🇲🇦 VOLUNTEER IN MOROCCO 🇲🇦

Volunteer in Morocco with Plan My Gap Year – an award-winning, international volunteer abroad organisation with programs in Rabat, Morocco. PMGY provides safe, trusted and affordable programs overseas, with a wide range of volunteer projects in Morocco, including Childcare & English Teaching opportunities.

PMGY Morocco is located in the historic but modern capital city of Rabat, located on the west coast of Africa. Our Morocco volunteer programs start on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month. The volunteer projects in Morocco run throughout the year and participants can join us from 1-12 weeks. Volunteers in Morocco are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, orientation, breakfast and dinner, volunteer accommodation and local support.

KEY FEATURES

PROGRAM FEE FROM 225 USD

PROGRAMS FOR 18+ YEAR OLDS

✓ PRE-DEPARTURE BUDDY LISTS


✓ MEET LIKE-MINDED SOLO TRAVELLERS


✓ VOLUNTEER MON-FRI & TRAVEL SAT-SUN


✓ AVAILABLE TO WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEERS


✓ IDEAL FOR EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEERS

   

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN RABAT

1ST & 3RD SATURDAY EVERY MONTH

✓ 24 HOUR AIRPORT PICKUP


✓ ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & WI-FI


✓ SAFE, SECURE & TRUSTED COUNTRY SETUP


✓ CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION


✓ 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY, UK & US SUPPORT

MOROCCO CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Enjoy the wonders that Morocco has to offer whilst also giving support to day-care centres that look after Rabat’s most vulnerable children.

FROM 225 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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MOROCCO ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach English along with a variety of other subjects to children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the medieval, coastal city of Rabat.

FROM 225 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER IN MOROCCO WITH PMGY?

Most Affordable – PMGY’s programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects.

 

Best Support – Our international and local teams provide extensive around the clock services to assist you every step of your PMGY adventure.

 

Safety Prioritised – With safety a PMGY number-1 priority, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe and structured as possible.

 

Extraordinary Experiences – With PMGY, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in amazing cultural and travel experiences, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories.

 

Friendships for Life – Your PMGY experience not only opens up a doorway for new experiences and exciting memories, but also life-long friendships when meeting new people from around the world.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

MOROCCO CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Morocco, you will provide additional support to childcare projects within the coastal city of Rabat. International participants on PMGY’s Morocco volunteer programs have the opportunity to make a hands-on difference within the local community. Coordinate activities, games and lessons to deliver with enthusiasm and energy whilst at the project. Use your free time to explore the wonders that Morocco has to offer outside of the project.

 

Background to the Childcare Program

 

PMGY’s childcare volunteers program in Morocco brightens up the lives of young children. Childcare volunteers in Morocco make an important contribution to the daily lives of the children. Like most countries in North Africa, Morocco has a young population – the median age being 27. In addition, poverty rates in Morocco are worryingly high, with around 15% of the population living in absolute poverty.

 

Combine these two issues with the fact the government-sponsored education doesn’t start until the age of 7 presents a real challenge for families. As a result, many families in Morocco struggle to provide their children with adequate emotional, educational and physical stimulation. As a childcare volunteer in Morocco, there are opportunities to help provide support in these areas.

 

Poorer families typically require both parents to work full-time in order to sustain their household. Hence children can often feel neglected. Comprehensive primary learning is paramount to a child’s future educational success. The day-care centres that we support play an integral role in providing essential childcare support to disadvantaged families.

 

Sex out of wedlock is forbidden in Islam. Women who have sex out of wedlock, especially those who fall pregnant, are often rejected by their family. In addition to this, they become a stigma within society. Inevitably, without sex education, or easy access to contraception or to legal abortion, unwanted illegitimate babies are born. Because of this, the numbers of underprivileged children increases.

 

When you volunteer with children in Morocco, there is several different facilities PMGY work with. These childcare facilities are spread across the city of Rabat. Ages of the children within the childcare centres vary from toddlers up to 18 years of age. Two examples of childcare volunteering placements PMGY work with can be found below.

