I wrote an article titled "My love affair with the Peace Corps, Morocco" for my local newspaper, The Berkshire Eagle. I hope you enjoy it! I'm still missing the Peace Corps and Morocco everyday!
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
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!
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 started a hiking club last month, with the goal of promoting healthy behaviors through physical exercise—one of the Youth Development Project Framework’s objectives. I was inspired by two Peace Corps volunteer friends, Anthony and Bri. I saw photos of their excursions on Facebook and it looked like something fun and easy to do. I… Continue reading We found a cowboy and horse: starting a hiking club
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)
Assistant Teacher Youssef, about 25 of our English and Spanish students, mostly high school students, and I held a budget Halloween party at the dar shebab last weekend. I was surprised when all of my students were eager to help with the event! I made them brownies to thank them, which they gobbled up in seconds.… Continue reading Halloween party
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
I have started my work at the dar shebab by meeting people, observing activities, workshops, and events; and teaching English. The dar shebab is open in the mornings from 10:30-12:30 and afternoons between 4:30-8 Tuesday through Sunday. My day off is Monday, which is souk day. From what I have heard the dar shebab was… Continue reading Uno has been a hit!: starting work at the dar shebab (youth center)