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Morocco Teaching & Trekking

Spend the first part of your project trekking across the Atlas Mountains with expert Berber guides, and then play a major role in a rural school with disadvantaged children.

Prices from US$2,045

Discover Morocco – a country of vividly coloured towns baking under the hot North African sun, striking mountain ranges where eagles soar in the azure skies and tribal communities live by ancient and arcane rituals and traditions. With its African culture juxtaposed with strong Mediterranean and Moorish influences, expressed in the dramatic architecture, this country has been a magnet drawing visitors for centuries. You will take part in a seven day trek in the magnificent heights of the Atlas Mountains that dominate the northern region of this unusual North African country, followed by a challenging and worthwhile teaching and development assignment within a deprived rural and Berber village. Whilst on the trek you will enjoy travelling along the spine of the cragged mountains, passing along ancient herding trails led by your expert Berber guides, and absorbing the magnificent natural landscapes and vistas that surround you. Once you have completed the trekking phase of this project, you can get fully involved with living amongst the hospitable people of a small Moroccan mountain village, gaining an intimate and fascinating insight into the lives of a settlement that has existed for millennia. Embrace this teaching and trekking project for a comprehensive and exhilarating gap year adventure or year out experience in this beautiful and unique African country.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earn your Frontier TEFL certificate for free!
  • Trek in the magnificent heights of the Atlas mountains
  • Teach English to the enthusiastic community

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Morocco
Activities Teaching
Mountain trekking
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Berber mule
Accommodation Varies

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Free Frontier TEFL Certificate
In-country Food (2 meals per day)
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation & training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

They call themselves the "Amazigh", the proud raiders, however most people know them as Berbers. An ancient tribal community, Morocco's mountain people sustain a lifestyle that has changed little over the centuries, by defending their language and culture against would be invaders from the world over – French, Roman, and Arab. However, in recent years the tide of globalisation, in the form of an American Moroccan oil development, has encroached upon their land and way of life – an invasion that the Berbers describe as the arrival of yet another conquering horde. This recent assault represents a real possibility that the culture, manifested in its language and traditional rituals, may be forced into retreat by commercial interests and global forces. In order to support these increasingly oppressed and marginalised indigenous communities and enable them to prevent the dissolution of their way of life, it is essential that projects and expeditions such as this have recourse to and utilise their traditional skills and indigenous knowledge, since this will fund the local community through the purchase of food and supplies from local providers. In this way, ecotourism provides communities with the tools they need to benefit from their ancient culture.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your week long adventure trek will be led by project staff and expert local Berber tribesmen, who have an intimate knowledge of the route, ensuring that your experience will be totally authentic, exciting and safe. You will be travelling by foot with a caravan of mules carrying the expedition luggage. You will average a significant distance every day during a six hour period, which will really give you the opportunity to push yourself physically as you absorb the magnificent landscapes that surround you and breathe the clean mountain air. You will have the chance to view some of the most exhilarating peaks in North Africa, where you will find views that will take your breath away, including Mount Toubkal, famous throughout the world. Once you have completed your journey across the mountains, you will enter the community phase of the project, which entails a teaching assignment within a local Berber village. You will gain privileged access and insights into the world of these marginalised and oppressed communities whose simple way of life is being eroded by global influences. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected from the airport in Marrakech by friendly project staff. All in-country transfers and travel is included.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

A variety of different types of accommodation is incorporated into the journey as you make your way across the mountain range, with stops at different villages every night. You will enjoy a truly authentic experience with stays in charming tea houses and small but comfortable hostels and will appreciate the legendary hospitality of the Moroccan people when enjoying staying in a homestay (when available).

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with two meals a day throughout the duration of your project.  Moroccan food has grown in popularity across the world as a result of its appealing combination of fresh, organic and healthy ingredients, diverse and unusual flavours and exotic presentation. Try couscous flavoured with turmeric and sweet juicy sultanas, or enjoy lamb kebabs cooked over a traditional clay oven and served with fresh baked breads. During the day on the trek, you will eat a basic but nutritious breakfast of locally sourced bread, cheeses, jams and tea, with dinner being homemade soup followed by a meat dish (a vegetarian option can be provided). 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Morocco has an impressive array of activities to occupy visitors and you may wish to add some of these pursuits onto the beginning or end of your trip, for a small additional cost. You can try camel riding to experience the historic and authentic Moroccan method of travel or sand dune surfing for an adrenaline fuelled adventure sport. You will also have the chance to venture round some of the wonderful markets or souks, full of dark, mysterious shop doorways, that you are sure to want to explore. Morocco also has fantastic beaches and you may want to relax and unwind at the end of your adventure with a few days on Morocco's fabulous coast.

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,045

Extra week US$545

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly, first Friday.

Please be aware of the following Morroccan school holidays:

New Years Holiday 1st Jan - 4th Jan

11th January

16th and 17th February

Spring  Holidays for 10 days at the end of March

1st May - Exams also take place in May so teaching hours are heavily reduced

Summer Holidays 15th June - 15th September

There is also a holiday at the end of Ramadan and Aid Aladha (4 days each) dates of which are dependent on the lunar calendar.

DURATION

4 weeks and longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • Free Frontier TEFL certificate

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Marrakech (RAK)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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