Hi, My name is Rosana Zarza-Canova and I’m 27 years old. I grew up binational, bicultural, and bilingual between the Berkshires (Massachusetts) and Madrid, Spain. I graduated from Bard College with a BA in Political Science in May 2012 where I focused on studying Modern Standard Arabic and Middle East history and politics.
I’m currently serving as a Peace Corps Youth Development volunteer in Morocco, in a village of 5,000 near Marrakesh. Read about my new home: https://rosanacouscous.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/site-visit-and-international-womens-day-in-morocco/
I started my official service in April 2015. From January-April 2015, I had training and lived with a wonderful host family, learned Darija (Moroccan Arabic), and worked at the youth center in a suburb of Fez with a small group of other PCVs.
PC Morocco and the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports have a partnership with the purpose that: “Moroccan youth will be positively engaged and prepared for their roles within family life, community, and the world of work.” Read about PC Morocco: https://rosanacouscous.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/introduction-to-peace-corps-morocco/
And the Youth Development Project Framework:
I am assigned to a youth center at my site. Read about my start there: https://rosanacouscous.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/uno-has-been-a-hit-starting-work-at-the-dar-shebab-youth-center/
Goal 3 of the PC is “To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.” I hope that through my blog my family and friends will gain a better understanding of Moroccans. I also want to write about the everyday life of being a PCV.
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