Perched on the northwest corner of North Africa, a 30-minute ferry ride from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco was called by the late King Hassan II “a tree whose roots lie in Africa but whose leaves breathe in Europe.”
Like the arabesque mosaics that decorate their buildings, Morocco’s Arab and Islamic culture is an exotic mix of African, Bedouin, European and Mediterranean influences that have melded over thousands of years. You’ll catch the same fascinating mix of scents and fragrances at the doors of Moroccan homes and shops, generous in their hospitality to wandering strangers. Relationships come easily in this North African culture with the Mediterranean feel, bonding in the classroom, over a cup of tea, or at a family celebration.
In 2014, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Higher Education made the radical announcement that English needs to replace French as the second official language (along with Arabic) of the country, beginning at the university level. So, the welcome mat is out to you in Morocco. Consider your adventure as a learning traveler, as well as a teaching servant.