While Casablanca is known to be a cosmopolitan and vibrant city, poor areas such as Sbata BEN MSIK still don’t even have children parks, which is why CSM started an environmental program to bring volunteers to do gardening and improvement tasks in public areas in order to provide facilities for the kids and prevent them from playing in the streets (especially because in many areas criminality and car traffic are high). We extended this program to the maintenance of public schools (gardening and renovation) to provide these children with a good learning environment.
Apart from activities related to the renovation and brightening-up of the school facilities, the volunteers will have the opportunity to get in touch with locals and be involved in other activities related to Moroccan habits and way of life.
The general organization and responsibility of the work camp falls upon a camp leader who can also propose an outings program to the participants for their spare-times, such as visits of places of interest in the surrounding area, artistic or physic activities, etc. Of course the volunteers are free to do what they wish with their free time and suggest any other activity to the group.
Type of work
• Five days of work per week and two days off, not necessarily on weekends (depends on the work schedule.)
• 6 hours of work per day in the morning or in the afternoon.
• Paint the school for basic maintenance purposes and in a creative way bring life into it.
• Clean the residence.
•“Green activities”: Help creating green spaces, planting trees or shrubbery for example.
• Cook in teams with other volunteers, both national and international.
• The association will carry out some extra activities like outings with local children in which the volunteers can take part.
The volunteers will be living with host families.
Important highlights: Toilets in Morocco are usually Turkish bath style. We prefer to warn you because we learned from previous volunteer experiences.
There won’t be a normal shower in the school, only a hose they can use to clean themselves. Nevertheless, Casablanca is very hot in summer 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.
The aim of this project is to contribute to the improvement of a school in a disadvantaged area.
Darija (Moroccan arabic) is the native language.
• No previous working experience required although pedagogical skills would give extra quality to the project.
• Enthusiastic, positive and respectful people needed.
• Willingness to develop ties with other nationalities and learn new things; we encourage everyone to follow the pace they feel comfortable with.
The ideal meeting point is at Casablanca Voyageur train station.
Casablanca is the first international airport of the country. From there you can easily catch a train to Casablanca 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 website. The most popular and efficient company is CTM: http://www.ctm.ma/
Once you have your flight details please pass them by e-mail to your interlocutor so you can arrange with him or her a meeting point.
The info sheet will be send to you by e-mail 3 weeks prior departure.