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/


me at a Moroccan wedding

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.

Thank you for visiting my blog! You can sign up to get emails when I post by clicking the “Follow” button. Please add comments to my posts and blog and send me your thoughts or suggestions to rosanapcv@gmail.com.

September 2015


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  1. Hello, Rosie, We missed you at our annual gathering around our pool in Valdemorillo, but after reading your blog and enjoying the pictures of your new home (“dar”, right?) I can see that you have very exciting things you are doing! (I love your kitchen, simplicity itself! Yes, I learned to eat “Moroccan style” when I did two school accreditations in Rabat and Casablanca years ago.)) It was great to see your Mom and Dad again and to learn of your adventures. They are very proud of you, and should be. I look forward to learning more about your Peace Corps service. (And be sure to get the hot water heater before the winter comes, because cold showers are NOT fun in the winter time!)
    Un fuerte abrazo,

    Linn and Diantha


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