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 Winter Break Service 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. Priority will be given to first-year students, although all student applications will be considered. Students who participate in the 10 day Winter Break Service in Morocco will return to campus with both a valuable international perspective and an introduction to service-learning at Vanderbilt University.
In the fall semester, students selected into the program’s cohort will participate in two seminars designed to introduce them to Moroccan culture and mindful service-learning. Once on-site in December, the group will reside in Rabat, traveling to Essaouira, Marrakech and other locations for educational and service programs. In coordination with the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in Rabat, students will attend lectures and workshops on topics including: “Gender Dynamics in Morocco”, “Civil Society and Volunteerism in Morocco”, “Religion and Politics in Morocco”, and “Moroccan Society and Human Rights”. Service and educational opportunities will also be provided through the Amal Sale Association, Orient-Oxidant Foundation, National Council on Human Rights, and Amnesty International of Rabat.
While in Morocco, students will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of Moroccan history, landscape, architecture, and daily life. In addition to lectures, group discussions, and service opportunities, students will have a chance to explore Rabat, learn about local customs and traditions, tour museums, mosques, cathedrals, monuments, and other historic sites, and sample traditional Moroccan cuisine.
For questions regarding the OACS Global Service Project to Morocco contact Christine Drasba: firstname.lastname@example.org