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.
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
Call STA Travel
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!