Morocco Trip

DSC 03011In the summer holidays 4 staff took 22 pupils to Morocco for 2 weeks. It was the first time that pupils from Salendine Nook have undertaken such a trip but everyone had a fantastic time and learned a lot about themselves. Their first night was spent in the vibrant and colourful city of Marrakech where they had to purchase a local mobile phone and provisions for the next phase of the trip; a walking expedition in the High Atlas mountains where they would climb Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

The next morning they set off to the Berber village of Aroumd and from here they walked to the basecamp in the Atlas mountains where they camped for 3 nights whilst trekking. The highlight of this phase of the trip was the ascent of Mount Toubkal which stands at over 4,000 metres above sea level. Despite meeting groups of trekkers who warned them about the tough ascent everyone made it to the summit with relative ease, although one or two pupils did suffer from the effects of being at altitude.

After the trekking phase the group then split into two smaller groups. The Year 11 pupils went back down the mountain pass to work in the town of Asni and the Year 10 pupils went on a 7 hour journey across the Tizi n Test and Tizi n Tizka mountain passes to the desert city of Ourzazate – the gateway to the Sahara.

At Asni the pupils were given the option of maintaining and constructing footpaths around the local village, assisting with the irrigation of plants that were being grown at the refuge in order to benefit the local community or to help local villagers prepare ad cook meals in the refuge kitchen. The Ouarzazate group had to clean, decorate and repair the dormitories in a local school and they did an amazing job. The Moroccan project leader said that he had never met a group who had worked so hard and achieved so much in such a short space of time. The staff were incredibly proud of all the pupils.

To finish the groups met up again at the beautiful Moroccan coastal town of Essaouirra where they shopped in the local souks, rode camels and relaxed on the beach before going back to Marrakech for one final night.

It was an incredible trip and was so successful that the next expedition – to Southern India – is now being planned for the summer of 2017.

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