Winner of the 2017 GoAbroad.com Award for Innovation in Sustainability
One of Dar Si Hmad’s most rewarding, and most transformative programs, is its Ethnographic Field School.
Study abroad, participate in classes, live with a local family, learn a new language, or volunteer in Southwest Morocco
At our Field School, study abroad students and international researchers come together to be a part of Dar Si Hmad’s inspiring work. Our impressive staff of experts and group leaders provide unforgettable academic-based programming, including modules focusing on regionally relevant issues, customized to fit the interests and needs of each specific group. Recent programs have included topics such as Amazigh history and literature, Argan oil production and the impact of female-owned cooperatives, colonialism, trade routes and transaction practices, rural livelihoods, gender, religion, perceptions of healing and water, and portraits of a culture through cuisine, expressions, and rituals.
The Ethnographic Field School facilitates both short and long term study abroad programs tailored specifically for the interests of our students and professors. Programs always include cultural immersion, as well as the opportunity for service learning, homestays, excursions, and language classes. At Dar Si Hmad, students have a unique opportunity to engage with local populations and participate in locally-driven development initiatives, while also following a course of study aligned with their focus at home. Our courses include hands-on experiential education, first-person tours or labs, critical academic presentations, peer roundtable discussions, and directed reflection activities. Theoretical grounding is vital to meaningful, academic engagement, but seeing the reality of your topic of study is key to engaged, effective learning.
The following themes highlight our expertise and the rich resources of the region in which we work:
1. Environment, Subsistence and Sustainable Development
2. Globalization and Local Economies
3. Contemporary Expressions of Culture
4. Gender and Society in Regional Contexts
5. Cuisine, Dance, Art, and Expression
Past programs have included activities and discussions on Amazigh history and literature, argan production and the impact of female-owned cooperatives in this region, colonialism, trade routes and transaction practices, rural livelihoods, gender, religion, perceptions of healing and water, and portraits of a culture including cuisine, expressions, and rituals. Programs provide opportunities to exchange with Moroccan university students, rural villagers, cooperative workers, academics, and professionals on the issues that affect them all.
We love hosting language students, researchers, and study abroad groups, and having the opportunity to engage all of these people in our small organization. We hope you’ll consider spending time in Morocco with Dar Si Hmad’s Ethnographic Field School.
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