TRAVEL THE WORLD AND TELL STORIES THAT MATTER

STORYTELLING EXPEDITION

MOROCCO

APRIL 19 - 26 2025

$2400 USD

Take a 8 day tour of Morocco where you get real life experience telling documentary stories about changemakers.

Travel with us to the storied city of Marrakesh, Morocco for an adventure in documentary storytelling. Join our crew of impact-driven filmmakers and photographers to get the training, support and mentorship to help you level up your storytelling skills. Get immersed in Moroccan culture while collaborating with local experts, leaders and changemakers. Produce films and photography that help share important stories with the world.

CREW

TESTIMONIALS

TELL ME MORE

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

Learn how to tell better stories about real life

CONNECT WITH OTHER STORYTELLERS

Each storytelling expedition becomes a distinct learning community made up of filmmakers, photographers and other mediamakers. Build a network of other impact-driven storytellers from all over the world.

GET PRACTICAL DOCUMENTARY TRAINING

On each trip, you can choose to join the video team, photo team or producing team. An Actuality producer will be on location providing guidance, mentorship, and support to help you work together and make progress in your storytelling skills. 

EXPERIENCE THE REAL MOROCCO

This Storytelling Expedition takes us into the vibrant city of Marrakesh, Morocco. Best known for its historic medinas, bustling souks, and the stunning Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is a cultural hub where Berber, Arab, and French influences merge. We will explore the city’s rich history and diverse cultural heritage.

MEET LOCAL EXPERTS, LEADERS, AND CHANGEMAKERS

We are traveling to work with local Moroccan communities engaged in cultural preservation and sustainable development efforts. We will listen to their stories, learn from their wisdom, and document their work in solidarity.

COLLABORATE ON WORK YOU ARE PROUD OF

In ten days time you will produce at least 3 different storytelling projects (video or photo or audio) that you can add to your portfolio. Some of your projects you may choose to submit for international festivals or public exhibitions.

MAKE AN IMPACT SHARING STORIES THAT MATTER

Get the unique opportunity to actively participate in the storytelling of sustainable development initiatives addressing issues such as cultural preservation, sustainable tourism, and community-based conservation.

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MARRAKESH, MOROCCO

TRIP SCHEDULE

Arrival to Morocco. You are met at the airport or train station by a private driver and brought to our basecamp (aka our guesthouse) near the old city. After check-in you can settle into your room, get to know the other crew members or explore the medina on foot. In the evening, we gather at a welcome dinner.

  • ARRIVAL
  • SHUTTLE TO BASECAMP
  • WELCOME DINNER

In the morning we gather for a series of workshops on documentary storytelling to better prepare you for the projects ahead.

In the afternoon, we take a guided walking tour of Marrakesh to learn the history and hear the stories. 

  • BREAKFAST
  • DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
  • CARTAGENA WALKING TOUR

We start our day by traveling to the outskirts of Marrakesh to meet our first local changemaker. The morning is spent touring their operations and engaging in conversations with the leaders to understand their work and impact. Over a meal provided by our hosts, we hold a planning session to refine our storytelling approach.

In the afternoon, the video team films real-life moments and interviews, while the photo team documents key scenes. We regroup in the evening to review our progress and prepare for the next steps.

  • BREAKFAST
  • VAN TO LOCATION
  • PROJECT A RESEARCH
  • PROJECT A PLANNING
  • LUNCH
  • PROJECT A PRODUCTION
  • VAN TO BASECAMP
  • REVIEW MEETING

We venture to another organization around Marrakesh, ready to discover their unique contributions. We begin with a tour and discussions with the leaders to gain insights into their mission and challenges. A shared meal provides the backdrop for our planning session, where we align our creative vision.

The afternoon is dedicated to filming and photographing according to the approved plan. As the day ends, we gather to evaluate our work and share insights.

  • BREAKFAST
  • VAN TO LOCATION
  • PROJECT B RESEARCH
  • PROJECT B PLANNING
  • LUNCH
  • PROJECT B PRODUCTION
  • VAN TO BASECAMP
  • REVIEW MEETING

For our third and final storytelling project, we head out to meet a new changemaker in the Marrakesh area. The morning involves an in-depth tour of their operations and engaging conversations to learn about their initiatives. We then have a planning meeting over a meal provided by our hosts to finalize our approach.

In the afternoon, the video team records authentic moments and interviews, while the photo team captures impactful images. We conclude the day by reviewing our materials and refining our narrative approach for the upcoming editorial days.

  • BREAKFAST
  • VAN TO LOCATION
  • PROJECT C RESEARCH
  • PROJECT C PLANNING
  • LUNCH
  • PROJECT C PRODUCTION
  • VAN TO BASECAMP
  • REVIEW MEETING

We kick off the next phase with a post-production workshop for both video and photo teams. This session covers the entire post-process, with video teams focusing on creating ‘paper cut’ and photo teams working on editing, sequencing and context.

Throughout the day, both crews have the option to return to any of the changemakers to capture additional imagery if needed. The goal is to refine our work and ensure all elements are in place for the final edits.

