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About Morocco

Morocco, meaning “place the sun sets” is located in north Africa. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic ocean to the west while further south you’ll find the dramatic Atlas mountains and huge Sahara desert.

Spoken languages include Arabic, Berber and French and, while Moroccan sign language is quite different to BSL, you can have fun conversations using BSL, MSL and any spoken French and English you know!

Only a 3 hour flight from the UK, with 1 hour time difference Marrakesh makes a great destination for a short trip.

Our 4 day trip to Morocco includes a mix of exploring colourful souks, sampling the tasty local food, two afternoons helping at our partner Deaf association and taking time to relax in beautiful gardens and rooftop cafes.

We arrange our trips in spring and autumn when Morocco is usually warm and sunny.

Next trips:

  • Thursday 11th April to Sunday 14th April 2024
  • Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th October 2025

Contact us now for information or click here to book your place.

Long weekend

 Trip Highlights

  • Experience one of North Africa’s most vibrant and colourful cultures
  • Stay in a traditional riad
  • Help at a small Deaf association in Marrakesh – one of only two deaf education centres in the city 
  • Explore myriad souks 
  • Visit the famous Jardin Majorelles
  • Eat exotic tajines and drink fresh mint tea 
  • Glimpse rural Moroccan life on a trip out of Marrakesh
  • See Marrakesh’s famous La Koutoubia mosque 
  • Dinner in the desert while watching the sunset over the Atlas mountains 
  • Optional camel ride or quad bike ride in the desert (not included) 

Daily activities

We’ve carefully planned our Morocco trip so you will get to visit the must see sights of Marrakesh and also spend two afternoons at a local Deaf association.

This means you have an enjoyable long-weekend break in an exciting destination and get to connect with local deaf culture at the same time. 

What’s Included

Accommodation

Normally in a “riad” with the rest of our group and VoluntEars staff. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house built around a central courtyard.

There is often a walled flat-roof where you can look out over Marrakesh and watch the sunset in the evenings.

Food

3 meals a day.

Food is either served at our accommodation or in local restaurants.

We make sure you get to try a variety of tasty local dishes. We know all the places you will eat so we know the food is safe and good quality.

Tell us if you have any dietary requirements.

BSL Communicator on every trip

Trip leader from our UK office

Comprehensive orientation in Morocco

Airport transfers on arrival and departure

Our friendly VoluntEars staff will be waiting to collect you on arrival at Marrakesh international airport. Just look out for their bright blue t-shirts and big smiles outside the airport main exit!

We’ll drive you to the accommodation in a private taxi or minibus and we’ll return you to the airport for your flight home at the end of the trip.

All local transport; not flights

We use private taxis and minibuses to visit the Deaf association and to visit the desert (for dinner and optional quad biking & camel riding).

Our staff will accompany you on all journeys in Morocco.

Note: flights are not included in our price.

 

Volunteer at a Deaf association

Spend time volunteering at a local Deaf association in Marrakesh.

You can arrange activities and educational games with the local deaf students, or try your hand at cooking a tasty tajine, or baking traditional biscuits in the association’s kitchen. Their students and teachers love showing you everything you need to know. Then sit down and enjoy eating it all together.

Bahia Palace

An extravagent 19th Century palace. Feast your eyes on the intricate paintings, and thousands of white and blue mosaic tiles in the grand courtyard. It is truly eye-popping!

Souq walking tour

Souqs are one of Marrakesh’s defining features. They are a maze of twisty narrow streets crammed full of market traders and shops selling everything from fine tapestries, dyed wool and bright coloured spices to hand painted tagines and leather goods.

We will make sure you see the best souqs, we can help you negotiate prices and make sure you don’t get lost!

Jardin Majorelle

Take time out from the hustle and bustle of the medina in this serene garden.

Walk between bamboo groves, palm trees and cactus gardens, see the ornamental ponds and zany blue painted pavilion which was gifted to Marrakesh by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966.

Jemaa el-Fnaa square

The busy central square of Marrakesh’s medina, Jemaa el-Fnaa square is busy in the daytime and on another level at night. 

You’ll find everything from snake charmers and tattooists, to pop-up restaurants and smoothie bars. Brace yourself for the bedlam!

Visit the countryside outside Marrakesh (with optional quad bike & camel ride)

We love Marrakesh but it’s also nice to leave the city and get a glimpse of life outside.

One afternoon we’ll drive into the countryside so you can see life outside the medina for yourself.

Optional camel ride (200 Dirhams) and quad bike drive (400 Dirhams) in the countryside for those who want to work up an appetite for dinner!

Dinner in the desert

On your last evening we’ll have dinner outside Marrakesh while (hopefully!) watching a beautiful sunset over the Atlas mountains in the distance.

Pre-trip meeting

Meet other volunteers and our staff before your trip.

These are run on zoom so if you can’t attend the meeting we will email you a recording and can arrange a video call to explain everything and answer your questions.

Certificate of completion

References

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday

Arrive in Morocco!

You will fly to Marrakesh where VoluntEars staff will meet you at the main international airport on arrival. We will take you back to our centrally located “riad”, a traditional Moroccan house built around a central courtyard.

You can unpack, meet the rest of our group and relax. We will do the orientation this evening so you know what to expect over the next few days and we’ll have dinner in a local restaurant, a short walk from our riad.

Day 2 - Friday

Our day will start with a breakfast of freshly cooked bread with home made fig jam, fresh orange juice and pastries, fruit, locally ground coffee or mint tea.

We will spend the morning on a walking tour exploring the souks of the old Medina. The sights and smells are like nowhere else on earth! Take in the smell of fresh spices mingling with grilling meat, see shafts of sunlight striking through the palm roofing and highlighting beautiful textiles. Everything is for sale at the right price – VoluntEars staff are on hand to help with haggling if you want.

After lunch we’ll spend the afternoon at a Deaf association which provides education for deaf Moroccan students. You can help with classroom-based teaching or get involved with art or sports. Share your ideas for activities and feel free to bring games, sports equipment and other activities to use and leave with them.

Dinner is provided at a local restaurant near our riad.

Day 3 - Saturday

This morning we’ll see the famous La Koutoubia mosque and then explore Jardin Marjorelle which was gifted to Marrakesh by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966. Bright blue and yellow painted buildings mix with 300 varieties of plants from 5 continents. You don’t have to be into gardens to be impressed with this place! And there’s a good cafe to sit down and relax.

Later this afternoon we’ll leave the city behind us and head out into the countryside where you’ll catch a glimpse of rural Moroccan life and have dinner watching the sunset over the Atlas mountains in the distance. A great end to the day!

Day 4 - Sunday

This morning we’ll spend some more time with the children at the Deaf association. Our time with local D/deaf people helps everyone involved gain a better understanding of each other’s cultures, ways of life, challenges and differences in deaf education.

After lunch you’ll have some free time to mooch around the souks and buy souvenirs before we return to the airport for your flight back home.

Dates & Prices

2024

Dates:

  • Thursday 11th April to Sunday 14th April 2024

Price: £745 / $1,095

2025

Dates:

  • Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th October 2025

Price: £745 / $1,095

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