Morocco is an ethnically, culturally, and geographically diverse nation with a rich political and social history. Located on North Africa’s western coast, Morocco’s culture contains a unique infusion of Arab, Berber, European, and other African influences. The May Experience in Morocco aims to provide a dynamic opportunity for Vanderbilt students to immerse themselves in Moroccan culture and society while participating in meaningful service in a local community. Students who participate in the May experience in Morocco will return to campus with both a valuable international perspective and an introduction to service-learning at Vanderbilt University.
Through the OACS Global Service Project in Morocco, students will have the opportunity to work with one of the local NGOs listed below. Potential projects at each student’s worksite address various themes and issues such as human rights, women’s rights, education, health care, agriculture, youth, migration, and street children.
This association was established in 2002. It is located in a popular neighborhood of Rabat. Its main focus is teaching foreign languages (French and English) to children between 2-5 years old and also teenagers from 13 to18 years.As service learners in this project, students may teach English to children from the neighborhood. In addition to language instruction, the CCCL will provide students with a checklist of tasks that they might work on with 8 active staff members from the partner association.
Founded in 1994, OPALS’ mission is the fight against AIDS. The organization provides medical and psychological support and care to people living with HIV and fights discrimination against people living with AIDS. The association consists of several groups of staff members including 38 executives (19 men, including 11 volunteers, 19 women including 9 volunteers), 19 technicians (9 men, 7 of whom are volunteers and 10 women 8 of whom are volunteer members), and 8 service agents (6 men 4 of whom are volunteers and 2 women volunteers).
Student volunteers are expected to:
ACDM is a pioneering, non-profit organization that works to serve the public interest. The ACDM is focused on cultivating sustainable development on local, national, and international levels. It is located in the heart of Youssoufia, a popular area of Rabat. This association was founded in November 2001 in order to promote human development and volunteerism. Despite a difficult start, with perseverance and goodwill, its founding members have realized a successful non-profit organization: ACDM is now a national association with several Moroccan and foreign partners and collaborators. Student volunteers will participate in different workshops involving language instruction. Student volunteers will also help to design plans and strategies that will promote the association’s mission and volunteerism in general both within and outside of Rabat.
Ennour Association works closely with disabled children and women in difficult situations. The association has a special focus on assisting those with mental disabilities. It was founded in June 2007 in response to the growing need for adequate assistance and space for children with severe disabilities.
Student volunteers are expected to help children with physical or mental disabilities in different workshops. Workshops will include activities such as painting, music, language instruction, and outdoor activities.
Amal Salé Association was founded in 2002. It is located in a popular neighborhood in Salé. Its main projects involve teaching foreign languages to (French and English) and organizing trips for disadvantaged children from 5 and 13 years old, as well as adolescents from 13 to 18 years old. It also provides literacy classes and English language classes to women of all ages from Salé.
Student volunteers will be teaching English and will be joining a young and active group of three people who are the founding members of the Amal Salé Association. Your colleagues will be able to communicate with you in English. You will spend most of your time teaching young people from modest backgrounds and who are unable to study English in private centers. You will also help promote this association (i.e. establish and refine its social media presence).
Since 1994, the Orient-Occident Foundation has striven to provide the less fortunate with an institution where they might learn, share information, and gain employable skills. Through the bridging of cultures, both in Morocco and abroad, (and after opening its board of directors to citizens of different countries), the Foundation aims to resume international dialogue and to contribute to cross-cultural understanding between civilizations. Ultimately, the Orient-Occident aims to serve as a bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean, where identities meet, recognize each other, and prepare for their future together. At the African level, the Foundation designs various programs that aim to at help and improve the quality of life for refugees and asylum seekers and their families.
Volunteers will teach French or English, translate documents, run thematic workshops, and teach kids at the kindergarten.
The Association « Social and Cultural Work in Morocco » was founded in 1991. Its main office is located in Fez and it has an annex in Rabat. AASC aims to maintain and reinforce familial ties. In addition to providing social and cultural assistance to the less fortunate, the association also emphasizes and addresses the interests of children and youth. The Association urges professional people with scientific talents and skills to contribute to social, educational, and cultural projects and workshops. AASC’s has also fostered partnerships with national and international institutions working in the same field.
Volunteers will help contribute to the cultural and social workshops and international camps conducted by the AASC.
Founded in 1988, the Basma Center focuses on assisting children with disabilities. Its main objectives are to educate, re-educate, and socially integrate children with disabilities. The majority of the children the organization works with have mental disabilities. This Association also aims to develop these children’s skills by helping them socialize and become autonomous, self-directed young adults. ASMEI’s activities and workshops are cultural, educational, artistic and athletic, and all are intended to realize these goals of autonomy and integration.
Student volunteers are expected to take initiative and take part in all existing workshops. These workshops might focus on painting, carpentry, dancing, teaching skills for independent living, and/or facilitating games. Volunteers will need to be enthusiastic and creative. Most importantly, though, they must have enough energy to keep up with the children!
The creation of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) served to strengthen the Kingdom of Morocco’s commitment to protect its citizens’ rights and freedoms. It continually reaffirms Morocco’s devotion to upholding the international commitments and treaties it has signed concerning the protection and promotion of human rights. The National Human Rights Council is also involved in International Humanitarian Law.
Our students will be working with a group of employees from this Council who focus on developing the Council’s website. A member of the organization’s team will be working with you and will be there to answer any questions you might have while updating their website. By working with CNDH, you will learn a lot about non-profit organizations and about the human rights situation in Morocco.
Espace Associatif was founded in 1996. It is an association that helps strengthen and promote the Movement for Democratic Development. Its main objectives include the strengthening of the skills and abilities of association leaders and the improvement of the socio-political climate in which these associations act. The Association’s office is located in Agdal, a neighborhood in Rabat.
Volunteers will do administrative work such as website editing, development and archives. You will join a team of 7 people.
Beginning in the spring, students participate in a series of seminars designed to equip them with the tools to view global service through an informed and impact-oriented lens. Seminars typically cover such topics as:
To help identify locally run organizations where student volunteers could be of use, OACS partners with the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL), an Moroccan private institute based in Rabat.
The CCCL was founded by a group of Moroccan, cross-cultural education experts in 1995 and is one of Morocco’s leading institutions for study abroad education. Their mission is to enhance mutual respect and appreciation of the “other” through the empowerment and celebration of heritage and culture. The CCCL is committed to cross-cultural learning and to fostering dialogue and peaceful exchanges between peoples and cultures.
* Please note dates and costs are subject to change
The application form can be found HERE
For questions regarding the OACS Global Service Project to Morocco contact Christine Drasba: firstname.lastname@example.org