$2600 USD

April 22nd - May 1st 2023


Join the Storytelling Expedition to Morocco explore the country as a citizen storyteller. In partnership with Morocco Social Impact Travels, we will be documenting the work and wisdom of women-led cooperatives.

The expedition begins and ends in in the popular city of Marrakesh, but most of our storytelling takes place in the desert, an environment which shapes so much of Moroccan culture. Over the course of ten days, we will caravan to the city of Agadir, the village of Taliouine and the spectacular Dades Gorges, stopping at remarkable sights along the way. In each community, we will meet the leaders of local womens’ cooperatives. We will learn about the cultural signficance of argan, saffron, couscous, rose and textiles while interviewing the experts and documenting the artisan processes.

This trip is co-led by Moroccan changemaker and a traveling Actuality producer. You can expect to learn best practices for collaborative and ethical story sharing. Wherever you are in your media-making skills, your Actuality producer provides individual coaching, guidance and logistical support to help you make progress in your storytelling craft.


The aim of this Storytelling Expedition is to document the stories behind the women-led cooperatives of Morocco. We will learn about the struggles and successes of women who have liberated themselves from financial dependency on men, in a conservative society and in rural areas. Our group of travelers will become a crew of citizen storytellers and work together to create a library of digital media assets that Morocco Social Impact Travels and the Cooperatives can utilize to help further their mission. The videos and photos we create will be used by the Cooperatives to effectively share their story with potential partners, buyers and tourists. Morocco Social Impact Travels will also use the media to promote tourism experiences in their country.

Each day of the storytelling project will provide opportunities for conducting interviews, arranging photo sessions and documenting what you encounter in Morocco. The ‘deliverables’ that our crew produces may include micro-documentaries, social media video clips, photo essays, event photos, photo portraits, video interviews, photo galleries and anything else we determine could be valuable to our partners.

An Actuality producer will be on location providing mentorship, training and support as needed. You can contribute with your existing media-making talents or use the opportunity to expand your skills. Every traveler will receive in-depth training in ethical, collaborative story sharing. Together we will learn how to become more conscious and responsible storytellers, travelers and humans.


The best way to learn about our Storytelling Expedition to Morocco is by signing up for the email series. You can expect more information on why we travel, how it works, and what to expect on location.


Saturday, April 22

Arrival to Marrakesh, Morocco. You are met at International Airport and transported to our guesthouse. The remaining day is spent settling in or exploring the old city of Marrakesh. Our crew of storytellers gathers for the first time at a welcome dinner, hosted by your Actuality producer and your Moroccan guide. 

  • Arrival 
  • Transport to Marrakesh Old City
  • Welcome Dinner
  • MSIT Talk

Sunday, April 23

After traditional breakfast served at the guesthouse, our crew departs via private shuttle to the city of Agadir, about 3 hours driving. We take in the countryside along the way. After we arrive and refresh at the guesthouse, our guide leads us on a historical walking tour of Agadir. In the afternoon, we have a briefing on ethical, collaborative storytelling exploring what it means to share someone else’s story. 

  • Breakfast
  • Transport to Agadir
  • Agadir Walking Tour
  • Ethical Storytelling Briefing

Monday, April 24

Our crew travels outside the city to visit a Argan Cooperative. We interview the leaders, learn about their work, identify interesting stories and document the process. When we return back to our Agadir guesthouse, we review the footage from the day and discuss our experience. 

  • Breakfast
  • Argan Cooperative Tour + Documenting
  • Interview Session
  • Footage Review + Feedback

Tuesday, April 25

Our crew travels outside the city of Agadir to meet with a Couscous cooperative and its leadership. We get a tour of the community and participate in a workshop. As we meet the members who work with raw couscous and hear their stories, we document our encounters with video and photo recordings. When we return back to our Agadir guesthouse, we review the footage from the day and discuss our experience. 

  • Breakfast
  • Couscous Cooperative Tour + Documenting
  • Interview Session
  • Footage Review + Feedback

Wednesday, April 26

After breakfast, the crew departs for the village of Taliouine. We will visit a local Saffron Cooperative to learn more about the most expensive spice in the world. We conduct interviews with the leaders and make photo/video recordings of our experiences. We spend the night in the village at small guesthouse, taking time to review our day’s footage and discuss our experience.

  • Breakfast
  • Transport to Talouine
  • Saffron Cooperative Tour + Documenting
  • Interview Session
  • Footage Review + Feedback

Thursday, April 27

We take a break from work with cooperatives and visit several remarkable sites in the desert. We will document our experiences with video and photography to use for MSIT responsible tourism initiatives. At the end of the day we end up in the region of Dades Gorges at a guesthouse

  • Breakfast
  • Agdez Village Visit
  • N’kob Rock Carvings Hike
  • Jbal Saghrou Drive
  • Transport to Dades Gorges

Friday, April 28

Our crew travels out to a Berber community to learn from the expert textile weavers who have formed a Carpet Cooperative. We get a tour of the community and meet with the artisans who work with the cooperative. As we hear their stories and get a glimpse of their life, we document our experiences with video and photo recordings. In the afternoon, we return to the guesthouse to review our days work.

