professors from Mohammed V University to learn about the Moroccan economy, politics, and French Moroccan relations.

Afternoon: Visit local government officials to expand your understanding of local and regional issues.

Evening: Dinner with host family. Participate in a guided reflection activity.

Evening Location:

Homestay in Rabat

Day 5: Visit local NGO and visit the Council for Human Rights

Morning: Interact with a local NGO working on gender and women’s empowerment issues.

Afternoon: Visit the Council for Human Rights and learn about their efforts to monitor and promote international humanitarian law.

Evening:
Dinner with host family. Discuss the day’s events.

Evening Location:

Homestay in Rabat

Day 6: Tour mosque and travel to Atlas Mountains

Morning: Say goodbye to your host family and travel to Meknes. Enjoy a guided tour of Meknes including one of only two mosques open to non-Muslims in Morocco to learn about the role of religion in Moroccan society.

Afternoon: After a picnic lunch continue travel to Oulmes, a Berber community in the Mid Atlas mountains. Orientation to the Berber community, partner NGO and host families.

Evening: Settle in with your host family.

Evening Location:

Homestay in Oulmes

Day 7: Begin service project in Berber community

Morning/Afternoon: Spend the day assisting with a service project in the Berber community. Projects could include painting or planting trees.

Evening: Home cooked dinner and relaxation with your host family.

Evening Location:

Homestay in Oulmes

Day 8: Continue with service project / Travel back to Rabat

Morning/Afternoon: Spend the day assisting with your service project in the Berber community.

Late Afternoon: Bid farewell to your host family. Transfer to a hotel in Rabat.

Evening: Free to prepare for your departure from Morocco.

Evening Location:

Hotel in Rabat

Day 9: Flight to Paris

Morning/Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Paris. Arrive in Paris, transfer to your hotel and then set out to see the sites.

Evening:
Dinner and relaxation.

Evening Location:

Hotel in Paris

Day 10: Explore Paris

Morning / Afternoon: Paris!

Evening: Dinner and relaxation. Participate in a closing circle discussing highlights and educationalal outcomes from the journey.

Evening Location:

Hotel in Paris

Day 11: Return home

Morning: After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Arrive home happily exhausted and forever changed by your educational adventure to Morocco.

Evening Location:

Home

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“The journey not the arrival matters.”

– T.S. Eliot

Facts & Figures

Morocco
Capital: Rabat
Currency: Dirham
Avg Annual High Temp(F): Jan – 61° July – 87°
Population: 32,987,206
Special Note: UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 8
Languages:

Arabic - official

100%
Berber languages, French
Religions:

Muslim (mostly Sunni)

99%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

HIV/Aids

Carbon Emissions (%)