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Teaching English Volunteer Program in Marrakech - Morocco

Although the Moroccan government is working hard to improve literacy and promote professional development, a large percentage of Moroccan children and teenagers aren’t given the chance to acquire valuable second language skills. It’s well known that speaking a second language will enable students to further their education and integrate them well into the job market, but accessing opportunities to learn these languages is not easy.

You’ll be placed in community centers that provide free or very low cost language classes to local children, teenagers and adults. These centers often lack structure and organization, so you’ll need to be adaptable and use your initiative to be effective. Volunteers assist the staff by running language classes, providing tutoring, organizing games and activities, and helping with homework and exams. You’ll often be running classes in tandem with another international volunteer.

Teaching English volunteer in Morocco with IVHQ

Volunteers are also able to teach French, which is a popular second language in Morocco. If you can speak French and English, and are willing to volunteer teaching both languages, please include that in your application.

The nature of project work is essentially the same as our Teaching English project on the Morocco program. This project is better suited to volunteers who want to be based closer to the Sahara desert, in a smaller city that is more popular with other tourists and known as Morocco’s cultural hub.

As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Help to teach English in community centers for students of all ages”

  • Volunteer as a solo teacher or in tandem with another volunteer

  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English

  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
Morocco at a glance
  • Based in the city of Marrakech in central Morocco

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation in a local homestay

  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Marrakech each month

The volunteer program is located in Marrakech, a former imperial city in Western Morocco. Volunteer placements are located throughout the wider city area of Marrakech as well as the nearby Atlas Mountains.

The program begins on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.

The program orientation begins the second and fourth Monday of each month, and volunteers need to arrive in Marrakech on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Marrakech. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Morocco prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at a prearranged location in Marrakech city on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation will be held on the first Monday morning of your volunteer program and lasts for a full day. The orientation will be conducted by the Morocco - Marrakech local team and cover everything you need to know for your time in Marrakech. It will include an introduction to the IVHQ Morocco - Marrakech Program and the local team, rules and expectations, health and safety, do’s and don’ts in Morocco, a basic Arabic and French language lesson, cultural knowledge and a city tour. Orientation will also give you a chance to sign up for Arabic and French language lessons and to meet other volunteers with whom you can swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Your specific placement orientation will be held the following day and you will be shown how to travel to and from your placement, receive an introduction to your placement and then complete a few hours of volunteering.

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. A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

8.00 AM Breakfast at the homestay.

9:00-10:00 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.

Please note, this schedule can vary depending on the particular project the volunteer in participating on.

Volunteers are accommodated in a homestay where they will live with a local family and other volunteers. These families receive money from your program fee for support, food and board. It’s exciting to stay with a family, as this is an opportunity to learn the Moroccan way of life, meet local people, eat local food, speak the local language (Darija: the Moroccan Arabic dialect) and engage in the local customs and traditions. Living is basic, yet still comfortable, and most homestays have electricity and running water. Volunteers can expect to share a room with two to four other volunteers, however in some homestays volunteers have their own rooms. It is important to note that Moroccan homes have a shared living environment in which Sdaders (Moroccan couches) are used as beds within the homes while also used during the day for sitting and dining.

Volunteers participating on the Amazigh Immersion and Agriculture projects stay in basic homes located in the Atlas Mountains. During winter in the Atlas Mountain, you can expect very cold temperatures and we recommend packing a sleeping bag and additional layers to keep warm at night.

WiFi is available in the majority of the homestays in Morocco. To keep connected, you can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone.

Influenced by African, 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 are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the program. Bottled water is readily available in Morocco and volunteers should budget approximately $5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know well in advance of your program so our local team can make arrangements for you. We do, however need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Marrakech and Morocco. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to destinations such as Rabat, Merzouga (Dunes), Tinghir (Ksabah), Fes, Meknes (imperial cities), Volubilis (Roman), Tanger, and south of Europe (Gibraltar, Andalusia, Portugal, south of Spain).

See our Marrakech Travel and Tours page to learn more about the volunteer travel options in Marrakech!

Capital Rabat
Population 32.52 Million
Languages Arabic and Berber
Currency Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
Time zone UTC±00:00

Weather and climate: Morocco has a Mediterranean climate that is generally hot and dry for most of the year, with cooler, yet still mild, temperatures and rainfall during the winter months between November and March. Morocco has widely varying terrain and the climate varies greatly throughout the country. Temperatures can be incredibly high in the southern and south eastern desert areas whereas, the temperature drops considerably in the higher lying mountainous areas, even dropping to freezing point at night. In Rabat, temperatures reach an average high of 27°C (80.6°F) in the summer months and an average high of 17°C (62.6°F) in the winter months. Temperatures can drop to an average of 7°C (44.6°F) in the winter and it is generally always cold in the evenings throughout the year.

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Marrakech. Additional requirements apply for Teaching French​ as outlined in the project description below.

It is not a prerequisite for volunteers to speak Arabic or French, however volunteer work can sometimes be restricted for those with limited Arabic and/or French language skills. Volunteers on the Teaching French project must be fluent in French. Volunteers can take advantage of Arabic and French lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our program staff in Marrakech.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

Volunteer Language Lessons - Our local team in Morocco offer Arabic and French lessons to volunteers, which can be organized and paid for in advance through IVHQ. Lessons 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. Volunteers wishing to participate in language lessons can contact their Program Manager to have this added to their Morocco experience.

  • 10 Hour Package – $265
  • 20 Hour Package – $535
  • 30 Hour Package – $800
  • 40 Hour Package – $1065

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