Gap Year Program: Rabat, Morocco

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Gap Year Program in Rabat, Morocco

About the Location

Rabat, which means “fortified palace” in Arabic, is the capital and third largest city of Morocco. It sits on the Atlantic Ocean and Bou Regreg River, and on the opposite shore of the city of Sale. Rabat is Morocco’s Royal City – it is the seat of the Royal Family – and is known as the “Washington of North Africa” because of its green parks, wide boulevards, monuments, embassies, and government buildings. Rabat exudes the richness of Moroccan culture in a calm and refined manner. Its medina is well preserved, and its array of small businesses ranging from coffee shops to leather merchants to vegetable stands is impressive. Rabat’s newer neighborhoods are also welcoming and highlight the country’s modernization.

However, Rabat is plagued by Morocco’s striking economic disparity between the poor and rich. Unemployment is an issue, especially for the dissatisfied youth. Social services like education and healthcare are also lacking for the poorest, and for them there is little hope of breaking the poverty cycle. In Rabat there are numerous volunteering opportunities available to you, including working in an NGO, advancing women’s rights, teaching English, and caring for children.

 

Projects

STRENGTHENING NGO CAPACITY

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers generally work four to six hours a day with a local or international NGO. The NGOs focus on a wide range of causes, which may include children and women’s rights; delivering health and human services to the poor; promoting government accountability; strengthening civil society; and more. What area each volunteer works in is based upon the local need and where they are assigned. In terms of their day- to-day work, volunteers contribute to every facet of their organization’s work, including administrative work, marketing and public relations, planning community events and writing grants.

Requirements to participate:

-At least an advanced level of French.
-The flexibility to participate in many different tasks depending on the ever-changing needs of the organization.
-The creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources.
-Education and/or professional experience in a community organizing, gender, human rights or law-related field.

 

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ADVANCING WOMEN’S RIGHTS

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers generally work three to five hours a day with a Moroccan NGO devoted to promoting women’s rights in Morocco through advocacy, research and direct outreach to marginalized women. Depending on the organization volunteers serve with, they may be involved on issues like domestic violence, economic empowerment, elections, inheritance and land rights, and reproductive health. Volunteers support the small teams by working on a variety of projects, for example collecting press materials and creating press releases; helping on web and social media; writing reports and funding proposals; and maintaining the organization’s library. For volunteers staying for longer periods, they may have the opportunity to work directly with poor women the organization is helping. However, this is dependent on the local need and the background and qualifications of each volunteer.

Requirements to participate:

-At least an advanced level of Arabic or French.
-The flexibility to participate in many different tasks depending on the ever-changing needs of the organization.
-The creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources.
-Education and/or professional experience in a community organizing, gender, human rights or law-related field.

 

CARING FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work in one of various after-school youth centers in Rabat, or with a local NGO that works with children with injuries and disabilities in Rabat’s public hospitals. Volunteers generally work three to five hours a day with children ranging from toddlers to young adults. They support the local staff and partake in a range of activities, including dancing, making art, playing and singing with the children. Depending on the need, volunteers may also have the opportunity to lead classes on relevant topics, for example English, math, reading and life skills.

Requirements to participate:

-The energy to keep children stimulated.
-A very caring and open attitude.
-Arabic is not required, although at least a basic level is helpful.
-Education and/or professional experience in a caregiving-related field is not required.

 

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TEACHING ENGLISH, FRENCH OR SPANISH

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers usually work three to five hours a day in public schools or NGOs teaching children ranging from toddlers to young adults. Volunteers are supported by local teachers, but can expect to have the opportunity to lead classes alone right from the start. The children generally have a basic to intermediate level, and volunteers work with them on all facets of language training, including grammar, pronunciation and writing. Additionally, depending on the need of the local teachers, volunteers may be able to lead classes on other topics, for example culture, geography and math.

Requirements to participate:

-Native speaker in the language being taught.
-The creativity and initiative to lead classes with limited resources.
-Teaching experience and/or certifications are not required.

 

Cost

$1090 for 4 weeks
$2370 for 12 weeks
$3655 for 24 weeks

 

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