Currently the only country in the North Africa/Middle East region hosting a Peace Corps program, the Kingdom of Morocco is located in North Africa and blessed with an abundance of natural resources, beauty, and warm hospitality. Morocco is a country in transition politically, socially, and economically, and the youth population in Morocco represents a dynamic demographic with enormous potential. Youth development has become a major focus for the government of Morocco, as unemployment of educated youth is high, and many youth are seeking opportunities to advance their skills for their future.
In this project, Peace Corps Volunteers in Morocco address challenges facing young people in their communities, as they empower youth to build life skills and engage as active citizens through a variety of formal and informal avenues. Volunteers are assigned to youth-serving organizations to address topics that are interesting and engaging and foster positive youth development. Volunteers work with local youth in rural, semi-urban, and urban communities throughout Morocco. Volunteers aim to strengthen the personal development of young people by building life skills, empowering them to be positively engaged in their communities, and improving communication skills in English. As a youth development Volunteer, you will be assigned to a community which will include one or more of the following: a youth center (Dar Chabab, literally “House of Youth” in Arabic), a women’s center (Nedi Neswi), school dormitory, or other associations working with youth.
Volunteers conduct needs and resources assessments with youth in their communities and mobilize youth to use their assets to address identified needs. Volunteers will work with community partners to conduct fun activities, classes, clubs, and camps to attract youth to extracurricular activities based on their needs and interests. These activities are designed to build life skills among youth. Volunteers will also guide and mentor youth actively to engage in their communities by participating in volunteer opportunities and co-facilitating service-learning and larger community projects. At the request of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and local communities, Volunteers will also conduct activities in English as a way to improve communicative English skills. This is a key way to attract youth to engage in life skills through activities they enjoy, such as theater, music, crafts, art, and sports, using English.
Because you are an American, the youth in your community will be curious about you and interested in learning from you. Volunteers in this assignment should expect to teach English and work directly with youth in classes, clubs, and camps to organize activities related to the community’s interests and needs. Teaching English is a particularly effective way to learn about your new community and begin working with young people. It provides you with a legitimate role from the very start, the opportunity for rapid integration as a Youth Development Specialist, and a springboard for the implementation of activities outside the classroom. Most Volunteers hold at least one English class per week for their community during at least the first few months of service, including various groups of people and proficiency levels. Many Volunteers also tutor youth in English one-on-one or in small groups in their communities. When you arrive to your community, you are also expected to network in your community and to meet and collaborate with other organizations and associations that provide services for youth. As you are building relationships critical to your success in the community, there will likely be many possibilities for sharing your hobbies and interests with youth, as well as building on their interests and skills to conduct a variety of activities in the community, including the creation of volunteerism opportunities and service-learning projects. Since your work is largely unstructured, you will be responsible for building strong relationships with youth and community leaders in order to attract youth and then establish activities that keep youth engaged. It is from your connections and relationships in the community that your work activities will be sustained.
Girls’ education is a priority for Morocco. Volunteers and their counterparts place special emphasis on meeting girls’ and young women’s needs through education, health and fitness, and empowerment-related activities. There will be many opportunities for you to become involved in projects addressing this area, as well as other areas of community development and youth enrichment.
Peace Corps Morocco provides high-quality language and technical training that starts the day you arrive. During pre-service training (PST), you will be introduced to the key principles of positive youth development and methodologies for attracting youth and building life skills through classes, clubs, camps, and mentoring. You will also learn about community integration, participatory community assessments, and tools for communicating and engaging across cultures. Peace Corps Morocco is committed to providing all Volunteers with relevant professional and cultural training for effective service in their communities.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check