Morocco is still struggling with a lot of economic, social and political disparities between the two genders. This is a great placement for anyone interested in women’s issues and women’s rights in the MENA region. Women are often victims of some forms of abuse and violence or have been deprived of education. The root of Moroccan women’s challenges is the result of years of culture where women were seen as having “limited power”. Morocco being a traditionally a male-dominated society has a high illiteracy rate amongst women. However, the educated men and women of the town of Rabat have been trying to change the morals and there are many projects throughout the city encouraging for women’s education and financial independence. The projects aim to educate women and girls who are otherwise deprived of education and training. Ultimately this placement helps improve women’s standard of living, self-confidence and it encourages them to be independent and generate income for on their own.
Why choose this project?
This is a great project to learn about women’s lifestyles, rights and the laws concerning women in Morocco. You will feel as if you can make a difference in this project as you will be working with women directly or you will be helping the association protecting their rights by helping them in a variety of tasks.
It is also a very rewarding project as you will get to develop bonds by staying a minimum of 4 weeks on this project and see the women and girls progress throughout your stay.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to add on arabic or french classes for a feee during your placement if desired. Just speak to a placement advisor for more information or to pre-arrange in advanced of your internship.
Role of the Intern
Because of the variety of projects in place in Rabat related to women’s empowerment, interns will be able to get involved in different activities depending on their studies and/or interests. Interns can assist in teaching the women and the girls English, Interns may also be interesting in assisting organizing, teaching or implementing a variety of workshops to help the women increase their skills (such as computer literacy, women entrepreneurship, etc). The interns’ essential role is to help the women feel empowered and help them achieve a better life for themselves and their families. Interns will be able to teach women income generating skills, support them in their life journey and help increase their confidence level. Interns will also have the opportunity to teach some life-enhancing skills and educate them in areas where they had no experience. Interns can also have the opportunity to get involved with the local NGOs on the management and administrative side of the project. For instance, if your interest lay in NGO management related to Women’s Rights, you may be able to get involved in assisting with carrying out special project campaigns, researching grants’ opportunities, fundraising efforts, assist in organizing events, etc.
Depending on your language skills and time commiment, you will be placed in one of the local NGOs or another. Some NGOs require sufficient knowledge of either Arabic or French or both to effectively communicate. If you know either of these languages, it will be an advantage for the intern and will be extremely beneficial for the girls and young women on the program.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Learn about Moroccan culture and traditions
Empower girls and women on the project and help them feel more confident
Make new friends for life
About the Location
You will be placed in the focal point of Rabat, the capital of Morocco. It’s a well kept and clean city, far from the rushing about of Casablanca. You will have the capacity to walk around town and investigate the concealed diamonds Rabat brings to the table including a medina quarter, a twelfth-century kasbah looking over the water, and some immaculate untouched open shorelines.
You will be staying in a Riad in the middle of Medina should you choose to be living with other interns and volunteers. The traditional house has been recently renovated and offers a basic and comfortable accommodation with a communal area and a communal westernized bathroom. You will be sharing your room with 1 to 3 other volunteers and you will enjoy some delicious home-made cuisine by a local cook at breakfast and dinner during the week.
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 has numerous gems you will be able to investigate during your spare time including the Hassan and Mausoleum of Mohammad V, the Musee des Oudaias, the Kabash, the Rabat Zoo, the Rabat Exotic Garden, and obviously the medina. Another most loved spot is Chellah, situated on the edges of Rabat where you will have the ability to spot storks depending on the time of year.
You should also plan to go investigate Rabat’s sister city, Salé. In the event that you are there during the summer, you might want to plan to go to the city’s yearly music festival of Mawazine. For those of you with the desire to wander somewhat further, you may arrange to visit Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert, and urban areas, for example like Casablanca, Essaouira, Fes, Marrakesh, and Tangiers.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1681/$2942 for 4 weeks
£270/$473 for each additional weeks
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Rabat, Morocco
- Project activities: teach English, teach other skills, help them practice reading, teach them income-generating skills
- Working hours: 9 am – 4 pm
- Project availability: All year round, except during Ramadan
- Arrival day: Saturdays
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared bedroom in a homestay house. Option for a host family if you speak to your placement advisor.
- 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, 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
- 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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