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Teach Children in Morocco

MOROCCO

TEACH ENGLISH OR FRENCH TO CHILDREN IN ERRACHIDIA IN MOROCCO

You'll work with children from 13 to 18 years old  who will benefit enormously from your help! You'll assist in non-government schools and other learning centres, as well as a special needs school, located in Errachidia where you'll get a true Moroccan experience.

The students come from different walks of life and backgrounds, but many of the students are from poor, agricultural background. Thus, the opportunity you provide for them to learn English is very valuable

 You can make a huge difference here!

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. Not available during Ramadan
Duration From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications or experience required, just lots of enthusiasm. If teaching English, you should be fluent in English, and if teaching French, you should be fluent in French. Minimum age 18.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food 
Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Free T-Shirt.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages 18 to 40+.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Morocco or North Africa, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the Moroccan culture

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Volunteer with Children in Morocco

Volunteer with Children in Morocco

WORK CONTENT
The project is based in the city of Errachidia, which is situated in the ZIZ valley, in between the mountains of High Atlas and the dessert sand hills in South West Morocco.

You’ll work in a school in Errachidia and your role will be to assist the children to learn English or French. You'll work as an assistant in the language lessons

TEACHING ENGLISH:
Overall the level of English is low, with the majority speaking Arabic and tribal languages. English is their third or fourth language (after French.) However, English is becoming more and more important to Morocco due to increased international trade and tourism.

TEACHING FRENCH:
As Morocco is an old French Colony, French is officially the second language after Arabic. Most government work and business and other activities are conducted in Arabic and French and printed in both languages. However as Arabic is still the main language you find the less educated people, or the people who don’t deal with tourist, or those who live in remoter areas outside the main cities, will struggle with French. French teachers are always extremely welcomed!  Particularly in rural cities such as Errachidia where the project is based. If you’re studying French this is a great place to come and practice it. As a westerner the local people and children in the streets and at the markets will always try speaking in French with you first.   

The school that you'll assist in is for students between the ages of 8 and 20 years old. The schools usually have around 70 students. None of the schools have state-of-the-art equipment, but they do all have electricity. 

You’ll walk or cycle to school, which shouldn’t be more than 2km away from your accommodation.

RAMADAN:
During Ramadan all cafes and many activities are closed and placements are not available during this period. However, you can use the time to go travelling and exploring around the country. The dates for Ramadan are as follows:

9 July - 8 August, 2013
28 June - 28 July, 2014
18 June - 17 July, 2015

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
There are 5 school terms in the academic year which generally run as follows: /span>

  • Term 1: Around 6 September to 14 October, followed by AUTUMN HOLIDAYS
  • Term 2: Around 10 November to 20 December (Harvesting  Feast 19th to 20th Nov), followed by CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
  • Term 3: Around 4 January to 19 February, followed byWINTER HOLIDAYS
  • Term 4: Around 7 March to 23  April, followed by SPRING HOLIDAYS
  • Term 5: Around 9 May to 1 July, followed by SUMMER HOLIDAYS


ACCOMMODATION

When you arrive in Morocco you will fly into Marrakesh where you will be met at the airport and taken by taxi to a traditional guesthouse in the city of Marrakesh for your first night.

The following morning you will travel down to Errachidia by bus. The journey is long (10 hours!) but it is a stunning journey in which you can watch unfold out of your window Morocco’s intense and changing landscapes. The journey to Errachidia will take you through the amazing Atlas Mountains and hours of winding mountain roads which emerge dramatically into the desert plains of the Sahara on the other side. A landscape trip in which to begin your experience!

You'll either stay in a house with other volunteers, in a privately run hostel, or with a host family, depending on your own preferences and availability at the time you're there.

All of the accommodation is usually between 10 and  30 minutes from your Project (depending on whether you’d like to walk, ride a bike or take a taxi!)

Accommodation with host families means that Travellers volunteers get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like a Moroccan!

Very many of our volunteers in the past in all our destinations have remained friends with their host families long after they've left their placementsd - and in some cases they even return to the country later especially to visit their family.

You're sure to enjoy a great stay in Morocco!

FOOD:

Food is included in your placement.

 


"My Home Neighbourhood during my Placement"
- Aizhan Shorman

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

QUALIFICATIONS:
You don't need any qualifications - you only need a good grasp of conversational English or French to do this project. Don't worry about not having special qualifications. The whole idea of Travellers is to provide any help possible, whether it is merely enabling children to hear pronunciation and natural grammar to help inspiring the kids to speak conversationally with you and each other. Other works will include providing additional help with other academic subjects or showing them how to use a computer – in fact anything you can offer is very much appreciated and don’t worry - everyone knows you're not a qualified teacher (unless you are one, in which case great!).

The emphasis is on much-needed language development, additional learning and cultural contact. It gives your pupils valuable experience. You’ll also make school more fun for them!

We provide you with a Teaching Guide and Suggestions which will help you plan lessons and advise on inexpensive resources to take with you. Children are always fascinated with volunteers and want to learn as much as possible about you. They love to hear stories about you, your family and where you are from so it is ideal to take pictures, maps, magazine articles and photos of your family and friends with you. You can also use these as excellent resources for a lesson to promote discussion and interest

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!

Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly fascinating country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a representative who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

  

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

COMING SOON!

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Morocco, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!


LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

Morocco has beautiful beaches and coastline, fantastic culture and heritage, and the winding streets of the ancient medinas (old towns).

It’s easy to get around Morocco using buses or taxis through the labyrinth streets of the old town and the Souq’s (markets) in Marrakesh. Soak up the sun in Agadir. Visit Casablanca, the city of Fes (called the ‘Mecca of the West’ and the ‘Athens of Africa'). 

Errachidia is like nowhere you’ve ever seen before. It’s almost as if you’ve stepped back to biblical times. Entrancing markets, colourful and hypnotic and not a western store in sight and that includes 7/11, Starbucks and MacDonalds – yes it’s true!

Errachidia is traditionally Islamic. The people are exceptionally friendly and open and though you’ll be expected to cover your body in your dress, it is liberal enough that non-Islam visitors are not expected to cover their heads.

Alcohol is prohibited in Morocco and whilst Westerners can find alcohol and drink it in hotels, we suggest you try and get into your mint tea instead!

MINT TEA:There is nothing quite as delicious as the local tea speciality when travelling, whether Chai in India, Green in Japan or Mint in Morocco. For entertainment Moroccans drink this in coffee shops with exquisite Moroccan teapots and shot glasses. The mint leaves are mixed with a healthy handful of sugar lumps, heated, poured back and forth a few times and then downed. A lovely ceremony! 

The region of Errachidia is a cultural and linguistic mosaic. Every tribe, every valley, every village has its own unique characteristics, identifiable by its music, architectural features and its customs. Ethnic diversity is considerable with many races and colours in evidence: the Chorfas Alaouites, natives of the Arabic peninsula mixed with the Berber tribe of Ait Morghad (from the region of Goulmima), the Ait Izdeg (the area around Rich) and the Ait Atta (around Aoufous).

Errachidia is a simple city, with many cafés, mosques, some hotels and restaurants, internet cafés, shops and a few swimming pools. People move around the city by bicycle, motorcycle or ‘petit taxi’s’. In summer in daytime the streets are quiet and everybody stays in the houses.

The quiet of the day is a contrast to the lively of the evenings. In the evenings everybody, men, women, youth and children, go outside. Many of them stay at the ‘rond point’, a field of grass in the middle of a roundabout. The palm trees around the roundabout make the place a little bit cooler than the rest of the city!

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.




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