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Women's Education Volunteer Program in Morocco

Many women in Morocco suffer from poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, affecting their social standing and, in turn, their children’s education. Since a national directive in 2005, the Moroccan government has been working hard to improve women’s education and health, and is eager to promote income-generating activities for women. However, volunteers are still required to help to deliver these goals.

The Women’s Education project aims to enable local Moroccan women to improve their literacy levels in English, French and Arabic, and to provide them with professional development opportunities. You’ll volunteer in local organizations with local women and young girls. You’ll focus mostly on education and teaching English, and sometimes French.

Women's Education volunteer in Morocco with IVHQ

Other tasks can sometimes include running cooking classes, sewing, computer training, offering academic support and occasional childcare. These tasks are dependent on your program duration and language ability, as longer term volunteers who can communicate in French or Arabic are more likely to be able to do them effectively.

Please note, volunteers must have an intermediate level of French and/or Arabic to participate.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $245 for 1 week
  • Educate and empower young women and girls

  • Lessons primarily revolve around teaching English

  • Enhance women’s job prospects and cultural understanding

  • Best suited to volunteers who care about providing equal opportunities

  • Volunteers must have intermediate level French or Arabic

  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
Morocco at a glance
  • Based in the cities of Rabat, Casablanca and Sale

  • 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 Morocco each month

The IVHQ Morocco volunteer program is based in Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. ​ Volunteer projects are located in Rabat, Sale and Casablanca.​​ IVHQ also offers a separate volunteer program in the popular Moroccan destination of Marrakech. If you are interested in volunteering in Marrakech, you can learn more about the Marrakech volunteer program here.

Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.

The program orientation begins the first and third Monday of each month, and volunteers need to arrive in Rabat on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Rabat International Airport (RBA). 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 Rabat, Casablanca or Sale (location will depend on proximity to your specific placement). 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 the Rabat Ville Train Station in Rabat on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted 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.

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 would be as follows

8.00 AM Breakfast at the homestay.

9.00 PM - 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 taking Arabic or French language lessons spend half the day volunteering and the other half of the day taking language lessons.

Volunteers are accommodated in a homestay where you will live with a local family and other volunteers. These families receive money from your program fee for support, food and board. It is 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 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 other volunteers, however in some homestays volunteers have their own rooms. Bedding is provided, but it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag if you wish to travel on the weekends, along with a towel and toiletries. 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.

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 in Morocco are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). 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 when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.

“This was such a wonderful experience that it’s hard to accurately verbalize what I gained and how it changed me. Morocco has so much to offer, from minutia (Marrakech’s freshly squeezed orange juice, only 4MAD!) to the glamourous and exotic (hikes through the High Atlas, stargazing in the Sahara, surfing beside camels in Essaouria) there is never a dull moment on these programs. The host families couldn’t have been more welcoming and warm, the local staff were accommodating, the work placement was rewarding, the other volunteers were adventurous and interesting. This is not an all-work-no-play program, so if that is what one is looking for in a placement, Morocco might not be the right country; however, if one were seeking a stimulating adventure and an exciting volunteer experience, IVHQ Morocco is the ideal place for it.” - Mariah Moore (Teaching English Volunteer in Morocco)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Morocco here

Morocco

Length of Program Program Fee $USD
1 week $245
2 weeks $470
3 weeks $605
4 weeks $835
5 weeks $1,100
6 weeks $1,270
8 weeks $1,610
10 weeks $1,860
12 weeks $2,110
16 weeks $2,610
20 weeks $3,110
24 weeks $3,610
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Arabic/French lessons (optional)
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Morocco generally find US$40 to be sufficient for weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Expert support from a program specialist
  • Full MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive preparation tools
  • Deals on flights and travel insurance
  • IVHQ alumni rewards
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Discounts on 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).

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

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 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 Morocco. Additional requirements apply for Teaching French, Women’s Education and Ramadan volunteers, please read 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 Morocco.

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

How to get started

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