Destination: Morocco - 12 Days
All year round
16 Years Old
DISCOVER THE TRUE MOROCCO
Our educational tour of Morocco introduces students to the beauty of Northern Africa- click through to see what’s included!
Enjoy a guided tour of the colourful Souks and palaces of the of the old medina before moving onto the Jamna el Fnaa square with its story tellers, juice sellers and the Koutoubia Mosque.
On the third day, we will drive you across the stunning Agafay desert to Essaouria and the coast. Relax on the beautiful Essaouira beach and spend an evening exploring the historic fort with its cafes, shops and beautiful architecture.
CAMEL TREK AND OVERNIGHT CAMPING
Experience the Sahara! On day 3 you will trek with camels through sand dunes, small farms and fishing huts to reach the campsite. In the evening enjoy sandboarding in the dunes for sunset followed by a night of wild camping!
SURF LESSONS AND THE CITY OF TAROUDANT
Head to the seaside town of Tamraght for private surf lessons before moving onto visit the crocparc to learn more about Nile crocodiles and tour the botanical gardens. The final destination of the day is Taroudant, for an evening of relaxing or visiting Souks.
You will be driven through the foothills of the Siroua mountains to Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to the Sahara featuring spectacular palaces and fortified cities. Enjoy a tour of the Atlas Studios used in films such as Game of Thrones!
KASBAH OF AIT BENHADDOU
The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou is a world heritage site and a prime example of an ancient fortified town. Once again this has been used as a set in many films! Carrying on into the Atlas mountains the temperature gets colder as we gain altitude- to about 2000m. Reaching the village of Telouet, the group settle into a ‘Gite’ and meet the local villagers who will be assisting with projects.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING IN THE MOUNTAINS
Will see the group volunteering with the guidance of the local community in the mountain village of Telouet. The volunteer projects are based on the requirements of the village at the time but usually consist of agriculture, classroom revamp, infrastructure.
The cultural exchange will see the students really get involved in mountain life. The day is split into two parts: community visits and a sports day arranged with the schools.
RETURN TO MARRAKECH
We descend down the Tizi n Tichka pass then visiting the ‘Terre d’Amanar’ activity centre where students can try zip-lines, rope walks, archery and more. The evening sees the group heading back to Marrakech.
Community Development in Atlas Mountains
Our volunteer programme focuses on Community Development in the mountain villages of Morocco. This programme gives you unique access to live in a small community helping develop education, infrastructure & agriculture. Travelteer‛s fundraising aims to make a big impact on these mountain communities, investing in the infrastructure that will provide children with brighter futures. Our sustainable projects have already improved agriculture, educational equipment and living conditions in several villages and we‛re just getting started!
When it comes to agriculture, our projects centre around the needs of the local communities. The kind of tasks that volunteers could get involved with vary hugely, from building greenhouses to help increase crop yield and productivity, to building drip irrigation systems and assisting in daily farming duties within the local community. Previous projects have also included digging new water channels to create village-wide water distribution.
At Travelteer we understand that for education to advance, students must have their basic needs covered. Through our classroom revamp scheme, we can provide a platform for students to excel. Volunteers will assist in the improvement of school facilities - helping provide children with a cleaner, brighter space to learn. Under the guidance of local experts, volunteers will help renovate and refurbish classrooms, kitchens or whatever infrastructure is most needed by the community at that time.
Travelteer partners with each community to help contribute to the village’s infrastructure. The volunteer projects are based on the requirements of the village at the time to ensure meaningful impact. Generally, volunteers will be assisting local experts with basic renovation, whether that be building with mud brick or general maintenance within the village. This hands-on programme is a great way for students to experience a different way of life!
Day 1 – Airport Arrival in Morocco
Airport arrival & Relax by the pool
The group arrives at Marrakech airport where our in-country staff will meet you on arrival before taking the group to our Marrakech accommodation. All volunteers will be staying in the same hotel, so this is a great place to relax with friends before kicking off the tour! During the evening, the Travelteer team will provide an induction and tour briefing, ensuring that everybody is on the same page and excited to kick off their tour! The group will have dinner together and have the chance to taste delicious Moroccan delicacies and relax for the evening.
Day 2 - Exploring Marrakech
Discovering the Souks and Palaces
For the second day of the expedition, students will enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech’s famous souks (markets) selling everything from lanterns to colourful babouches (traditional Moroccan slippers). This is a great way to experience the city's rich and colourful culture - explore bustling streets filled with exotic spices and try your hand at haggling for souvenirs! Next, it’s onto the palaces of the old medina and the opportunity to explore the Jamna el Fnaa square with its story tellers, juice sellers and the Koutoubia Mosque.
