For our third and last long trip, NSLI-Y and YES Abroad went to the north for a week. Our past excursions have been rather touristy, taking us to Fes, Meknes, Marrakech, the Sahara Desert, among a lot of other places. We were tourists, we stayed in hotels (for the most part), and we came, saw, took pictures, and left.
This time, though, for Oujda, we stayed in homestay families for the majority of the week. We also visited Berkane (a neighboring city around two hours away), and after our few days in Oujda, we went to Nador and had a few days at the beach.
Oujda is a mid-sized city near the Algerian border, and the capital of the Orient (the region of Morocco along the northeast). It has a population of about half a million.
The US Embassy in Morocco, in conjunction with the City of Oujda, runs an American Corner that offers English lessons, events, and study-abroad opportunities for local students.
Pictures of our time in Oujda
Berkane is the center of citrus production in Morocco. We spent the day with students from the Oum El Koura center (an English center in Berkane).
Nador is a beach town close to Melilla, one of the two Spanish enclaves in Morocco.