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Upon arrival in Morocco, our Global Works Trip Leader greets us in the Casablanca airport and then we transfer by private bus to the capital city of Rabat. Here, we settle into our hotel in the Ville Nouvelle to begin our journey. Over the next few days, we dive right in to our cultural orientation and exploration activities. We take a survival Arabic class and meet with Moroccan students for an informal conversation about about Morocco today. We explore Rabat’s Kasbah (old fort), the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, and the Roman ruins of Chellah. We also volunteer at a youth association that focuses on education for impoverished shanty town youth. We volunteer alongside members of the association and Moroccan students to help with community education projects.
The next stage of our journey takes us to Marrakech, a former Berber imperial city known for its colorful local markets. After a 4 hour drive, we settle into our hotel and then get out to explore. (Homestays or family meals available upon request.) The next few days include visits to historical sites and exchange activities with local communities and organizations. We visit the Amal Women’s center to learn about Moroccan cooking techniques, which we practice in a cooking lesson. After enjoying our meal, we meet Moroccan students for tea and a discussion about what it’s like to grow up in Morocco today. Then, we break into groups to explore the medina with the students. We also take a guided tour of a Koranic school to learn about the education system in Morocco and visit a pottery association for a pottery workshop. Of course, we are sure to experience the local markets, or souks, and visit a tannery, all part of a journey for our senses!
From Marrakech, we travel to the former Portuguese port town of Essaouira (4 hour drive), stopping at a family-owned Argan Oil production association en route. It is time to unwind with some time near the ocean! We take a walking tour of the port, the ramparts around the old city, and spend some time at the beach. We also participate in a Gnawa music workshop to learn about this traditional West African/Moroccan music, and visit a woodworker’s studio for a lesson in local woodworking techniques.
Saying goodbye to Essaouira, we drive north (5 hours) to return to Casablanca to prepare for our trip home. If time permits, we visit Hassan II Mosque before checking into our hotel. Finally, we celebrate a final group dinner, share stories, and reflect back on our trip experiences. With our bags packed, the next morning we wake up and head to the airport for our flight home. It is the end of the trip but the beginning of a new awareness of ourselves and a new culture.