It’s been three months since I finished my Peace Corps service and arrived in Spain! It’s been a smooth transition and adjustment without any major culture shock. During my Peace Corps service I had visited Madrid several times since it is only a cheap hour and half Ryanair flight away from Marrakesh, and in those… Continue reading 3 month RPCV (Returned Peace Corps volunteer) reflection from Madrid
At the end of March I officially closed out my Peace Corps service in Morocco. I can’t believe I am now a Returned Peace Corps volunteer! It was an emotional goodbye, because I have become so integrated into my community, Sidi Bou Othman. My village has become home. I loved my work as a Peace… Continue reading Nshufik min bad (See you later)
Weddings are great celebrations in Morocco as family is central in Moroccan culture. Marriage is the beginning of an important chapter in one’s life- starting a family and adult life. Girls become women and boys become men when they get married. My friends have proudly shared their wedding photo albums with me. During my Peace… Continue reading Moroccan culture: wedding celebrations
As I wrote in my blog post “Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my Community” most of my work during my first year of service at the dar shebab (youth center) benefitted boys. Girls face many obstacles to achieving their high school diploma in my community like housework, different expectations, and few role models of… Continue reading Work with girls my last few months of service
It was school vacation two weeks ago and most classes and activities were cancelled at the youth center and youth vocational center in town. Everyone was taking a well-deserved break after studying hard for exams. I realized I had never posted about the Moroccan hammam (public bath) so I took advantage of the free time… Continue reading Moroccan culture: the hammam (public bath)
Living only a half-hour grand taxi ride (2 people in the front seat of the Mercedes, 4 people in the back seats, Hit FM with international and Moroccan tunes blasting) from Marrakesh during my Peace Corps service, I have been lucky to get to know it in all kinds of ways. I have gone in… Continue reading Rosana’s Marrakesh
In January I attended the Close of Service Conference organized by Peace Corps Morocco staff in Rabat for all the Peace Corps volunteers in my group. The goals were to start to reflect on our service and prepare for life after the Peace Corps. After going over the many administrative tasks needed before leaving Morocco… Continue reading Close of Service Conference
Last month I closed out the Developing Sports and Games Club Grant with the Peace Corps. This will be my last grant update as I will be closing my service in April. I am proud to say that grant goals and objectives were achieved! Before the Developing Sports and Games Club Grant, the youth of… Continue reading Final grant update: 5 new clubs and 25 new volunteers!!!
Last Friday the director of the youth center, the library club, the new Peace Corps volunteer at my site, Liz, and I held the grand opening of the new library at the youth center! The library is one of the projects that I am most proud of. As the Peace Corps librarian M’hamed said, “a… Continue reading Establishing a library!
When I got my Peace Corps assignment to Morocco, I immediately sought out recommendations of books and movies from friends who had been there and especially Arabic professors who provided a more nuanced view on the history, culture, and politics. It was hard to find books and movies in the public library in my small… Continue reading 5 Book recommendations to get a fuller picture of the diversity of Morocco and Moroccans