Program Details & Sample Itinerary

Program Cost

The program fee will be c. $4,612.00  for the three weeks, including tuition, room, full board, all program-related transportation and airport transfers in country, air fare (Boston-Rabat-Boston), and college administrative fees. A grant of $1,000.00 will be provided to each participant. For financial aid eligible students, this grant will be applied as part of the financial aid package.   

 

Itinerary 

The following is the itinerary for the 2015 Wintersession from January 5-25, 2015.

Week One

Monday, January 4 (Boston-Paris-Rabat)

8:05 P.M. Depart from Boston Logan Airport to Rabat via Paris

Note: All participants must leave with the group from Boston

Monday, January 5  (Rabat)

12:20 P.M.        Arrival at Rabat, Meet group leader, Check into hotel
5:00                    Walk to the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL)
5:30-6:30          Program overview and orientation
6:30                    Dinner at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning

Tuesday, January 6  (Rabat)

7:00-9:00         Breakfast at the hotel
9:30-10:30       Lecture: “Morocco 101”
10:45-12:00     Orientation Session: “Gender Dynamics, Street Harassment”
12:30                  Lunch at the Center
2:00                   Orientation to family life in Morocco
3:00                   Meet host families and transfer
                            Dinner with host family

Wednesday, January 7  (Rabat)

7:00-8:45         Breakfast with host family
9:00                   Debriefing the homestay experience
9:30                   Moroccan Arabic 101
11:00                 Orientation to the bargaining exercise
11:30                 Field exercise on bargaining in the medina
1:00                   Lunch at the Center
2:30                   Debriefing of the bargaining exercise
3:00-5:00        Lecture: “The Veil and Moroccan Costumes”
                            Dinner with host family

Thursday, January 8  (Rabat)

7:00-8:30         Breakfast with host family
9:00-10:30       Moroccan Arabic 102
10:30-12:30     Bus Tour: “Daily Life in Rabat”
12:30                  Lunch at the Center
3:00-5:00         Group discussion with Moroccan university students
                             Dinner with host family

Friday, January 9  (Rabat)

7:00-9:30         Breakfast with host family
10:00-11:30     Moroccan Arabic 103
12:00                  Lunch at the Center
2:30-4:00         Lecture: “Political Reforms in the 21st Century”
                             Dinner with host family

Saturday, January 10  (Rabat)

7:00-9:30         Breakfast with host family
10:30-12:00     Lecture: “History of Morocco”
12:00                  Lunch at the Center
2:30-4:00         Lecture: “Human Rights and Religion”
4:00-5:00         Orientation to the hammam (Turkish bath) – Visit to hammam optional, but available for those interested.
                             Dinner with host family

Sunday, January 11  (Rabat)

7:00-9:15          Breakfast with host family
9:30-11:00        Lecture: “Moroccan Identities”
11:15-12:30       Lecture: : “The Maghreb Physical Environment”
12:30                  Lunch at the Center
3:00-4:30         Lecture: “Multilingualism in Morocco”
 

Week Two

Monday, January 12  (Rabat)

7:00-9:00         Breakfast with host family
9:30-11:00        Lecture: ”Arab Spring and Post Revolution Challenges”
11:00-12:30      Lecture: “Amazigh (Berber) Issues in Morocco”
12:30                  Lunch at the Bahia Restaurant
2:30-4:00         Lecture: “Moroccan Cities”
                             Dinner with host family

Tuesday, January 13  (Rabat)

7:00-9:30         Breakfast with host family
10:00-11:30      Lecture: “Mary and the Qur’an”
12:00                  Lunch at the Center
2:30-4:00         Lecture: “Modern Art in Morocco”
4:30-6:00         Lecture: “Strategies of Social and Economic Development in Morocco”
                             Dinner with host family

Wednesday, January 14 (Rabat)

