Morocco

 

Student Travel in Morocco

Explore Morocco With No Barriers Youth Programming

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 Marrakech. 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

What to Know Before Educational Trips to Morocco

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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Souqs and Service in the Atlas Mountains

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco! 
  • Morning: Arrive in Casablanca, meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders, and head to the Hassan II mosque. Marvel at the stunning architecture and the location, right next to the ocean. 
  • Afternoon: Have lunch with your group before heading off to the high Atlas Mountains. Settle in and watch the countryside change as you progress further into the country. 
  • Evening: Arrive at the guesthouse in Bin Ouidane for dinner and then head to bed. 
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse, Bin Ouidane  
Day 2: Leave for Zawyat Ahansal 
  • Morning: Enjoy a delicious breakfast before participating in a group orientation. Learn about the week ahead before taking a boat tour on the lake. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, complete the drive through the mountains to Zawya Ahansal. 
  • Evening: Arrive in Zawya Ahansal, take part in a community orientation, and then participate in the No Barriers opening ceremony to set the tone and direction for the week ahead. 
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse, Zawya Ahansal 
Days 3-5: Village Service and Cultural Immersion 
  • Morning: Have breakfast and take part in a cultural tour of Zawaya. Learn about the region and the people who live in the area. On mornings four and five, head to your service site where you will contribute to meaningful service projects designed by a local partnership with a community development organization. 
  • Afternoon: In the afternoon, continue working on your project, take a hike in the surrounding mountains, and spend time with the locals, learning about their lives and culture in the Atlas Mountains. 
  • Evening: Each evening, dive deeper into your understanding of the Atlas Mountain people and cultures. Take part in a discussion about community and service, meet the local community leader (sheikh), join in a community celebration over a delicious Moroccan meal, and learn about Amazigh dance and music. 
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse, Zawya Ahansal 
Day 6: Journey to Marrakech 
  • Morning: Wake up early and say goodbye to your new community friends! After breakfast, depart for the famous city of Marrakech. Stop along the way to marvel at the Ouzoud Waterfalls, amongst the highest in Africa. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch at the waterfall, continue your scenic drive to Marrakech and check in to your Riad. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a traditional Marakeshi dinner and explore the market and the Jamaa Fna square by night. 
  • Accommodation: Riad, Marrakech  
Day 7: Explore the Vibrant Markets of Marrakech 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the Riad before heading to a spice shop for a presentation. Take part in an engaging scavenger hunt at Le Jardin Secret.
  • Afternoon: Participate in a calligraphy workshop and learn more about Arabic script and famous Islamic texts. Return to the market and explore more of the famous souqs.
  • Evening: Enjoy a final dinner at your Riad and a Gnawa music presentation. Participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony.
  • Accommodation: Riad, Marrakech 
Day 8: Bsslama, Morocco! 
  • Morning: Head to the airport for your flight back home! Bsslama, Morocco! 

