Spotlight Morocco: Global Citizen Andrew

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m from Carmel, Indiana, and headed over to Indiana University to study Finance and International Business. This trip to Morocco is my first with Global Citizens Travel, and it definitely won’t be my last.

How was your trip to Morocco?

Traveling to Morocco with Global Citizens Travel was one of the most unique experiences of my life. We had the opportunity to experience vibrant Marrakech, then travel around to lesser-known areas with local guides and truly get an authentic feel for the country. Sleeping under the stars in the Sahara was an unbelievably exciting and humbling experience–one I will not soon forget.

What did you come across that you did not expect?

One of the guides was not entirely proficient with English. We initially had some frustrating moments trying to communicate with him, but by the end of the first day we were best of buds, playing catch with rocks and trying to teach one another our native languages.

What was the coolest experience of the trip?

We got to sleep under a clear night sky with nothing but the vastness of the Sahara desert surrounding us. I’ve never done anything like that before.

What advice do you have for a student considering studying abroad?

There shouldn’t be any consideration involved. Do it. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to explore the world with nothing holding you back.

Do you think travel will help you get a job?

Absolutely… in the sense that it is something you can talk about very passionately when you return. Recruiters/employers admire travel and study abroad.

What travel experiences are you looking forward to after your trip to Morocco?

I’m going to Sardinia in a couple weeks with my brother, doing a Euro trip shortly after with the family, then running with the bulls with some buddies!

Spotlight Morocco: Global Citizen Jeff

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m from Suffern, New York, but headed to Indiana University to major in Finance and Accounting. I studied abroad in London and began traveling Europe, and became more interested in traveling to unusual destinations. I’ve been to England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Austria, China, and now Morocco!

How was your trip to Morocco?

The Morocco trip was truly the most unique travel experience I’ve ever had. The long drives were worth it for the spectacular views—the Atlas Mountains are such an amazing mix of brown and green. And then we got to the Sahara! Hiking up the tallest dune in the area was a true accomplishment and it was amazing to stay up there, relax, enjoy the view, and then go back to camp in the pitch black.

What advice do you have for somebody traveling to Morocco?

Go into the Sahara and don’t just stay in Marrakech or Casablanca. Marrakech was great, but exploring the city and the market is not what I reference when I discuss my trip with friends. Get outside of the city and head into the desert!



How did you like your Global Citizens Travel guide?

Habib really seemed to know everyone in the area. It was obvious that he truly enjoyed showing us Morocco, which made my experience more fun, too.

Have you traveled alone/with friends/with a group before? How was your experience with Global Citizens Travel different?

I’ve been doing all my recent trips with one friend and previously traveled with large groups of friends. I prefer traveling with one friend because it’s easier to make decisions and be mobile. The Global Citizens Travel experience was great because I got the chance to meet new people.

What advice do you have for a student considering studying abroad?

100% study abroad. It is my most fond memory of college and shaped my view of the world. It is a unique opportunity to be immersed in a new culture for multiple months and have the opportunity to see new countries and cities.

Do you think travel will help you get a job, get into grad school, get a promotion?

Having quality experience and exposure to the world definitely helps in professional life. Travel gives you a wealth of things to talk about or find a common ground with someone. My study abroad experience is great to reference in interviews, and even before this year my travels (both domestic and international) came up frequently at work.

What travel plans are you making right now?

I love to travel and think that the Morocco trip will remain at the top of my list of all of my travels before going back to the USA in September. Since the Morocco trip, I’ve already traveled to Budapest and Vienna. Trips that I have booked for the coming months include: Italy (Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence), Brussels, Spain (Madrid, Seville), and Portugal (Lisbon, Algarve).