7:00-9:00         Breakfast with host family
9:00-10:30       Lecture: “The Moroccan Monarchy”
11:00-11:30      Orientation to the excursion
12:00                  Lunch at the Center
2:30-4:00         Lecture: “Saints and Sainthood in Morocco”
4:30-6:00         Lecture: “Context of Migration in Morocco”
                             Dinner with host family

Thursday, January 15  (Rabat-Casablanca-Marrakech)

7:00                    Breakfast at the hotel (point of rendezvous and departure for the excursion)
7:30                    Departure for Casablanca
9:30                    Guided visit to the Museum of Moroccan Jewish Heritage
1:00                    Arrival and lunch at the Hotel Mont Gueliz (Marrakech)
3:00                   Field Exercise: “Exploring the Jemaa Lfna Square”
7:30                   Dinner at the hotel

Friday, January 16 (Marrakech)

7:00                   Breakfast at the hotel
8:30                   Guided visit to the medina of Marrakech, Majorel Gardens and museum
1:00                   Lunch at the hotel
                            Free Afternoon
7:30                   Dinner at the hotel

Saturday, January 17 (Ait Ben Hadou, Zagora)

7:00                   Breakfast at the hotel
8:00                  Departure for Zagora
1:00                   Lunch at Ait Ben Haddou
6:00                  Arrival to Zagora
7:30                   Dinner and overnight at Kasbah Asmaa Hotel

Sunday, January 18  (Zagora, Mhamid)

7:00                  Breakfast at the hotel
11:00                Guided visit to the Ouled Driss Museums
12:30                Lunch at home of Saleh's family (ex-nomads now in Ouled Driss Village)
2:30                 4WD trip to Erg Lihoudi via Mhamid
4:30                 Camel ride and sunset experience on the dunes
7:30                 Dinner at the tent camp

 

Week Three

Monday, January 19  (Mhamid-Baha Baha)

7:30                 Breakfast at the tent camp
8:30                 4WD to Zagora
10:30              Visit of Nassiriya Zaouia at Tamegrout
11:30               Visit the Kasbah Amzrou
12:30              Lunch at Dar Lamane
2:30                Departure for N’kob
4:30                Arrival at Kasbah Baha Baha in N’kob
7:30                Dinner at Baha Baha

Tuesday, January 20  (Baha Baha - Azrou)

7:30                Breakfast at the hotel
8:00               Departure for Azrou
12:00             Lunch in Rissani at Ennasra Restaurant
7:30                Dinner and overnight at Panorama Hotel (Azrou)

Wednesday, January 21  (Azrou - Fez)

7:30                 Breakfast at the hotel
8:30                Departure for Fez
12:00              Lunch at the Restaurant Asmae
1:30                 Guided visit of Fez – the Royal Palace, the Medina, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), the Ibn Danan Synagogue
7:30                 Dinner and overnight at the Zahrat al-Jabal Hotel

Thursday, January 22  (Fez - Rabat)

7:00                 Breakfast at the hotel
8:00                 Departure for Rabat
10:00               Guided visit to Volubilis
12:00               Lunch at the Baraka Restaurant (Mouley Idris)
2:30                 Visit to Meknes
4:00                 Resume the trip to Rabat.  On arrival, return to host family
7:30                 Dinner at a local restaurant (TBD)

Friday, January 23  (Rabat)

7:00-9:00        Breakfast with host family
10:00                Book discussion: Zakia Salime’s study of Feminism and Islamism in Morocco
12:00                Lunch at the Center
3:00                  Visit NGO concerned with women’s rights and well-being
                           Dinner with host families

Saturday, January 24 (Rabat)

7:00-9:00        Breakfast with host family
9:30                   Final exam
10:30                 Program evaluation
12:30                 Last lunch with host family
2:00                   Leave host family and check into the hotel
                            Free time
7:30                   Farwell dinner at the Center

Sunday, January 25 (Rabat-Paris-Boston)

5:00A.M.          Transfer to Rabat airport for flight to Paris departing at 7:55A.M.

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