World Challenge - Morocco

Morocco SpicesWorld Challenge provides educational expeditions in the developing world which teach life skills and expand minds outside the classroom. The three to six-week student travel itineraries foster team spirit and leadership skills. Taking part in World Challenge has become an established fixture of Sixth Form life at Heaton Manor.

This summer, forty Sixth Form students embarked upon a World Challenge trip to Morocco, which included a rural community project and a wilderness trek.

"Each night in this house a group would sleep on the roof, mainly due to the amazing stars"

After a two day trip to Morocco the group spent their first night in a hotel in the city of Tetouan, before travelling to a small village in the mountains where the team were to complete a community project - re-building a path in the village. The group stayed in their own house in the village, but spent mealtimes at the village president's house.

Morocco 1

The work was manual, building sand and other building materials were transported using local wheelbarrows and cement passed along a chain of locals and students. The work was hard but made easier by the enthusiam of the local children who were excited by the group's presence, and by villagers singing and dancing while they worked.

After a musical farewell from the village the team embarked on phase 2 of the challenge - a trek through the Moroccan wilderness, the first day included six days walking followed by camping in a potato field.

The trip ended with a night in a hotel, showers and time spent shopping amongst the craft and clothes shops of Medina.

The group returned home via Gibraltar, bringing with them them personal experiences and special moments that won't be forgotten.

Morocco 2

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