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  • Locations: Casablanca, Morocco; Fes, Morocco; Ifrane, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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 Location Ifrane, Morocco
 Academic
 Term
Early Fall 2017
September 3 – September 24, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,200 (includes $300 Foster School Study Abroad Fee)
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Ruth A. Huwe, Ph. D., Kristi Straus, Ph.D.
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore | studyabroad@uw.edu
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
       HIGHLIGHTS
  General This trip is focused on having an impact: Impacting the lives of participants (intellectual, physical, and spiritual) and impacting the triple bottom line of a developing country (social, financial, and environmental).
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Program Description

This trip is focused on having an impact: Impacting the lives of participants (intellectual, physical, and spiritual) and impacting the triple bottom line of a developing country (social, financial, and environmental). The intellectual impact comes from a series of workshops, cultural visits, a reflection paper, and a collaboration project. The physical impact comes balancing work with a trek through the High Atlas mountains. The spiritual impact comes from contributing to a developing country’s triple bottom line, specifically through writing and presenting a grant to seek funds for a comprehensive water, agriculture, and women-empowerment proposal.

Morocco 1

Turning to the triple bottom line, the social impact is based on two experiences that provide a contrast in the income experience of Moroccans. First and at the high end, the program includes an “Intercultural Collaboration Module” in which students from both Al Akhawayn University and the University of Washington do a garbage collection project. The students then take a series of classes that examine collaboration, decision-making, and metrics. For the University of Washington students, concepts from these courses are then the basis of reflection in another piece of the program, a trek in poverty conditions through the High Atlas Mountains. Second and at the low end, those students will come face-to-face with women whose lives are stopped by the cycle of poverty. Their grant proposal will include a clause that features an empowering role for women. For example, in the 2016 program, the students made proposals to educate women on valorizing almonds into almond butter. They learned that the biggest impact would come from educating women who were illiterate but who could understand machines, particularly mothers age 18-40. However, the proposal also called for the (majority male) farmers to receive bulbs to plant saffron as well as for drip irrigation systems to be implemented.

Morocco 2

Financial and environmental impacts are based on a “Sustainability Entrepreneurship Module.” Students trek for three days to arrive at the Toubkal commune, a remote rural city in the High Atlas Mountains. There, they will focus on the financial challenge of exporting organic agriculture and the environmental challenge of water management. The final product is a completed rough draft of a grant proposal that includes both an integrated plan for the export of agricultural products and a water plan that supports the needs of the proposal. The beneficiaries of the grant are the inhabitants of the Toubkal Commune and the grant is written on behalf of this program’s NGO partner, the High Atlas Foundation.

Collaborators Located in Ifrane, Al Akhawayn is consistently ranked as a top university in Morocco; it is an American university and students speak English. The High Atlas Foundation was founded in 2000 and has planted over 1.4 million fruit trees in Morocco. The High Atlas Foundation is strictly dedicated to a participatory approach for identifying the needs of rural village populations. They are staffed by 10-15 full-time employees and a number of volunteers and interns.

Morocco 3

Rotary: The University District Rotary Club 9030 (of which Dr. Huwe is a member) and the Casablanca Rotary Club “Club De Casablanca-El Fida” District 9010 are the targets of the Rotary grants. The Casablanca club gave unanimous approval to be the in-country contact for grant pursuits. The University District Rotary approved a grant to start almond butter production. In 2017, we students will help the villagers figure out more products.

Many philanthropic organizations specify that NGOs address a total life support system and have a mechanism for identifying needs as expressed by the villagers themselves. To this end, the High Atlas Foundation specifically emphasizes a "Participatory Development" process and makes this process transparent: http://www.highatlasfoundation.org/projects/training/resources. Agriculture and water management are highly ranked challenges, but our students will meet directly with the Presidents of Farming Associations to witness a participatory approach and identify the needs that are current in 2017. The following picture shows how we did this in the 2015 trip. In fact, representatives for 25 villages of the 46-village Toubkal Commune eventually attended this meeting.

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It is possible that students will have zero knowledge about agriculture. How will we prepare them? Our Predeparture sessions will include 3-4 hours of training that puts in context farming policies of the United States, Organic Farming practices, and specific approaches to irrigation. Once in Morocco, the student visits will focus on the agricultural theme and all pieces of the Agriculture Value Chain will be covered from “Seed to Sale.” This includes visits to a fertilizer company, engineering company, several visits to Agricultural research institutes (INRA, IFAD, FAO), a logistics company, a sustainability certification agency (Vigeo Eiris), a financial context from the Chamber of Commerce and Embassy, and a cultural context from UNESCO and UNDP. A cultural background is also provided by three city tours (Rabat, Fez, Marrakesh), museum visits, and tours of significant culture facilities (gardens, palaces, mosques), and a garbage collection service project with students of Al Akhawayn university.

