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Volunteer opportunities in MOROCCO

Teaching foreign languages to Moroccan children and youth
         Rabat, Sale, Bouznika, Casablanca, Mohammadia,
         El Jadida, Marrakech, Temara, Tanger, Ahfir

          August 1 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: After the successful experience in the last years, international volunteers are once again invited in different Moroccan cities to organize English / French / Spanish courses for children and youth aged from 10 to 18 with less educational opportunities. Volunteers will help reinforce the languages capacities of these children. Both Moroccan and international volunteers will take part in these projects.

The courses aim to:
- give the opportunity to young people who have never been in touch or who are in their first or second year of learning a foreign language, to discover it and/or to overcome the difficulties they have in this language.
- try to connect those children with friends from abroad to communicate and correspond between themselves in English / French / Spanish as a tool to promote their foreign language knowledge and level, and establish new friendships.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The participants will be accommodated in a host family or share an apartment with other volunteers.

Location: The projects will take place in different cities in Morocco: Rabat, Sale, Kenitra, Casablanca, Mohammadia, El Jadida, Marrakech, Temara, Tanger, Benslimane Bouznika, Ahfir.

Terminal: Casablanca Mohamed 5 international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 80 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Help create a better environment for underprivileged students in Marrakech
Marrakech          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Marrakech          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will be organized in collaboration with the Ministry of social affairs. The project's aim is to contribute to the improvement of a residence for students with fewer opportunities.
The international volunteer group will contribute to improving the living conditions for the students by painting the walls, windows and doors, making murals inside the center, gardening and landscaping. According to the volunteers’ skills, creativity and commitment, it’s possible to organize workshops, such as language classes, theater, games or handicrafts for the children and adolescents visiting the center. The volunteers are welcome to propose and realize their own ideas to make the work as effective as possible.

The international volunteers will have the opportunity to get in contact with the local people, learn about Moroccan customs and way of life, as well as learn some Arabic.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The participants will be accommodated in the center itself, in shared rooms.

Location: Marrakech is the most important former imperial city in Morocco's history. It is also referred to as the "Red City", since most of the houses built in the traditional Moroccan style are painted in different shades of dark red. The city of Marrakesh is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Like many North African cities, the city of Marrakesh comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz) for a total population of 1,070,000. It is served by Ménara International Airport (RAK) and a rail link to Casablanca and the north. Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and in the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, musicians, snake and donkey charmers.
In the surrounding area, day trips to the National Park Toubkal or the waterfalls of Ouzoud can be organised on the weekends.

Terminal: Marrakech Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Painting and creating murals in a youth center in Casablanca
Casablanca          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Casablanca          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The project will be organized in collaboration with the Department of youth and sports. Its aim is to contribute to the improvement of a Center where young people and volunteers will gather and participate in various activities. The work will consist of painting the walls of the center and drawing murals in order to improve the looks and make it more inviting. The volunteers are welcome to propose and realize own ideas to make the work as effective as possible.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a youth center, in shared rooms.

Location: Casablanca, located in western Morocco, on the Atlantic Ocean, is the economic capital of the country, due to its large economic activity. It is also the biggest city in the Maghreb region. Casablanca is well known for its beaches, monuments and its old Medina with various nice handcrafts. Casablanca is about 100 km from Rabat and 30 km from its airport.

Terminal: Casablanca airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Improving public spaces in Sale
Sale          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Sale          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project will be organized in collaboration with the National Department of Education. Its aim is to improve the environment of the local schools in Sale, including gardens, squares, sports fields.

The volunteers, local as well as international, will work together contributing to the maintenance of these places with manual work in- and around public buildings. The volunteers will cultivate and create new gardens. To make the places more inviting, murals can be painted on the walls.
The district of Sidi Moussa is a quite poor neighborhood; especially the area near the sea is quite polluted. The volunteers will help in the neighborhood with some renovation and painting of houses and cleaning up the seaside area. Creative ideas and suggestions for further improving the neighborhood are welcome.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will live in a house with all necessary facilities at their disposal.

Location: Sale is located on the right bank of the Bou Regreg river, opposite the national capital Rabat. It is a traditional, rather conservative place, where time seems to have stood still. The dress code is a lot tighter than in the neighboring capital. The town’s medina has a lot of narrow alleys with beautiful ancient buildings on each side.
Sale is famous for its numerous monuments and beautiful beaches, which the volunteers will be able to visit and enjoy. The group can also attend some cultural events that are organised in the city.

