VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Volunteers in Morocco are accommodated in a homestay with a local host family and other volunteers. There is also a volunteer house, which is run by a local host family and this is used during the busy volunteer periods. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one to two other volunteers of the same gender, however in some homestays, volunteers have their own rooms. Living is basic, yet still comfortable, and most homestays have electricity and running water. Bedding is provided, but it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag for weekends away, along with a towel and toiletries.
Influenced by Arab, Moorish and Berber cuisines, Moroccan cooking blends Mediterranean fruits and vegetables with spices, typically imported. A typical Moroccan meal begins with a series of hot and cold salads, followed by a tagine (Moroccan stew) and bread is eaten with every meal. Lamb or chicken dishes are common, as is couscous topped with meat and vegetables. The consumption of pork and alcohol are prohibited, as per Muslim dietary restrictions and drinking mint tea is a daily tradition. Volunteers in Morocco are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Bottled water is readily available in Morocco and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
Orientation is taken by our Moroccan team at the volunteer base in Rabat. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Morocco – Introduction to Morocco, Moroccan Customs, Rules and Expectations, Language Lessons, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Morocco, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
VOLUNTEER LANGUAGE LESSONS
Our program staff in Morocco offer Arabic and French lessons to volunteers, which can be organized during the program orientation and are tailored to each volunteer's current level of Arabic or French. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons can help you immensely with your day to day volunteer work and communicating with local people. The cost for small group classes are listed below and only apply to groups of 3 or more. Individual volunteers interested in private classes can arrange these directly with the program staff once in Morocco.
Small Group Classes - 1 Week
2 hours/day US$136
3 hours/day US$176 (includes 1 private hour)
4 hours/day US$214
Small Group Classes - 4 Weeks
2 hours/day US$419
3 hours/day US$582 (includes 1 private hour)
4 hours/day US$775
First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.
Weekdays: A typical volunteer day is as follows:
9.00 AM Breakfast at the homestay or volunteer house.
10.00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at. There is a tea break and lunch break with times varying depending on the placement.
2.00 PM - 5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.
8.00 PM Dinner at the homestay or volunteer house.
Please note, this schedule can vary depending on the particular project the volunteer in participating on. Volunteers taking Arabic or French language lessons spend half the day volunteering and the other half of the day taking language lessons.
During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Rabat and Morocco. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to destinations, such as Marrakech, Merzouga (Dunes), Tinghir (Ksabah), Fes, Meknes (imperial cities), Volubilis (Roman), Tanger, and south of Europe (Gibraltar, Andalusia, Portugal, south of Spain).