 

Volunteer opportunities in Morocco provided by PMGY will provide you with a platform to make a positive impact. When working at our childcare volunteer abroad program in Morocco, it is important to maintain energy, enthusiasm and creativity. For the reason that many of these children will be seeking the care and attention that you as a childcare participant in Morocco can bring. To volunteer with children in Morocco, you will need to donate your time and skills effectively. This is to ensure you can maximise your impact on the local people.

 

Childcare Project Examples

 

Association IBNY – Founded in 2007, Association IBNY is a non-profit community development project. The project offers social help and education to children from deprived backgrounds. This may be children coming from low-income families, separated families or single mums struggling to make ends meet.

 

As a childcare volunteer in Morocco at this project, your work will be based on the needs of the association. This will be relevant to the need at the time and may incorporate both childcare and teaching English. Participants are thus encouraged to adopt a flexible attitude when at the project.

 

The project is located next to Bab Mellah inside the heart of the medina. This is certainly classified as a low-income area that is home to a poor community. We provide a volunteering placement at this project to offer care, support and activities for the children. As a result, we hope that we can leave a positive difference through our experience.

 

Participants are encouraged to take the initiative to perform creative and fun activities. Such activities should bring new light and excitement to the lives of the children. This could range from dancing to painting and singing songs! The time and effort you put in will reciprocate the productivity that you get out from a day at the project.

 

Participants are encouraged to be well resourced and prepared for this project as resources can be limited. Consequently, it is strongly recommended that participants bring with them materials to use when at the project. Participants are encouraged to use free time at the Volunteer House to plan activities to maximise time at the project.

 

Zohor El Yaniaa – Founded in 1996, Zohor El Yaniaa is located within the depths of Rabat’s Medina. The project originated with the vision of a professor from a local University. In its early days, this childcare centre was very small, with two tables and only a handful of kids.

 

The centre provides children from underprivileged backgrounds with a safe facility where they can develop core skills. Furthermore, core skills that would allow them to flourish and develop whilst their parents worked. Word of the centre quickly spread, and only 2 years later, the numbers of children increased vastly. The centre now consists of two classrooms and a playroom.

 

Each day begins with basic English lessons. Participants focus on simple topics to enhance vocabulary in English and/or French, such as the alphabet, numbers and colours. This is complemented with tactile activities such as drawing and painting.

 

The afternoons are filled with more relaxed activities, including playtime and dance. Many of the children at Zohor El Yaniaa come from deprived families and underprivileged backgrounds. As a result, please adopt a flexible and creative way of working when you work with children in Morocco.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Childcare Day

 

Your role in the Morocco childcare project will be to support and assist the childcare programs in Rabat. This includes teaching, feeding, playing and providing general support to the children. Working with children offers an incredible experience for participants. The local team will introduce you to your volunteering experience on your first full day at the project.

 

In general, you will work for around 3-4 hours per day Monday-Friday usually from 9am-1pm. In most cases, you will work in the morning period. Participants will need to spend an hour or two each day planning activities for the following day. This is extremely important and makes all the difference to your overall productivity at the volunteering placement. The childcare volunteer projects in Morocco are usually walking distance from the Volunteer House. Subsequently, expect around a 20 minute walk from the Riad to the project.

 
 

MOROCCO ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Morocco, you will provide additional support to teaching projects within the coastal city of Rabat. International participants on PMGY’s Morocco volunteer programs have the opportunity to teach English to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, a variety of other subjects such as Science and Maths can be instructed when you teach English in Morocco. Prepare well to ensure you make the most of your time as a volunteer teaching English in Morocco.

 

Background to the Teaching Program

 

PMGY’s English Teaching volunteers program in Morocco encourages students to develop skills that will help them to achieve future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. Education in Morocco is free and compulsory for children from the age of 7 up until 15 years of age.

 

Enrolment for primary education is around 90%. However, drop-out rates in the secondary are amongst some of the highest in the world. This is especially evident amongst females who are expected to stay at home and help. It is, therefore, no surprise that literacy rates between 15 to 24 years olds in Morocco are low. This equates to 72% for women and 87% for men.