Terminal: Rabat airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Leisure program for less privileged children in Kenitra
Kenitra          August 1 - August 15, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project is in partnership with an association that takes care of children from poor families or orphaned children in Kenitra. The volunteers will be involved in some manual work in the Center and work with the children. The work will consist in painting walls and creating a mural in the center, as well as weeding and clean-up in the garden. The aim is to improve the center and create a more pleasant and welcoming environment. The other important part of the project is the time spent with the children. The volunteers will organise free time activities for the children, including interactive games, sports, arts and crafts...

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in the center.

Location: Kenitra is a town, 40 km away from the capital Rabat, where you can easily get by train in about 30 minutes. For a long time its port was a U.S. Naval Base. Kenitra is also known for its ancient Kasbah, its fine sand beaches and the forest of Mamora where many families tend to spend their weekends. Near the city, one can find the lake of Sidi-Boughaba, which is a protected area for biodiversity.

Terminal: Kenitra Medina Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Improving a Children's center and organising activities for the kids
Bouznika          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Bouznika          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project is organised in cooperation with a Children's Center in Bouznika. The volunteers will help improving the facilities of the center with different manual works. Some of the tasks will be painting, drawing a wall mural, gardening, removing weeds, cleaning play equipment. The volunteers will also organise fun activities for the children in the center such as games, sports, arts, crafts, cultural presentations, etc. The group will also organise an environmental awareness campaign on the beach for locals and tourists. The volunteers will be supported by a group leader for planning the work and free time activities

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a house near the center with all facilities at their disposal.

Location: Located between Casablanca and Rabat, Bouznika is one of the most beautiful beach towns in the kingdom. It's famous for its fine golden sand beaches, a big forest and several waterfalls. In fact, each year Bouznika appears in the ranking of the cleanest and most attractive beaches of Morocco. Bouznika is a small but busy town where you will find everything you need. You can discover the kasbah, the old village and its fishermen.

Terminal: Casablanca airport, Bouznika Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Preserving the coastal environment and increasing public awareness in Bouknadel
Bouknadel          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Bouknadel          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is in cooperation with the municipality of Salé Bouknadel. A group of international volunteers will help with manual work at various environmental projects. Participants must be flexible and prepared for any type of work (indoor and outdoor), including gardening and picking up rubbish at the beach and in public spaces. The volunteers are welcome to propose their own ideas to make the work as effective as possible. The group will also organize environmental campaigns and workshops to raise the awareness of the local population regarding environmental issues.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a Youth center, in shared rooms.

Location: Bouknadel is a small city next to Salé which is mostly known for its beach “Plage des Nations” and the beautiful public Exotic Garden. Salé is the nearest town to Rabat, situated north of the capital from which it’s separated by the Bouregreg River.

Terminal: Sale Medina Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation and upkeep of the children's center in Ahfir
Ahfir          August 1 - August 15, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is organised with the department of social affairs in Ahfir in the province of Berkane in the East of Morocco. The international volunteers will support the children's center in the town with some renovation and beautification work, as well as work with the children. The manual work involves painting, gardening, cleaning and creating a wall mural. The volunteers will organise a program of free time activities for the children in the center, including games, creative workshops, sports, competitions, etc. The group will also run an environmental awareness campaign for the town's residents. A group leader will provide assistance in planning the workcamp program and free time activities.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will share a house near the center with all necessary facilities at their disposal.

Location: Ahfir is located in the province of Berkane in the Oriental region of Morocco. It is close to the sea, at 21 km from the Mediterranean beach resort Saidia. Ahfir is located approximately 25 km from the International Airport Oujda-Angads and about 100 km from that of Nador (Al Aroui). It belongs to the territory of Beni Rifains Snassen (Berkane Ahfir, Tafoughalte).

Terminal: Oujda-Angads International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration and preservation of the ancient Medina of Fes
Fes          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Fes          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Fes is the third largest city of Morocco, located by the Atlas Mountains. It’s the oldest of the four imperial cities of Morocco and is famous for its Medina which is reportedly the largest in Northern Africa.
Fes el Bali is the oldest and walled part of Fes. It was originally founded as the capital of the Idrisid Dynasty in between 789 and 808 AD. Fes el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed under the name Medina of Fes in 1981. It is believed to be the world’s largest car-free urban area. As it was the intellectual center of Morocco for a long time, you can find there a lot of interesting mosques, museums and universities.

