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!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I was on vacation most of August and September in Spain. The village was dead with the intense summer heat. I didn’t see anyone out and about until 6pm. Lots of people traveled to see family in duars (farming villages), Marrakesh, or coastal towns (Agadir, Casablanca, and Rabat).… Continue reading Dar shebab and markaz update and Supporting People with Special Needs workshop
The day after I got back to my village from the Library workshop, I left for an Employability training at Peace Corps Morocco headquarters in Rabat with my Moroccan counterpart Achraf, a 27-year old construction worker, plumber, and electrician in town. The UNDP cites the employment to population ratio (age 15 +) is 45.9; the… Continue reading Many say they want to find a job, get married, and start a family: first Employability training!!!
Peace Corps Morocco (PC-M) organizes trainings led by Peace Corps (PC) staff and other professionals over the course of the year for Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) and their Moroccan counterparts, like the Life skills and leadership training I went to last October with Souhaib. The trainings help to start new programs and projects in dar… Continue reading Library workshop
I can’t believe it’s November! Time flies. Soon I will have served in the Peace Corps (PC) in Morocco for one year! It’s fall in Morocco, and it hasn’t felt like it until this week. It’s started raining and the weather is in the 50s and 60s. The ground is no longer dry but wet… Continue reading Fall at the dar shebab: Darija tutoring, English and Spanish classes, grant writing, and Life skills and leadership training
Mid February my Community Based Training (CBT) group started teaching more formal English classes at the dar shebab (youth center) and nadi neswi (women’s club). Upon our arrival in January we visited the public mederesa (school), which is close to the youth center, and observed English classes. Then we held activities for children and informal… Continue reading English classes
I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I arrived in Morocco! It feels like much more time because each day I have been busy and everything is new and thrilling. The first week I was in training in Rabat with the rest of the Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in my group. There are about… Continue reading Introduction to Peace Corps Morocco