Morocco

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Hi, I am a retired teacher from Australia and spent four weeks in Morrocco teaching English. I can highly recommend this experience staying with local families in the Medina and understanding more of their culture. They were extremely accommodating and interested in other cultures. And their quality of meals were superb. I found the students very enthusiastic and keen to learn and speak English like a Western country. The exposure to British, American and Australian volunteers gave them a good cross section and only wished I could have extended my stay.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Nov 9, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Hi, I am a retired teacher from Australia and spent four weeks in Morrocco teaching English. I can highly recommend this experience staying with local families in the Medina and understanding more of their culture. They were extremely accommodating and interested in other cultures. And their quality of meals were superb. I found the students very enthusiastic and keen to learn and speak English like a Western country. The exposure to British, American and Australian volunteers gave them a good cross section and only wished I could have extended my stay.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Nov 9, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Original Volunteers

This was my first volunteering abroad trip ever. I was a little bit worry about traveling alone to volunteer but this all gone since I met the other enthusiastic lovely volunteers in Marrakech, Morocco.

Although my flights were delayed so many times, I did let them know about the changes, they were at the airport when I arrived to pick me up.

I spent two weeks with Original Volunteers in Morocco (August 28, 2017 to September 10, 2017) and it went so fast as if it was two days only.

I really enjoyed my time there.I loved the volunteering projects we did. We did the following activities:
- Cuddling and Playing with orphan kids in Baby Orphanage Centers
- Feeding homeless people.
- Painting old schools' walls for better children’s learning environments.
- Visiting villages to make children learning activities and games

Also, we spent our free time doing so much interesting things like:
Quad biking, waterfalls hike, and camel riding

Over the weekend, we stayed overnight at a barber house to learn how to cook some Moroccan dishes and mint-tea. In addition, we spent one night sleeping in the desert, the stars were so bright on the night it was really amazing.

At the end, basically, this trip is unforgettable as it is one of the best two weeks in my life. The other volunteers make my experience even greater. Original Volunteers coordinators were so friendly.

Thank you Original Volunteers!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solution in Morocco for two weeks and it changed me forever. The program was based in Azrou. What a beautiful town and such open hearted loving people. Mohammed and his team were absolutely phenomenal. Professional and courteous and with every interaction. From pick up at the airport to return to the airport after two weeks, everything was seamless. I thoroughly enjoyed the Azrou program. Interacting with amazing kids who were so eager to learn English. I was inspired by how learning a new language can empower a child. I must commend Mohammed for the effort that went into arranging the Azrou program. I feel confident in saying it was a real success. Anyone who joins the teaching program on Azrou will immediately realize the impact they have on the community and vice versa. Those kids will stay in my heart forever.
I was lucky to experience Ramadan in Morocco while on the program. During the first week Azrou felt like home away from home, when Ramadan started in the second week I felt like I had known everyone for a lifetime. I have met Moroccans and fellow volunteers whom I will forever value.
The CCS Morocco program offered me a space to experience a different way to travel and I can honestly say it was the most rewarding trip I've ever done.
A huge thank you to the Morocco team for taking such good care of me. The food was always excellent, I felt safer in Morocco than I do back home and I will definitely be returning for another CCS Morocco experience.
I recommend the CCS Morocco programs to anyone who is looking for a volunteer abroad program. You will not be disappointed and you will definitely leave a better person.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Jun 9, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Cross-Cultural Solutions

