Professional Development Program

August 2023

Celebrating the introduction of student programs in Morocco, Insight is thrilled to offer a fully-funded Professional Development Program for educators in August, 2023! Venture from the cultural capital of Marrakech to the sand dunes of the Sahara, exploring themes available to your students while developing a better understanding of how to safely and effectively integrate global experiences at your school. Spaces are limited so apply today!

Applications are now closed, please check back with us for 2024 opportunities.

Program Details

Program Themes

Join fellow educators and explore Morocco with us this August!

Program Details

Our Professional Development Program in Morocco will bring us from the markets of Marrakech to the sand dunes of the Sahara. Our 8-day program will combine the itinerary with professional development workshops on experiential learning and student travel. You can expect most days to incorporate a little travel time, a couple of activities, and a group workshop.

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Itinerary - 8 days

Welcome to Morocco! Our team will greet you at the airport and get you settled into our hotel. Participate in a welcome dinner to meet your fellow travelers.

Head to the famous city of Ouarzazate. Experience the famous film studios (known for Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and more) followed by a walking tour in the historic city center.

Connect with fellow educators during our first workshop on student travel programming. 

Board our bus bound for the Sahara. Break up the drive with a lunch stop, checking out a few venues used for student programs.

Arrive at the great sand dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. Experience a camel trek and settle into an authentic Berber camp. Enjoy remarkable views of the stars as the sun sets over the Sahara.

Visit the community of Rissani. Learn how for centuries, societies have thrived in the desert’s harsh living conditions. 

En route to Todra Gorge, explore the vast networks of underground canals, an engineering marvel that kept caravans moving as early as the 14th century.

At the gorge, take in panoramic views of one of the world’s largest canyons. Then visit a local carpet cooperative.

In the evening, dive into a workshop on how to best integrate themes in student travel programs.

Visit a women’s run cooperative on the edge of the Dades Valley. This cooperative employs over 40 local women, serving as a bakery, tea house, small grocer, and more. 

Explore the Kasbah (fortress) of Amridil, one of the best preserved Kasbah’s in Morocco.

Travel to Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Participate in a guided tour of this pre-Saharan habitat of earthen-walled dwellings, learning more about historical ingenuity and community resilience.

Travel across the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Participate in a guided walking tour. Exploring the city’s medina, famed market, and the Bahia Palace. 

Then dive into a workshop on risk management, and administration and student buy-in, for experiential travel programs.

Enjoy dinner at the Djemaa El Fna Square. 

Start the day with a pottery experience in the medina. Then visit a partner organization for a brief seminar on Morocco’s history, culture, and identity. Afterwards, participate in a traditional cooking class led by local families. 

In the afternoon, enjoy some free time. Head to the market and peruse the shops for souvenirs.

Enjoy a final group dinner in the heart of the city. Back at the hotel, discuss best practices in student reflections and debriefings.

After breakfast, depart for the airport or continue on your own. Our team will provide additional support should you be staying in Marrakech, or transferring to another locale in Morocco.

Ready to Apply?

Insight is thrilled to be able to offer 14 fully-funded spots for this program! This program is best suited for educators directly involved in experiential learning and student travel. One candidate per school is eligible to participate.  Please complete your application by May 15th, 2023, to be considered.


Participants may be required to show proof of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter Morocco at the time of the trip.

We strongly encourage all participants be fully vaccinated, even if there are no government entry requirements in place. Insight has robust policies in place in the event participant(s) contract COVID during the program, in line with practices established by the Government of Morocco and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Trip participants will be required to show proof of travel insurance, which covers illnesses including COVID-19.

Health & Safety

Insight has delivered international trips for a wide variety of audiences since 2013. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our participants. In the event conditions change while on trip, Insight may need to adjust the itinerary to ensure participant health and safety.

As with all trips, risks exist and participants will need to complete Acknowledgement of Risk documentation prior to departure. Insight will take every precaution to ensure this experience is unforgettable for all the right reasons. To learn more about our health and safety practices, please contact us.


Insight has delivered immersive travel experiences for students and educators all around the world. Our experienced team will be with you the entire time and will give you a thorough briefing upon arrival on best practices while exploring the country. Morocco is a safe and welcoming country, and we’ll be implementing robust practices to keep you safe. 

All in-country expenses are covered by the Insight Educator Professional Development Fund. Attending participants are required to secure their own flights and insurance. 

Our Morocco Professional Development Program is best suited for educators directly involved in the design, development, and delivery of experiential education. During the application, you will be asked a few questions with regards to your role at your school, as well as your school’s background in travel programming and experiential learning.

Yes, absolutely! We welcome applications from educators who’s schools are just getting started, or are re-introducing student travel following the pandemic.

You must apply by May 15th, 2023 to be considered for this program. One candidate is eligible to apply from each school. 14 spots will be awarded at the end of May.

No. There’s no expectation or requirement that your school commits to or participates in a future travel program, whether that be to Morocco or elsewhere. 

For any further questions, please contact our program director, Craig Vandermeer, at

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