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Ifrane

Location: Morocco

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Students will take a break from city life to trek through Morocco's forested Atlas Mountains region. Start by sharing a traditional Moroccan breakfast with an Amazigh family in their home. Hike through the lush hillsides and ascend to the top of the mountain. At the summit students' efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley and towns below. Students will not only enjoy the mountain scenery, they will also eat and hike the mountains with local indigenous Amazigh farmers!

Students will be able to identify the diverse elements of the Middle Atlas ecosystem, including flora and fauna specific to and in some cases unique to this area. They will also be able to discuss how tourism has culturally and financially affected the local Amazigh people in both Ifrane and Azrou.

Students will also gain exposure to a schematic overview of the Tamazight language and script, and be familiar with some examples of its influence upon the Moroccan dialect known as Darija. Through conversations with local farmers, be familiar with main features of the Middle Atlas agricultural base, and be able to associate our hosts agriculture activity with the local cuisine and regional economy.

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