MOROCCO: Teach Disadvantaged Children in Errachidia!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Career Break / Teaching
Country: Morocco
Location : Errachidia
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 2500 £ Pound (UK)

Imagine teaching children in a stunning country - you'll help the children and they'll give you a North African experience you won't forget!

You'll assist in government schools based in Errachidia where you'll get a true Moroccan experience. Many of the children are from agricultural backgrounds and 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!

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.

The schools we work with are public, Government-funded schools, which means that all the equipment, teachers, school uniforms, school lunches and class materials are provided by the government. Because of this the children come from all walks of life - however the majority of them come from poor agricultural backgrounds.

WORK CONTENT:
You’ll work in one of a number of schools in Errachidia and your role will be to assist the children to learn English. The schools that you'll assist in are for students between the ages of 13 – 18 years old. The schools have between 100 and 400 students in each. 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. 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.


LOCATION:
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 lively 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!

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Not available during Ramadan. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £795 for one week. You can participate for up to twelve weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently. You'll also receive a free T-shirt.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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