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Gap Year in Morocco

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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

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Rustic Pathways
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CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad
Enjoy everyday life in this vibrant, friendly, and relatively small North African city as you hone your language skills and i...

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International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Volunteer abroad in Morocco with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects in...

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Volunteering Solutions
Volunteering Solutions providers quality volunteer programs in Morocco. We have a variety of placements available in the capi...

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Plan My Gap Year
PMGY offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in the medieval, coastal city of Rabat. Volunteers can get involved...

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Love Volunteers
Volunteer abroad with Love Volunteers in Morocco! Morocco is home to a unique mix of culture and history with both Arab and F...

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Cross-Cultural Solutions
Africa is full of mysterious locations, hundreds of unique cultures, and an infinite amount of lessons to be learned. This ga...

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Qalam Center for Arabic Studies
The Qalam Center for Arabic Studies invites you to come study Arabic abroad in Rabat, Morocco! The Qalam Center offers the gr...

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International School of Morocco (ISM)
The International School of Morocco (ISM) offers a challenging curriculum, where students develop creativity and self-express...

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Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies
The Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies is an active community organization throughout the Medina and greater Rabat-Sale area....

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Csm Fida Casablanca
Essaouira Festival Of Gnawa Youth Camp from June 10 - June 16,2014 Essaouira The Project Will Be Organized in Essaouira.In ad...

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Csm Fida Casablanca
Zagora Septembre 01, 2014 - Septembre 06, 2014 Volunteer project:The participants in this project will learn about the Morocc...

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Ticket to Ride - Worldwide Surfing Adventures
Based in the heart of the infamous Taghazoute surf spot, this is a 10 week surf adventure of a lifetime. With the Ticket to R...

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WorldTeach
In Morocco, WorldTeach summer volunteers teach English and Life Skills to under-served teens and young adults. Placements are...

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Oasis Overland
The sights, sounds and smells make Morocco a fantastic family destination. Explore the ancient labyrinth medina of Marrakech,...