Location
  • Morocco
    • Rabat
    • Casablanca
Length
1 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Host Family
Groups
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
335
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $335 for 1 week - this includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 01, 2024
Jun 09, 2024
36 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Trusted by 136,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Morocco and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For the past 6 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ.

Our affordable projects start from $24/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 1-24 weeks. Choose from 6 projects, ranging from Women's Education to a unique Ramadan project based in the coastal cities of Rabat, Casablanca and Sale. Plus, you’ll stay in traditional Moroccan homestays with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $24/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 1-24 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays.
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization.
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

Childcare Volunteer in Morocco

Volunteer in Moroccan childcare projects and help children in disadvantaged neighborhoods access quality care. Design and lead fun activities that stimulate cognitive and physical development, and enrich their learning experience. No prior experience necessary. Join now and make a difference!

Ramadan Volunteer in Morocco

Experience Ramadan in Morocco by joining the Ramadan project! Help socially disadvantaged families by collecting and distributing food during Iftar, while brightening the lives of children in the community centers. No need to be Muslim, but you'll need to observe customs during your stay. This project is only available during Ramadan, but you can take part in other projects during the day.

Program Reviews

4.91 Rating
based on 32 reviews
  • 5 rating 93.75%
  • 4 rating 3.13%
  • 3 rating 3.13%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.65
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.55
  • Value 4.65
  • Safety 4.75
Showing 1 - 8 of 32 reviews
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Lale
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience with IVHQ in Morocco

I completed a volunteering program with IVHQ in Morocco, and it was an absolutely incredible experience! From the moment I arrived, I felt warmly welcomed and supported by the entire team. The vibrant culture, and rich history of Morocco provided a stunning backdrop for my volunteering journey.
One of the standout aspects of my experience was the exceptional local coordinator. Their dedication, professionalism, and passion for their work were truly inspiring. From the initial orientation to daily support, they ensured that everything ran smoothly and that I felt comfortable and confident in my role. They were always available to answer questions, offer guidance, and provide invaluable insights into Moroccan culture and customs.
The projects were thoughtfully organized and impactful. I had the opportunity to work closely with local communities, and I could see the positive difference our efforts were making. The hands-on experience was both fulfilling and eye-opening, and it was clear that IVHQ's partnerships with local organizations are strong and meaningful.
I cannot recommend IVHQ Morocco enough. It was a life-changing experience that broadened my horizons and allowed me to contribute to meaningful projects.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
During Your Volunteer Placement
Be Flexible and Adaptable: Be prepared for changes and challenges. I guess flexibility is key to a successful volunteer experience.
Engage with the Community: Take time to build relationships with locals and other volunteers. This can greatly enhance your experience.
Respect Local Customs: Show respect for local customs and traditions. This includes dressing modestly, being polite, and observing local etiquette.
Take Initiative: Be proactive and show enthusiasm in your volunteer tasks. Your positive attitude can make a big difference.
Pros
  • Cultural Immersion Authentic Experience: Volunteering allows you to live and work closely with local communities, providing a deeper understanding of Moroccan culture and traditions.
  • Travel Opportunities Exploration: Morocco offers a rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities to explore during your free time.
  • Local Support: Continuous support from local staff who are knowledgeable about the area and can assist with any issues that arise.
Cons
  • Cultural Shock: Adapting to a new culture and environment can be challenging and may take time.
  • Communication Challenges: Limited knowledge of Arabic or French can make communication difficult, though many locals and staff may speak English.
  • Climate: Depending on the season, the weather can be very hot, which may be uncomfortable for some volunteers.
3 people found this review helpful.
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Juliana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

How Moroccan values opened my sensivity towards life

Volunteering with IVHQ has been one of the best experiences I've done in my life. It showed my a side in myself a was not able to recognize before. Not only I had chance to teach English to a group of women in Morocco, but also to get to know about their personal stories and struggles. Not to mention evrything I learned about Moroccan culture, about their people and about their values. IVHQ and the local manager assured that I had everything that I needed during my stay and they were always taking cara that I could enjoy the most of the experience! I will definitively encourage others to volunteer abroad with IVHQ because it opens your perspectives about life, about the world and about yourself!

Pros
  • explanding your knowdledge
  • connecting with others
  • getting out of confort zone
Cons
  • adapt to new habits (food, placement, language, city)
  • mental strengh when unexpected things happen
  • finding me-time because you are constantly interacting with people
40 people found this review helpful.
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Patrice
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great time in Morocco

Had a great time in Rabat, Morocco. The hospitality from our program coordinator and host family really made me comfortable. By the end of the week I really felt at home, had done a lot of exploring, and thoroughly enjoyed the students and teachers at the preschool where I volunteered. The teachers at my site were excellent and really welcomed me and my ideas for teaching. I also enjoyed walking and taking the train and trams through Morocco. I felt safe to traveling independently via train as well. All of this made made the trip unforgettable.

Pros
  • hospitality
  • safety
35 people found this review helpful.
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Sarah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Experience Rabat Womens Education

Reflecting on my time in Morocco brings a flood of warm memories. Habib's exceptional friendliness and support made me feel completely at ease, ensuring my safety and comfort. The camaraderie among fellow volunteers and the incredible kindness of the women I had the privilege to teach left a lasting impression. Morocco, with its rich culture and vibrant atmosphere, has left an indelible mark on my heart. As I move forward, I carry with me not just memories but a deep appreciation for the connections made and the experiences shared. I will truly miss the beauty and warmth of Morocco and its people.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Friendly
  • Developing confidence
38 people found this review helpful.
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Amy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Morocco

I had an amazing time in Morocco with IVHQ. The local team was amazing making us feel safe from the start as well as pointing out local attractions and cultural information. Our home stay was so welcoming and made our stay so great. I really felt my volunteering in a local school helped make the children smile and they gained some English skills too! Thank you to everyone for making me feel so safe especially as a young female traveller. If you are on the fence just go for it, it really is an amazing experience for all.

