Morocco School Trip Guide
Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Morocco. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.
Why should my student group visit Morocco?
A trip abroad to Morocco can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.
First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience. Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.
History – Are you a history teacher who would like to immerse your students in twelve centuries of varying and intense history? Morocco has all of that and more nestled into one little country. Try Fez, Tangier, and Marrakech.
Language – Are you a French language teacher who would love for your students to partake in language workshops? Explore the cities of Casablanca and Marrkech to help your students experience real-life conversations.
Outdoor Adventure – Ancient history & outdoor activities: The Atlas Mountain Range hiking and stunning view needs and interaction with Berber communities that have been living there for thousands of years.
Community Service– For only a day to a full trip: Morocco provides many opportunities to engage and help the local communities and people in places like Meknes.
Mixed Focus – Balance educational and outdoor activities with entertainment. Atlas Mountains, major cities, a pinch of desert tours and coastal surfing lessons from the best!
Luggage – Any seasoned seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Morocco. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.
• Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
• Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
• Safe money holder or fanny pack
• Extra plastic bags / ziplock
Clothing – Diverse packing is critical in Morocco, as the country’s climate changes greatly from season to location. Be mindful of any high intensity or outdoor activities you will be doing as well. For the ladies on the trip, remember to dress modestly by covering your shoulders, legs and stomachs to respect local customs. Check out our master list below and additions for HIGH heat summers and comfortably cool winter weather too.
General Packing List –
• Socks, underwear, bras
• 1 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
• 1 long skirt (ladies)
• 3 – 5 t-shirts
• 1 long sleeve shirt
• 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
• Jacket (optional: check seaons below!)
• Bathing suit
• Scarf / bandana – great for sun protection, modesty and sand protection
• Shoes – Bring shoes that are comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
• Flip flops / waterproof sandals
• Light fleece sweater
• Windbreaker or light jacket
• Toque or warm hat
• Long pants
• Mid-weight socks
Spring / Autumn:
• Long, loose fitting pants
• Windbreaker or Light jacket or warm sweater
• Long sleeve shirts
• Breathable long pants or skirts
• Breathable longsleeve
• Wide brimmed hat
• A light, long scarf or a bandana (for dressing modestly or shading yourself from the sun!)
Accessories and Extras –
• Padlock / Combination lock
• Camera / Phone / Kindle (Moroccan plugs are Type C / E)
• Book and stationery or diary
• Pocket dictionary
First Aid / Toiletries –
• Toothbrush / Toothpaste
• Mosquito repellant
• Hand Sanitiser
• Face / Hand Soap
• Shampoo / Conditioner
What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels
Morocco uses many languages, with the two most common being French and Arabic. Looking to get a jump start on your language skills? Here are some greetings and expressions for you to practice just for fun!
Good morning: Bonjour!
Good afternoon: Bonne après-midi!
Good night: Bonsoir!
Good bye: Au revoir!
See you later: A plus
Excuse me: Exusez-moi
How are you?: Comment ça va?
Fine, thanks: Bien, merci!
My name is: Je m’appelle…
What is your name?: Comment t’appelles-tu?
Pleased to meet you: Heureux de vous recontrer
Do you speak English?:Parlez-vous Anglais?
I don’t speak French: Je ne peux pas parler Francais
I don’t understand: Je ne comprends pas
I am from…: Je viens de…(name your state or city)
Slower, please: Lentement, s’il vous plaît
Where is: Où est…
The bathroom: la sale de bain
The restaurant: le restaurant
The bank: la banque
The hotel: l’hôtel
Pharmacy: la pharmacie
How much does it cost?: Ça coute combien?
Please: S’il vous plaît
Thank you: Merci!
You’re welcome: De rien!
A Few Arabic Expressions:
Ma’a salama: Goodbye!
Morocco Fun Facts
- Population of Morocco: just over 33 million people in 172,395 square miles (446,550 square km). This makes Morocco slightly larger than the state of California
- Morocco is only 8 miles from Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar.
- The name of Jemaa el Fna, the vast market square in Marrakech, Morocco, literally means “assembly of the dead” and may refer to the traditional display of the heads of criminals executed there until the 19th century
- Seksou (couscous) is the Moroccan national dish. It is granules of semolina that are steamed over a pot filled with a rich meat and vegetable stew.
- Koura, or soccer, is Morocco’s most popular sport. The national team is called the Lions of Atlas. In 2011, the 45,000-seat Stade de Marrakech was completed, allowing Morocco to host World Cup-type football events.
- Coveted since Roman times, Morocco’s rare and beautiful thuya wood can be found only in the western foothills of the Atlas Mountains. In modern times, this material is synonymous with wealth, being the first burled wood used for luxury dashboards in the Rolls Royce.