A group of 11 students from Year 9 completed their expedition to Morocco at the end of the Summer term. This was the culmination of 18 months of preparation and fund raising. Many were able to raise all the funds for the trip with all sorts of different ventures. There was bag packing, car washing, dog walking, newspaper rounds, sponsored walks as well as a sponsored cycle ride from Lands End to Corsham.
The students met regularly in school to prepare for the expedition and were accompanied by Miss Daltrey and Mr McLeod.
When the team reached Marrakech they had a day to acclimatise to the high temperatures and the very different culture. They then headed to the Atlas mountains and stayed in a mountain village called Armend where they spent some time with the local community. From there they headed to the spectacular Cascades d’Ouzoud and then on to the mountain region called the M’Goun Massif. After meeting their mules and muleteers, they set off on a challenging 4 day trek through the mountains and lush valleys of the M’Goun. Conditions were very challenging with temperatures on some days in the high 40’s (Celsius!) The team were either camping or they stayed in friendly but basic Berber hostels, meeting the locals whose lives are largely unchanged since medieval times.
Then the team headed south to Zagora and on into the Sahara Desert on camels for an evening in a Berber tent under the stars.
From there it was a long journey back to Marrakech. The last day was spent exploring the labyrinth of different souks for some last minute haggling and in the evening it was Djemaa El Fna Square with its dramatic mix of musicians, healers, storytellers dancers & snake charmers.