My volunteer experience in Azrou, Morocco was one of the highlights of my life so far! The organization, attention to detail, and thought put into the volunteer program by Mohamed was exceptional. Every effort was made to accommodate any request our group had during the two week program.
Mohamed's "Introduction to Islam" presentation was insightful and assisted me in understanding the culture in which I was volunteering. In addition, working with the students at the elementary school on the Hand Washing Project, gardening, painting, and clean up exceeded my expectations.
I would recommend the CCS Morocco program to anyone who is seeking a volunteer experience in which you are truly immersed in the local culture while making a difference in the lives of others.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Jun 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I volunteered with CCS in Morocco in November, and I would recommend this experience to anyone!!! The CCS team go way above and beyond what they need to in order to make your experience the best it can be. I was with the program for four weeks.
The preparation for the program was excellent- CCS is responsive to all questions/concerns, and I really got the impression that everyone I dealt with truly cared about my experience. They are also very safety conscious, which went a long way in making me comfortable enough to finally commit and enroll in the program... And I am so, so glad that I did.
From the minute I arrived in Rabat and saw Mohamed and Abdou waiting for me with the ccs van, I knew I was in safe hands. The home base is in a beautiful neighborhood of Rabat, with flowers and vines blooming even in November! There are coffee shops, convenience stores, shops, restaurants all nearby. I think the location of the house is perfect, since I was able to take morning or afternoon walks and choose what I wanted to see- either quiet residential streets or bustling main avenues. The house itself came to feel like a home-away-from-home, and the other volunteers and I spent plenty of our time chatting or just reading/writing on the downstairs couches. Meals are eaten all together, which really brings you close to everyone. And the food is AMAZING!
The in country staff are all so kind, and like I said before, they go way, way past what they need to. Khadija and Mohamed are two of the best people I've ever met, and their lectures (on Women in Morocco and Islam, for example) are super informative. The placements themselves are all important and a lot of fun. I was lucky enough to experience all of the placements- the hospital, orphanage, and women's center. Each is really great in its own way, although I think teaching english at the women's center was my personal favorite. I had never done any teaching before, so I was a bit worried that I might not be any good at it, but the students are all really kind- and forgiving!
Another thing I was slightly concerned about was safety- or just feeling comfortable in Morocco, especially as a young woman. When I was researching Morocco, I read A LOT of articles about women traveling there and potential harassment- and that made me pretty apprehensive. So I wasn't sure what to expect, but I feel its worth commenting on my experience, since it was totally different from what I (or those many articles) predicted. I didn't feel unsafe at any time there. In terms of harassment, there was a bit- but honestly not even close to what me and a friend got in Italy when we backpacked there. So, obviously be safe and take basic precautions (and respect local sensibilities with dress, ect), but don't be frightened off. Morocco is a really amazing place with a ton of amazing people in it- and I think that's worth experiencing, especially at a time when it seems like our world is in need of a bit more cultural understanding. I ended up staying in the country for two weeks after my time with ccs ended, traveling around-alone- and having the time of my life. And none of that would have been possible if it weren't for CCS. So, my advice if you're on the fence: Go for it. You won't regret it!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Jun 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Rabat, Morocco is the place to be!..

There he was! Standing outside of the Rabat airport holding the CCS sign. Country Director Mohammed said “I was tracking your flight # and even watched your plane fly in” from that moment on, I felt comfort. I have to admit I was a bit nervous. With my flight cancellation, delays in Paris, change with my arrive time even airport change and with very little cell service.

Leaving home for four weeks, travelling to another country solo for the first time, most people would say “good luck with that” but the staff at CCS in Rabat, Morocco made me feel like family.. home away from home. The cultural language, writing, history studies, cooking lesson and just sitting in the living room talking with the staff was priceless. The Cultural outing activities was a bonus. We visit the Medina, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Chellah, Pottery Village and so much more. They take time to learn who you are and taught me so much about their Country. I also had the luxury of travelling on the weekends, which they were very helpful giving instructions and directions on how to get there safely. I spent the weekends in Casablanca, Fez, Meknes, Volubilis, Marrakesh and Essaouira where I was able to ride a camel on the beach, how awesome is that! I went to the Hamma, woman’s bathing, very interesting. And, I met other volunteers that I still keep in touch with.

I was placed at the Women Center, English teacher for the first two weeks. Being that accounting is my profession, I was unsure how I was going to even start! But, the woman and man there are so eager to learn, they made it easy for me. I also still keep in touch with them and will always keep them close to my heart. The Orphanage was my second placement, also two weeks. That’s when my heart grew a 1000 times bigger! I was able to bath, feed and play with them daily, I love, love, love them and still think about them daily.

So, If you enjoy laughter, If English is your only language like mine was and don’t listen to the media, like I don’t….have no fear!! Morocco is a very safe city to travel to. I felt safer there then in my hometown, Los Angeles CA. Not only is it safe but they have beautiful souls that will take your breath away. I highly recommend that you choose Rabat, Morocco as your guild. All you need is a smile and heart and you will be fine.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: May 5, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

I had some annual leave and I wanted to do something worthwhile with my time off. I did a quick search online and filled out a form for Original Volunteers based on the fact it seemed reasonably priced compared to other sites I'd seen, and they had projects in countries that I'd love to visit.
Within a couple of hours I had a call back from their team, they didn't try to push me into anything, they were really helpfully and it was so easy and simple to do, I just had to book my flights and advise them of the day so they can arrange a pick up. A week later I was on a flight to Marrakesh, they'd briefed me well on the phone and answered all my questions, they always called back and was there to help. I was even able to get in touch with other volunteers that I'd be working with.
We stayed in the old town called the Medina, in a Riad which was so nice, much better than I was expecting. There were very few tourists, I loved that about the trip, it was real life, no holiday resorts on the doorstep, but I never felt unsafe. Some may find it a bit of a culture shock but actually Morroco is not so bad, there's Internet, everyone seems to have Facebook and instagram and there are short taxi trips to more touristy areas.
The hosts were 2 local guys who spoke good English, they was really friendly and was there for us all week.
It was a quiet week for volunteers, there were only 5 of us, all girls. We had the best week, we chose to share rooms, we felt close friends from day one and worked so well together that we really felt we accomplished things during our project work.
The projects we visited were so enjoyable, we took lots of arts and crafts and made creative things with the kids, I know they really appreciated us being there and having someone give them attention and have fun with them, it made them smile, it alters your mindset, to share joy and gratitude from simple pleasures. It was the perfect get away and a great introduction to volunteering.
I'd definitely recommend Original Volunteers to anyone who was looking to volunteer abroad. It was hassle free for me, and I made some brilliant friends and memories,
I'd love to go again soon.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Apr 24, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

