The education system in Morocco faces significant challenges. Challenges include low daily attendance, teacher absenteeism and low literacy rates. Drop out rate is very high, and only 53% of students enrolled in primary schooling continue onto secondary schools. Access to education and under-resourced schools is at the core of the challenges. There are simply not enough teachers for the number of children. Volunteers strengthen the capacity of teachers and contribute to supporting and caring for vulnerable children in Morocco. It improves the children’s prospects for the future giving them a more solid education. It also gives impoverished children compassion and a sense of hope. Both the volunteers and the locals benefit from this inter-cultural exchange. The project works with a couple of pre-schools (one public and one private). Both are located in impoverished areas of the Medina and the private pre-schools receive “symbolic” payments from the parents. Both can host between 20 and 40 children at any given time. The classes are small with around 10 children per class.
Why choose this project?
This is a great project for anyone trying to discover a new culture while learning a new language and helping the local community’s children. You will be exposed to the educational system in Morocco, as well as contributing by assisting the local teachers and being a role model for the children. You will be asked to teach the children your native language as well as organize fun creative activities with them to develop their learnings in a more Westernized way. This will help develop your leadership skills, teaching skills while learning about how another culture teach their children, which is very traditional French way of children needing to be “bras croisés” (crossed arms).
Role of the Volunteer
Volunteers will supply critical support to the teachers at the school by giving them basic language lessons, helping them learn computer skills and mathematics, or organise education or recreational activities. Volunteers may also be asked to help feed and care for the children or entertain them. The purpose of the enriching activities is to develop cognitive ability and physical development for the underprivileged children attending the school.
You must be 18 or older and have the equivalent of a high school diploma. A criminal background check is also required. Some experience working with children would be preferred but is not mandatory. The participant should be responsible, enthusiastic and have a compassionate attitude to succeed in this placement. Some understanding of French Arabic will also make this placement easier and more rewarding.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Learn a new language and the local culture
Contribute your assistance to local teachers
Grow your horizons by discovering a new country
About the Location
You will be based in the centre of Rabat, the capital of Morocco. It’s a well kept and clean city, away from the hustle and bustle of Casablanca. You will be able to walk everywhere in the centre of town and explore the hidden gems Rabat has to offer including a medina quarter, a 12th-century kasbah looking over the water, and some pristine untouched public beaches.
You will be placed in a volunteer residence in a big traditional Riad in a shared room. The Riad is located in the middle of the Medina in a very nice area, within walking distance to your placement. You will have a communal living room where you can share your experience with other volunteers in the evening. You will also have a communal bathroom up to western standards. You will be able to have access to wifi.
What to do in your spare time
Rabat has many points of interest to explore during your free time including the tower Hassan and Mausoleum of Mohammad V, the Musee des Oudaias, the Kabash, the Rabat Zoo, The Rabat Exotic Garden, and of course the medina. Another favourite spot is Chellah, located on the outskirts of Rabat where you will be able to sport storks at certain times of the year.
You will also be able to go explore Rabat’s sister city, Salé, located across the lagoon and reachable by foot, tram or rowing boat. If you are there during the summer and you are a music lover, you should plan to attend the city’s annual Mawazine festival. For those of you wanting to venture a little further and maximise your time in Morocco, you may organise to visit the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert, and cities such as Casablanca, Essaouira, Fes, Marrakesh, and Tangiers.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 -24 weeks
- Cost: £1096 / $1918 for 2 weeks
£265 or $464 for additional weeks
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Rabat, Morocco
- Project activities: teach activities, feed the children, entertain them through educational activities, play sports with them.
- Working hours: 9:30 am – 4 pm
- Project availability: All year round, except during Ramadan
- Arrival day: Saturdays
What is included
- Accommodation: shared bedroom in a volunteer house.
- Food: 2 meals per day
- 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
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from the project – walkable
- 1 meal a day (lunch) and weekends 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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