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, wood carving, and mosaic art, it is also seeking to improve through modernization the socio-economic welfare of its citizens. While most student project work is based in or near Rabat, the grand capital of the nation founded in 1146, students also take educational excursions throughout Morocco. WPI partners with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad, a global organization celebrating 65+ years of superior service to students worldwide.
Past Morocco students have:
- Worked on environmental issues such as global warming and water/energy conservation with the internationally known NGO Ribat al-Fath
- Developed the first stages of a GPS system to document and evaluate needs for rehabilitation of buildings in the centuries old, historic Medina of Rabat for the Préfecture of the city
- Improved physical navigation for the handicapped at the Mohammed VI Center for the disabled
- Collected data concerning autistic children and their treatment for Autism Speaks.