Labas (How are you) Dragons students?
Okay, right about now you might be asking yourself, “What am I going to wear to school this week?” The Morocco I-Team, however, hopes you’re about to ask, “What am I going to wear this summer?” The Course Preparation Manual (CPM) will be able to answer most of your questions about packing, but we’d like to emphasize a few notes below.
Packing List Notes:
- Read through your Course Preparation Manual (CPM). You will find very helpful, necessary information that will prepare you for our adventure. Knowledge is power!
- Bring a Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook & Dictionary. Having an easily accessible phrasebook and dictionary can have a magic effect on all your interactions in country. This item is a priceless tool for learning and integration. It is listed as optional, but we highly recommend bringing one.
- Pack a small notebook and writing utensils. Our program will include many academically focused engagements. Taking notes during Arabic language classes and reflecting on Moroccan diversity in a journal prompt are just two scenarios where you might find yourself utilizing a notebook and pen.
- Don’t forget your headlamp! Having the ability to move around at night and be productive is important to individual and group success. Flashlights are helpful, but headlamps create more freedom.
- Keep it simple, silly. If you pack light, you will be a happy camper. You are responsible for your belongings throughout the entire program whether we are trekking in the High Atlas mountains or transferring buses in a crowded station. The lighter your bag, the easier those activities will be. Do a trial run and examine your bag. Try to simplify. Please note we might have gear to divide amongst the team so you may be required to carry additional items in your bag after arriving in-country (e.g. tent pieces).
- Culturally appropriate clothing is required. As a part of our Focus Of Inquiry, we will be examining the diversity that exists in Morocco, and it will become apparent rather quickly that Moroccans dress differently throughout the country. In big cities you might find a more “western” style of dress, and in rural villages you might find a more traditional, conservative style. As Dragons, we will be mindful of our dress, paying close attention to being culturally appropriate for every occasion. Reference your CPM for specific guidelines, and always feel free to ask questions.
- Finally, feeling comfortable is key. Within the framework of culturally appropriate attire and our nine program components (e.g. homestays, trekking, and rugged travel), bring your awareness to the items that make you feel comfortable and pack them.
Well, now that’s out of the way, we’d love to hear from you. And in order to do just that and initiate the use of our illustrious Yak Board, we’d like to leave you with a prompt. In your very own Yak, please list one item you can’t travel without, tell us why you’d bring it, and explain what the item says about you. You can combine this with your introduction Yak or do a separate one.
Ma’a Salama (with peace),
The Morocco Instructor Team
The attached photos are from Foster’s Peace Corps service. He is wearing culturally appropriate attire for Morocco.