Morocco Expedition Team 1 Project Phase
In October half term, Year 10 and Year 11 students and teachers spent 10 days on expedition in Morocco. The team spent the first night in Marrakech before travelling over 400km to their starting point for a three-day trek in Jebel Sahro. The trek saw an ascent over 2500m and a hike of 35km which included two nights' wild camping (the first in a torrential thunder and lightning storm!) and passed through several Berber villages. Students were able to have mint tea in a Berber homemade of mud and pebble bricks and met many children who were ecstatic to receive the pens and paper students donated to them.
Once the trek was over, Team 1 had a night in a gite before travelling to Ouazazate to participate in their project work for Avon Academy. The project work involved clearing a disused primary sports field of bricks and soil before laying a new pavement by hand and planting oranges, lemons and flowers alongside the field. The team were able to make a great contribution to the work and funds raised in advance of the expedition enabled the primary school to employ contractors to finish the work over the following two days.
During the evenings, students took time to teach English to college and university students in the Avon Academy's English classrooms. They were very impressed with the high standard of English spoken by the students as well as the near simultaneous use of Berber, Arabic and French throughout Morocco.
Students were extremely well fed throughout the expedition where tagines and couscous dishes were the meals of the day. Mint tea was a top favourite, being served at least once a day. Mr Perham was a particular fan and Joe Ham had great fun learning how to pour tea from a high distance!
Team 1 returned to Marrakech for a final meal and some retail therapy in the Medina's souks where they quickly learnt to barter for a variety of souvenirs which included a Moroccan mint tea pot, a Berber rug and a wide range of Moroccan plates and jewellery.
In the final debrief, students of Team 1 were impressed by the friendliness and the generosity of the Moroccan people, together with the delicious food and fresh fruit on offer. They were particularly touched with the difference in schools and were impressed with how dedicated Moroccan students were with so few resources. As Head Girl, Zia Smith, said "I think all Broadoak students should come here."