Volunteer Abroad Project Placements in Morocco with MCAS

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The Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies is an active community organization throughout the Medina and greater Rabat-Sale area. A city of 2 million, there are always places for volunteer activities, for students wishing to donate their time and effort to improving the city as well as their Arabic.

Volunteering options include Childcare where volunteers work with special needs children and children from disadvantaged neighborhoods through organizing and engaging in activities to entertain the children and enable them to develop cognitive abilities. Volunteers design activities for the children each day and these activities include physical development activities (music and movement, toys and games) language and literature, arts and craft (painting and drawing), and theatre. The aim is for volunteers to provide these underprivileged children with new enriching and exciting activities or teach English to kids and women as well on programs of human rights and women;s empowerment

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9.27 Rating
based on 48 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.1
  • Safety 9.3
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Lori
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Impactful and incredible experience!!

My experience with MCAS was unforgettable. The staff and program coordinators are devoted and committed to providing the volunteers and participants with true Moroccan cultural immersion. I learned French and Islam with my fellow group of volunteers daily, which was a helpful source during my journey with working with fellow Moroccan natives and as general knowledge to attain in a multifaceted world. My experience with MCAS and living in Morocco for two weeks is not merely a distant memory today but has had a sentimental value to my everyday life.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn’t improve anything about this program, it was truly a great and informative program.
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Francesco
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Francesco’s Review

An excellent program with really awesome people who seek to deeply immerse you into Moroccan culture beyond just a tourist perspective. our living accommodations were stellar and there was never a bad meal. My favorite thing was the people’s warmth and hospitality that they showed us all throughout the trip. Loved doing the French and Islam lessons as well because I gained a broader knowledge of this religion and I loved that I got that perspective from people who are Muslim and live in a Muslim country. That experience is highly valued for me. Highly recommend would do it 10 times over

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Meryl
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

MCAS Review 10/10

Attending The Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies was truly an incredible experience that I would highly recommend to anyone! The entire staff was very organized, welcoming, knowledgeable and catered the program to your interests. The enrollment process for the program was seamlessly quick and as well as all of the professors and staff couldn't have been more helpful. I attended both the volunteer program and enrolled in private lessons and LOVED my experience. The volunteer Riad was a wonderful place to meet other people volunteering and was located in the heart of the old Medina. The volunteer and class schedules were flexible and able to accommodate your availability. Ali had very thoughtful recommendations for weekend trips, restaurants to eat in Rabat, other cities to visit after the program ended and truly went above and beyond to ensure that folks had a well-rounded experience. Looking forward to the next time I am able to attend the MCAS, thank you!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to use downtime to explore the city! There are so many incredible areas within and outside of the Medina to check out after classes or volunteering. The staff at MCAS is amazing at suggesting weekend trips as well! I would definitely advise folks to take advantage of the free weekends and travel to neighboring cities to experience different perspectives of Morocco.
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Maddison
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great place to visit for a first timer in Africa!

Morocco is a beautiful place with so many fun travel destinations! The beach, the desert, the mountains; all are incredible and a must see when volunteering with MCAS. Ali is super helpful when making travel plans and can point you in the direction for great places to visit. MCAS offers many different types of internships. The education internship is a great way to work with kids and be creative with lesson planning if your're interested in education. Rabat was an amazing place to live for the summer and there's lot of things to do! I felt very safe at my home-stay and comfortable walking alone throughout my trip. People in the city are very friendly and helpful. There are lots of great places to eat and the medina is always busy and fun! Highly recommend the program!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I didn't realize that the schools I would be teaching in wouldn't have any type of technology. I would have planned more in the states and probably brought supplies with me to use in the classroom. This is a great experience for utilizing experiential learning and out of the box thinking. I wasn't prepared, though, so I didn't get to do much of that. If you're planning on doing the education placement, definitely come up with lots of activities before you arrive!
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Yihan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You must come to Rabat!

I came to Rabat this summer vacation. I must say I really like this program. For the reasons, first must be the children. All of them are great, although they were not great in English, you can also communicate with them with their kind heart. When we first came we gave them the color-pen and then a lot of vivid paintings,most of them are about the volunteers, came to us, I can still remember those wonderful draws. Second reason I recommends this program is Ali who run this program. He picked up us at the train station and accompanied us for the rest days. He gave us many advices about where to play, where to eat, where is the laundry and so on. It is really kind for the volunteers whose fresh to this city. Also thanks for the madam who cook and do the cleaning works for us during the volunteer time.

What would you improve about this program?
I really hope that this program can last longer, for example one month,
and spend more time accompanying children.
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Ji
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

really love MCAS

i want to express my sincere thanks to all my friends here. i always feel very happy here, just like a sweet home. and during the 5 days, my Chinese teammates and i taught the children here in medina Rabat English, Chinese, and even some art classes. i think children here are cute and clever, and i also enjoy the time staying with them. in fact, i really think that 5 days are too short, i want to stay here for more days. before coming back to China, we write down our ins or facebook, to keep in connection with children in the future. in addtion, i also wish these children a bright future. and i also welcome all my friends here to come to China one day. at the end, i want to express my sincere thanks again to Ali, Leila, Oumayma, Meriem, Kay......

What was your funniest moment?
i think the funniest moment is we make traditional Moroccan food together, and then eat it together.
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Zhuoying
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

an amazing trip

Most of people in Morocco are very friendly and they have helped me a lot.
Volunteers are as close as a family!
Very warm trip.

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Li
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience

The staff there was very friendly, and helped us a lot in teaching children and living in the Médina. We becomes good friends.