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)
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!
Thank you again to everyone who donated in December and January to the grant/project to help build the capacity of the clubs at the youth center! Before we finished fundraising, in early January, my counterpart Souhaib started the Peace Corps and USAID Life Skills and Leadership program (we had attended a facilitator’s training in October)… Continue reading Grant update since January
Back in February, I facilitated the “Write On!” annual creative writing competition in my English classes. Two of my students won prizes! Simohamed won the Mid-West region for 12th grade and my counterpart Youssef won third place in the Mid-West region for 2nd year of university. They received special certificates, and Simohamed received a book.… Continue reading Write On!
receiving Valentine's day candy from my Grandma and sharing it with neighbors Marrakesh biennale with friends!
Here are some photos from our certificate party for the Fall 2015 English and Spanish classes that I taught with my counterpart Youssef! Certificates are a big deal in Morocco and are added to CVs. Pictures handing out certificates are a must. Students were told in advance that if they attended nine out of ten… Continue reading Certificate party
I want to give a Shukran bizef (a big thank you) to all my family, friends, professors, former colleagues, etc who so generously donated to our sports and games project. I am so relieved that we reached our goal! We really need the basic sports equipment (soccer balls, basketballs, ping-pong table, etc) and games (chess,… Continue reading Shukran bizef ( a big thank you)
For Christmas this year, I organized a couscous party at the dar shebab for my parents to meet my neighbors, friends, and colleagues and vice versa. Mommy and Papi were visiting Morocco for the week. Christmas day fell on a Friday when Moroccans typically eat couscous with family and friends after a 12pm prayer at… Continue reading Christmas couscous