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Project details

Project start
01 Aug 2013
Project end

Project duration
This project is ongoing

Project ID
2665

Project Name
TEACH ENGLISH OR FRENCH TO CHILDREN
Project City
MOROCCO
Project Country
Morocco
Preferred skills
No requirements needed, just lots of enthusiasm and energy!
Number of volunteers

Minimum age
18
Project types

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Brief overview

TEACH ENGLISH OR FRENCH TO CHILDREN IN MOROCCO

From Marrakesh through the winding Atlas Mountains into the desert plains of the Sahara and to the biblical town of Errachidia, bustling with markets, sweet mint tea cafes and friendly school children waiting to meet you! This is a delightful mix of Arabic culture in a North African terrain - ideal for French or English speakers looking for a truly fascinating cultural experience to remember.

You'll assist in non-government schools and other learning centres, as well as a special needs school, located in Errachidia where you'll get a true Moroccan experience. The students come from different walks of life and backgrounds, but many of the students are from poor, agricultural background. Thus, the opportunity you provide for them to learn English is very valuable, because these children don't have the advantages that children in the more touristy cities have to learn from native English speakers. You can make a huge difference here!

►SUMMARY FACTFILE

Start Dates

All year round (except during Ramadan) - you choose your start and finish dates!

Duration

Minimum stay 1 week and up to 12 weeks, subject to visa requirements

Requirements

No requirements needed, just lots of enthusiasm and energy!

Price

Prices range from £595 for 1 week to £2,095 for 12 weeks 
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What's included

►Accommodation ►Meeting you at the Airport ►Food ►Transfer to your accommodation ►Full pre-departure support ►Local in-country support and backup ►24-hr emergency support.

What's not included

Transport to and from your project, Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required, but we'll provide necessary documents and assistance), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?

All our projects are open to all nationalities. 
Anyone aged 18 -40+ 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The project is based in the city of Errachidia, which is situated in the ZIZ valley, in between the mountains of High Atlas and the dessert sand hills in South West Morocco. The landscape is dominated by red coloured mountains, rocks and fields of stones. In the middle of this dry environment you can find oases of palm trees which produce delicious dates.

TEACHING ENGLISH: Overall the level of English is low, with the majority speaking Arabic and tribal languages. English is their third or fourth language (after French). However, English is becoming more and more important to Morocco due to increased international trade and tourism.

TEACHING FRENCH: As Morocco is an old French Colony, French is officially the second language after Arabic. Most government work and business and other activities are conducted in Arabic and French and printed in both languages. However as Arabic is still the main language you find the less educated people, or the people who don’t deal with tourists, or those who live in remoter areas outside the main cities, will struggle with French. French teachers are always extremely welcomed! Particularly in rural cities such as Errachidia where the project is based. If you’re studying French this is a great place to come and practice it. As a westerner the local people and children in the streets and at the markets will always try speaking in French with you first.   

WORK CONTENT:

You’ll work in a school in Errachidia and your role will be to assist the children to learn English or French.

The school that you'll assist in is for students between the ages of 8 and 20 years old. The schools usually have around 70 students. Overall the level of English is low, with the majority speaking Arabic and tribal languages. English is their third or fourth language (after French.) However, English is becoming more and more important to Morocco due to increased international trade and tourism.

None of the schools have state-of-the-art equipment, but they do all have electricity! You'll work as an assistant in the language lessons, teaching English or French. The school really needs volunteers and the students will benefit greatly from your help!

You’ll walk or cycle to school, which shouldn’t be more than 2km away from your accommodation.

RAMADAN:
During Ramadan all cafes and many activities are closed and placements are not available during this period. However, you can use the time to go travelling and exploring around the country. The dates for Ramadan are as follows:

  • Tuesday, the 9th of July and will continue for 30 days until Wednesday, the 7th of August, 2013

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
There are 5 school terms in the academic year which generally run as follows:

  • Term 1: Around 6 September to 14 October, followed by AUTUMN HOLIDAYS
  • Term 2: Around 10 November to 20 December (Harvesting  Feast 19th to 20th Nov), followed by CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
  • Term 3: Around 4 January to 19 February, followed by WINTER HOLIDAYS
  • Term 4: Around 7 March to 23 April, followed by SPRING HOLIDAYS
  • Term 5: Around 9 May to 1 July, followed by SUMMER HOLIDAYS

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the diverse culture in Morocco and Northern Africa. 
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

LOCATION: 
Errachidia is most likely like nowhere you’ve ever seen before (unless of course you’ve been somewhere similar!) It’s almost as if you’ve stepped back to biblical times. Entrancing markets, colourful and hypnotic and not a western store in sight and that includes 7/11, Starbucks and MacDonalds – yes it’s true!

