Sorting through the endless summer opportunities for teens is a daunting task, so why is Morocco exactly where they belong this year? I spent five months living and working at our program site in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco working at the local school, helping to run a CSS-funded summer camp, and chaperoning our teens through the winding streets of the Fez medina and the beaches of Rabat, to the scorching hot sands of the Sahara where we arrived on camel-back and slept under the stars.
VOLUNTEER TAGS: MOROCCO
Take a journey with us to the town of Azrou, Morocco in the Atlas Mountains with CCS volunteer, Robin, as she recounts three incredible experiences from her volunteer experience <strong(and shares the CCS cook's recipe for authentic mint tea!)
Oh My Age 5!
Azrou, Morocco offers adventurers an incredible destination to have the trip of a lifetime. From exploring the culture of the local community to indulging in the unique and decadent food items; this trip will create memorable experiences and leave a life-changing, transformative impact. As a town located in the center of Morocco, volunteers have the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the culture, with plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. We spoke with our In-Country President, Mohamed, to see why volunteers will fall in love with Azrou.
Mohamed, our Morocco Country Director, is thrilled to be able to offer a new site in Morocco, available immediately for both our High School volunteers, and student groups. In an open letter below, he describes why our new ventures in the community of Azrou is important to him, as well as the impact he hopes to make with the help of our volunteers.
“Dear Future Morocco Volunteer,
Check out our Rabat-based Program Specialist's (Emma Rinaldi) curated list of things to do in Morocco:
One morning, Dana Whitaker woke up and, before getting out of bed, decided she would journey alone to Morocco. Here's a story about the people she met that changed her perspective on cultural differences and shared humanity.
“I don’t know how I am going to handle this for a month.”
That was Dana Whitaker’s first thought when she arrived at the airport in Morocco.
by Jessica Couture
When I signed up with Cross Cultural Solutions I was afraid. Not of the program but rather of growing up. Volunteering for four weeks in Morocco was my way of avoiding the “real world”. I was a college senior who had spent the past 3.5 years working towards a degree in a field I suddenly didn’t care about.
I will never forget the moment I stepped off the plane and into Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. Jet lag seemed to be dragging my body into the floor beneath me and I struggled to read the signs around me.
This was my first trip overseas, the first time I would ever travel on my own. All I had ever known were big American cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC. I think that was part of what drew me to Morocco – it was so different from anything I had ever known.