During your placement, you will be placed at a local orphanage where you will be assisting with occupational tasks related to abandoned children. The orphanage welcomes children of all ages and keeps the ones with disabilities until the age of 40 if they have not been adopted. Many have been abandoned because of their disabilities. Others have been found abandoned in the street and were taken to the centre. The special needs centre within the orphanage can accommodate up to 50 patients at any given time. Their disabilities vary. They suffer from different physical or mental disabilities including down syndrome, autism, trisomies, quadriplegic, amongst others. The centre provides them with the right assistance they need through specialised social works and doctors depending on their disabilities.
Why choose this project?
This internship is suitable for anyone interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy. This can also be a good placement for someone wanting to help and contribute in a positive way to children having difficulties doing what others do due to their disabilities. You will be exposed to what it is like for the local therapists to operate in a developing country. This field is an emerging job market in the country. You will also learn about Moroccan’s culture and develop your professional network as well as your circle of friends.
Role of the Intern
During your internship at the centre, you will be able to assist the local professionals in their daily activities as they help the children go through their days. This includes assisting showering them, taking them on walks, preparing their meals, feeding them, entertaining them with crafts or outdoor activities or other workshops. You will always be with a competent professional and will, therefore, have the opportunity to learn about the field and get first-hand experience in what it’s like to be a social worker in a developing country.
No specific skills or experience are required. However, the intern should be positive, enthusiastic, patient and respectful. Interns are also asked to be prepared psychologically to work with children suffering various disabilities as it can be a very emotional placement.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Experience an emerging job market in a developing country
Learn about the local culture and traditions
Enrich the lives of others while abroad
About the Location
Your placement will be located in the administrative capital of Morocco. Rabat blends modern and traditional architectures in a very amortised way. You will have the chance to discover Moroccan’s specialty foods, traditions, and artifacts including finest leathers, spices, and customized wooden doors with its Arabo-Muslim influences.
Your accommodation will be in a renovated Riad in the middle of Rabat’s medina. You will share a room with at least one other volunteer. The Riad is conveniently located nearby the famous Rue des Consuls for its shopping. You will share your breakfast and dinner with fellow interns and volunteers prepared by the local cook. You will also be able to enjoy westernised bathroom and toilets and be a simple but comfortable accommodation.
If you desire to be immersed a little more in Moroccan culture and wish to stay with a local host family, please speak to your placement advisor as this could be an option as well.
What to do in your spare time
Rabat offers many hidden gems to explore during your time off. You will have the time discover its maze-like streets, beautiful hidden mosaic fountains. markets and food streets. Rabat also offers many points of interest like the Kasbah des Oudaias palace, Hassan Tower. We recommend that you take in the beauty of the old architecture and the craftsmanship that has gone into it. Rabat is also a great location to plan day trips or weekend trips to the Sahara Desert, Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech and many other local spots.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 weeks minimum
- Cost: £1681/$2942 for 4 weeks
£270/$473 for each additional weeks
- Requirements: Positive, enthusiast and psychologically ready to work with children with disabilities
- Location: Rabat, Morocco
- Project activities: assist local professionals in daily tasks, propose activities and workshops, help with the feeding, etc.
- Working hours: Varies
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturdays
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared bedroom in volunteer house. Option for a host family if you speak to your placement advisor.
- Food: 2 meals a day Mondays through Fridays
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop off from Rabat-Salé airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, learning reflection guide, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
- Certificate on completion of your internship placement diary and presentation to the local team
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from the project – walkable or taxi (~ 10 Moroccan dirhams each way)
- 1 meal a day (lunch) and weekend meals
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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