Off the Map - Morocco

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco! 
  • Afternoon: Arrive in Marrakech, meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders, and head out to have your first Moroccan meal before driving to the village. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead. 
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse in the Village  
Day 2: Scavenger Hunt and Markets  
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast and a cooking class.  
  • Afternoon: Over lunch, engage in an open Q&A with local family about life in an Amazigh village before heading south to Ait Ben Haddou. 
  • Evening: Have dinner with the group and settle in for the night.  
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ait Ben Haddou  
Day 3: Travel Back in Time 
  • Morning: After breakfast, take part in a scavenger hunt in the Kasbah.  
  • Afternoon: Have lunch and then enjoy some pool time before driving to Tinghir.  
  • Evening: Over dinner, engage in a group discussion about the trip so far. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Tinghir  
Day 4: Experience the Magic of the Sahara 
  • Morning: After breakfast, take a walk in the Todgha Gorges.  
  • Afternoon: Enjoy some lunch and pool time before departure to Sahara. 
  • Evening: Explore the Sahara dunes on a camel ride end up at camp. 
  • Accommodation: Sahara camp 
Day 5: To Dades 
  • Morning: Wake up early to catch the sunrise before you drive to Dades Gorges.  
  • Afternoon: Have lunch on route and check in Dades late in the afternoon. 
  • Evening: Over dinner, reflect on your time so far.  
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Dades Gorges  
Day 6: On to Marrakech 
  • Morning: Have breakfast and start your journey toward Marrakech.  
  • Afternoon: Have lunch on route and arrive in Marrakech late in the afternoon. 
  • Evening: Have dinner and explore the market and the Jamaa Fna square by night.  
  • Accommodation: Riad in Marrakech 
Day 7: Discover the Souqs! 
  • Morning: Have breakfast and head to a spice shop for a presentation before you take part in a scavenger hunt at Le Jardin Secret. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch and a quick break, take part in a calligraphy workshop. Go out for more exploration of the souqs. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final dinner at your Riad after a Gnawa music life show followed by henna tattoos. 
  • Accommodation: Riad in Marrakech  
Day 8: Goodbye, Morocco  
  • Depart Morocco for home. 

From Marrakech to the Mediterranean

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco! 
  • Afternoon: Arrive in Marrakech, meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leaders at the airport before checking in to your Riad. 
  • Evening: Have dinner together as a group and then participate in the No Barriers opening ceremony to set the tone and direction for the week ahead. 
  • Accommodation: Riad, Marrakech  
Day 2: Off to the Atlantic!  
  • Morning: Have breakfast in your Riad and take a tour of the Medina of Marrakech. Visit the famous Bahia palace and the Koutoubia mosque. 
  • Afternoon: Have lunch at your Riad and reflect on your morning activities. Board your minibus for a short ride to the quirky beach town of Essaouira. 
  • Evening: Arrive to Essaouira; enjoy dinner at your hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Essaouira 
Day 3: Surfing and Medina Exploration 
  • Morning: Wake up for breakfast and then head out to the beach to participate in a surf lesson in the waves of the Atlantic. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, take a break back at the hotel and then explore the medina of Essaouira. Notice the differences between Essaouira and Marrakech. With a noticeably Mediterranean feel, Essaouira is known for its white walls and slower beach town vibe. 
  • Evening: Reflect on your time so far. Participate in leadership activities with your Expedition Leaders and enjoy dinner with your group. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Essaouira 
Day 4: Magical Marrakech 
  • Morning: Wake up early for breakfast before heading back to Marrakech. 
  • Afternoon: Arriving back to Marrakech, check in to your Riad, enjoy lunch in the Medina, and then participate in an exciting calligraphy workshop in order to learn more about Arabic script and Islamic literature. 
  • Evening: Explore the market and the Jamaa Fna square by night. Try out local foods and learn more about traditional Moroccan arts and crafts. 
  • Accommodation: Riad, Marrakech  
Day 5: Discover the Souqs 
  • Morning: Head off to a spice shop for a presentation about local cuisine in Morocco. Take part in an exciting scavenger hunt at Le Jardin Secret. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, take a small break at the Riad before taking part in intercultural discussion with young Moroccans. After your exciting discussion, split into small groups and explore the souqs of Marrakech. Take time to do some final souvenir shopping for friends and family back home. 
  • Evening: Dinner and reflection time 
  • Accommodation: Riad, Marrakech  
Day 6: Ziplining and High Ropes Adventure 
  • Morning: Take a short bus drive to Terras D’Amanar. Participate in an exciting ziplining and high ropes leadership course at the park. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy lunch at the park and swim in the pool (if weather allows) before heading back to Marrakech. 
  • Evening: After a final dinner at your Riad, enjoy a traditional Gnawa music celebration. Participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony. 
  • Accommodation: Riad in Marrakech  
Day 7: Depart Morocco 
  • Morning: Head to the airport for your flight back home! Bsslama, Morocco!  

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