||All year round - you choose your start and finish
dates. Not available during Ramadan
1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa 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.
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►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.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
- 17 July, 2015
There are 5 school terms in the academic year which generally run as
- 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
- 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
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
(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
Food is included in your placement.
"My Home Neighbourhood during my Placement"
Got any questions? Please email us:
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!
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
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
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a
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.
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
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!
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
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 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!
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arrive in your new country, please
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