Located in north-western Africa, the Kingdom of Morocco is a diverse country. The shifting sands of the Sahara desert rise up to the snow-capped mountains of the Atlas Mountains where thriving Berber communities still live as they have done for centuries.

Morocco is mesmerizing, magical and mysterious.Explore the narrow alleyways of the souks of Fes and marvel at the colorful spices displayed in pyramids. Sip a cup of mint tea as you watch the snake charmers and story tellers in Africa’s biggest square in Marrakech.

There are numerous NGOs operating in Morocco, particularly in the capital Rabat. Volunteer programs include education, social welfare, women’s empowerment and health care.

Teaching English

The official language of Morocco is Arabic, although Berber is also widely spoken. Business tends to be conducted in French. Literacy rates are low, particularly in the rural villages and the teaching of English can improve the local’s chance of getting employment.

There is a particular demand for educating girls to give them a fair chance in life, however due to cultural differences; these positions are available to women only.

Orphanage Volunteering

Unfortunately, there are large numbers of street children living in Morocco and as a result there are many orphanages requiring help. Volunteers at orphanages can improve the quality of the child’s life by providing social skills, recreational activities and companionship.

So you’ve made your mind up on Morocco, what can you expect when you get there?

Cost of Living

Morocco is a relatively cheap destination to live in. Do as the locals do and buy from the local souks and markets and always haggle, it’s expected.

Culture and Etiquette

Morocco is an Islamic country. To avoid unnecessary attention, women should dress modestly. Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Morocco.

During the month of Ramadan * Muslims abstain from drinking, food and smoking between dawn and dusk. Non-Muslims should respect those who are fasting and disrespect for the local culture can lead to being arrested. Restaurant hours may be reduced during Ramadan. The end of the fast is celebrated with Eid-ul-Fitr, a three day celebration when families get together.

* Dates for Ramadan change each year. In 2014 Ramadan starts on 28th June and ends on 27th July.

Health and Safety

Whilst there are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter Morocco, it is worth visiting your medical practitioner to ensure your inoculations are up to date. If you are planning to visit or work in rural areas or with animals it would be advisable to get a rabies vaccination.

Henna tattoos are very popular in Morocco but can lead to allergic reactions for some.

Many demonstrations in Morocco are peaceful but it would be advisable to stay away from political demonstrations.

Be aware of pick pocketing, particularly in crowded markets and souks.

Contributed by Kay Durden

Gap Year Programs in Morocco

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Thinking Beyond Borders
Gap Year Opportunities Around the Globe with Thinking Beyond Borders
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We believe that a gap year should offer more than just travel or...

Seamester: Transatlantic, Mediterranean to Caribbean - 90 Days
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A+ World Academy
Sail Around the World with A+ World Academy High School & Gap Year
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9.67 •6 reviews

A+ World Academy has one of the most unique programs settings in the...

Carpe Diem Education
Carpe Diem Education | Spain & Morocco Semester: Human Migration & Language Study
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8.8 •5 reviews

Learn about Human Migration, and immerse yourself in Spanish & Arabic...

Carpe Diem Education
Latitudes Gap Year: Group Semester & Focused Volunteer Placement
Multiple Countries
9.75 •4 reviews

Choose one of our 3-month group semesters during the fall (India...

Plan My Gap Year
Plan My Gap Year - Volunteer in Morocco from $225
9.67 •3 reviews

PMGY offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in the...

Ticket to Ride - Worldwide Surfing Adventures

Based in the heart of the infamous Taghazoute surf spot, this is a 10...

CIEE Global Navigator
CIEE Gap Year in Rabat, Morocco – Arabic Language & Culture

Enjoy everyday life in this vibrant, friendly, and relatively small...

ARCC Programs
ARCC Programs: Spain/Morocco Spice of Life
Multiple Countries

Go back in time to discover how worlds collided in these faraway...

Where There Be Dragons
Morocco: Ancient Cities to the Atlas Mountains Gap Year Semester

Within and beyond the city walls we explore incredible sites, tastes...

Oasis Overland
Souks and Sand Dunes Moroccan Tour with Oasis Overland

The sights, sounds and smells make Morocco a fantastic family...

Sacred Paths Yoga
Morocco 200hr Yoga TTC. Mystical. Exotic. Empowering.

Located near the famous Paradis Plage Beaches Morocco yoga teacher...

Gap Year Volunteering in Morocco

Volunteering is a great way to experience Morocco on your gap year
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    Volunteer Abroad Project Placements in Morocco with MCAS
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    Teaching Volunteering Programs In Morocco
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    After the successful of CVW experience in this field, and according to...

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    Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer Abroad in Morocco
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    Four million people in Morocco live below the poverty line, three...

  • IGoMorocco
    Volunteer with Orphans in Morocco
    10 •1 review

    Volunteers can care for infants and children, or people with...

  • International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
    Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Morocco from $245
    9.6 •25 reviews

    Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer...

  • Volunteering Solutions
    Volunteer in Morocco, Rabat | Most Affordable & Trusted Projects
    9.76 •21 reviews

    Volunteering Solutions offers affordable & meaning volunteering...

  • Love Volunteers
    Make a REAL difference in Morocco with Disabilities & Special Needs
    9.78 •9 reviews

    Volunteer abroad with Love Volunteers in Morocco! Morocco is home to a...

  • Espace Tamount
    Volunteer to build the Tamount Green School
    10 •1 review

    The Tamount Green School’s mission is to create a community of...

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