This is a school trip for teams who want a real adventure and a chance to experience Morocco at its best! Situated at the top of North-West Africa, Morocco has long been associated as a crossroads between Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Our Morocco expedition provides teams with a real chance to get out and explore, from trekking through magnificent mountain scenery, dramatic gorges and picturesque Berber villages to heading into the Sahara to camel trek across the majestic dunes of Erg Chebbi.
You’ll also undertake rewarding project work in a rural community, and enjoy exploring the vibrant souks of Essaouira and Marrakech with their storytellers, snake-charmers and enticing food.
MOROCCO EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Morocco expedition:
On arrival in Morocco, you’ll head to Marrakech, Morocco’s third largest city and home to the traditional Berber market.
Making a Difference
Projects in Morocco are based in local communities and there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in worthwhile tasks, depending on the needs of the community. Past projects have included renovating schools, building furniture for classrooms, painting educational murals, planting gardens and digging irrigation channels.
Morocco Project Case Study –
Asni Primary School
Since 2012, World Challenge teams have been undertaking project work at this school including decorating classrooms, refurbishing furniture and painting educational murals. This has resulted in a safer, more enjoyable learning environment for the students.
Last year, we sent 48 teams to 14 project sites in Morocco.
Morocco features a bunch of great trekking options. The High Atlas Mountains in Morocco give you the chance to experience a great diversity of environments, including snow-capped mountains, green pastures, breathtaking gorges and friendly Berber villages en route.
Your team might choose to climb to an altitude of 4,167m up Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and North Africa. Guided and catered, your support team will help you make it to the summit for a truly unforgettable moment.
Rest & Relaxation
Head into the world’s largest desert, the Sahara to camel trek across the majestic dunes of Erg Chebbi. You’ll camp overnight in a Bedouin tent and enjoy some traditional hospitality as you watch the sun set over the desert. You’ll also have time to relax at the beach and explore the coastal town of Essaouira with its fortified walls, fishing harbour, and narrow alleyways and colourful souks. Experience the adrenalin rush of the rapids whilst white water rafting through the Middle Atlas Mountains, wild camping along the river and making your very own Berber pizzas!.
- Morocco, North West Africa.
- Population: 32 Million.
- Languages spoken: Arabic, Berber dialects, French.
- Time zone: GMT +1.
- Terrain: Mountains, forest, desert, gorges, rivers, valleys and coast.
- When can I travel there?: Expeditions are possible all year round but the best season is Oct-Apr.
- Climate: Morocco has a moderate, subtropical climate, cooled by breezes from the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Inland, the temperatures can be quite extreme, averaging 38°C in the summer and quite cold in the winter. In mountainous areas (like the Atlas range) temperatures often drop below zero and mountain peaks remain snow-capped throughout most of the year. Northern Morocco gets very wet and rainy during the winter, whereas in the south, at the edge of the Sahara, it gets bitterly dry and cold.
- Expedition Physical Rating: Medium.
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days.
- Culture Shock: Medium.
- Typical accommodation: Hotels, gites and tents.
- Ideal for: An incredible blend of excellent trekking and cultural immersion.
- Despite being thought of as a hot, dry country, Morocco actually boasts a number of ski resorts. The most famous is Oukaimeden, just south of Marrakech. The resort lies on the Atlas mountain range, 3273m above sea level.
- Some of the cities are mandated to paint the buildings and shutters a certain color such as in Essaouira where they are blue. Even the horse coaches and petit taxis are blue.
- Several languages are spoken in Morocco, including French, Arabic and Berber. Most people speak Arabic. Learn a few basic words and phrases to help you communicate with local people.
- Observe cultural sensitivities as you trek through the rural villages of Morocco. Make sure to keep covered up and greet the people you meet with ‘Salaam alaykum’
NEW TO WORLD CHALLENGE?
Every World Challenge starts long before your students step on a plane. With our support, develop life skills and take ownership of:
- Destination and itinerary planning
- Fundraising ideas and events
- Budgeting and money management
- Preparation, fitness and nutrition
Get in touch with one of our consultants to start planning your overseas school expedition today!