Instagrammed: My time volunteering in Morocco (Part 1)

Of the four Cross-Cultural Solutions programs I've completed, my time in Rabat, Morocco was my first volunteer experience since Instagram exploded onto the social media scene. Needless to say, I took a lot of photos. Although I see the merits in turning the phone off and getting "off the grid" while volunteering internationally with CCS, I must admit, I loved being able to instantly share snippets of my experience with friends and family by using #ccsRabat. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Day One: Settling in. It's starting to sink in that I'm finally here!

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Day Two: We visited the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the only mosque in Morocco that’s open to non-Muslims. The intricate mosaics and vibrant colors were stunning! Casablanca was a great introduction to how bright and colorful Morocco is; even our restaurant was striking!

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Day Three: The CCS staff took us on a tour of the Rabat medina, including a lush garden in the casbah. I was floored by how beautiful it was. After posting these photos, my mom told me, “I didn’t realize Morocco was so colorful!” Neither did I; I’m glad I do now, and glad I was able to share that!

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Day Four: My volunteer work assignment was teaching English to adult learners, and I absolutely loved it. Even if they don’t remember anything about the goofy English teacher who butchered Arabic and spoke Spanish during English class, I’ll remember the humility they helped me find. The truth is, it doesn’t matter if they remember me. As long as they remember even a small part of what I taught them, then my time was a success. Just like the Tanzanian proverb, “little by little, a little becomes a lot.”

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Stay tuned for Part 2!

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