This project will be organized in collaboration with the agency for protection of ancient monuments. Its goal is to help maintain the town’s UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as preserving all its splendor and beauty. The volunteers will take part in the restoration work including cleaning and painting historical remains in order to contribute to its perpetuation and guarantee its continuance. Locals may be able to tell stories about the monuments revealing interesting facts about Morocco’s history.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The participants will be accommodated in a high school, in shared rooms.

Location: Fes. The volunteers will visit old monuments and the Souk in the Medina, and organize some excursions to nearby towns: Ifrane, Meknas, Sefrou...

Terminal: Fes Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Painting a center for poor children and protecting the environment in Essaouira
Essaouira          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Essaouira          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project will be organised in collaboration with the local office for social work in Essaouira. The international volunteers will help cleaning and painting a center for poor children in the town. The volunteers will work with some local people and associations to give a new look to this center.
Essaouira, being a beach town, is visited by many tourists. The volunteers will support the town in its efforts to preserve the environment by organising environmental awareness activities on the beach. The volunteers will be supervised by a technical leader who will be also responsible for the work program.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The accommodation will be in the social centre.

Location: Essaouira is a very beautiful, but rather small town, situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Safi and Agadir in the south of Morocco. With its nice and large ocean beach, the charming fishing harbor with seagulls soaring and the refreshing summer wind, it attracts a lot of tourists. Many people come to spend their holidays in this area. Essaouira is also a center for Gnaoua music. During summer, different cultural, sport and artistic events are organized.
In their free time, volunteers can relax on the beach, surf or even do some camel and horseback riding. They can also visit Marrakech, Safi and Agadir.

Terminal: Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca (train to Marrakech and bus from Marrakech to Essaouira)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Maintenance of school recreation areas in Mohammadia
Mohammadia          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Mohammadia          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project is organized in collaboration with the national department of education. Its aim is to renovate a sports area and a small park in a local school.
Local and international volunteers will work together, contributing to the maintenance of both the sport area and the small park. To make the area more pleasant and ready for the students, murals can be painted on some walls inside the school. The volunteers are welcome to propose and realize their own ideas.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a youth center, in shared rooms.

Location: Mohammadia is a port city on the west coast of Morocco located between Casablanca and Rabat in the region of Greater Casablanca. It hosts the most important oil refinery of Morocco, Samir, which makes Mohammadia the center of the Moroccan petrol. The city includes the old centre of the Kasbah. Since a big part of the population consists of young people, the number of educational institutions is quite high.
The city is well known for its beaches and festivals that are organised in the summer. The volunteers can visit some beautiful towns around such as Rabat, Casablanca, or El Jadida.

Terminal: Mohammadia Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental protection and awareness campaign in Tiznit
Tiznit          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Tiznit          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The project will be organized in collaboration with the national Department of Youth and Sports. The volunteer activities will take place in several places in the town so as to mobilize the population to protect the environment. The tools will be murals on different themes and around this, volunteers will do activities such as theater, animation, sports, teaching languages….. Some environmental clean-up and landscaping is also foreseen in order to improve the look of the town.  Depending on the volunteers’ skills, creativity and commitment, it’s possible to organize workshops, such as language classes, theater, games or handicrafts for the children and youth visiting the local youth center. The volunteers are encouraged to propose and realize their own ideas for more effective outcome.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The group will be hosted in the local youth center.

Location: Tiznit is a city whose inhabitants are mainly Berber, the original people living in Morocco. It’s situated in the south of the country, 80 km from the rather big city of Agadir. It’s known for its goldsmith’s art as well as its gardens supplied with water by the famous Blue Spring. The region of Tiznit is where the desert of Sahara and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Olive, argan and palm trees form the particular landscape.
The volunteers can go on excursions to Agadir and Mir Laft, the nearest beach to Tiznit.

Terminal: Tiznit Bus Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Help improve the quality of life for children in Mirleft
Mirleft          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Mirleft          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will work on the renovation and maintenance of a children's home in Mirleft, a small village on the Atlantic coast. The project is organised with the Ministry of social affairs. The volunteers will help with painting and clean-up in the center. They will also be invited to draw a wall mural with the aim to create a nice home-like environment for the children in the center. Participants are welcome to give their own ideas and proposals. A group leader will facilitate the project activities.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The group will be hosted in the local youth center, in shared rooms.

