Location and Culture:
Morocco is a developing Muslim nation located on the far Western tip of North Africa. While the country strives to preserve its historic traditional crafts in rug weaving, woodcarving, and mosaic art, it is also seeking to improve the socio-economic welfare of its citizens through modernization. While student project work will be conducted throughout Morocco, the project center itself is based in Rabat, the grand capital of the nation founded in 1146. Average temperatures in Rabat in September range from 62°F to 80°F.
Housing and Meals:
Students are housed in apartments in and around the historic Medina (city section). Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Moroccan cuisine is influenced by Morocco's interactions and exchanges with other cultures and nations over the centuries, and typically consists of a mix of Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian, and Berber foods. Spices and herbs are used extensively in Moroccan food, and common meats include beef, goat, mutton, lamb, camel, chicken and seafood. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.
Past students at the Rabat, Morocco Project Center have:
- Worked on environmental issues such as global warming and water/energy conservation with the internationally known non-government organization Ribat al-Fath
- Designed a manual for learning/behavior disorders, an art and music room, and planned fundraising initiatives for the orphanage Fondation Rita Zniber in Meknes
- Created a podcast studying traditional Berber music styles