Azrou, tucked into the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is a Berber village that struggles with providing education opportunities to children and employment opportunities to families. Experience life in the Moroccan mountains while you make an impact on the educational system for children and women in the community.Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities in Morocco »
As the population grows in the Volta Region, the people are forced to deal with the strain on vital social resources. Schools, community groups, and care centers throughout Ghana are severely under-resourced and understaffed. By volunteering abroad in Ho, you can help the community in ways such as providing one-on-one attention for young Ghanaians, fostering economic opportunities for women, or supporting workers in overcrowded health system.Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities in Ghana »
Today, Tanzanians face the residual effects of its colonial past, as well as the present lack of resources and prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Women and families suffer from high levels of infant and child mortality, and only a little over half of children attend school. When you volunteer in this fishing village on the Indian Ocean, you have the chance to work side-by-side with community members to build a better, healthier future for their children.Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities in Tanzania »
As you explore 3 distinct African nations on your Africa Experience Gap Year program, you'll be working with sustainable community organizations in unique landscapes to help address child development and healthcare goals. In Morocco, work in small schools with Berber children to address basic sanitation needs and educational objectives. Next, explore the Volta Region of Ghana in Ho, where you'll learn about how traditional and modern medicine coincide in a community rich with culture and history. End your experience in the fishing village of Bagamoyo, Tanzania on the banks of the Indian Ocean working with organizations focused on combating the stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS, and toward the educational goals of children.
From the moment you arrive in CCS Morocco, you’ll feel right at home with the welcoming and open smile of Mohamed to greet you. A lifelong student and educator, Mohamed comes from a small Moroccan village on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert. Inspired by an international volunteer, Mohamed joined the Peace Corps as a Language and Cross-Cultural facilitator, and later earned the position of Volunteer Safety & Security Officer. Mohamed’s passion for service grew while guiding volunteers and learning from them. He was later selected to become the founding Country Director for CCS Morocco. Mohamed is particularly passionate about education and literacy, as it allows individuals to understand, and therefore defend, their own rights. Mohamed understands what it means to be an international volunteer—he volunteered with CCS in India—and he is passionate to share his culture with you.
Makafui Amenuvor is kind, patient, and wise—an innovator and a go-getter. He often teaches volunteers how to hilife dance—not because he is a dance expert, but because he fully embraces life, which you’ll see in his dancing and in everything he does. Makafui advocates for sustainable volunteer work and development in his home community of Hohoe, Ghana. He is particularly engaged in girls’ and women’s empowerment issues. Makafui worked with the Municipal Office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice to facilitate discussions and develop community outreach campaigns aimed at educating women and girls about their rights and resources in regards to domestic and sexual violence. With the Voluntary Counseling and Outreach committee, Makafui speaks to girls and women about their health care resources in the community.
Born in the Kilimanjaro region, Thea came to CCS after serving as Country Director for eight years at the Irish Agency for Personal Service Overseas (APSO). She’s been with CCS since 2003, and has plenty of experience working with international volunteers like you. She is a trained accountant and social and community development worker, and an advocate for the power of education on her community’s youth. She’s really passionate about at-risk youth; she volunteers with NY Cares in her community at a shelter for kids ages 8-12, working with pre-teen girls who are in vulnerable situations at homes that might include drug use or prostitution. Mama Thea, as she is called, loves to dance and has a huge, warm smile. She’s known for her contagious laughter and beautiful singing voice.