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As part of a small team of local workers and volunteers they have just launched a new English language school in addition to their sister school in neighbouring Attaouia.
Their aim is to bring unique learning experiences to students and give them an invaluable cultural exchange – the main goal being to improve their language abilities to enrich their lives and futures as for so many this is vital to better opportunities in work and life.
They provide one-on-one conversation practice during the day, followed by evening classes. The age range of their students varies from children up to adults, and although formal classes are divided into specific levels, you can expect to interact with learners of all abilities during one-on-one sessions. These are conducted with the teacher or tutor’s lead and give an excellent chance and challenge to engage with different personalities and skill sets. In evening classes you will provide teaching assistance to staff, with the opportunity to become more involved with the lessons, should you wish to take the lead.
Whilst this is an unpaid position, they do not believe in ‘pay-to-volunteer’ schemes and no money is asked of you to join them. As a volunteer they would not expect you to work more than 4 – 5 hours per day, Monday to Friday. If you have any additional ideas for student activities or school improvements outside of these times, they are warmly welcomed but certainly not demanded of you.
They are located around an hours drive from Marrakech, on the outskirts of the world famous Atlas mountains. From here, you’ll be able to experience some of Morocco’s lesser seen beauty in a relatively short journey – the Ourika Valley, treks in both the Middle and High Atlas, Ouarzazate and the Ouzoud Falls are all available to see during time off. For long-stay volunteers (over one month), they can also arrange a three-day trip to the desert (only the cost of the diesel is shared). On some weekends they may take some leisure time and visit the coast as a group, or explore nearby cities and sights. If you’re interested in learning Arabic and/or the local dialect (Darija) they can arrange some free formal lessons for you, too!
Life in the city is incredibly affordable, and you can find everything you may need within walking distance. Restaurants, cafés, markets and shops are found everywhere and you can expect to live quite comfortably on a small budget. The community are very welcoming and friendly, and it’s not unusual to be invited into someone’s home for dinner or lunch.
Morocco is rapidly embracing English as a first foreign language in place of French, and everyone from their local teachers and students to people across the community want to adapt and improve for opportunities both abroad and at home – it is their hope that professional and personal knowledge shared by native-level speakers can help contribute to this. Ideally, they are looking for longer-term (minimum 3 months) help and any professional or personal experience that you believe can benefit both language learning and a cultural exchange. Whether you’re an experienced teacher or a new tutor looking for experience, and have an enthusiasm about local education and community support, they’d love to have you!
Any ideas or skills you can use or share outside of the classroom environment are also warmly welcomed – social media, partnerships, marketing, community projects – anything to help us help the town and develop the school!
As a polite note – the Kelaa province is an incredibly warm, welcoming place. However, it is also still very conservative and remote in comparison to the Morocco that draws so many to the country. Here with them you’ll experience an environment and culture without western frills or any touristic confections, but they would also ask you to be aware that the town maintains a very traditional outlook and to remain respectful and sensitive.
Please do feel free to get in touch with any questions – they have a small, dedicated team who would be happy to talk at length about anything and everything you might want to know before joining them.
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