  • BREAKFAST
  • EDITING WORKSHOP
  • MEDIA REVIEW
  • PROJECTS EDITING
  • ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION (IF NEEDED)
  • LUNCH

We concentrate on completing our paper edits and finalizing photo essays, with individual coaching sessions available to address specific needs. The focus is on perfecting our storytelling framework and preparing for the next steps in post-production.

In the evening, we host our local collaborators for tea, sharing some of the captured imagery and discussing our plans for the upcoming stages of post-production. This gathering provides an opportunity to reflect on our journey and celebrate the stories we’ve documented.

  • BREAKFAST
  • PROJECTS EDITING
  • ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION (IF NEEDED)
  • LUNCH

After our last breakfast together, we part ways. If you are flying home or to other places, you are transported to the airport by a private driver. If you are continuing on traveling in Morocco, we wish you safe travels.

  • BREAKFAST
  • AIRPORT SHUTTLE

COST TO

PARTICIPATE

$ 2400 USD 8 days / 7 nights
  • 8-day documentary storytelling workshop
  • storytelling expedition leader + co-producer
  • local guides + translators for each storytelling project
  • 7 nights semi-private lodging in local guesthouses
  • private airport transfers
  • production van ground transportation
  • daily breakfast + lunch
  • welcome dinner
  • walking tour of Marrakesh
  • post production management and support
  • 24/7 emergency assistance

This is NOT tourism-as-usual.

Actuality Abroad has led hundreds of impact-driven storytellers on documentary adventures that provided them the training, experience, and support they needed to learn and grow.

Come along and
TRAVEL LIKE A STORYTELLER

START YOUR

JOURNEY

STEP 1

Apply for the Storytelling Expedition to Morocco

STEP 2

Schedule a video interview and get all your questions answered.

STEP 3

Accept your invitation to join the crew and make your plans to travel.

TELL ME MORE

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED

QUESTIONS

The Storytelling Expedition is designed for media-makers of any experience who want to travel with purpose. 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. 

You determine how you want to participate and contribute on the Storytelling Expedition. You can choose to join the Photography Team, Filmmaking Team or Producing Team, depending on where your interests lie. Each team will be made up of 2-6 people.

  • If working on the photography team, you may produce stories individually or in partnership with others. These will become photo essays, portrait series, or behind the scenes galleries.

  • If working on the filmmaking team, you will produce several micro-documentaries over the course of the trip. You can take the lead as Director or Cinematographer for at least one of the stories and then serve in other roles for the others.

  • If working on the producing team, you collaborate with the Actuality producer. Expect to provide story, strategy and logistical support to both the photo team and video team.

We focus on solutions oriented human interest stories, that bring increased awareness to the work of social impact organizations in the communities we visit. These could take the form of micro-documentaries, photography essays, interviews in a variety of styles, portrait photography, audio recordings and more. The exact stories that we document in each community will be determined when we arrive there on the day. Only after we meet our collaborators in person and establish a connection, do we decide what kinds of stories we are interested in creating.

No. We will have guides and translators provided for each storytelling project. 

Each storyteller should bring a digital camera they are comfortable using for photography. 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.

Actuality Abroad will provide video production equipment including cameras and sound recording equipment. If members of the video team would like to bring personal video cameras to utilize or accessories, you are welcome to.

You can also bring a laptop computer to review your media each day, but Actuality Abroad will have laptops for downloading, duplicating and processing on site. 

Everyone will need a 4TB+ hard drive to back up and bring their data home.

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

All the content produced on the Storytelling Expedition that features the people or work of the social impact organization 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. 

The Storytelling Expedition ends with an editing workshop on location where you can begin creating deliverables. The stories that are not delivered in country can be completed once you return home, or you can allow the our team at Actuality Abroad to handle the post production. Either way, we will work together to make sure that the stories we documented are finished, approved by all stakeholders, shared with everyone who wants access to the finished content and also distributed online to mutually agreed upon platforms. What these platforms are will be discussed between everyone involved in producing the story. 

During our travels into communities, there may be down time to rest or reflect, but not enough to plan any additional excursions. If you have other things you want to see or experience in country, we recommend that you arrive early or stay afterwards.

On the first day of the trip you will be met at the international airport or train station and driven by private transport to our guesthouse to meet up with your Actuality Producer and the rest of the crew members. If you are arriving early, or traveling overland, you can make your way to our guesthouse on the day of arrivals, or we can help you book with them directly for additional nights before the start of the program.

The accommodations are semi-private bedrooms in a locally owned guesthouse. This is often a budget hotel or a boutique hostel. It is always safe, comfortable and clean but modest. We are NOT doing luxury travel. You share bedroom with 1-2 other crew members of the same gender. If you prefer to have a private bedroom, you can upgrade for an additional cost. 

The trip includes daily breakfast and lunch, featuring local Moroccan cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Additionally, a welcome dinner is provided. Other dinners, any alcoholic drinks and snacks are on your own. 

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. 

Yes. If your company offers volunteer time off (VTO), your experience on a Storytelling Expedition can count towards those hours. We can discuss details during your interview or after you are invited to join the trip. 

TRIP APPLICATION

STORYTELLING EXPEDITION TO

MOROCCO

April 19th - 26th 2025

NEXT STEPS...

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