The second term of our 2016-17 school year promises to be filled with beautiful sunsets, Arabian nights, and the chance for our young nomads to share travel tips with the Berber nomads who call Morocco home. Morocco will be our second visit to Africa and our first in the continent’s Maghreb (Arab West) region. We anticipate our students will find much to love during our time here.
Our weXplore expeditions in Morocco will likely include a visit to Fez, the only medieval Arab city that remains wholly intact. As our students navigate Fez’s incredibly narrow streets—barely large enough to fit a donkey, let alone a car—they’ll have the opportunity to witness craftsmen tanning leather, weaving carpets, and forging crockery: trades that have propped up Fez’s economy for centuries. Our young scholars with a nose for history will also want to visit the University of Al-Karaouine during their time in Fez. Al-Karaouine, founded in 859 by Fatima al-Fihri, is the oldest continuously operating university in the world.
While we could easily spend a term exploring Morocco’s cities and reveling in their old-world charm, the real allure of this coastal country lies in its opportunities for outdoor adventure. Perhaps the most monumental excursion of all will be a visit to Erg Chebbi, where colossal sand dunes reach up to 500 feet (150 meters) in height. Options for exploring the sea of sand include camel, quad bike, and hot air balloon, but we’ll leave it up to our students to decide which is best.