 

The main language in Morocco is Arabic, with French being the second language of the majority. However, English is increasingly becoming the foreign language of choice. This is particularly due to the high levels of youth unemployment. In addition to this, there has been a national economic shift from agriculture to service-related industries. Such industries include tourism and telecommunications.

 

Furthermore, with no welfare state in place and a high cost of living, it is important that young people adapt to the modernisation of the job market. Thus English language training has become increasingly sought after. The time and skills you invest in the volunteer projects represent a great opportunity for Rabat’s young people.

 

Morocco has suffered a decline in government spending on public education. In addition to this, there is a serious shortage of English teachers in Morocco. As a result, the economically disadvantaged members of society are reliant on the help of international participants in order to learn English.

 

PMGY collaborates with a number of school and community projects in Rabat. Our participants are mobilised to provide the children and young people from poor families the chance to learn English. Consequently, this will improve their chances of gaining meaningful employment in the future. Participants are placed either at a local primary or secondary school. The children are aged from 6 to 11 at the primary school and 11 to 15 at the secondary school.

 

Volunteer opportunities provided by PMGY offer a platform to make a positive impact when you teach English in Morocco. When working at our volunteer teaching English abroad program in Morocco, it is important to maintain energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Many of these students will benefit from having someone who is fluent in the English language teaching them in Morocco. As a volunteer teaching English in Morocco, you will need to donate your time and skills effectively. This is to ensure you can maximise your impact on the local people.

 

Teaching Volunteer Placement Examples

 

Abdelmoumen Primary School – Founded in 1912, Adbdelmoumen is a primary school that hosts 280 children. The school is divided into 10 classrooms. There are two categories of class: kindergarten (4-5 years) and primary (6-12 years). Participants at this placement will usually work with children in the kindergarten or 3rd-grade primary classes. These are the classes that typically require the most support.

 

English is not taught as part of the school’s curriculum. Furthermore, it is not usually offered to students before the 9th grade in secondary school. This makes the help of international participants here invaluable for when you volunteer in Morocco. With a low teacher to student ratios, the extra pairs of hands offered by participants are also greatly appreciated.

 

Participants at this specific project location will be teaching, and therefore provided with a schedule for each day. Classically, participants will rotate between different classes on a day-to-day basis. Therefore participants should expect to be teaching the same lesson to different sets of students.

 

Abdesalam Secondary School – Located on the outskirts of Rabat’s Madina, Abdesalam Saih is a Secondary School based within the old town of the city. Participant opportunities range from working with students between the ages of 12 up to high school age of 17. Take time out of your gap year to support teachers at Abdesalam Saih in a teaching job role.

 

Within the Moroccan education system, English is not usually taught until the 9th grade. This means the lessons hosted by our international volunteers may be the first exposure of students to the English language. The main goal for participants is to provide students with a foundation for the language. Similarly, to further the English development of those who are already attending classes.

 

Participants on this placement will be allocated to students that require the greatest help. These sessions are not always formal. As a result, participants are required to be creative, introducing activities such as role-plays and speaking tasks. The goal of these sessions is to allow students to practice their spoken English.

 

Association IBNY – Founded in 2007, Association IBNY is a non-profit community development project. The project offers social help and education to children from deprived backgrounds. This may be children coming from low-income families, separated families or single mums struggling to make ends meet.

 

The project is located next to Bab Mellah inside the heart of the medina. This is certainly classified as a low-income area that is home to a poor community. Your experience is essential to improving opportunities for the local community. Your work in Morocco at Association IBNY teaching English is sure to leave a positive impact on the local people.

 

As a volunteer teaching English in Morocco at this project, your volunteer work will be based on the needs of the association. This will be relevant to the need at the time and may incorporate both childcare and teaching English. Participants are thus encouraged to adopt a flexible attitude when at the project.

 

Participants are encouraged to be well resourced and prepared for this project as resources can be limited. Consequently, it is strongly recommended that participants bring with them materials to use when at the project. Participants are encouraged to use free time at the Volunteer House to plan activities to maximise time at the project.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Teaching Day

 

Participants are required to plan and lead their own lessons. You need to use a lot of initiative and creativity to succeed in teaching English. You will work for around 3-4 hours per day Monday-Friday. Exact times vary depending on the specific school and daily schedule. Your role will provide a platform for positive community development within our volunteer programs in Rabat.