Errachidia is an Islamic country and the city itself is traditionally Islamic. The people are exceptionally friendly and open and though you’ll be expected to cover your body in your dress, it is liberal enough that non-Islam visitors are not expected to cover their heads. Alcohol is prohibited in Morocco and whilst westerners can find alcohol and drink it in hotels, we suggest you try and get into your mint tea instead! Travellers volunteers are urged to abide by the rules of the culture and to not expect a party placement here!

MINT TEA: there is nothing quite as delicious as the local tea speciality when travelling, whether Chai in India, Green in Japan or Mint in Morocco it will always taste better than you can ever transport home, or quite believe. For entertainment Moroccans drink this in coffee shops with exquisite Moroccan teapots and shot glasses. The mint leaves are mixed with a healthy handful of sugar lumps and heated by stove, poured back and forth a few times and then downed. A lovely ceremony! 

The region of Errachidia is a cultural and linguistic mosaic. Every tribe, every valley, every village has its own unique characteristics, identifiable by its music, architectural features and its customs. Ethnic diversity is considerable with many races and colours in evidence: the Chorfas Alaouites, natives of the Arabic peninsula mixed with the Berber tribe of Ait Morghad (from the region of Goulmima), the Ait Izdeg (the area around Rich) and the Ait Atta (around Aoufous).

Errachidia is a simple city, with many cafés, mosques, some hotels and restaurants, internet cafés, shops and a few swimming pools. People move around the city by bicycle, motorcycle or ‘petit taxi’s’. In summer in daytime the streets are quiet and everybody stays in the houses. The quiet of the day is a contrast to the liveliness of the evenings. In the evenings everybody, man, women, youth and children go outside. Many of them stay at the ‘rond point’, a field of grass in the middle of a roundabout. The palm trees around the roundabout make the place a little bit cooler than the rest of the city!

QUALIFICATIONS:
You need just a good grasp of conversational English or French to do this project. Don't worry about not having special qualifications. The whole idea of Travellers is to provide any help possible, whether it is merely enabling children to hear pronunciation and natural grammar to help inspire the kids to speak conversationally with you and each other. Other works will include providing additional help with other academic subjects or showing them how to use a computer – in fact anything you can offer is very much appreciated and don’t worry - everyone knows you're not a qualified teacher (unless you are one, in which case great!). The emphasis is on much-needed language development, additional learning and cultural contact. It gives your pupils valuable experience. You’ll also make school more fun for them! 


Don't worry about not having special qualifications. The whole idea of Travellers is to provide any help possible, whether it is merely enabling children to hear English pronunciation from native English speakers, or providing additional help with other academic subjects or showing them how to use a computer - anything you can offer is very much appreciated and everyone knows you're not a qualified teacher. The emphasis is on much-needed language development, additional learning and cultural contact. It gives your pupils valuable experience.

We provide you with a Teaching Guide and Suggestions which will help you plan lessons and advise on inexpensive resources to take with you. Children are always fascinated with volunteers and want to learn as much as possible about you. They love to hear stories about you, your family and where you are from so it is ideal to take pictures, maps, magazine articles and photos of your family and friends with you. You can also use these as excellent resources for a lesson to promote discussion and interest.

YOUR ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL

When you arrive in Morocco you will fly into Marrakesh where you will be met at the airport and taken by taxi to a traditional guesthouse in the city of Marrakesh for your first night. The following morning you will travel down to Errachidia by bus. The journey is long (10 hours!) but it is a stunning journey in which you can watch unfold out of your window Morocco’s intense and changing landscapes. The journey to Errachidia will take you through the amazing Atlas Mountains and hours of winding mountain roads which emerge dramatically into the desert plains of the Sahara on the other side. A landscape trip in which to begin your experience! 

You'll either stay in a house with other volunteers, in a privately run hostel, or with a host family, depending on your own preferences and availability at the time you're there. All of the accommodation is usually between 10 and 30 minutes from your Project (depending on whether you’d like to walk, ride a bike or take a taxi!)

Accommodation with host families means that Travellers volunteers get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like a Moroccan! Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave Morocco and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family.

Whichever accommodation you choose, you're sure to enjoy a great stay in Morocco! 

TRAVEL: 
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.

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