School Trips to Morocco
About school trips to Morocco
The gateway to Africa, Morocco is an ideal school group location with its varied landscapes and wildlife - including tree-climbing goats - and famously hospitable locals.
Pupils on a North Africa school trip can explore the souks of Essaouira and the many fascinating landmarks of Marrakech, including the Saadian Tombs, a beautiful complex of mausoleums and gardens housing the bodies of countless royals of the Saadian dynasty, walled up and hidden for more than two centuries.
A short flight connection from Europe ensure that school trips to Morocco are also possible for East Coast USA schools. The combination of the nomadic Berber tribes, coastal fishing villages and the highest mountains in North Africa, make Morocco an exciting location for geography, social sciences, history and cross curricular school field trips.
Morocco is an ideal destination for students of French, as this is widely spoken and considered the country’s second language. However, many residents of northern Morocco also speak Spanish, making this the perfect location for all world languages school trips.
Support we offer on school trips to Morocco
We support schools embarking on trips to Morocco in a variety of ways, including:
- Tailormade itineraries to match your school’s learning objectives
- A launch evening at the school for parents, students and teachers
- One point of contact for planning and preparation
- A comprehensive pre-departure briefing
- A highly qualified Expedition Leader to accompany your group
For more information regarding planning and executing an expedition to Morocco with your school, see our comprehensive guide on how to plan a trip here.
Fly to Marrakech
Fly from London to Marrakech where you will be met by your expedition leader and transferred to your accommodation.
In the early evening, you will visit to the famous Jemaa el Fna to see the street performers and enjoy a traditional welcome dinner.
Valley of the Roses
This morning we drive through the high Atlas mountains, passing Ouarzazate then continue towards the famous Draa valley.
After a picnic lunch we continue to the land of the Ait Atta Berber tribes and your home for the next few days, Amrad village.
Berber Village Project
We spend two days volunteering at a traditional Berber village, helping on vital projects which directly benefit the local community.
The exact project will depend on the community needs at the time but previous group projects have included school paining, house building and tree planting to combat desertification.
Berber Village Project
Today you will complete your project work.
There will also be time for games and activities with the children which is always a huge highlight. Your leader can arrange a soccer match or artisan lesson.
Today you will begin a two-day trek in the Atlas mountains. Supported by your Gapforce Leader and local guides you will trek through valleys and over peaks with breath-taking scenery.
You will also pass through more Berber villages and chance to stop for a refreshing mint tea!
Your trek continues today as you slowly work your way back to Amrad where the villagers will be waiting to hear all about your adventure.
A hearty local dinner and early night are in order here as you get ready for your visit to the desert!
Today we head beyond the mountain range and deep into the desert.
Visit to a nomadic tribe to gain an understanding of their way of life, enjoy a camel ride and evening entertainment of music and dancing under the stars
Waking up in your desert camp, this morning you will enjoy a walk in the sand dunes of the Sahara desert and visit an oasis while your guide explains the eco systems that exist in this barren region.
In the afternoon you return to Amrad where your host will put on a traditional Berber dance and farewell meal
Travel To Essaouira
Leaving the desert behind we head for the coast stopping at Ouzoud waterfalls for lunch before continuing on to Essaouira.
As we approach the coast there will also be an opportunity to stop off and see the infamous tree climbing goats!
This laid back coastal city is famous for its art, sea breezes and picture postcard ramparts.
In the morning you will enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and the afternoon is free to explore the local souks or play some beach games.
After breakfast we head back to Marrakech for an afternoon sightseeing in this fascinating city. Home to the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Menara Gardens, we visit them all.
Your final evening will be back in Jemaa el Fna for a farewell meal.
After breakfast, take a transfer back to the airport for return flights home
Gapforce Morocco Expedition Leader
Throughout your expedition you will be accompanied by a Gapforce Morocco Expedition Leader. Gapforce is renowned for the select team of enthusiastic leaders who run our worldwide expeditions.
We hire great people experienced in delivering inspiring and safe travel experiences, many of whom have graduated from our intense 4-month Morocco Expedition Leader Training which includes:
- Mountain Leader Training
- RGS Off-site safety management
- RLSS Water Safety
- QA Level 2 Activity First Aid
- Rescue Training
- Wilderness Medical Training
- Advanced Survival Training
- Expedition Planning
- Incident Management