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World Youth Adventures (WYA) specialises in custom school group adventures & youth adventure travel experiences to some of the world’s most captivating destinations.

Our experience in organising secondary school group adventures spans two decades. We are passionate about immersing young people in environments that offer unique experiences and which are bound to have profound, life-changing effects.

But WYA takes this a step further by involving students in a ‘hands-on’ project that will help an underprivileged community leaving a positive and permanent benefit for the peoples of that community. Students will experience the joy of giving without the expectation of reward or reciprocation when they give their time and physical effort to those less fortunate.

Our adventures also teach students the important values of teamwork, building self-confidence, cultural understanding and an interest in natural environments. They will experience the world beyond computers and shopping malls to where the power of an adventure experience is enjoyed in all of its components.

WYA tailors adventure itineraries to the requirements of individual schools. We operate with high-quality services and support at an extremely reasonable price. We will provide you with a fully inclusive package, without the use of local payments, ensuring that there are little to no out-of-pocket expenses once travelling.

World Youth Adventures are committed to providing safe, rewarding school group travel experiences that achieve real personal development for students. We aim to provide quality ground services, exceptional value, expert advice, unique itineraries and friendly service from the concept stage through to the day you return home.

Our three decades of tailoring successful student expeditions add another dimension to the overall student experience. As a division of one of the world’s first adventure travel companies, we’re unmatched in our ability to draw on expertise both in the field and in the planning stages.
Our primary focus is on providing a satisfying field experience where students can really learn.

We’re confident that we can beat any quoted land price as well as provide the best value services on any student adventure that we operate.
We will only provide services that do not compromise on the quality or safety of
the experience.
We will ensure you do not pay for unnecessary services that your expedition does not need.
By making our trips affordable you can present a more achievable opportunity to your students allowing for a better sign up rate for your school adventure.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUR UNIQUE LEARNING TRAVEL EXPERIENCES:

*First hand experience in making a sustainable grass-roots contribution to an underprivileged community; investing their time and physical effort,
*The satisfaction of reaching fundraising goals and raising money for a worthy Community Project,
*An appreciation and tolerance of other cultures and a broader mind,
*The confidence to lead a group and make decisions,
*The skills of managing a project, setting and meeting objectives,
*The value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective,
*The ability to face mental and physical challenges,
*The ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone', to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment,
*Build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the people of their host community,
*Basic bush skills obtained on a 3-4 day trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals – if applicable.
*A certificate for completing the Community Project as well as before and after photos,
*A plaque will be erected at the site if the Community Projects, naming their school and year the project was completed

school trip at Active Adventure Morocco
Active Adventure Morocco school groups

Why should you consider World Youth Adventures for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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* Vist the Ait Bougmez valley in the Central Atlas Mountains (1850m)
*Off the beaten track itinerary to guarantee you a true immersion into the truly unique Moroccan culture
*Visit the spectacular Ouzoud Cascades which drop over 100 m
*Stay in a simple 'gite d'etape' and experience local village
life at close quarters.
*Superb villages and hamlets, multi-storied houses, the colourful dresses of the Berber women and girls, the "skyline" of the surrounding High Atlas mountain chains, the rivers - a fascinating image
*Community project at Ait Bougmez - in cooperation with farmers and local association
*Trek Ait Bougmez to Ikkis (2390m) / Trek Ikkis to Tarkeddidt (2900m) / Trek Tarkeddidt to Mgoun Summit (4068m) / descend to Oulilimt (2600m) / Trek Oulilimt to Valley of Amougr (2500m) / Trek Valley of Amougr to Aït Bougmez (1850m)
*Ride camels or walk the Atlantic Coast visiting the village of Sidi Kaouki
* Camp at cascades of Sidi Mbark and see the cascades
* Guided tour of Essaouira an old port medina surrounded by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah
* Creating global citizens
* LOTC
* Leadership development
*Educational enrichment
* Cultural exchange
* Religious education
* Geography
* Expedition
* Journey based learning
*first-hand experience in making a sustainable grass-roots contribution to an underprivileged community; investing their time and physical effort,
* Satisfaction of reaching fundraising goals and raising money for a worthy Community Project,
an appreciation and tolerance of other cultures and a broader mind,
*The confidence to lead a group and make decisions,
*The skills of managing a project, setting and meeting objectives,
*The value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective,
*The ability to face mental and physical challenges,
*The ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone', to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment,
*Build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the people of their host community,
*Basic bush skills obtained on a 3-4 day trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals – if applicable.
*A certificate for completing the Community Project as well as before and after photos,
*A plaque will be erected at the site if the Community Projects, naming their school and year the project was completed
*We’re confident that we can beat any quoted land price as well as provide the best value services on any student adventure that we operate.
*We will only provide services that do not compromise on the quality or safety of
the experience.
*We will ensure you do not pay for unnecessary services that your expedition does not need.
*By making our trips affordable you can present a more achievable opportunity to your students allowing for a better sign up rate for your school adventure.
*Our three decades of tailoring successful student expeditions adds another dimension to the overall student experience.
*As a division of one of the world’s first adventure travel companies, we’re unmatched in our ability to draw on expertise both in the field and in the planning stages.
*Our primary focus is on providing a satisfying field experience where students can really learn.




