Morocco Teaching & Trekking

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1. In Brief

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 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
Project equipment
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.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

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 the 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 enrich the local community through the purchasing of food and supplies from local providers. In this way, ecotourism is providing 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 a privileged access and insights into the world of these marginalised and oppressed communities whose simple way of life is being eroded by global influences. 

3. What to expect

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 range 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 teahouses, small but comfortable hostels, and will appreciate the legendary hospitality of the Moroccan people when enjoying homestays (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, due to its appealing combination of fresh, organic and healthy ingredients, diverse and unusual flavours and exotic presentation. Try cous cous 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). 

4. The reviews

The Berber Experience!  | 11 Jun 2013
The Morocco Teaching and Trekking trip was one of the best experiences of my life. Everyone in th...

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Unforgettable teaching experience in the Ait Souka village  | 15 May 2012
Tomorrow is my last day here in Imlil. I have to say that I am extremely grateful to the Frontier...

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Going where the tourists don't  | 1 Oct 2010
I participated on the Frontier Morocco teaching and trekking project for 4 weeks in August 2010. ...

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6. Extras

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.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,545

Extra week US$645

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 dependant on the lunar calander.

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
  • UK TEFL training day & certification

In-country

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

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Marrakech (RAK)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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