Popular as a backpacker's haven in Africa, Morocco is dotted with staggering mountain ranges, vast stretches of the Sahara desert, medieval aged kasbahs, and traditional cities that keep adding glory to the country. If you are looking for an offbeat gap year destination in Africa, then there can be no better choice than Morocco. You can also choose to contribute meaningfully towards the developing Moroccan society so that the natives can have a better tomorrow. Indulge in learning the Arabic language and also know more about the rich culture of the land.
As the Lonely Planet puts it, Morocco, with its fantastic old world charm and mind blowing topographical diversity, seems to be "tailor-made for travelers". From the enchanting blue lanes of Chefchaouen to the winding medina maze of Fez and the bustling kasbahs of Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech - this North African country will take you to a wonderland! If you wish to spend your gap year exploring the offbeat routes of Morocco, then embark on an adventure tour with Go Discover Abroad. Venture out for a desert safari, binge on the authentic Arabic and Berber cuisine and experience the bliss of a steambath! Make the most of your time by volunteering for a meaningful project and touch the lives of the natives in a unique manner.
Gap Year in Morocco
Volunteering in Morocco
Are you interested in turning your gap year journey into a more meaningful experience? Go Discover Abroad has some amazing and affordable volunteering projects for enthusiasts who wish to make a difference in the society by contributing effectively. You can choose to work for Women Empowerment Project and share your skills with them so that they can have an improved livelihood. GDA has also tied up with the local NGOs, where you can volunteer and spend quality time with the natives.
Adventure Tours in Morocco
When you think of adventure in Africa, probably the first thing that strikes your mind is going on a wildlife safari! But that's just not all - in fact, Africa has much more than what people can ever imagine. Considered to be 'the gateway to Africa' from the West, Morocco has endless adventure activities to cater the needs of all kinds of travelers. No matter whether you are looking for a desert safari, or wish to hop around the colorful kasbahs - there are too many options for you to choose from! GDA can well understand the desires of gap year travelers, and accordingly, we have planned our adventure trips.
No matter how small a step you take, it'll undoubtedly make a big impact in the society.
Citizens of countries such as the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan and majority of the EU countries do not need a Visa to enter Morocco. You can get a 90-day tourist stamp on your passport on arrival. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.
It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Morocco, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.
You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $40 - $50 per week.
Rabat is a safe city to volunteer and Morocco, in general, is a safe country for travelers. Off late, the tourism scene has been rapidly flourishing in the country. However, we believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.
Due to its unique cultural mix, there are some wonderful festivals celebrated in this country. If you are a music lover, then you'll be dying to attend the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music that happens during Springtime (check the dates online). You can also attend the Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival, Eid al-Adha, Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose Festival etc. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.
Most of the travelers aren't well versed in either French or Arabic, and they usually don't face many problems. Of course, knowing the language will keep you ahead of others for sure. You can also opt to attend Arabic or French classes while in Rabat. All our coordinators can speak and converse in English, so you need not worry about language barrier.
Morocco experiences Mediterranean climate, with warm to hot dry summers and mild damp winters. So pack your clothes accordingly. Since the society is a little conservation, we would suggest you to carry clothes that cover you properly and are comfortable enough. Bring your toiletries and medicines. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as most of the things will be available in Rabat.