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World Youth Adventures (WYA) is a specialist division of World Expeditions that provides overseas adventure experiences for youth and young adults. We’ve providing safe, quality travel experiences for students for over 20 years, in which time we’ve designed and operated literally hundreds of fun, educational, adventurous, original & safe itineraries to more than 25 countries. utilise our decades of experience to tailoring unique experiences and benefit in terms of safety, price and value thanks to our unrivalled overseas network. Your parents will be pleased to know that your duty of care is our number one priority. We are financially protected with adequate bonding and financial safeguards taken out in Australia, New Zealand, North America and the UK. Refer to our website to learn more about our industry-leading risk management procedures. Our tours for young people will not just open your mind to a new world of thinking, by choosing to travel with World Youth Adventures your tour will actually benefit the local peoples you’ll interact with, safeguard the ecosystems you’ll explore and contribute to the sustainability of travel in the regions you’ll experience.

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.

What you will learn
A World Expeditions Youth Adventure is a unique learning experience. Students will come
away from the journey with a better understanding of what it means to be a global citizen and
how their direct actions can help encourage positive change. Our experiential service journey
helps build the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• an appreciation and tolerance of other cultures and a broader mind
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• 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 trek 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
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek

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

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* Reaching the summit of Mount Toubkal
* Trek through Berber villages of the High Atlas
* Explore Djemaa el‑Fna marketplace in Marrakesh
* Learn about the culture and history of this exotic country practically on the UK's doorstep
* Discover the region which was ruled for close to 100 years by the Arab Saadian dynasty


* 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

Example Itineraries

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DAY 1 Leave the UK (airline and departure point - TBC) and arrive in Marrakesh, Morocco.
An early arrival is recommended in Marrakesh to explore this wonderful city. You have the
opportunity to visit gardens, mosques, palaces, and the souqs of the old Medina before reaching the humming centre of Marrakesh: the Djemaa el-Fna. The atmosphere of this square is overwhelming with its jumble of food stalls, snake charmers, fortune and storytellers and the wide variety of people that flock to its attractions. The area is best visited in the evening when the square really comes alive. It is a must to taste the many wonderful dishes on offer at the stalls. There will be a guided tour of Marrakech this day (dependent on your arrival time to Marrakech)
Overnight in a Marrakech Hotel 3*hotel)
Meals: Welcome to Morrocco dinner

DAY 2 Drive to Imlil, commence trek to Aremd
After an early breakfast, we leave Marrakesh and drive to the small village of Imlil (1710m) in
the High Atlas Mountains. Here we meet our trek staff and mules, and then begin trekking up to
Aremd (1880m) about an hour away. We will go on an afternoon hike in the area for acclimatization.
Overnight in a Berber house.
meals: B,L,D

DAY 3 Aremd to Neltner Refuge where we camp overnight
Today we hike from Aremd to Neltner Refuge (3050m). Along the way there are chances to stop and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.
Overnight: camping.
meals: B,L,D

DAY 4 Trek to the summit of Mt Toubkal (4167m) and return to Neltner Refuge We will make an early start for our attempt on Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, and may start off on our 3-4 hour trek to the summit (4167m) in the dark to avoid the midday sun. First, we must traverse long scree slopes; tiring terrain at this altitude and we must proceed slowly to conserve energy. Higher sections are rockier and there is little vegetation. Once at the summit, the views are spectacular, and although wind and cold conditions mean we will not linger long, we have time
to enjoy the scenes of surrounding peaks of the Atlas mountains and down to the plains around
Marrakesh far in the distance. We then begin the descent back, on the same route, to Neltner camp (3050m), where we will have a late lunch and enjoy a well earned rest after a hard days trekking.
Overnight: camping.
meals: B,L,D

DAY 5 Walk to Imlil and transfer to Marrakesh
Today we descend down the valley, passing through the deeply religious village of Sidi Chamarouch. This area is also rich in wildflowers, and in spring we’ll find the magnificent Peony Rose. We will also pass herds of goats traversing precarious mountain trails. We trek back down towards Imlil (1710m), and take lunch just outside the village. On arrival in Imlil we bid farewell to our trekking crew and their mules, before driving to Marrakesh for a celebratory farewell dinner. The rest of the evening is at leisure in Marrakesh (or maybe the half day city tour if you land late on arrival day) where you can return to the Djemma el-Fna to enjoy the atmosphere, or go shopping for some souvenirs in the souqs.
Overnight hotel (Marrakech Hotel Morrocan House BB or similar 3*hotel).
meals: B,L,D

DAY 6 In Marrakesh, trip concludes
Transfer to the airport, where our services conclude.
meals: B

What size groups do you cater for?

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All of our trips at World Youth Adventures are custom made with good guide and participant ratios in place.

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 * All of our guides are first aid trained and any areas involving altitude also have wilderness first aid certificates and renewal training

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Not Suitable – This trip is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

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 custom make a trip for you.

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. Most Moroccans (over 98%) are Sunni Moslems of Arab, Arab‑Berber,
Arabized Berber and Berber descent. There is also a minority of Gnaoua or Haratin descended
from sub Saharan African slaves. The Jewish population has decreased considerably since
the 1950s and the Christian population consists of foreign nationals, mainly French. Morocco’s
official language is Classical Arabic although Moroccan Arabic or Darija is the lingua franca.
12 million of Morocco’s population of 31 million speak a Berber language (there are 3 regional
languages, Riff, Shilha and Tamazight). Although education is compulsory to grade 5, Morocco’s
literacy rate remains around 50%. Morocco is renowned for its arts and crafts – music, ceramics
textiles and jewellery. Its incredibly diverse and stunning landscape, good roads, charming and
hospitable people and delicious cuisine all contribute to an extraordinary feast for the senses
and a very special experience for the visitor.

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