Wednesday, June 16, 2010


is a project of Crossing Borders Education (, a non-profit organization that has been developed in response to the current world political situation. Since 2003 Morocco Exchange has facilitated 220 programs with more than 3200 American college students and faculty. Morocco Exchange offers college and high school students the opportunity for both intensive personal growth and a monumental physical journey of discovery in Morocco.
At this time there is a critical need for a new generation of individuals and future leaders who not only understand the major challenges presented by cross-cultural conflicts but also possess the capabilities and determination to address them.

Morocco Exchange is committed to supporting this new generation by providing a variety of intercultural and academic programs. These have the potential to empower individuals to see the world from a different perspective, to fully realize their responsibilities, and to act upon the opportunities for global change.

AIMS of Morocco Exchange
• To bring American, European and Moroccan students together to build bridges of genuine human connection between the Muslim and Western worlds.

• To encourage and support self development and widening of perspectives through experiential learning activities.

• To provide a framework and create opportunities in which students can:

-Experience Islamic art, thought, and daily life, through visits, lectures and home stays.

-Discover Moroccan culture and history through academic discussions and presentations with professors from Casablanca, Fez, Ifrane, Marrakech, and Rabat.

-Experience international development projects, witnessing their impact on local communities.

-Gain inspiration for future career and volunteer choices. Vibrant examples are provided by our program leaders through their years of service as former Peace Corps volunteers.

• To build strong, lasting and beneficial partnerships with international organizations in the fields of education and development.

For a short introduction to the personal impact of our Morocco programs on students we invite you to watch the 13-minute short film at (the link is in the top menu bar under “Video”).

• The program will be adapted to the focus of the students’ program of study (e.g., International Studies, Multicultural Studies, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Art, Peace Studies).

• Special accreditation requirements of the university departments will be considered and we will work with you to accomodate your institution’s needs.

• Formal discussions will cover local history, customs and religion, and are based on a reading list.

• Question and answer sessions involve the participation of local students and lecturers from universities in Rabat, Fez, Ifrane, Tanger and Marrakech.

• Group sessions on cross-cultural issues (e.g. “culture shock“, “integration process”, “cross-cultural misunderstandings”) help students adapt to their surroundings.

• Reflective writing exercises help students integrate their experiences and synthesize their learning and personal development.

Morocco Exchange organizes short term programs of one to four weeks with itineraries on a variety of subjects for students and faculty from American universities. Programs are custom-tailored to the academic focus and needs of each institution.

For details about aims, elements, partner institutions and logistics of the proposed program, please visit our website at

For an example of a seven day itinerary please visit our website at:

For examples of two and three week itineraries please visit our website at:

For more information, please contact Amalia Herencia Grillo at:

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