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Overview

Embark on a 21st century quest for captivating content from the Sahara desert to the chaotic beauty of Moroccan medinas.

For aspiring travel writers, journalists or those simply wanting to learn the craft of weaving together a story, this odyssey for the digital age will advance your media skills and encourage your individual voice through photography, videography and written word. Explore composition and culture in Tetouan as you unveil the beauties of its ancient medina, a Unesco World Heritage site. Capture stunning landscapes and ancient traditions while visiting with Berber communities high in the Atlas Mountains. Lose yourself on winding streets of bright blue in Chefchaouen and soak in the old world charm of Fes. Ride camels and camp overnight in tents in the Sahara Desert. As your adventure unfolds, use prompts and technical exercises to nurture your creative and journalistic talents and showcase your images and stories.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
July 3 - July 23 HS21 days$6,780Open
Earn & Learn
Morocco Modern Journalism Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

Morocco Modern Journalism offers 3 college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 8 hours of documented community service.

ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT

Course Description
This course will explore media in the modern age and its implications on the world through three disciplines weaved together through inspiration and creativity; photography, writing, and video. For photography, students will learn how to set up shots and the composition behind those images. They will then take their photos and edit them, combining them with their new skills in writing and blending them into a variety of social media platforms. Students will take their posts further by learning how to capture video footage and edit their short takes to make the perfect punctuation in their travel blogs. Students will build on their media skills learned throughout the course, supplementing each discipline with the previous as they progress.

Course Objectives

  • Understand how to experiment with photography to capture images that are representative of an experience and can be used to supplement a written narrative
  • Learn the fundamentals of writing basic creative non-fiction pieces
  • Participate in and understand the impacts of capturing video footage and what is and is not appropriate in cultural contexts
  • Blend together the three disciplines to create a portfolio of work that captures the essence of their journey and will understand how these mediums can be used in a larger context

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. In Morocco, your projects will be dictated by the current needs of the communities while there and partner organizations you work with.

8 Service Hours

3 College Credits

Morocco Modern Journalism Itinerary

Itinerary

1

Your multimedia journey begins as soon as you touch down in the mythical city of Casablanca. It’s one of mystery and rich history, waiting for you to discover all the photogenic treasures. Explore composition, lighting, and different photographic techniques as you explore the gorgeous Hassan II, the largest mosque in Morocco. Transfer to Tetouan, wander through the ancient medinas and photograph a city that’s off the typical tourist’s agenda. Learn about the local art scene on a visit to the Dar Sanaa School of Arts and Crafts and Center of Modern Art museum. Visit with local artist to learn about their work and soak in the rich culture on excursions to Martil and M’Diq, two small towns nestled by the Mediterranean Sea.

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2

Blend your experiences in Tetouan with all that awaits in Chefchaouen — a fortress city in northwest Morocco that’s painted almost entirely in blue. It’s the type of place you have to see to believe. Mingle with locals who roam the maze-like streets of the old medina, hike to a waterfall and visit a Spanish mosque before turning your attention to video in the world’s oldest medieval city, Fes, which is renowned for its traditional tanneries, narrow winding streets and Islamic architecture. Meet with local artisans and learn about their craft, take a cooking class in the home of a local family and even try your hand at rolling couscous. Back in the world of multimedia, get together with Moroccan students studying journalism and learn about their different cultural perspectives.

Write and photograph in the vast Sahara desert
3

Learn what it takes to be a modern day journalist as you learn to tell a compelling story by combining the photos, videos and writing pieces you’ve created throughout your journey. Embark on a camel ride through the Sahara Desert, and camp underneath the stars in bedouin tents. Spend a night in Skoura and explore ancient mudbrick kasbahs and bright orange river canyons of Todra Gorge. Transfer to the High Atlas Mountains where you’ll visit and break bread with the local Berber people who are more than happy to take you on a tour of their villages. Finish up your final projects and fly out of Marrakesh prepared to take on the next step in your blogging, travel writing or journalism future!

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  • Trip Highlights

  • Learn the fundamentals of shooting compelling photos and videos
  • Practice writing articles, stories and blog posts
  • Trek through the Sahara desert on camels
  • Explore the world's oldest medieval city, Fes
  • Visit kasbahs, ancient medinas and mosques
  • Take a Moroccan cooking class at the home of a local family
Morocco Modern Journalism FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What do the academics involve? What if I don’t take the program for credit?
Answer:

Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

Question:
How do college credits work? Where are those credits accepted?
Answer:

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic high school and college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more details, click here.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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