YOU IN RABAT
Being a CCS volunteer means more than just traveling, or just volunteering. It means becoming part of a unique community; an international network of CCS alums, in the fellow-volunteers that you’ll meet at the Home-Base, and of course, the local people in your new home away from home. The CCS experience is all about creating community and meaningful connections, and all of this happens organically from the comfort of your Home-Base and with the support of a full-time in-country staff.
Mohamed Mhmmoudi, Morocco Country Director: We can’t wait to welcome you in beautiful Morocco!
A Day in the Life
With the endless possibilities that await you in Rabat we guarantee that you’ll never get bored. CCS provides you with all the basics for a memorable experience, giving you room to color it in with your own passions and creativity, all while exploring your new stomping grounds as “part of the crew”. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:
The CCS Home-Base
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the CCS Home-Base is designed with your safety and comfort in mind. We know the importance of a cozy bed and a nutritious meal to help fuel your volunteer work, and that’s exactly what we’ll have waiting for you when you arrive.
The moment you walk through the gate, you’ll find space to relax, curl up with a cup of mint tea, and practice your Arabic. You'll find a common area with a wrap-around couch to get to know your fellow volunteers, and plenty of space for your personal belongings.
And how could we possibly call this house a home without the aroma of fresh home cooked Moroccan cuisine floating from the kouzina -- kitchen? Whether Fatiha, the CCS cook, is preparing a savory couscous, or you're learning the ins and outs of the perfect tagine with Khadija, the Program Officer/House Manager, you'll enjoy a menu full of healthy and delicious meals.
Get a taste of the CCS Rabat Home-Base from a volunteer-led tour:
Can’t wait to share your experience? We got you covered! Staying connected at the Home-Base is easy with a landline for incoming calls (or pick up a phone card for international calls), and there’s always Wi-Fi available.
CCS Staff – Your Family in Rabat
Our in-country staff members truly are the unsung heroes of your volunteer experience. They all hail from the local community and their unique experiences, insights, and professional demeanors are unmatched. They are the heart and soul of the CCS program, and ensure that your experience is a safe, fun, and impactful.
Enjoying Local Dishes
You’ll never need to worry about going hungry thanks to the work of our all-star cooks at Home-Base. You’ll get 3 home-cooked meals a day, all safely prepared using locally grown produce and authentic, regional recipes so you’ll get a taste of the culture in every bite! Enjoy some of Morocco’s favorite dishes like tagine and couscous along with plenty of fresh fruit.
Your comfort and safety is our top priority and that doesn’t change when it comes to mealtime. Our cooks are all highly qualified in preparing delicious dishes for any dietary needs; go ahead, challenge us!
As part of the CCS community, international volunteers are representatives of us and of their home communities. This is not a typical travel experience – it’s an opportunity to make a real impact and real connections with the local community in a truly unique way.
The safety of CCS volunteers is essential to our programs, and our policies are designed not only to keep you safe, but also to ensure that your shared experience is comfortable, respectful, and as impactful as possible.
Please note that breaking a CCS in-country policy is a serious infraction, as these policies are designed for your safety and to maximize community impact. If a policy is broken, it may result in the immediate termination of your volunteer program. In the case of a less severe infraction, at the discretion of CCS, a warning may be issued before a termination if the policy is broken again.
Drug & Alcohol Use: The use of illegal substances is not permitted on any Cross-Cultural Solutions program worldwide. Any volunteer who uses or distributes any illegal narcotics will be immediately terminated from their program, and may face local legal action.
Consumption of alcohol is also not permitted in any of our Home-Bases worldwide. In Morocco, volunteers who are of age can have a glass of wine or a beer when outside of the Home Base, but it is especially important that everyone be aware of the implications of drinking in public. Consuming alcoholic beverages is forbidden in Islam and those who imbibe may be seen by the local community in a negative light. Any violations of this policy will result in immediate termination from the program. Please review the full Drug & Alcohol Use policy.
Donations & Gift-Giving: Our impact in-country is based on volunteers offering love, care, and attention and to support the organizations we work with in a sustainable way. For that reason, we do not allow donations & gift-giving on CCS programs, as this alters the motivations and sustainability of our work. Please review the full Donations & Gift Giving Policy for more information.
Curfew: As an international volunteer, it’s important to be well-rested for each day of work, and to be in the Home-Base at a reasonable time as to not disturb your fellow volunteers and to remain safe. In Rabat, all volunteers must be in the Home-Base by 12:00 am each night before their volunteer work assignment. On Friday and Saturday nights, if you are staying in Rabat, you must be in the Home-Base by 2 am.
Sexual Relations: On CCS programs, out of respect for the in-country staff and fellow volunteers, sexual relations are not permitted in the CCS Home-Base.
Weapons: To protect the safety of all volunteers, weapons are not permitted in the Home-Base.