Geography A-Level Field Trip to Morocco

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During the February half term the majority of Year 12 and three Year 13 Geography students attended an international field trip to Morocco, accompanied by Mr Smith, Mr Evans, Mrs Kerley and Ms Gowan.

On the first day (Friday 13th February 2015) we arrived to school at 8:00am to travel to Stansted Airport for our departure to Marrakech Airport at 12:30pm. Upon arrival we checked into our hotel (Ryad Mogador Marrakech) and were allocated our rooms. Next, we met our tour guide named Abdul who gave us a tour around the centre of Marrakech to look at the main sights and the souks. We also got taken to a shop where we had a presentation about numerous Moroccan oils and beauty products.  Many of us were overwhelmed by the different culture and atmosphere of the developing country.  After this we walked back to the hotel and had dinner before going to bed.

On the second day, we had breakfast at 7:30am. We then travelled to Aguersioual (a village in the Atlas Mountains) where we were greeted by a local Berber family who cooked us a traditional Tagine meal. We also walked up to the local school where we met some of the friendly Moroccan children who were very excited to see us and enjoyed having their photos taken with all of us. Many of us were overdressed for the unexpected high temperatures and clear blue skies. After this, we continued on in our mini buses for a 4 hour drive to Ouarzazate (the Hollywood of Morocco) where we stayed in the La Perle du Sud hotel.  After checking into our rooms we ate dinner before taking part in a quiz that the teachers had prepared for us.

On the third day, after breakfast we had a 3 ½ hour journey to Bougeorn where we met our camels and began our safari across the desert where we then arrived at the Tinfou dunes and set up camp in  our large Bedouin style tents. We all climbed up one of the very steep sand dunes where we were able to watch the sunset and some of the boys (and Mr Evans) decided it would be a good idea to roll down the dunes which they regretted the next morning when they had sand in their ears and sore backs. Later we ate dinner which was a traditional Tagine cooked by the camp staff. Before bed we sat around the camp fire and listened to some traditional Moroccan music played by the camp staff. Many of us joined in playing the instruments (particularly Mr Smith) and dancing around the fire. The atmosphere was totally amazing!

On our final full day, we rode the camels back to the road where our mini buses were waiting for us. We had a long 7 ½ hour drive back through the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. However we all played games to keep us entertained on the journey. Half way through the journey we stopped for lunch at a restaurant where we were cooked chips and chicken kebabs. After this, we walked to a Kasbah where many well known movies were filmed such as, Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. We climbed to the top of the Kasbah where we took in the breathtaking views of the surrounding area. After this we carried on our long journey back to the Ryad Mogador Marrakech hotel for our final night.

On our final morning, we had breakfast and many of us had pancakes to celebrate Pancake Day. We then departed our hotel to travel to the airport ready for our flight home, many of us were upset to say goodbye to Abdul.  We landed back in the UK at around 4pm and began our coach journey back to school where we arrived at 8:30pm.

Overall, everyone had an amazing time and appreciated this unique experience of culture. In particular everyone enjoyed the atmosphere of the group and how well we all got on with one another.

Written by Zahra Chohan and Katie Plant, Y12


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