 

Typically, the hours are 8am-11am in the morning and 2pm-5pm in the evening with a lunch break in between. Participants will need to spend an hour or two each day planning lessons for the following day. This is extremely important and makes all the difference. The English teaching projects in Morocco are usually walking distance from the Volunteer House. Subsequently, expect around a 20 minute walk from the Riad to the project.

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Flights

 

During these times of global uncertainty, it is really important that you book your flights via a respected and reputable company. This provides you with more flexibility and security in the event your plans change at a later date. We recommend you book your flights through the airline’s direct website and to re-confirm your flight details with them 72 hours before you fly.

 

For your volunteer trip to Morocco, you should book your flights to Rabat-Salé airport on the Saturday start date. The airport code is RBA. Participants in Morocco can arrive at any time on their designated Saturday program start date.

 

Travel Insurance

 

Having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. It is therefore mandatory for all of our international participants to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. Although most of our participants experience a smooth ride during their time overseas, occasionally things may go wrong. Having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.

 

We recommend you put your travel insurance policy in place as soon as possible once you have confirmed your place with PMGY. This ensures that you have an activated policy in place that may provide some protection for your trip in the event of an unforeseen cancellation (circumstance-dependent).

 

You should make sure that any insurance policy covers you to travel with any international restrictions currently in place. For example, the majority of insurance providers will not provide cover in the event of the FDCO advising against “all but essential travel”.

 

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PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Our International Team will work hard to provide extensive levels of support in the build-up to your trip. From our online chat service to email support and telephone conversations, our team are always ready to help. All international participants with PMGY will receive a Volunteer Handbook. This detailed hand guide will provide you with all you need to know in the build-up to your trip. From visa guidance to suggested packing lists, this will be the ultimate guide, helping you plan for your volunteer trip abroad.

 

We have Facebook groups for each of our destinations. Here you can find members of our international and local teams, as well as past, present and future participants. These pages, therefore, provide a great forum for participants to network, share experiences and community updates year-on-year.

 

Sometimes it can be difficult to picture yourself abroad without yet being there. We, therefore, do our best to further manage expectations before you arrive through a variety of informative and action-packed videos on our PMGY Vimeo channel. These clips help provide you with a visual perspective of what you can expect during your time volunteering with us. Our webinars are not to be missed either. Running on selected Tuesdays, at 4pm UK time, our International Team provides invaluable advice for your upcoming trip. Each webinar covers something different. Our pre-departure webinar covers all of the essentials you need to know and do before joining us abroad. Our program preparation webinar is more project-specific, with advice and information for the time you will spend on placement. Finally, our safety webinar offers you some top tips on how to manage your safety and wellbeing across the pond. For those who are simply interested in learning more about PMGY, our team also run an introductory webinar. This provides an introduction to the volunteer organisation, our background, goals and volunteer opportunities overseas.

 

Teaching and childcare participants may wish to take their program preparation even further, through a 60 hour online TEFL course. This is the perfect introductory course for working with children and teaching English abroad. Participation in this course enables international participants to acquire key skills whilst working towards an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DURATION

Our projects are based in the coastal capital city of Rabat, approximately 30 minutes away from Rabat-Salé Airport. Rabat combines the old and new, where Moroccan history spectacularly collides with modern life. Unlike the hustle and bustle of other Moroccan cities, in Rabat, you are left to go about your business. It is calm and relaxed, but busy enough to be exciting and friendly. Rabat offers a much better insight into real Moroccan life than the far more famous Marrakesh or Casablanca ever could. Plus, you’re only a 15 minute journey from the beach!

 

PMGY participants live in Rabat’s Old Quarter, commonly known as the Medina. The accommodation is a basic but comfortable Riad – a traditional Moroccan house that comes with an interior courtyard. Rabat’s Medina is characterised by maze-like streets, traditional markets (souks) and beautiful landmarks. The Grand Mosque and the Moulay Sliman Mosque are perfect examples, both located along Rue Souika. The majority of the projects that we support are in walking distance from the Volunteer House. The local teams’ office is located close to the Medina. This means that participants can always pop in to see our team, to say hello or ask for help.

