Immerse Yourself in Moroccan Culture
From Arabic lessons -- learning basic phrases to converse with new local friends, as well as Arabic script calligraphy -- to henna and artisan craft workshops, we’ll help you immerse yourself in Moroccan culture. Through specially-tailored activities, you’ll become more and more acquainted with your new home-away-from home, and better able to engage deeply at your volunteer work assignment.
Lose track of time visiting the famous medina of Fez. Soak up its rich history and culture as you share the narrow lanes with Moroccan shopkeepers, school children, and even the occasional donkey or cow. Visit Fez's giant tanneries, the only place left in the world where traditional leather is crafted, or wander past the oldest university on the planet. Wherever you turn in this historic city, you'll witness the past converging with the present in a rich and vibrant culture.
Hike through Cedar Forests
The cedar forests surrounding Azrou not only provide breathtaking landscapes, but also are an important source of fuel for the community and materials for local artisans. Take a hike through these forests, and catch a glimpse of Morocco's barbary apes in the tree tops.
Morocco is famous for its cuisine, and you'll soon see why. Don't stop at just eating delicious Moroccan food though; make it yourself through our CCS cooking classes. Learn how to use a traditional clay tagine, and even buy one in the market to replicate your new recipes back home. You'll be receiving 'compliments to the chef' in no time!
Wander Through the Blue City
Journey to Chefchaouen, a northern city famous for the blue hues of its buildings. Explore this historic city, walking past leather tanners and weavers working out of shops along cobblestone streets. Be sure to bring a camera for Chefchaouen’s Instagram-worthy views!
Ride a Camel Through the Desert
Cross a desert camel trek off your bucket list! Put on your favorite scarf and bright outfit for awesome photographs against a stunning desert backdrop. Then, climb aboard your new dromedary friend for a one-of-a-kind -- and environmentally friendly! -- ride through the Sahara.
Women in Morocco
Women in Morocco have enjoyed increasing freedoms since independence from France in 1956. However, with female education and literacy rates still significantly lower than males, particularly in rural areas, the traditional gender roles continues to limit opportunities for women. Learn about the role of women in Islam and in Morocco through engaging and intensive discussions and personal interactions.
Hike the Cedar Forest
Lace up your boots for a hike through a nearby cedar forest, famous for its stunning panoramic views, soothing cedar scents, traditional sheep herders, and even occasional glimpses of monkeys!