  • Breakfast
  • Textile Cooperative Tour + Documenting
  • Interview session
  • Footage review + feedback

Saturday, April 29

Our crew travels out to the Valley of the Roses to meet with a Rose Cooperative. We get a tour of their operations, gain an understanding of the practical process and the meaning behind it, all while documenting the experience. 

  • Breakfast
  • Rose Cooperative Tour + Documenting
  • Interview session
  • Footage review + feedback

Sunday, April 30

After breakfast we depart Dades Gorges to head back to Marrakesh. Along the way, we stop to visit 11th century UNESCO-protected red mud-brick ksar, which has formed the backdrop for many Hollywood movies. We also make a stop in the city of Ouarzazate to explore. In the final stretch, we wind up the memorable Tizi n’Tichka pass via the high Atlas Mountains. In the evening in Marrakech we take part in a farewell ceremony and celebration.

  • Breakfast
  • Air Ben Haddou Kasbah Tour
  • Ouarzazate Visit
  • Transport to Marrakesh
  • Farewell Ceremony

Monday, May 1

Time to part ways. You will be transported from the guesthouse in Marrakesh to the International Airport in time for your flight home. 

  • Breakfast
  • Transport to Airport
  • Departure

Monday May 1 – Thursday May 4th

If you would like to extend your trip you can join in on the 4-day video editing extension. The Actuality Producer will work one-on-one with editors in a co-working space in Marrakesh to complete a series of videos using the footage we documented during the Storytelling Expedition. 


$ 2600 USD 10 days / 9 nights
  • 9 nights semi-private lodging in traditional guesthouses
  • 9 breakfasts + 4 dinners
  • local expert guide + translator
  • storytelling expedition leader + producer
  • argan cooperative tour + documentary storytelling workshop
  • couscous cooperative tour + documentary storytelling workshop
  • saffron cooperative tour + documentary storytelling workshop
  • textiles cooperative tour + documentary storytelling workshop
  • rose cooperative tour + documentary storytelling workshop
  • Agdez village visit
  • N'kok rock carvings tour
  • Alnif village visit
  • Air Ben Haddou Kasbah tour
  • Ouarzazate city visit
  • farewell ceremony
  • private minibus for group transport to all locations
  • airport transfers on arrival and departure

Frequently Asked Questions

The Storytelling Expedition is designed for experienced media-makers who seek a purposeful travel experience. If you have an interest in photography, videography, blogging, podcasting, or any other kind of digital storytelling, you’d be a great fit. Professional storytellers are welcome, but you do not have to be a professional to be able to contribute. 

No. Our expert guide will also provide translation into English whenever needed. 

Each storyteller should bring a digital camera they are comfortable using, for photography, videography or both. Any kind of digital camera can be suitable, even most smart phone cameras. The most important thing is that you already know how it use it. If you have additional gear you would like to bring and use, you are welcome to. 

Actuality Abroad will provide a variety of accessories, including sound recording equipment, to elevate the quality of your own equipment.

You can also bring a laptop computer if you want to be involved in editing content on location, but Actuality Abroad will have laptops for downloading, duplicating and processing on site. 

We highly recommend purchasing personal property travel insurance to cover loss or damage.

All the content produced on the Expedition that features the work of Moroccan Social Impact Travel or the various cooperatives that we collaborate with will be licensed under Creative Commons (with attribution) so that every stakeholder can benefit from sharing it. Additionally, this content will need to be approved by all stakeholders (especially the individuals depicted in imagery) prior to any kind of distribution, including sharing on social media. We practice radical informed consent. 

Actuality Abroad retains the official copyright in order to ensure that the above standards are implemented and and maintained. Additionally, our program participants often come from around the world but with Actuality Abroad holding the rights, we can assure that our media makers are protected by the Fair Use doctrine of the United States.

For every approved piece of content, each storyteller is encouraged to share/submit freely. Using the content for any value-aligned commercial or money-making purpose could be considered, but will have to be discussed and approved by all stakeholders in advance.

If you create any media outside of the Storytelling Expedition’s scope of work, you retain all rights to that content. 

Yes. Each traveler is required to purchase a travel insurance policy for the duration of the Expedition that includes medical coverage. We highly recommend that you also purchase trip cancellation and personal property protection as well. We recommend World Nomads, Safety Wing or Genki.

Each traveler will need to meet Morocco’s COVID testing and/or vaccination requirements for entry into the country at the time of the trip. As of now, there are no testing or vaccination requirements for US citizens. Travelers must only complete the Public Health Passenger Form and present it upon arrival.

Additionally, travelers will be required to follow any mandatory COVID-19 protocol that exist during their time in-country. 

These rules and requirements will likely evolve between now and our departure date. We will update our travelers as we know more.

Yes. You are welcome to arrive early or stay on in Morocco after the Storytelling Expedition. We will make special arrangements for your arrival/departure and can offer recommendations on accommodations and activities. 

For experienced or aspiring video editors – you stay on in Marrakesh after the end of the Storytelling Expedition for an Editing Extension. Work one-on-one with your Actuality producer in a co-working space in Marrakesh to edit and deliver a series of micro documentaries using the footage your crew created.

Yes. If your company offers volunteer time off (VTO), your experience on a storytelling expedition can count towards those hours.


The best way to learn about our Storytelling Expedition to Morocco, is by signing up for the email series. You can expect more information on why we travel, how it works, and what to expect on location.




April 22nd - May 1st 2023


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