Pros
  • Learning local culture
  • Seeing local sights
  • Making a difference in a local community
48 people found this review helpful.
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Cerys
3/5
No, I don't recommend this program

IVHQ childcare programme in Rabat, Morocco

I spent 2 months on the childcare programme in Morocco and overall, had a mixed experience. Firstly, I don't feel that the IVHQ website accurately describes what the volunteer role entails - I thought I would be running a mix of music, dance and craft activities with the children and encorporating some basic English lessons. However when I arrived, it was clear that the staff at the childcare centre expected me to teach English lessons to children as young as 3 years old throughout the day (10am-4pm). I wasn't prepared for this at all and there was limited support and resources provided by the teachers there.
Furthermore, the IVHQ website states that volunteers will be helping disadvantaged and underprivileged children in Morocco. But when I arrived, I discovered that all of the childcare centres on the programme are private centres that parents pay for their children to attend. Personally, I feel that volunteers would make a greater impact working with children whose parents cannot afford a private childcare centre.

On a more positive note, I really enjoyed staying with a local family in Rabat. They were very kind and welcoming (the mother even took me to experience the local hammam baths) and the food was delicious. I was also grateful for the opportunity to take some Fridays off from volunteering so I could travel slightly further on weekend trips and see different parts of Morocco.

Finally, I was somewhat disappointed by the support provided by ILCS staff (ILCS is the affiliate organisation that runs the Rabat programmes). I found that the orientation given when I first arrived was quite poor/insufficient and by the end of it I still didn't know how to use the local public transport, which areas of Rabat might be unsafe or what the actual volunteering would involve, despite asking the ILCS staff these questions. On the other hand, ILCS made it very quick and easy for me when I asked to change the childcare placement I was was originally placed on and staff frequently checked in to see how I was doing.

Overall, I would not specifically recommend the childcare programme run by IVHQ and ILCS in Rabat. However, I know other volunteers who signed up to teach English really enjoyed their time on that programme, for example.

Pros
  • Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture living with a host family
  • Take long weekend trips to explore other areas of the country
  • Meet other volunteers on the programme
Cons
  • Volunteering role was not as advertised by IVHQ
  • Support from ILCS staff was sometimes disappointing
  • Childcare centre was for children whose parents could afford to pay fees
79 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Dear Cerys, I am sorry to hear that your experience in Morocco did not meet your expectations.

On our website, as well as in your Program Guide, we describe how the project you joined provides the opportunity to design a variety of daily activities for the children to help develop them with their cognitive and physical skills. These activities can include teaching basic English, and volunteers often use music, dance, theater, toys and games, arts and craft (painting and drawing) as a tool for teaching English.

Our local teams ensure that volunteers are placed where the community's need is greatest at the time, which is why we don't provide any guarantees regarding placements and advise volunteers to have flexible expectations. For the duration of your stay in Morocco, volunteers were needed at a placement that required help with teaching English. However, we will review the information on our website to ensure this is clear.

All the placements in Morocco support disadvantaged communities, so even though parents have to pay for their children to attend, these centers still have limited resources. This is why IVHQ's volunteers are so important to them.

I hope that you enjoyed your experience sufficiently that you will choose to join another IVHQ volunteer program again in the future.

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Ella
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Women's education in Rabat, Morocco

If you’re thinking of volunteering with IVHQ, you absolutely must! The confidence this trip has given me, even in a week, is incredible. Being my first trip abroad alone with ADHD, I was excited but quite nervous however IVHQ, the local team/host family and other volunteers were lovely and so helpful. I learned so many things - navigating a new city and public transport alone (with the local team available if I got lost lol), teaching in front of a class (the students were brilliant and so grateful), and socialising in different languages (with both locals and volunteers). Also having the opportunity to experience another culture was amazing. The food was beautiful and my French speaking came on a lot, even in a week. Although, if you can, I would recommend going for more than a week since there is so much to do and you won’t have time (and won’t want to go back!). It also put me at ease knowing for sure once I was there that the organisation is ethical and actually contributes to the sustainable development goals! Overall, such a great experience!!!

Pros
  • Opportunity to take trips around morocco when not volunteering
  • Very frequent public transport
  • Opportunity to take language classes
Cons
  • Miscommunication perhaps between IVHQ and placement (I taught mainly men at a women's education project)
84 people found this review helpful.
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Amelia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazigh Emersion - Atlas Mountains

Salam! I spent a week in the Atlas Mountains volunteering with IVHQ and it was a truly unique and fun experience. The family I stayed with was incredibly accommodating, there was always plenty of food. It was amazing to walk through the valley and mountains everyday with the sheep to find fresh grass, the views were beautiful. I would recommend this to anyone looking to volunteer in a small community to learn about the lifestyle of the locals and how they work together so that everyone can thrive.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Prepare for bucket showers! The bathroom facilities are very limited, the family you board with will warm up some water on the stove for your showers which was lovely.
117 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

I was in Morocco for five months and saw many volunteers only stay for 1 or 2 weeks. I recommend not doing the Teaching English program for such a short stay because students really need a steady teacher. Have fun!