Example Itineraries

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Day 1 Depart UK
Arrive Marrakech, transfer to hotel followed by a guided city walking tour to the Medina and the souks with free time afterwards.
Hotel L/D

Day 2 Marrakech/ Ouzoud Cascades/ Ait Bougmez (1850m)
After breakfast you will transfer using private minibus to the Ait Bougmez valley in the Central Atlas Mountains. En route we visit the spectacular Ouzoud Cascades which drop over 100 m before continuing to the High Atlas mountains. Upon arrival at the Bougmez valley you will stay in a simple 'gite d'etape' and experience local village life at close quarters. Fields of wheat, corn or potatoes, walnut and apple trees, superb villages and hamlets, multi-storied houses, the colourful dresses of the Berber women and girls, the "skyline" of the surrounding High Atlas mountain chains, the rivers - a fascinating image.
Guest House B/L/D
Day 3-5 Ait Bougmez Project commences
Start of Project work in cooperation with farmers and local association.
The group will be assisting in cleaning projects and painting for local kindergarten in the village. The students will be assisting the farmers in the July harvest of the barley and wheat as the valley is very well known for its agriculture including apple orchards and cereal crops. The village irrigation channels need annual care and repairs so the group will be assisting the upkeep of these channels. The group will meet some local students from the same age group and exchange experiences with them to increase and complement the cultural exchange.
Guest House B/L/D

Day 6 Trek Ait Bougmez to Ikkis (2390m) (Trek Day 1)
Following the trails along the fields of the Bougmez valley, you hike to the village of Arouss and start there the ascent up to the high pasture of Ikkis to begin acclimatising to the higher altitude!
Camp B/L/D

Day 7 Trek Ikkis to Tarkeddidt (2900m) (Trek Day 2)
Today you make a steep but well graded ascent to the pass of Tizi Oumskik (3400 metres) with the full vista of Mgoun reaching out in front of you, then you will take a short descent to the Tarkeddidt Plateau which is inhabited by nomads and their camels during the summer months.
Camp BLD

Day 8 Trek Tarkeddidt to Mgoun Summit (4068m) and descend to Oulilimt (2600m) (Trek Day 3)
Summit Climb. From the summit fantastic views of the Jebel Sahro Mountains to the east and the Atlas to the north and west. If conditions do not allow a summit attempt, it is still a good day’s walk across the Oumsoud pass to attain the upper reaches of the Mgoun River, followed by a descent to Oulilimt.
Camp B/L/D

Day 9 Trek Oulilimt to Valley of Amougr (2500m) (Trek Day 4)
Descend along the scenic Oulilimt Valley to Aflafal, for lunch, and continue in the afternoon to the Tighremt n’Aït Ahmed before continuing to our camp at the foot of Tizi n'Aït Imi. Approx. 6 hrs of walking.
Camp B/L/D

Day 10 Trek Valley of Amougr to Aït Bougmez (1850m) (Trek Day 5)
This last trekking day starts with a steady ascent to the Tizi n’Aït Imi pass followed by a long descent of around 1000 m down to the Bougmez valley, and the end of the trek. Approx. 6 hrs of walking.
Guest House B/L/D

Day 11 Drive from Aït Bougmez to the Atlantic Coast
In the early morning we leave the High Atlas mountains and transfer to the Atlantic coast via Marrakech to reach the village of Sidi Kaouki (6 hours drive). Trekking along the Atlantic coast, you walk and/or ride mostly along sandy beaches to the small cascades of Sidi Mbark. Approx.
3:30 h riding/walking and camping overnight at Sidi Mbark.
Camp B/L/D

Day 12 Sidi Mbark Essaouira
This morning there is a short trek to the roadhead to meet the bus for the 45 minute drive to the town of Essaouira. Upon arrival check in to the hotel and then we enjoy a walking tour of the town.
Hotel B/L/D

Day 13 Drive Essaouira to Marrakech
Morning transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech, approx. 3 hrs. Free time.
Hotel B/L/D

