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Homeward bound!

Instructor Team, Instructor

These intrepid travelers are en route and making their way back to Colorado!...Read More

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Trip Recap

Shane Cole, Participant

I am not sure when the last yak was posted, but I will start with a quick recap from today. We woke up in the early hours of the morning to catch our train to Casablanca. When we arrived we dropped our stuff off at the hotel and we walked to Hassan......Read More

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Salam from Morocco: Shopping and Steam

Lauren Dirvonas, Participant

Salam!  We spent our time today further exploring the Media of Fez shopping for gifts for our families back in the states as well as souvenirs for ourselves.  Contrary to the business of the Medina yesterday during our scavenger hunt, it was......Read More

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Funny Friends in Fes

Kristen, Participant

Talking to Dr. Fatima Sadiqi today was an enriching experience that opened my eyes to the issue of gender relations in Morocco. I feel so grateful to have been able to listen to such an amazing and empowering women speak and learn about her point of......Read More

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Talk with Dr Fatima Sadiqi

Instructor Team, Instructor

Today, the group had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Fatima Sadiqi, a leading Moroccan scholar. She spoke to the group about gender and Islam....Read More

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Mr Harwood made it!

Instructor Team, Participant

Some of you may recognize Mr (Reed) Harwood, a former humanities teacher at VMS, who is now the Executive Director at Dragons! Reed was able to visit the group and spend a few days connecting with students, homestay families, and instructors....Read More

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Scavenger Hunt, part II: Shino + Cara’s...

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yesterday, students embarked in small groups for a lively scavenger hunt around Fez! The day was filled with laughter, learning, and exploring. Posted in these two Yaks are photos from Cara and Shino’s groups… and Doug’s group......Read More

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Host family party

Instructor Team, Instructor

Students and host families had a delightful time dancing and celebrating!...Read More

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Scavenger Hunt: Shino + Cara’s teams!

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yesterday, students embarked in small groups for a lively scavenger hunt around Fez! The day was filled with laughter, learning, and exploring. Posted in these two Yaks are photos from Cara and Shino’s groups… and Doug’s group......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Morocco

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Going to Fez

Sophie Daniel, Participant

Today we have made it to Fez and it looks beautiful. We are staying in another Riad, which is huge. I was very ad to leave Houda and the rest of her family, but I am also very excited to explore the markets and streets of Fez. We are going to go on......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Morocco

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First day in Fez

Ana Holguin, Participant

Today started off with leaving our home stays. Though it was bitter sweet coming to Fez has been a new adventure. Scavenger Hunt- Our group got lost in the old city of Fez. We had a list of objects and tasks to complete four hours to complete our......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Morocco

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“Like What You Have “

Shelby Ostertag, Participant

“If you don’t have what you like, then like what you have.” This was something that our guest speaker, Aicha Brahimi, told us Wednesday morning that resinated with me as she spoke to us about Women’s rights and the female......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Morocco

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Homestay

Cooper, Participant

Howdy, Cooper here. Right now the group and I are staying in homestays. I have really enjoyed my homestay. There are three brothers, their parents, and their 4 year old nephew in the house. I’ve actually been very suprised by the amount of......Read More

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Love is in the Moroccan Air

Ellie Brown, Participant

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Today is the third day in Azrou. The homestay has been going really well; this has been a very unique and unforgettable experience because I would never get to soak up the culture otherwise. Lauren and I have a great......Read More

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Visit with an Immam

Instructor Team, Participant

Today students met with an Immam. Immams lead the prayers in Mosques and teach about Islam. Students were able to ask questions and learn more about the religion from an expert. Students asked insightful questions. After the discussion, students......Read More

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Homestay

Sarah Evans, Participant

When we war introduced to our host families it was all fine and dandy. We kissed our host mothers and did a the Arabic greeting that we had learned and practiced. It was the twinge of awkwardness in the moments of silence that followed that made it......Read More