This project provides opportunities for Berber girls from remote mountain villages to continue with their education. Whilst helping the girls to reach their potential, you will learn about Berber communities in the stunningly beautiful High Atlas.
What to Expect?
The girls’ first language is their tribal Berber tongue – to progress through the education system and broaden their potential employment opportunities they need to increase their ability and confidence in English & French - conversation, composition and comprehension.
Volunteers will be welcomed with any of the following skills and experience:
Fluent French speakers will be especially welcome
Teachers of English and / or French teachers
TEFL / EFL / TESL experience would be especially welcome
Teachers in any subjects who could work with 11-18 year olds in small groups
Life skills - particularly mentoring and supporting the girls in their studies and preparation for leaving school
PLEASE NOTE: due to the girls' cultural background, only female volunteers can be placed in this project.
Working with a Moroccan charity that builds and runs girls’ boarding houses near secondary colleges and lycées in the High Atlas Mountains, this project provides opportunities for selected girls from villages across the region to continue their education.
Through the provision of boarding houses, girls are able to access a secondary education and the chance to fulfil their potential in an environment that promotes academic study and social understanding.
This innovative project is also working towards Goal 3 of the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) – specifically, to promote gender equality and empower women. The MDG Goal 3 target is to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.
The need for culturally acceptable and safe accommodation is far greater than available capacity, and each intake for the boarding houses must meet the following criteria:
Poverty – the family is economically too poor to consider other options;
Distance – the family lives too far from the college for their daughter to travel every day;
Academic potential – each girl is assessed for her potential to succeed at college if she were to be given a place in one of the boarding houses.
And the boarding houses are much more than just a place to stay!
The girls are offered activities and experiences to support and enrich their education, beyond the formal school education. These home-based activities include:
Regular, well-run, daily programmes that provide much-needed structure for the girls to succeed in their studies;
Individual support and attention to their academic progress from the housemother, who liaises closely with the college;
Educational talks and activities with regular visitors to the home, ranging from environmental awareness to careers talks; art sessions or sports; occasional visits to places of interest, broadening the girls’ very limited experience of travel within their own country.
The charity now has three boarding houses – the first was opened in Asni in 2008, followed by a second house in Talat n’Yacoub (100km from Marrakech) in 2009, and a third house opened in Ouirgane in 2010.
The volunteer programme is based at Dar Asni - the first purpose-built boarding house with capacity to provide a “home-away-from-home” for 36 girls. Latifa (the house mother) welcomes volunteers to help her in providing pastoral and educational support to the girls.
The project’s goal is to enable the girls to reach their potential - whether they choose to return to their villages, to continue with further education, or enter employment.
Living conditions: You will stay at a comfortable and locally-owned guest house, in a private room with en suite shower. Your accommodation will include breakfast and dinner and you will take lunch with the girls on work days.The girls' home of Dar Asni is a short walk away.
"Without the boarding houses it would be impossible for these girls to attend secondary schools - they all come from remote villages high in the Atlas Mountains. They are all so keen to make the most of the opportunity they have been given. They work incredibly hard as they are determined to pass their exams, and they also enjoy living in the supportive and caring atmosphere which the boarding house provides. It was a privilege to work with them." Dianne – volunteer in 2011
- Program ID: # 1771
- duration: 1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: Dar Asni AsniMorocco31° 14' 44.4552" N, 7° 59' 13.4196" WMA
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately Fit
- Closest Airport: Please contact program
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Teach OverseasWomen's & Youth Programs
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