Morocco

Women’s rights and Islam

Trip Details

Registration Deadline

September 20, 2019

Destination

Morocco

Dates of Travel

January 7 - January 17, 2020

Cost of trip

$3,300.00

Many outside of Islam believe that the tradition puts restrictions on women with regards to property rights, education, dress, marriage, and employment. But are all of these ideas well informed, or are they stereotypes based on media portrayals?

Morocco, like much of the Middle East, is an Islamic country. Moving past the media headlines, this project will introduce participants to women and young people in Morocco to see what life for them is really like. We will meet women who work in Parliament, women spreading the concept of Islamic Feminism, and NGOs who work to support women in areas of employment and education. Participants will stay with homestay families allowing them to experience authentic home life and food while in Rabat. While the project is based in the capital city of Rabat, participants will take excursions to both Marrakesh and Casablanca.

Sample Itinerary

Day Activities
Day 1: Travel to Morocco Orientation “Introduction to Morocco”
Day 2: Walking Tour of Rabat Orientation to Morocco and Arabic
“Gender Dynamics in Morocco”
Family Life in the Old City of Rabat
Day 3: Lecture: Women and Islam in Morocco Lecture Women in Moroccan Politics
Pre-Colonial Educational System: Coranic Schools
Day 4: Women in Rural and Urban Areas: Customs and Traditions Dinner with Host Families
Day 5: Experiential Learning: Bread and Tea Making Amnesty Morocco: Presentation and Discussion
Dinner with host families
Day 6: Site Visits and Discussions with NGOs Musical Performance with Homestays
Day 7: Travel to Marrakesh Visit 11th Century Village, Van to Aghmat
Tour, Dinner and Discussion with Women's Cooperative
Day 8: Guided Tour of the Old City of Marrakesh Free time and dinner at hotel
Day 9: Travel to Casablanca Meet with Members of Solidarite Feminine
Lunch with Single Mothers from Solidarite Feminine
Day 10: Tour of Hassan II Mosque Travel back to Gettysburg

About the Program

Immersion Projects are off-campus, educational opportunities at sites in the United States and abroad which take place over Winter Break, Spring Break, and in May. Students spend the weeks prior to travel learning about the community and its history. Students then travel to sites ranging from Nicaragua to Morocco and from Alabama to New York City, where they immerse themselves in a the community. Each project seeks to foster a dialogue between the students and the host community around issues of social justice. By working alongside community leaders and sharing their stories, students learn about themselves and the world. Students find Immersion Projects to be exciting and powerful educational experiences. Immersion Projects are open to all Gettysburg College students. Occasionally, persons from off-campus participate. Participants must be sixteen years of age or older. Students must be in good disciplinary standing (no more than 5 points and not on academic probation) in order to participate on an Immersion Project. Each participant must agree to full participation in their chosen project by attending all pre-trip meetings, completing required paperwork and preparatory assignments (such as readings, videos, other activities), behaving in an appropriate manner at all times, participating in group reflection, and contributing to the group follow-up project.

Application and Payment

Registration opens August 28, 2019 at 6:00PM and closes September 20, 2019 at 4:00PM. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. First half of payment is due Friday, October 11, 2019 by 4:00PM. Final payment is due Friday, November 15, 2019 by 4:00PM.

Financial Aid

Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of an Immersion Project. Read carefully the criteria for financial awards and follow directions for completing the application. For consideration, complete the Financial Award Application and email it to Immersion_Projects@gettysburg.edu. See application for detailed information. Application Deadline: September 20, 2019 by 4:00PM.

Mandatory Orientation Session

All Winter project participants are required to attend a mandatory orientation session held on early November. Email reminders will be sent to participants. Participants will meet other project members, receive important paperwork, and discuss requirements and goals of Immersion Projects.

Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance

All Gettysburg College students traveling on an Immersion Project are covered under the College's medical evacuation and repatriation travel insurance. This insurance does not replace the student's primary insurance policy, but will cover certain emergency services when traveling, such as the need for evacuation. Students and parents are welcome to examine the details of the policy.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The Center for Public Service will register each student traveling internationally on an Immersion Project in the STEP Program. This program is a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP provides users with travel warnings and alerts, and allows users to receive routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Withdraw from Project

The $100 deposit required at the time of registration is non-refundable should the participant decide to withdraw from the project. In addition, the participant is responsible for paying for all expenses incurred on their behalf at the time of the withdrawal. For example, if airline tickets have been purchased by the time of withdrawal, participant will be responsible for the cost of the ticket, as well as any other pre-paid expenses.

The Center for Public Service reserves the right to remove a participant prior to departure for reasons of, but not limited to, failure to make project payments in a timely manner, financial debt to the College, a history of judicial violations, failure to complete required participant forms (such as release and health forms), failure to attend mandatory Orientation Session and/or group meetings. The Center for Public Service reserves the right to send a participant home during the project (at the participant's expense) for reasons of, but not limited to, violations of College policy, the use of alcohol or illegal drugs, disrespect toward site community or group members, or medical/psychological emergencies.

Contact Us

Email cps@gettysburg.edu or call 717-337-6490.