Location: Mirleft is a small village in Tiznit Province on the Atlantic coast with beautiful, large and quiet beaches. The village itself is very traditional, rather conservative place where the men go to purchase the goods at the local market while the women work in the fields, manage the house and look after the children. Close to Mirleft there is an oasis and a ruined fort, as well as the Spanish Art Deco town of Sidi Ifni, the Saturday morning camel market at Goulimine and the Oasis of Tata on the Sahara plain. Mirleft is about 2.5 hours from Agadir airport. The volunteers can visit the nearest towns Tiznit, Taroudant and Agadir.

Terminal: Agadir Airport, Casablanca Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration of the historic heritage of Safi
Safi          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Safi          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Safi is one of the oldest cities in Morocco. During the 15th century, Safi was an important trading port. The city was under Portuguese rule from 1488 to 1541. Amongst the Portuguese constructions from the Manueline period which still remain and stand out are the Cathedral of Safi, the Castle of the Sea and the Fortress of Safi.

This project is an opportunity for international volunteers to discover and contribute to the restoration of the historic heritage of Safi. The volunteers will take part in the renovation and restoration of historic sites and monuments in the city in order to preserve all its splendor and beauty. The volunteers’ work will include cleaning and restoring historical remains. The volunteers will have meetings with local people who will share stories about the monuments revealing interesting facts about Morocco’s history.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a residential school, in shared rooms.

Location: Safi, situated directly by the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most important harbors of the country. The oldest Mosque in Morocco, the national ceramic museum and the ancient medina are all worth a visit. Steep coasts and beaches near the city form a beautiful landscape. Volunteers can visit some nice towns nearby: El Jadida, Essaouira, Agadir.

Terminal: Safi Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Creating better sports facilities for children in Al Houceima
Al Houceima          August 1 - August 15, 2014

Volunteer project: The international volunteer project is organised in collaboration with the local delegation of the Ministry of social affairs in Al Houceima. Its aim is to contribute to the renovation of the sports area in the local children's center. Thereby the leisure time facilities for the local youth will be extended. This involves maintenance of the area, working the land of the space, renovation and creating a trail around the area. The participants are welcome to make their own propositions concerning the work that can be done additionally, since they will have an overview of the project and the possibilities. Volunteers will have the opportunity to share time with the local population.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The accommodation will be in the children's center.

Location: Alhoceima is a city which comes to life as soon as summer arrives to Morocco. Situated on the northern edge of the Rif Mountains, on the Mediterranean coast across from Spain, Alhoceima represents a mixture of Arabic, Berber and European culture. Hidden beaches and the national park of Alhoceima make this area a place with a lot to discover.
The volunteers will enjoy the very nice beaches of the town and the Berber festivals. They can also organise excursions to Fes, Nador and Oujda.

Terminal: Elhociema Bus Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration and preservation of the World Heritage Site of El Jadida
El Jadida          August 1 - August 15, 2014
El Jadida          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: El Jadida is a port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. As it was controlled by the Portuguese for more than 200 years, its appearance is influenced by Portuguese architecture. Its medina with the massive external walls is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the basis of its status as an "outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures". The most important buildings are the cistern and the Manueline Church of the Assumption. El Jadida is also known as a popular summer seaside resort.

The project will be organized in collaboration with the local delegation for protection of ancient monuments. Its aim is to help maintaining the town’s UNESCO world heritage site which was registered in 2004, as well as preserving all its splendor and beauty. The volunteers’ tasks will include restorations on the site such as cleaning and painting historical remains in order to contribute to its perpetuation and guarantee its continuance. Local people will tell stories about the monuments revealing interesting facts about Morocco’s history.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a boarding school, in shared rooms.

Location: El Jadida is a very nice town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The volunteers will enjoy its nice beaches and the festivals that are organised during the summer. The volunteers can also easily get to Casablanca, Safi and Agadir.

Terminal: El Jadida Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Youth center renovation and organising workshops for children
Temara          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Temara          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will support Temara Youth Center. The international group will work in collaboration with the staff and local volunteers to turn the center into a more welcoming and inspiring place for children and youth to attend different classes and workshops. The work activities will consist in painting the walls and drawing murals in order to enhance the look of the center and make it more appealing to children. Depending on the volunteers’ skills, creativity and commitment, it’s possible to organize various workshops, such as language classes, theater, games or handicrafts for the children and youth visiting the center. The volunteers are welcome to propose and realize their own ideas for possible activities.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the youth center.

Location: Temara is located right south of Rabat (14 km) at the Atlantic Coast, in the suburban, agricultural area of the capital. This charming small town is known for its nice beaches and a large forest, and is a popular spot for spending holidays and weekends. The volunteers can visit Rabat which is easily accessible by bus.

