Since 2007, a group of high school students has been selected annually to learn intensive Arabic and be immersed in the culture of Morocco. In this photo, the 19 students selected for the 2010 program pose with their teacher in front of the majestic and famous Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

The 19 U.S. students who participated in Legacy’s Arabic Language Institute returned home from their six-week program  inspired to continue their study of Arabic and North African Culture.

One student wrote to us to say: “Hello. My name is Spencer. I just returned from Morocco on an ALI scholarship. I just wanted to say that it was the best experience of my life, and I would like to thank you for making it happen. I have made strong connections with Moroccans, and my proficiency in both Darija and Fousha inspire me to learn even more. Thank you. I would love to immerse myself in the Moroccan culture and Arabic languagefor a longer span of time. Morocco is my homeland! Once again thank you for organizing this program.

Two of our students, Wade Allen and Connor Gilbert, enjoy holding babies at an orphanage as part of their community service project in Marrakech..

Morocco has been at the crossroad of many religions. Moroccan Jews have been one of the oldest communities in that region. This is a group photo with the Rabbi of one of the oldest synagogues in Marrakesh. This visit is part of the long series of ALI Moroccan cultural immersion presentations.

Our students, Mo, Salman, Catherine, pose with one of their Moroccan host brothers. In this photo, they have just finished learning how to write their names in the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy from a master calligrapher.