Global Prep — 2018
Jun 15-18, 2018 -> Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2018 Application deadline: April 1, 2018
During your two weeks in Azrou—a quiet mountain city known for its delicious cherries and scenic cedar forests—you’ll explore Moroccan culture and give back to the community through impactful volunteer projects. You and your group of other high school volunteers will help ensure that local children have adequate resources like freshly renovated classrooms and up-to-date playgrounds. You’ll also take Arabic lessons, and make use of your new language skills during your excursions to local markets and museums. Plus, you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride a camel through the Sahara Desert!
Your journey will begin in New York City, where you’ll meet the other members of your group. Then you’ll travel together with your group leader to Azrou. You’ll be welcomed at the airport by local staff or volunteers and then brought to your volunteer base for a traditional welcome meal. Later, you can wander through Azrou’s laid-back streets and admire the European-style red tile roofs. You might also catch a whiff of some spicy street food as you admire hand-made treasures at the local Berber market.
You’ll have the chance to work alongside experienced volunteers while completing projects that focus on providing resources to local children. You and your friends will have a hand in bettering the community in real, tangible ways that include constructing a school playground during your first week and painting classrooms during your second week.
In addition to your volunteer efforts, you’ll take Arabic lessons to master some practical phrases that will help you communicate with the people you meet. In turn, you’ll also get to spend time with local kids and help them practice their English skills.
During your two weeks in Morocco, you’ll stay at a volunteer base in the city of Azrou, which is surrounded by forests and mountains that are rich in wildlife like the famous macaque apes (a species that, despite its common name, is actually a type of monkey). When you visit the Sahara, you’ll stay with your group in a desert hotel. At your hotel and volunteer base, you’ll have the chance to enjoy some delicious Moroccan food like tagine, a type of stew named after the traditional clay pot in which it’s made.
Your time in Morocco will be full of exciting adventures as you learn about the vibrant Berber culture. (Berber is the name of a local ethnic group that is indigenous to North Africa.) One of the highlights of your trip will be visiting the legendary Sahara Desert, where you’ll get to ride a camel! You can also explore the city of Azrou, visiting bustling markets and historic museums. As you meet local kids and make friends with high schoolers, you’ll learn first-hand about Morocco’s culture and education system. In your free time, you can play sports with Moroccan teens and attend cooking classes where you’ll learn to make traditional dishes like couscous.
"Life-changing" is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
"Transformed" is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though - others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. "Life-changing" means it’s only the beginning.
Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don’t book any travel based on these dates until you’ve received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.