 

Our volunteer opportunities in Morocco run from 1-12 weeks, beginning on the first and third Saturday of each month.

PMGY MOROCCO LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s volunteer opportunities in Morocco program are run by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams.

 

All staff have been fully vetted by our International Team. The committed local community network provides the structure for your stay with us as a volunteer in Morocco. Our local team will arrange your accommodation, breakfast, dinner, airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support. Whether you are teaching English in schools or working with children, our local team will support you. Our team provides a great framework for you to enjoy a unique experience with us in Morocco.

ORIENTATION

Your orientation for your volunteer program in Morocco will begin on Sunday. The in-country orientation will cover everything you need to know for your time as a volunteer in Morocco. Our local team will teach you about Morocco’s customs and language, discuss issues of health & safety, and go over travel opportunities available to you during your free time.

 

After the theoretical part, our team will take you on a walking tour of the Medina. As you explore the local area, the team will teach you how to locate every essential you may need during your time, from the nearest shop to ATM! In the same vein, the coordinator will also explain how to use public transport. We’ll then take you back to the Volunteer House.

 

In short, your orientation will see you visit our local team’s office, learn about the projects and explore some of the highlights of Rabat. The rest of the day will be free. This is a great chance for you to begin preparations for your volunteer work in Morocco.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Rabat–Salé International Airport (RBA) in Rabat on the selected Saturday start date.

 

Day 1 (Saturday) Arrival

 

Welcome to Morocco! You will be met at Rabat airport by an appointed driver from the local team who will be holding a name sign. The journey to the accommodation will take around 30 minutes, depending on traffic. You will have the rest of the day to relax and settle in.

 

Day 2 (Sunday) Orientation

 

Your orientation as a volunteer in Morocco will begin on Sunday. The in-country orientation will cover everything you need to know for your time as a volunteer in Morocco. Our local team will teach you about Morocco’s customs and language, discuss issues of health & safety, and go over travel opportunities available to you during your free time.

 

After the theoretical part, our team will take you on a walking tour of the Medina. As you explore the local area, the team will teach you how to locate every essential you may need during your time, from the nearest shop to ATM! In the same vein, the coordinator will also explain how to use public transport. We’ll then take you back to the Volunteer House.

 

In short, your orientation will see you visit our local team’s office, learn about the projects and explore some of the highlights of Rabat. The rest of the day will be free. This is a great chance for you to begin preparations for your volunteer work in Morocco.

 

Days 3-7 (Monday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

Monday is your first day of volunteering. Your first day is all about introductions and getting into the swing of things. Our local coordinator will travel with you to the volunteer project on the first day. They will introduce you to the project staff.

 

Moreover, the local team will explain your work schedule to you. For the reason that you will know what is expected of you at the project and what your typical working hours will be. As time passes you will begin to find your feet at the project. Consequently, you will begin to make a positive impact on the local community as a volunteer in Morocco.

 

Our local team are on-hand should you need their support during your time in Morocco. Moreover, they will touch base with you more formally on a weekly basis to evaluate how things are going. As a result, should you have any questions or require any assistance then just reach out to the local coordinators.

 

Your afternoons and evenings are usually free to explore Rabat. The local coordinators can help arrange any local exploration. Rabat has a lot to offer participants. Whether you wish to check out the Roman ruins of Chellah, the famous Hassan Tower, awe-inspiring Kasbah of the Udayas, or check out some of the great museums, Rabat will certainly keep you entertained.

 

Days 8-9 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend

 

After a week of volunteering, it is your time to explore the wonders of Morocco. Whether you are looking to take a train ride to Fez or Marrakesh, adventure travel in the Sahara desert or a more relaxing experience by the coast – Morocco has it all! As a volunteer in Morocco, our team both welcomes and encourages participants to explore the country’s wonderful treasures. They will be very happy to help you plan your weekend opportunities and outline any travel tips.