Morocco 4

Deliverables: The idea of a bunch of students walking into a village and telling people how to do things is….ridiculous. What our students hope to do is modest but likely to have a great impact:

1. Recommendation about an irrigation system. Morocco is one of the Top 10 countries affected by climate change. Our group will include several engineering majors (and possibly Construction Management majors) who will have insight to the possibilities for meeting this challenge.

In fact, Dr. Huwe paired Construction Management students from UW with the High Atlas Foundation in Winter 2014 to assess water management issues. Here is the enthusiastic response about the ideas they produced: http://www.highatlasfoundation.org/blogs/515-university-of-washington-students-propose-innovative-plans

2. Recommendation about marketing agriculture. At each institution, students will receive cutting-edge booklets and reports. Following the tradition from the 2015 trip, his vast reading material will be divided across participants based on their college majors. Final hotel rooms will be based on majors so they can work together and share materials.

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3. Grant Writing Students are taught how to write a full-length “common form” grant and this is given to the High Atlas Foundation to pursue. This same grant will also be transformed into a Rotary grant by the trip leader and funds will be sought before the end of the year.

Location

Ifrane, Morocco

Sites

Casablanca, Rabat, Ifrane, Fez, Marrakesh, Toubkal Circuit

Housing

Housing is always air-conditioned hotels except in Ifrane where the altitude makes it cooler (5,500 feet) and except on the trek where students stay in tents and Gites.

Casablanca, Hotel Lido http://www.hotel-casablanca-lido.com/en/
Rabat, Golden Tulip http://www.goldentulipfarahrabat.com/en
Ifrane, Perce-Neige http://www.tripadvisor.fr/Hotel_Review-g298350-d739089-Reviews-Hotel_des_Perce_Neige-Ifrane_Meknes_Tafilalet_Region.html
Fez, Bathia http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g293733-d309024-Reviews-Hotel_Batha-Fes_Fes_Boulemane_Region.html
Marrakesh, Le Trois Palmier http://www.lestroispalmiers.com/
Imlil, Guesthouse Tametert, http://www.atlasguest.com/
Camping on Trek: Tachedirt, Azib Likempt Gite Ait Staidar: Amsouzert
Marrakesh, Les Trois Palmiers http://www.lestroispalmiers.com/

Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

We will encourage students from all over the university, especially targeting the Business School, Engineering School, and the college of the Environment. We want students who are interested in marketing, entrepreneurialism, agriculture, and sustainability. As well, students will have to understand the challenges of the trek up front.

The ideal student will be the combination of fitness to travel to the remote regions and have skill to make a significant contribution to the project.

There are no language requirements for this program.

Credits

5 Credits

Courses

MGMT 490 or ENVIR 490 (5 credits)

Students can receive either General management credits or Environmental Studies credits. In either case, the curriculum is the same:

"Intercultural Collaboration” Module

In addition to the 7 hours of lecture in the PreDeparture Sessions and 9 ½ hours of city tours, and a 1-1/2 hour Mosque tour, this course begins with cultural background training. For UW students, this is taught by Anthropologist Dr. Said Ennahid of Al Akhawyan University. He teaches a 3-hour session on the History of Morocco and a 2-hour session on the History of Islam. Al Akhawayn students get a complementary course on GLOBE cultural research (covered earlier in the UW student Pre-Departure Vocabulary lecture) and sessions on American culture. The students then come together for a 3-hour Collaboration Project that involves garbage collection. The UW students and Al Akhawayn students then attend 6 hours of lecture on Collaboration, Decision Making, and Metrics taught by Dr. Huwe, and 2 hours of lecture on “Entrepreneurship” taught by Dr. Rinehart. With the exception of the history lectures, all lectures are activity-based.

Module total of contact hours: 32

“Sustainability Entrepreneurship” Module

This module includes the series of institutional visits that culminate in the 3 hours of visits with Moroccan farmers and a review of the nursery and factory in Amsouzert (1 ½ hours). The “Seed to Sale” institutional visits total 13 ½ hours of presentations. The students spend 6 solid hours in their grant-writing activity in one grueling day.

Module total of contact hours: 28 16 ½ hours meetings at 10 organizations, 15 hours Group Project Work, 1 ½ hour orientation

Learning Goals: 

Management Tools: Learn valuable management tools and techniques to facilitate collaboration, decision making, leadership, and business analysis. Cultural Assessment: Learn how to assess the economic, historical, religious, cultural, and political context of a given culture by studying the specific culture of Morocco. Learn cultural specifics: games, customs, consumer trends, real estate, travel patterns, entertainment, food, and health.

Impact: Learn how to apply management tools and techniques to have a sustainable impact on Morocco.

Program Directors & Staff

Ruth A Huwe, Ph.D, Department of Management and Organization Studies, Program Director

rhuwe@uw.edu

Kristi Straus, Ph.D, Program on the Environment, Program Co-Director

kmstraus@uw.edu

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,200

Estimated Program Fee of $4,200, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500 - $1,800* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Foster School Study Abroad Fee $300 October 13, 2017
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,900 October 13, 2017
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $4,550 -

Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing studyabroad@uw.edu.

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/index.htm

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.