Program dates: 01/03/2017 – 04/12/2017
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This program focuses on the history, culture, social dynamics, and socio-economic institutions of Morocco. The course of study includes Modern Standard Arabic (prior to departure) and intensive Moroccan Arabic, as well as the diverse religious heritage of the region, Morocco’s distinctive architecture and urban landscape, colonial and post-colonial experiences, modernization and globalization, and women and gender relations. The program is located in Marrakesh, Agadir and Fez with excursions to other cities. Students will live with host families.
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From Tenerife to Agadir, to Taroudannt, to Sidi Ifni and back to Agadir with Dar Si Hmad - While the Canary Islands brought us a multitude of unexpected adventures including a missed flight, a hurricane-like storm for the ages, and a hospital visit for one student (all is well), it also offered the opportunity to learn about water challenges on the island of Tenerife. We hiked with a guide in Malpaís and learned […]
A Beginner’s Guide to Harvesting Fog - Right now, I’m sitting in a café with two of my classmates, both named Emily. The two Emilys are researching for paper that we will be writing for our class on sustainability and development in Morocco, taught by Dr. Jamila Bargach. I tried for a while, but feeling stuck, was just now reflecting on the […]
Turning 20 in the Canary Islands! - This past weekend, we took a trip to Tenerife, and Island within the Spanish Territory of the Canary Islands. The purpose of this trip was to see a fog collection project that was similar to the project we have the opportunity to see in Sidi Ifini, led by Dar Si Hmad, the organization we’re working […]
Leaving Marrakesh and Canary Islands - We just arrived in Agadir after our wonderful few days in the Canary Islands! We went to Tenerife, where we were able to learn more about fog harvesting, which is a component of our Sustainability and Development class. Unfortunately, we were not able to see the fog harvesting because of the bad weather, but a […]
Speaking of bread….. - We’ve all been enjoying bread in Morocco but while in the Sahara, we had a very special treat. Here’s how to bake your bread in the sand!
Our Trip to the Sahara نهاية أسبوع رائعة في الصحراء - Emily HR ’19 is excited to make it into the mountains Ait Ben haddu’s Kasbah, which is an old city and kasbas are spread out Morocco. Kaye Johnson ’18 looking up the riverbed from the top of the kasbah in Ait Bin Haddu. Vela ’19, enjoys the view of the sunset from a top of dune. […]
An Ode to Msemen - Oh my lovely msemen You are so oily and sweet We are so #blessed to have this chance to meet You are so crisp and light And you occupy my thoughts into the night With jam, honey, or plain You are always in my brain My soulmate, my love Msemen, Msemen
Hamaame-Oh-My - “Honestly, the dead skin that left my body probably weighed a pound in total.” This is a quote from my journal entry my first day with my host family in Marrakech. When my sister asked if I wanted to go to the Hamaam, I jumped at the opportunity to see more of the neighborhood and participate […]
Moroccan Wedding - The very first evening with my host family, they excitedly told me that they had a “marriage” in the family, and I would get to attend. I happily accepted, believing that I would have a few weeks to practice my dariija, buy new shoes, and mentally prepare myself. Little did I know that the wedding […]
First Few Weeks in Morocco - It has been a little less than two weeks since we have arrived in Marrakech, and have all been making the adjustment. After a disastrous journey over with airline blunders and misinformation, it is a relief to finally be settled. I am living with a wonderful host family in the neighborhood of m’hamid, with two […]