Morocco: Multiculturalism in North Africa

Morocco: Multiculturalism in North Africa

Experience the melting pot of African, Middle Eastern, and European influences on Moroccan culture. The program begins in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, where you’ll explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, street markets, and ancient medina. Learn about Amazigh (also known as Berber) and Arab cultures while you explore the nation’s rich history and modern society. Take formal Moroccan Arabic — also known as Darija — language lessons, learn to cook traditional meals, and try your hand at time-honored Moroccan arts, such as music and dance, tapestry weaving, and tablet writing. Discover ancient ruins and meander through the markets in the cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakesh. Ride camels across the sandy dunes of the Sahara.
Your Experiment continues to unfold as you spend two weeks in a rural community, immersed in the daily life of a Moroccan 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 children. Local experts will introduce your group to aspects of current Moroccan society, including religion and gender roles. 
Travel the country and meet with artists in Fez on your way to Marrakesh, where you will see storytellers, snake charmers, acrobats, and other street performers in the 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 of Volubilis. Stroll sandy beaches, hike in the Todgha Gorge, and visit remote villages in the High and Middle Atlas mountains. Return to Rabat for a final day of exploration and reflection. 
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/MAM.

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