Morocco 2011 saw 37 year 9 students head off to Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains for an unforgettable and exciting adventure. The trip started in Marrakech where they visited the Majorelle Gardens, famous for their exotic plants and Islamic art and architecture. They then headed into the Atlas Mountains and after lunch in a beautiful terrace restaurant, ended up in Oukaimedene where the trekking began.

The next five days involved some demanding walks through the spectacular mountain scenery. They trekked over mountains that were more than 3000m high and stayed in Berber villages. There were opportunities to see how the local people lived and worked, visit a school and meet and play with the children. The team were accompanied by a guide, Mohammed, and a team of Berbers who prepared all the meals and carried the overnight bags on mules.

The visit was full of new experiences and challenges for those involved such as the demanding walks, sleeping in remote villages which can only be accessed on foot or by mule, eating the local food and seeing the cultural differences of Moroccan life. The students all had an amazing and unforgettable time and their attitude and effort throughout was fantastic.