 

The Following Weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be working from Monday-Friday. Weekends will be free to travel. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your phone, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last Day (Saturday)

 

Saturday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Program Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect. When anticipating their time overseas, many international participants (and their loved ones) are often concerned about safety and security. Although we can never guarantee experiences to be 100% trouble-free, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe as possible. Every program that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a director of PMGY. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation and worked on the projects. Through our frequent visits and daily communications, we have built strong, trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, participants have various layers of support available to them:

 

• Volunteer in Morocco Local Team
• Project Staff
• PMGY International Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge participants’ experiences. With the help of feedback, we are able to continually improve our placements and opportunities. Security and safety are frequently assessed as part of this. We ask our participants to raise any concerns with our local or International Team. This ensures that these can be addressed and/or resolved as readily and appropriately as possible.

 

Through pre-departure and in-country guidance, we do our best to prepare our international volunteers for their time in Morocco. All participants are provided with a comprehensive safety briefing during their orientation period. Our local teams will go through everything from project introductions, to emergency procedures, how to use local transport and Moroccan culture. During this period, our team also provide participants with a full list of the important contact numbers.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips:

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery worn in public
• Do not drink tap water
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents can occur when is confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night
• Use reputable transport only. Our local staff will be able to recommend some during orientation
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high-risk areas for pickpockets and thieves
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers

WEATHER

It’s hot and sunny for most of the year in Rabat. In the peak of summer, Rabat benefits from the cool ocean breeze. This makes the city a much more pleasant environment compared to cities such as Marrakesh and Fez. The average high in summer is 28-degrees Celsius and winter temperatures drop to an average low of 8-degrees Celsius. The highest rainfall generally falls in November and December, with July and August being the driest months.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time on the Morocco program, you will live in our Volunteer House. This is located in the heart of Rabat’s Old Quarter, commonly known as the Medina. The quiet Medina has an authentic feel to it and is characterised by maze-like streets and traditional markets (souks). In addition, you can also find historic landmarks such as the Grand Mosque here.

 

The accommodation is a basic but comfortable Riad. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house that comes with an interior courtyard. There are five rooms with up to 3 people per single-sex room. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. The house has free Wi-Fi (although intermittent). Moreover, the accommodation has a communal area for participants to relax outside of the volunteer placement. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled.

 

The property is based in the Medina district. Furthermore, all the projects are within walking distance so you are perfectly situated to get to and from your project. In the same vein, many of the tourist sites will be easily accessible to you when you complete your volunteer work in Morocco.

 

During our busiest months on the volunteer in Morocco (June to September) program, you may be placed at alternative accommodation. For instance, you could be placed in a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

MEALS

During your volunteer trip to Morocco, we will provide you with breakfast and dinner each day. This will be prepared by the housemaid and served at the Volunteer House. For breakfast, you’ll be provided with bread, yoghurt, pastries, jams, tea, coffee etc. In the evening you will be provided with a traditional Moroccan dish.

 

You will need to purchase your own lunch. Eating out is really cheap in Rabat and there are plenty of cuisines available. There are many restaurants in the Medina that you can easily walk to from the Volunteer House. Alternatively, you can choose to pick something up when returning from your volunteer project work.

 

During your orientation period, our local coordinators will recommend some reasonably priced and good quality restaurants. There is only one restaurant open in the Medina for lunch during Ramadan. Our local coordinator will show you where this restaurant is so you can purchase lunch.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Please note our local team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Most importantly, any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the volunteer program.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

Local transport to and from the project each day is not included in your Program Fee. However, as a volunteer in Morocco, the majority of projects are usually walking distance from the Volunteer House. Subsequently, expect around a 20 minute walk from the Riad to the project.

VOLUNTEER IN MOROCCO REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome participants of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 18 years and there is no upper age limit. All participants need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Arabic. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Morocco will go a long way!

 

All participants must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of volunteering with us abroad. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation!

 

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY program, you need to pay your Registration Fee of 249 USD. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge.

 

Please check out our Application Process for more info on how to join our volunteer projects overseas.