TRAVEL TO ATLAS MOUNTAINS HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

It takes a lot of planning and preparation to travel to a new destination, and we’re here to help you every step of the way! Whether you’re purchasing your plane ticket, applying for a visa, or getting ready to pack, this guide (along with your expert Program Specialist) is your ultimate resource for a successful experience. So read on to learn more. And remember that we’re always available to answer any questions that you may have, and to share our personal expertise.

In Atlas Mountains, Morocco it’s:

Flights

Your fellow volunteers will be from all over the world, and some of you may even end up on the same flight. Regardless of the flight that you choose, your arrival airport for Morocco is the Mohamed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca.

Flight to Morocco: Arrive at CMN before 1:00 pm on your program start date.
Departure Flight: Depart CMN between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm on your program end date.

Teens are invited to join your fellow participants on our recommended teen flight, available at https://www.studentuniverse.com/travel-services/CCS-CostaRica/affiliate/CCS-moroccoSummer.

If you have any questions about scheduling your flights, just let us know.

There are many online resources available to purchase your flight, but here are a few recommended by our team of volunteer travel experts:

Call Key Travel
Sapphire Team

(646) 218-2100

Call STA Travel
(800) 781-4040

Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll be greeted by a friendly CCS driver or staff member, like Don Francisco.

We’ll be waiting for you right outside of the arrival gate, so keep an eye out for a smiling face with a “Cross-Cultural Solutions” sign! It’s a 30 minute drive (depending on traffic) from the airport to our Home-Base, so you’ll be able to take in some of the sights of Morocco as you relax after your journey.

CCS Driver, Don Francisco

Immunizations

We want to make sure you're healthy during your CCS experience, so take a moment to review the recommended vaccinations for your destination at the Centers for Disease Control, or by visiting a travel doctor.

Visas

As long as you're traveling in Morocco for less than 90 days, you don't need to obtain a visa if you hold a passport issued from the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom.

Is your passport issued from a country other than those listed above? Find out if a visa is required for your travel!

Insurance

As a CCS volunteer, you’ll automatically be covered by our comprehensive Travel Medical & Emergency Evacuation Insurance while you’re participating in our program. If you’re traveling before or after your program, you may choose to extend your insurance so that you’re covered every step of the way.

What does your insurance include?
  • To start, up to $50,000 of medical expenses (with unlimited Medivac services), benefits allowing you to speak with mental health professionals, and $1,000 trip cancellation insurance in the event of illness or injury.
  • In the event that you do need medical assistance, keep in mind that you’ll need to pay the medical costs directly and claim for reimbursement once you return – so budget an additional $100 just in case.
  • Learn about all the details of your insurance in the Insurance FAQs.

Need to upgrade your insurance? There are alternate plans available to you, which can increase your medical expense limits to $500,000 and your trip cancellation insurance up to $5,000. Just log on to the Core Travel website to print your card, extend your insurance, or upgrade!

What to Pack

You'll be staying in the Atlas Mountains in the summertime, when the weather is dry, warm, and sunny. Expect temperatures in the 70s, although it can be colder during the day from northwestern breezes. It can get a bit cool in the evenings, especially since the Home-Base doesn’t have heating, so pack a few sweaters for some chilly evenings.

As international travelers, we love everything about preparing for our next adventure—but we must admit, packing can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. We’re here to help you figure out what to bring and what to leave at home, and we've even created a handy packing list as a general guideline. This is based on a two-week volunteer experience, and assumes you’re doing laundry around every 10 days, so feel free to make adjustments based on what is right for you.

Pack light!

You don’t want to drag around heavy suitcases. And remember, you can get toiletries and other essentials in-country.

Save some room!

We’re sure that you’ll fall in love with some amazing keepsakes during your time in-country, so feel free to bring along an extra, empty bag to cart it all home.

Spending Money

Morocco's currency is the dirham – you can exchange your currency into dirhams when you arrive at the airport in Casablanca, or withdraw quetzales at an ATM within a few blocks of the CCS Home-Base. Remember to contact your bank and credit card companies before travel to let them know that you’ll be out of the country!

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