Day 14 Depart Marrakech, Arrive UK
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for departure.
Breakfast only
What is Included in the price?
 International flights, airport taxes & one hold baggage (weight depends on the airline)
 All meals as per itinerary
 Private cook and all associated equipment during trek and project
 2 Experienced English speaking trekking leaders per group (4 in total)
 Mule handlers, camp hands and kitchen staff
 3 nights in hotels on a twin share basis
 5 nights in a traditional village house in Ait Bougmez on a multi-share basis
 5 nights wild camping on a twin share basis
 Arrival and departure airport transfers
 All internal transport by private vehicle
 Two person tents & Foam sleeping mat
 Dining tent, kitchen tent and toilet tent during camping section
 Treated drinking water during trek/project
 Mules and mule handlers to carry all personal and group equipment
 Camels and camel handlers to ride/carry all personal and group equipment
 All park entrance fees and trekking permits
 Emergency medical kit per group
 Guided city tour of Marrakesh
FOC teachers travelling free of charge with single rooms (number depends on group size)
 Safety briefings (daily)
 Emergency medical kit
 24-hour support from World Expeditions / World Youth Adventures
 Risk assessments / pre-departure information / emergency evacuation plans
What’s not included in the price?
 Personal or Group Travel Insurance. We would require details of this policy (including policy number,
and emergency number), which must include emergency medical, repatriation, evacuation cover. It is
the school’s responsibility to ensure this policy covers all students and staff for all the activities included
in this itinerary (including trekking and camel riding) and that any pre existing medical conditions have
been accepted by the insurer.
 Visas, vaccinations, passport
 Items of a personal nature such as bottled water, soft drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, laundry, etc.
 Tips and gratuities
 Additional transport or accommodation required due to any emergency situation (this would be covered
by adequate travel insurance)
 Costs associated with the project (materials or tools)
 Transport to the airport in the UK
 Personal kit (including sleeping bag) and equipment

What size groups do you cater for?

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Custom made trips to match any group size whilst adhering to good student to guide ratios.

Is there first aid on site?

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The safety of our travellers is our number one priority. Our commitment to provide a proper duty of care guides everything we do. World Youth Adventures has an unblemished record in the operation of school & youth adventures. We will only operate tours in accordance with strict operational standards that have built our reputation as leaders in the student travel industry. Every tour is underpinned by an industry leading risk assessment plan that exceeds the benchmark standard in Australia, New Zealand, the UK as well as the USA and Canada. Guides are all first aid trained

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Customisable – This trip may be customised for those of limited mobility on a private departure, subject to availability of suitable accommodations. Ask us for details.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Please call/email us to discuss the specifics to see if we can tailor make a trip

Anything else?

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The oldest known inhabitants of Morocco are the Berber people. They have occupied the
area for at least 5000 years however their exact origins are unknown. As early as the 6th
century BC Phoenician traders established depots on the Atlantic coast, forging relations
with Berber tribes to enable the exploitation of raw materials. With the fall of Carthage in the
1st century CE (Common Era) the Romans annexed much of the northern coastal plain and
allied themselves with Berber leaders which facilitated their control of economically viable
regions, especially for the cultivation of wheat and olives. In the 5th century, the Roman
presence ended with a wave of invasions by the Vandals, Visigoths and Byzantine Greeks
and Christianity was introduced. There was already a significant Jewish presence at that
time. In the 7th century, Arabs conquered the region bringing Islam to Morocco. Berber tribes
adopted Islam, adapting it to encompass their folk traditions and beliefs. The first Muslim
dynasty was founded by Idriss I, an Arab descendant of the Prophet Mohammed, who broke
away from the Abbasid Caliphate based in Baghdad. Morocco achieved its greatest heights
under subsequent Berber dynasties, the Almoravids and the Almohads who came from south
of the Atlas Mountains and the Merinids from Figuig in the East. They embarked on a great
wave of building and expansion, dominating the Maghreb and Andalusian Spain for over two
centuries. In the mid 16th century, the region was ruled for close to 100 years by the Arab
Saadian dynasty, followed in the mid 17th century by the Alaouite dynasty, claiming to be
descendants of the Prophet and who reign to this day. King Mohamed VI is the current ruler of
Morocco and has instituted considerable social reforms since he came to the throne in 1999.
Prior to the First World War, when European powers were eyeing Morocco as a region of
interest, the Algeciras Conference of 1906 conferred control of Morocco to France and Spain.
The treaty of Fez resulted in Morocco becoming a French Protectorate in 1912, while Spain
retained control of an enclave in the north and the Western Sahara. The French exploited
Morocco’s mineral wealth and built roads,French quarters in the major cities and military
garrisons in the more remote areas. In 1944, the Istiqlal (Independence) Party was active in
the move towards independence, which was finally proclaimed in 1956.

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