Morocco: Multiculturalism in the Arab World

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Morocco: Multiculturalism in the Arab World

Please visit our website for more information. Experience Amazigh and Arab cultures in Morocco and learn about the nation’s history and modern society on this high school summer abroad program. Study Arabic language through formal lessons; learn to cook a traditional Moroccan meal; and study traditional Moroccan arts such as music and dance, basket weaving, and tablet writing. Explore ancient ruins and the cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech. Cross the Atlas Mountains and go trekking across the dunes of the Sahara. The program begins in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, where you’ll explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, street markets, and ancient medina. Local experts will introduce you and your group to aspects of current Moroccan society, including religion and gender roles. Your Moroccan Experiment continues to unfold as you spend two weeks in a rural community, immersed in the daily lives of a Moroccan homestay family. Share couscous and mint tea with your family and play soccer with local youth. During this period, you and your group will participate in a community service project such as planting trees, painting a school, or teaching English to local children. Numerous excursions allow you to see several of Morocco’s cities. Meet with artists in Fes and see storytellers, snake charmers, acrobats, and other street performers in Marrakech’s famous Jamaa el Fna Square. Explore ancient port cities along Morocco’s coast and enjoy a picnic at the ruins of the first-century Roman city Volubilis. You’ll also have opportunities to experience Morocco’s natural environments. Stroll sandy beaches, hike in the Todgha Gorge, and visit remote villages in the High and Middle Atlas Mountains. On an excursion to the Sahara, ride in a camel caravan and watch the sun set behind the dunes. Language Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed. Orientation: Rabat, 5 days Homestay: Oulmes, 2 weeks Other Accommodations: Hotels, hostels, and camps

Subjects

  • Arabic
  • Culture

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