Just got back from spending 2 weeks in Morocco working on the childcare programme. I was told I’d be working at an orphanage however when I arrived I was told I wouldn’t be working at the orphanage but at a childcare nursery instead. This was quite annoying as I booked with plan my gap year thinking I’d be working in an orphanage as this was stated on the website.
Apart from that… I’d like to thank Josh and Phillip the Plan My Gap Year Organizers for their help and support prior to my placement. Both were very helpful when it came to answering questions. The handbook is a very good guide about Morocco, and the dos and don’ts, its important to read.
I spent my 2 weeks working in a nursery with children from the ages of 3-5 years. I can honestly say I had so much fun working with and getting to know the children, they were so lovely. I worked 4 hours a day, each day I planned 15-25 minute lessons where I taught the children the alphabet, numbers, shapes and animals etc., using hand made work sheets. As well as fun activities for them such as drawing, colouring in, cutting and sticking, outdoor games and singing nursery rhymes. It was such a wonderful experience being able to play with the children and also teach them English and seeing them develop throughout the two weeks was very satisfying. The staffs within the nursery were also very lovely.
If working on the childcare programme I advise that you buy resources before you arrive in Morocco (such as, plain paper, colouring pencils, felt tips, paint/ paint brushes, colouring books and ABC, 123 activity books) as there aren’t many shops to buy from and there weren’t any English activity books. Buying before hand probably works out cheaper, pound stores are a good place to shop. If you do decide to wait till you’re in Morocco I’d suggest you put around 200-300 Dirhams (£40-£60) aside to buy recourses.
I found that the use of activity books would have been very useful for the children for them to practice writing and drawing. I Definitely recommend colouring in books, as the children loved colouring in pictures that I had photocopied at a local shop in Morocco.
Morocco is such a beautiful country and Rabat is such a lovely place to be in, with such friendly people. The medina has loads of little stalls with such pretty gifts, souvenirs, clothes and shoes to buy for good prices. Found myself there everyday! haha. The volunteer house (Riad) was really nice and comfortable and was a great place to meet new people. Breakfast and dinner was always so nice, experiencing the different types of traditional Moroccan foods. There were also many restaurants within walking distance outside of the Medina.
As well as working there is also plenty of time to explore and go site seeing in Morocco. Chefchaouen, Roman Ruins, Casablanca Mosque, Kasbah and the Merzouga Sahara Desert are a few places that I was told to visit while in the country. I wasn’t able to visit all but I did go to the Sahara Desert, camped out for the night and rode camels, which was an amazing and enjoyable experience. Definitely recommended. More spending money for these trips is needed.
I'd like to thank Ali Bensebaa and Jihane El Hilali for making me feel welcomed and making my trip such a wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend going to Morocco to volunteer and to explore the country. Would love to back again, hopefully sooner than later!