Day 3 - Essaouira and The Coast
Beach Day and City Tour
Leaving Marrakech on day three, the group start with a 3-hour drive across the Agafay Desert towards the city of Essaouira and the Atlantic coastline - make sure to look out for goats grazing in the trees! This beautiful city overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and its historic centre (the Medina) was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. The group will spend the afternoon relaxing on Essaouira beach before exploring the beautiful city and enjoying its cafes, shops, and beautiful architecture.
Day 4 - Camel Trek & Overnight Camping
Camel Trekking and Sandboarding
This is your opportunity to experience the Sahara Desert! The group will trek with camels through sand dunes, small farms & fishing huts to reach the campsite for the night. Students can help with watering and feeding the camels as well as helping the cooks prepare the evening meal - a great opportunity to learn about traditional Moroccan cuisine! In the evening, the group enjoys sunset sandboarding in the dunes followed by a night of wild camping in the desert.
Day 5 - Surf Lessons & Taroudant
Surf lessons and Crocoparc
The group heads to the seaside town of Tamraght to a surf camp for private surf sessions. All equipment is included alongside surf coaches! Students will then visit the Crocoparc, to learn more about Nile Crocodiles and tour the botanical gardens.
We then travel to the day's destination and former Berber capital of Morocco, Taroudant. The evening will be spent relaxing in the hotel or visiting the city's souks.
Day 6 - Atlas Studios & Ouarzazate
After breakfast on the day six, we will drive through beautiful terrain to Ouarzazate, high in the Atlas Mountains. Known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert, the area features spectacular palaces and fortified cities. The area is a noted film-making location and films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962) & The Mummy (1999) were shot here, as was part of the TV series Game of Thrones.
The group will tour the film sets of Atlas studios where films such as Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator were created!
Day 7 - Kasbah Ait Benhaddou
Ancient Towns and Atlas Mountains
On day 7, The group will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, A World Heritage site and a prime example of an ancient, fortified town. It also has been used in many films and series including Game of Thrones.
Following our visit to the Kasbah, we drive into the Atlas Mountains with the temperature getting cooler as we gain altitude – to about 2000m. Reaching the village of Telouet, the group settles into a 'Gite' - we will then meet local villagers who will be assisting with volunteer projects!
Day 8 & 9 - Community Development in the Atlas Mountains
Volunteering in the Atlas Mountains
Our volunteer programme focuses on Community Development in the mountain villages of Morocco. This programme gives you unique access to live in a small community helping develop education, infrastructure & agriculture.
The mountainous regions of North Africa offer our volunteers a real eye-opening experience – with breath-taking landscapes, fascinating culture and welcoming people, but infrastructure within the communities can be pretty basic.
Travelteer‛s fundraising aims to make a big impact on these mountain communities, investing in the infrastructure that will provide children with brighter futures. Our sustainable projects have already improved agriculture, educational equipment and living conditions in a number of villages and we‛re just getting started!
Day 10 - Cultural Exchange in the Mountains
As part of our 2 week expedition, students will have the chance to engage in a cultural exchange - providing amazing insight into lives of Moroccan mountain communities. The cultural exchange is made up of 2 parts:
Community visits: Visiting households going about their daily work such as farming, shepherding, rug making, cooking, tending to livestock
Sports day: Help to run a sports day that has been arranged with the school for the local children.
Day 11 - Leaving The Atlas Mountains
Zip Lining & Adventure Park
With the Community Development part of our expedition complete, the group will spend the morning descending the famous Tizi n Tichka pass with its zig zag route through the Atlas Mountains.
After lunch the group visits the 'Terre d'Amanar' activity centre in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Students can get involved with activities such as zip lines, rope walks, archery and more!
The evening sees the group back in Marrakech for dinner and accommodation.
Day 12 - Animal Rescue Centre
Animal Rescue Centre, Shopping & Flying home
On day twelve, students will volunteer at an animal rescue centre for the day - helping to look after the animals by feeding, washing and mucking out their pens under the guidance of a great local team.
The group will then return to Marrakech in the evening for some last-minute shopping in the souks, taking in the sights and sounds of this amazing city or simply a swim in the hotel pool! The following morning will see the group transferred back to the airport for flights home along with Travelteer staff.