Terminal: Temara

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the environment and raising public awareness in Tiflet
Tiflet          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Tiflet          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will support the Municipality of Tiflet in their efforts to preserve the environment and raise awareness among the local population. The volunteers will organize campaigns for environmental protection and awareness, will clean the gardens of the city and will create murals on environmental issues. The international participants will team up with local people for the completion of the project activities. This will allow for a closer contact with Moroccan people and an enriched cultural exchange experience for all parties involved.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteer group will be hosted in a house in Tiflet, with all facilities provided.

Location: Tiflet is located in northwestern Morocco, about 50 km east of the capital Rabat and the Atlantic coast. In ancient times, the region was settled by Berbers, Phoenicians and Romans, and traces of those settlements are still present today.

Terminal: Tiflet

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Awareness work and beach cleanup in the Bay of Tangier
Tangier          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Tangier          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The project is in partnership with the local municipality of Tanger. The theme of the project will be "Protection of the environment is everybody's responsibility". The volunteers will convey this message by organising campaigns for environmental protection and raising awareness. The group will distribute leaflets on the beaches of Tangier to raise awareness on environmental issues. They will also join the beach clean-up activities.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will share a house with all necessary facilities at their disposal.

Location: Tangier is a seaport in the Bay of Tangier in northern Morocco, at the western entrance of the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic. It is just about 15 kilometers from the Spanish coast. Tangier has long acted as an unofficial cultural capital for a number of writers and artists from around the world, attracted by its climate, scenery and picturesque sights. It is also well known for its beaches.

Terminal: Tangier train station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Improving the study environment and living conditions for orphans in Northern Morocco
Larache          August 1 - August 15, 2014
Larache          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: This international volunteer project is organised in the town of Larache, in collaboration with the local delegation of the Ministry of social work. The volunteers will contribute to the improvement of the living and study conditions in a  Center for orphaned and abandoned children in the city. This would involve cleaning playground equipment, painting, gardening, weeding and drawing a mural in the Center. The international volunteers will work together with local volunteers to give a new look to the facilities. The group will also organise fun and recreational activities for the children such as games, sports, country presentations, singing, drama, dance, etc. In the city, the group will join a campaign for raising the environmental awareness among locals.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided for the volunteers in a house near the center with all facilities at disposal.

Location: Larache is an important harbour town in the region Tanger-Tétouan in northern Morocco. It was founded in the 7th century when a group of Muslim soldiers from Arabia extended their camp at Lixus onto the south bank of the Loukkos River. The city is located about 79 km from Tangier Ibn Battuta International Airport and 168 km from the capital Rabat. The busiest place in town is the central square called Liberation Square (former Plaza de Espana). It's built in Arabo-Andalusian style with many cafes and terraces around. In the old Medina, one can discover the Souk Esseghir (Petit Souk), the vegetable market, colorful houses and a maze of narrow streets and passages leading down to the port. During the summer, many cultural, sport and artistic events are organized.

Terminal: Tanger or Casablanca airport, and than bus to Larache.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

School renovation project in Meknes
Meknes          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The project is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the parents association in Meknes. Its aim is to contribute to the improvement of a high school in the city so students can enjoy having classes and participating in after-school programs. The work will include painting the walls and drawing murals to enhance the appearance of the school and make it more welcoming.

The international volunteers will have the opportunity to get in contact with local people, learn about Moroccan customs and lifestyle, as well as learn some Arabic.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the Youth House in Meknes, in shared rooms.

Location: Meknes is a city in northern Morocco, founded in 711. It is the capital of the Meknès-Tafilalet administrative region. Meknes is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco and the third largest city in the country. It was the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672-1727). The historic city of Meknes is under the protection of UNESCO since 1996. There's many monumental gates, mosques, gardens and museums in the city.

Terminal: Meknes train station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 60 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Music and art festival in Rabat
Rabat          October 18 - October 26, 2014

Volunteer project: This is a cultural project, providing opportunity for international volunteers to get to know Moroccan culture. The volunteers will help in the organisation of different music shows and art sessions on the themes Solidarity and Fraternity. Several youth music groups (ray, rap...) will be invited and the volunteers can join them to play music or sing songs. The participants will also have the opportunity to paint murals on the themes of solidarity and fraternity, and work with local children.

