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Exploring Interest for Pioneer Travel to Morocco

We have begun planning an extraordinary Pioneer Travel adventure to Morocco, scheduled to take place in May 2021. We hope you will consider traveling with us!

Trip Length: 12 - 14 days

Group Size: 18 - 24

Cost: TBD

More information will populate this webpage in the coming weeks. If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please fill out this interest form. We will contact you with more details just as soon as plans solidify.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement at mcpheete@lclark.edu or 503-768-7936.

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To give you a flavor of what our 2020 trip will look like, please see the information below from our 2018 Morocco trip:

May 6-19, 2018
Led by Dr. Oren Kosansky, Associate Professor of Anthropology and 
Program Director of Middle East and North Africa Studies
Accompanied by Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement

This extraordinary Moroccan adventure combines breathtaking scenery, with excursions to ancient ruins, imperial cities, sacred mosques, lush desert oases, imposing kasbahs, spirited souks, and villages where life proceeds much as it has for centuries. Follow a fabled ancient caravan route in the snow topped High Atlas Mountains and see spectacular Todra Gorge. Immerse yourself in Berber culture, influenced by Islamic, African, and European traditions.

Lewis & Clark professor Oren Kosansky’s expertise regarding Moroccan society and his experiences in North Africa will be a resource along the journey. The local staff from Experience Morocco will coordinate ground transportation and lodging and share their culture and insight with participants.

Group Size
About 18 to 22 participants.

Highlights

  • See five celebrated UNESCO World Heritage sites including Rabat, Volubilis, the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, and the Medinas of Marrakesh and Fés.
  • Explore Chefchaouen’s startling sea of blue buildings set against a backdrop of the rugged Rif Mountains.
  • Enjoy a sunset camel ride, campfire feast, stargazing in the Sahara, overnight in luxury tents and breakfast amidst expansive dunes.
  • Delight in culinary adventures featuring traditional Moroccan cuisine, lunch with a family in a local village, a special Ramadan “break the fast” meal, and opportunities to wander and taste in outdoor markets.
  • Benefit from collaborations with Lewis & Clark partners Center for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Fez, The Center for Language & Culture Marrakech, and the Moroccan Jewish Museum in Casablanca.
  • Facilitated discussions with local experts and Dr. Oren Kosansky to further grow in understanding of Moroccan culture.

Faculty Leader
Dr. Oren Kosansky has published widely on topics of  religion, language, colonialism, and nationalism in North Africa, with special focus on Morocco. He is the director of The Rabat Genizah Project, which brings together an international team of community representatives, scholars, archivists, and information technologists to develop a digital archive of Moroccan Jewish documents. Dr. Kosansky was the co-founder and inaugural leader of the Lewis & Clark Morocco program, which he will lead again in 2019. 

Accommodations
Boutique Moroccan Riads with distinct architectural features. The equivalent of four and five star hotels. Please see brochure for examples.

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