Volunteering in Morocco

Volunteers are based in Rabat, Salé, and Casablanca, and you can choose from multiple volunteer project options including Childcare, Teaching, Women empowerment, animal care, NGO support, medicine and healthcare, and Sports Development.

Volunteer programs begin every Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.

Arrival and orientation:

The program orientation on the morning of every Monday of each week and volunteers need to arrive in Rabat on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights and arrange to arrive in Rabat at least a day before your program start.

When you arrive, you will be greeted by a member of the local team at Rabat airport or Rabat Ville train station (in case you are coming from Casablanca airport) and transferred to your accommodation in Rabat. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Morocco – introduction to Morocco, Moroccan customs, rules and expectations, language lessons, safety, travel opportunities in Morocco, introduction to your project. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. After that, you will be taken to your project.

Accommodation:

Volunteers are accommodated in homestays where they will live with a local family and other volunteers. These families receive money from your program fee for support, food, and board. It is exciting to stay with a local family, as this is an opportunity to learn the Moroccan way of life, meet local people, eat local food, speak the local language (Darija: the Moroccan Arabic dialect) and engage in local customs and traditions.  Volunteers may share a room with other volunteers but in many homestays, volunteers have their own rooms. Volunteers are recommended to bring their towel and toiletries. It is important to note that Moroccan homes have a shared living environment in which Moroccan couches are used as a sitting and dining room.

Typical volunteers room
Typical living room

WiFi is available in all our homestays in Rabat. You can also get connected to the internet if you purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone.

Meals:

Influenced by African, Arab, Moorish and Berber cuisines, Moroccan cooking blends Mediterranean fruits and vegetables with spices. A typical Moroccan meal begins with a series of hot and/or cold salads, followed by a tagine (Moroccan stew) and bread is eaten with every meal. Lamb or chicken dishes are common, as couscous topped with meat and vegetables every Friday. The consumption of pork and alcohol are prohibited, as per Muslim dietary restrictions and drinking mint tea is a daily tradition. Volunteers in Morocco are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Running tap water is drinkable and bottled water is readily available in Morocco. Volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for mineral water (2 liters per day) if they want to stick to it. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.

Weekends and Travel:

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Rabat and Morocco. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to destinations, such as Marrakech, Merzouga (Dunes), Fes, Meknes (imperial cities), Volubilis (Roman), Tanger, and south of Europe (Gibraltar, Andalusia, Portugal, south of Spain).

Program fee for Morocco Programs (accommodation and meals included)

Length of program Program Fee $USD
1 week $280
2 weeks $550
3 weeks $810
4 weeks $1060
5 weeks $1300
6 weeks $1530
8 weeks $1970
10 weeks $2390
12 weeks $2790
16 weeks $3590
20 weeks $4390
24 weeks $5190

What it covers:

  •  24/7 in-country support
  •  Arrival Pick-up
  •  Program orientation
  • Program training if needed
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day

Program fees (accommodation and meals are NOT INCLUDED)

Length of programProgram Fee $USD
1 week$70
2 weeks$130
3 weeks$180
4 weeks$230
5 weeks$280
6 weeks$330
8 weeks$430
10 weeks$530
12 weeks$630
16 weeks$830
20 weeks$1030
24 weeks$1230

What it covers:

  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Program orientation
  • Program monitoring
  • Volunteer placement
  • Discounts on language lessons

What extra costs will I have?

  • Visa, flights, travel insurance, vaccinations, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Arabic/French lessons (optional)
  • Spending money – Volunteers in Morocco generally find US$60 to be sufficient for weekly expenses

Extras:

Volunteer Language Lessons – Our program stuff offers Arabic and French lessons to everyone with very favorable prices. These classes can be organized anytime during the program orientation and are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Arabic or French. Taking these lessons can help you immerse in Moroccan culture and with your day to day volunteer work and communicating with local people.

10 Hour Package – US$278
20 Hour Package – US$550
30 Hour Package – US$820
40 Hour Package – US$1090

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