I came here for a month and it was absolutely the best thing I ever did in my life, I've booked to go for another month and I leave in June! I would recommend original volunteers to anyone and everyone. The riad I stayed in was all you need and everyone I met was extremely friendly and welcoming, I was picked up and driven back to the airport all in good time also.

The co-coordinators for each project were very friendly and always helpful, there were 2 projects a day to take part in for the most part (you didn't have to attend but I went every time they were available). The food is locally available much cheaper from the markets right by the main riad along with fresh smoothies and there's a bakery a few doors down with hot fresh bread in the mornings. Getting to and from places is very cheap in taxis but you can sometimes expect others to get in your taxi half way through which is a little crazy at first. This generally doesn't happen on the way to projects with the coordinator, also check prices with your coordinator if you plan to take taxis outside of project times as sometimes they aren't too honest on the price ;)

I visited street kids regularly and even outside of project times, generally bringing them smiles and entertainment with lots of gymnastics and teaching some muay thai where I was allowed to, fantastic experience with wonderful kids. I did the same at the orphanage which was my favourite project, tons of lively lads, all very active so expect to run around a lot as they'll keep you in shape! Plenty of football played there too. Done tons of drawing and face painting, fed the homeless every week which means going to pick up from the supermarket with the cost shared between everyone in the riad who's happy to chip in and then preparing lunches and handing them out in the square.

The baby orphanage was lovely to visit but I very nearly adopted one of the babies there and it was really hard to go home after bonding with them, as it was with all the kids elsewhere. There was a girls orphanage I visited where I reluctantly let them paint my face in the name of good fun, I ended up staying painted all day and it was all a good laugh.

I went to the Sahara desert on an excursion and the Berber house, both great experiences outside of project times.

Overall everywhere we went the main thing was keeping the kids happy, they are far less fortunate than all of us and it will really bring you back down to earth! Highly recommended!

Can't wait for June :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Apr 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

Original Volunteers Morocco Marrakesh Review March/April 2017:

Things to note:
1) Make sure you have correct accommadation address and moroccon project advisor contact number as you will be required to fill in a disembarkment form on arrival and customs/passport control officers are very by the book.

2) The queue on arrival to passport control can be upto 2 hours at Marrakesh Airport so bear this in mind.

3) Once you are through customs, exchange some money at the bueru du change.

4) Then go to the Maroc Telecom and buy a Moroccan sim card. Cost roughly 150Dirham around £15 for 6.5gb of data 40 mins international calls and 1 hour of moroocan calls.

5) Then once actived head out of the arrivals and exit airport.

6) The driver might be there but if not you will need to contact the moroccon project advisor who will orginise taxi for you to djamma el-fna in Marrakesh from the airport.

7) The driver will drop you near the accommadation and it is a 5 min walk with the project advisor.

The above steps is what myself and a friend have learned with our trip we learned through trial and error as we were at the airport for quite some time due to passport control being very thorough. Please don't let that put you off just be prepared before you leave the UK make sure you have all the accommadation and contact details.

The trip overall was a fantastic experience and was well organised visiting the baby orphanage and feeding the homeless were the stand out activaties. Most of the travel is done via walking and taxi's. Marrakesh is very nice be prepared to haggle though when buying things from the markets. The jus'dorange stalls are good number 49 stall is the man to go to always gave us extra juice and different juices to taste.
The project advisors are great and are very friendly, they'll help you out a lot. Foodwise cafe babooshka is nice and there is a kfc near the kootbia mosque.
On our trip there were 10 other volunteers but by the end of the week that wittled down to 4 as some people come and go. The weekend was pretty much free to chill and do as you please and since it was just myself and my friend in the house now, we decided to book a couple of hotels for the weekend with aquaparks to have a bit of fun before we left morocco. I would highly recommend the morocco marrakesh trip as it balances both the volunteering and having fun really well. Don't worry about it just go ahead and book it :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Apr 18, 2017
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
4

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