The project is also an opportunity for the international volunteers to learn about the Moroccan culture. Many activities will be organised for the participants, such as visiting the city, the monuments and learning Arabic language during their stay. The participants in this project are expected to be motivated to discover different aspects of Moroccan life, and to be ready to share some aspects of their cultures. Volunteers are expected to work actively in the preparation and running of the festival. Those who play music are encouraged to bring their musical instrument.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The participants are accommodated in host families. Staying with a local family is an opportunity for the volunteers to discover the Moroccan way of life. All the participants are asked to respect the families’ environment and local traditions. They are also expected to be sociable and open to building good and fruitful communication with the local people.

Location: Rabat is the capital of Morocco and it's situated on the Atlantic Ocean.

Terminal: Rabat or Casablanca airport, Rabat Ville Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

New Year in the Desert
Zagora          December 26, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Volunteer project: The participants in this project will learn about the Moroccan artisan techniques of making pottery. They will get knowledge about how to make pottery articles, from working and preparing the earth to decorating the articles. This activity doesn't require individual skills but it demands your motivation to overcome the difficulties. All the materials needed for this activity will be provided.

The program is also an opportunity for the participants to explore Moroccan culture in the desert, learn some local dance and music and learn to cook Moroccan dishes. Cultural visits will be organised to places in South Morocco (oasis, desert, mountain, kasbah, river). An excursion to the Sahara Desert will be also organised in the end of December for the volunteers to celebrate the New Year in the Desert. The volunteers will have the opportunity to ride camels and listen nomadic music. The volunteers will also attend an Arabic language workshop. Cultural exchange is an important part of the project, and volunteers will be invited to present their countries and cultures.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The accommodation will be in the local youth center.

Location: Zagora is a beautiful town in the south of Morocco, near the Algerian border. It is well known for its large desert and dunes. Zagora is about 750 km from Rabat and about 250 km in the south of Ouarzazate.

Terminal: Marrakech, Ouarzazate or Casablanca airport, Zagora Bus Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Arabic and French language program in Rabat
Rabat          August 1 - August 30, 2014
Rabat          September 1 - September 30, 2014
Rabat          October 1 - October 30, 2014
Rabat          November 1 - November 30, 2014
Rabat          December 1 - December 30, 2014

The Arabic and French language session is a special activity that is organized every year. People coming from different countries participate in it. The objectives of this activity are:
- Giving to people the opportunity to get basic knowledge of French and Arabic language. That knowledge could be useful for the participants in their studies or in their daily life or in their travels in countries speaking the languages.
- Giving the opportunity to people to get in touch with the Moroccan culture and Moroccan way of life, and in consequence achieve a fruitful cultural exchange.
- Giving the opportunity to people who have some basic knowledge of the languages to brush them up and adapt to different ways of using them.

The classes are given by teachers who are flexible in managing the courses and are ready to cooperate with the participants so as to fulfill their expectations.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The participants are accommodated in host families. Staying with a local family is an opportunity for the volunteers to use the Arabic language and also to discover the Moroccan way of life. All the participants are asked to respect the families’ environment and local traditions. They are also expected to be sociable and open to building good and fruitful communication with the local people.

Location: Rabat is the capital of Morocco and it's situated on the Atlantic Ocean.

Terminal: Casablanca airport or Rabat airport, Rabat Ville Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Exploring Moroccan culture, trekking in the High Atlas and support for Berber mountain communities
Marrakech & the High Atlas         August 15 - August 26, 2014
Marrakech & the High Atlas         September 15 - September 26, 2014
Marrakech & the High Atlas         October 15 - October 26, 2014

Volunteer project: This trekking and intercultural exchange program provides a unique opportunity for discovering the former imperial city of Marrakech, trekking in the High Atlas mountains and doing some solidarity work with the local population in the mountains.

In the beginning, the participants will arrive in Marrakech. They will spend three days learning about this very nice city. The second week will be reserved for visiting different sites in Marrakech, trekking Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountain, and doing some social volunteering. The work with local population in the mountains may include school renovation, playing with kids, cleaning a water stream, distribution of clothes or other necessities such us books, educational materials, food, etc. 

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The first week: The participants will be accommodated in a house in Marrakech. The second week: in Berber houses and shelters in the mountains.

Location: Known as the "Red City", Marrakech is the most important former imperial city in Morocco's history. The city of Marrakesh is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Like many North African cities, the city of Marrakesh comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz) for a total population of 1,070,000. It is served by Ménara International Airport (RAK) and a rail link to Casablanca and the north. Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and in the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians.

Terminal: Marrakech Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

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