Why go on a school trip to Morocco?
11 Apr 2017 13:55
Morocco, a country of great contrasts and only a short flight time from the UK, is the perfect place to visit on a school trip. Morocco is the exotic getaway on Europe's doorstep and is a real treat for the senses. Vibrant ancient cities, awe-inspiring mountain ranges and ancient Berber communities still untouched and preserved in the remote corners of the land.
School trips to Morocco tantalise the taste buds of geography students, religious studies education, food technology, general studies, history and teachers too! For a school trip that encompasses adventure, culture, history and wilderness, you really needn't look any further! What can your students experience on school tour of Morocco?
The High Atlas Mountains of Morocco are popular with trekkers and Geography students alike. The less-visited Anti-Atlas Mountains offer quieter and more personal experiences, whilst the Rif Mountains provide ample caves and forests to explore.
The quiet town of Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains provides a good starting point for many trekking holidays. Imlil also provides the base for our Geography field trip in Morocco, where students can get involved in the local community projects, helping this progressive community with their latest development. Teachers - despite no running water or electricity in nearby towns, Imlil does have its own mobile phone mast so contacting home shouldn't be a problem.
Marrakech, Fes, Rabat and Meknes have all, at some point in history, been the capital of magical Morocco. These cities contain packed medinas (an old, walled part of the city), palaces, churches, mosques and museums for your history students to indulge. You can explore all of the imperial cities in our dedicated 6-day school tour.
Morocco's history is vast and encompasses influence from the Berbers, the Roman Empire and the French and Spanish settlers. As you move from city to city on your school tour, you'll notice the influences all of these people had on Morocco.
South of the Atlas Mountains is the famous Sahara Desert, the third largest desert in the world, where your students can have the full Sahara experience including a slow camel trekking ride across the vast and sandy dunes. Aside from mountain trekking, the Sahara is one of the main reasons people visit Morocco, offering a safe place to explore the sandy landscape.
Despite being the largest hot desert in the world, the Sahara Desert experienced over a metre of snow this winter, the first snowfall in nearly 40 years!
Souks and Shopping
Most of the cities offer fantastic shopping, in particular Fez, Casablanca and Tangier where you will find the most popular Souks (Moroccan for a market or bazaar). Students can master the art of haggling with shop owners for ceramics, leather, baskets, jewellery and carpets. Bargaining is both accepted and expected, so you can get stuck in and test your skills.
You might be able to smell the aromatic flavours of Moroccan dishes before your plane even lands on the runway. Traditional Moroccan stews, cous cous, home made bread, tagines and delicious pastries are favourites on the menu's, washed down with a refreshing mint tea.
There's so much more to say about why you should visit Morocco, but why not try it yourself and see what it has to offer? We organise school trips to Morocco starting at £649 per student and the best part - teachers go free!
Check out the range of school trips to Morocco we provide at Voyager Worldwide, or let us create a bespoke tour for your students. Get in touch!