Translated from Arabic: The first week in Morocco was a little crazy. On the first day when I arrived in Rabat and left the train station, I was confused. This was my first solo trip without my friends. For me, it was my first trip outside Europe. I was watching everything carefully, for example, the palm trees, which do not have much in my country, the streets and buildings with beautiful Moroccan decorations, etc.
The first thing I expected was that I had to pay a lot of money for the taxi and I did, I paid more than was necessary. After that, I was looking forward to coming to the Pen and Tablet Center and getting to know the program. One of the important aspects of the Center's program is the clubs. I didn't think much and I chose this club and became a member of it. My first activity with the club was a visit to Jannat Association and we celebrated Ashura with them. After that we started work on our projects: "Humanity Without Borders" and "Make a Future" project.
I personally started working as a volunteer at the East-West Foundation and created an English conversation class for immigrants and locals as well. The first meeting was amazing, so I met the club members and talked a lot about different topics. After introducing myself the students at the institution asked me a lot of questions about my country and my culture, and we had a meaningful and rich dialogue.
This club helped me so much that it gave me a chance to talk to the locals and learned a lot about it Morocco, its traditions and the real lives of Moroccans. I also became practicing Arabic on the street and with various social strata.
In my opinion, it is impossible to get to know the culture completely without talking to the locals.