In Morocco’s public schools, the delivery of language classes is compromised by many factors, such as crowded classrooms and lack of trained teachers (due to an overall low education level, especially when it comes to English.) Private summer lessons are of course available, but too expansive for most families. This is where you can play your part. Indeed, volunteers coming from abroad remain the best option to deliver these children a good quality education and free service. We believe that you and they will gain from this international experience.
CSM has chosen the district of Sbata to carry out the summer scholar support project because help is really needed in this area.
CSM Summer School offers disadvantaged children the opportunity to strengthen their French and English skills in order to give them the possibility to attend university after they finish high school. Indeed, courses in Moroccan universities are taught only in French, therefore excluding automatically all children who went to public schools and did not received a sufficient education in languages.
Type of work:
- Five days of work per week and two days off, not necessarily on week ends (depends on the work schedule.)
- 4 hours of work per day in the morning.
- Teaching of English or French or both according to their capacities.
- The association will organize some extra activities such as animation with the kids.
- The first 4 days of the work camp the volunteers will be given a preparation course consisting of useful advice, a tour of the city, some hints about the culture, etc.
- we will organize a trips on the weekend
- the weekend start from Friday after work
- the first weekend we propose to go to city ELJADIDA
- The second weekend we propose to go to city FES and MEKENES
- the third weekend we propose to go to MARRAKECH
- the last weekend you are free.
- we try to help you and find the cheapest way to travel.
- on August there’s a Eid al –adha is religious festival celebrated by Muslims all over the word it’s when Muslims sacrifice a sheep.
- Eid al –adha will be on the 21 or 23 of August .
- on this days you will have 3 days of holiday to enjoy this festival with the host family.
Study theme: Scholar support.
volunteers will be living with a host family living within a 10 min walk to the school.
Important highlights: Toilets in Morocco are usually Turkish bath style. For the male volunteer, there won’t be a normal shower, only a hose they can use to clean themselves. However, in summer Casablanca can reach 32 degrees so the water comes out warm anyway.
International volunteers can also ask the national ones to show them the Hammam (public baths). Actually, you should try it once at least, it is indeed a very relaxing and enjoyable experience and has many virtues for the skin.
Camp advert: The aim of this work camp is to reinforce the language competences of children and young adults with few opportunities. We would like to gather both Moroccans and international volunteers so that not only the students but also the teachers benefit from the intercultural exchange.
Language: Darija (Moroccan arabic) is the local language.
- No previous working experience required although pedagogical skills would give extra quality to the project.
- Enthusiastic, positive and respectful people needed.
- Patience and reliability required to work efficiently with children.
- Willingness to develop ties with other nationalities and learn new things; we encourage everyone to follow the pace they feel comfortable with.
Location: YOUTH HOUSE
The ideal meeting point is at Casa Voyageur train station (but we can also arrange a meeting at Ain Sbaa train station).
Casablanca is the first international airport of the country. From there you can easily catch a train to Casa Voyageur train station that will cost about 3 and a half euros. Remember you can only pay in dirham, the local currency, so please don’t forget to change money inside the airport. A taxi to the train station should cost 20 to 30 euros.
If you happen to fly into another airport of the country, train connections run very often as it is the biggest city. You can check the prices and timetables here http://www.oncf.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx
You can also get a bus, which is usually a cheaper option, but not all bus companies have a website. The most popular and efficient company is CTM: http://www.ctm.ma/
Once you have your flights details please pass them by e-mail to your interlocutor so you can arrange with him or her your meeting point.
The info sheet will be send to you by e-mail 3 weeks prior departure.