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Mohammedia, Morocco

Leadership & Service in Youth Development

Leadership

Dates

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3 weeks

Costs

$5,450

Extended Deadline

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Dates

-

3 weeks

Costs

$5,450

Extended Deadline

Enroll Now

Request Information

Program Overview

Discover a kaleidoscope of cultures while living, serving and mentoring in this friendly Moroccan community.

This program is based out of the American Language Center (ALC), a non-profit with over 30 years of experience working with local NGOs on cross-cultural exchange. Through the ALC’s myriad outreach programs, you’ll work with local youth, collaborate with Moroccan peers, and learn to look at complex issues from multiple perspectives. 

You’ll pack a lot into these three weeks, and options abound: Mentor underprivileged youth at a local association whose mission is to integrate youth into their community. Experience different forms of service: Help lead innovative project-based learning workshops, help tutor English for after-school programs, or take part of planning and implementing environmental activities with local public schools. Create blog posts for the CIEE student blog and collaborate with peers to raise awareness on education, the environment, and a range of social issues. 

Hot topics make for interesting discussions: immigration, indigeneous communities, women’s rights, the perception of Islam in America, and more. With students from local high schools, you’ll engage in conversations designed to make you think. You’ll also work together to put that collective energy into action — by working in teams to tackle social issues in creative ways. 

Living with a homestay family, you’ll get a warm welcome and a rare glimpse of Moroccan traditions. Together you’ll shop, prepare meals, and gather around the family table. In your free time, you can dabble in Moroccan pottery and play soccer, ping pong, or volleyball at the city beach. Added bonus: You’ll also have access to all the ALC’s clubs and offerings — from sports, music and movies to public speaking, and debate. 

 

The Take-Aways

Leadership Experience

Work in tandem with the American Language Center to support local non-profits in their community outreach. Reflect on your own leadership style and strengths as you lead activities and workshops for the local youth and learn how to work across culture lines!

Lifelong Skills and Friendships

After just 3 weeks away, you'll build self-confidence, gain a broader world view, improve your interpersonal communication skills and make lifelong friends from all across the U.S.

Credentials for Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, a Certificate of 50 hours of Service Learning.

The Destination
  • Teacher and students in Mohammedia
  • High school students in traditional outfits in Mohammedia
  • High school students on the beach in Mohammedia

The Destination

Relax in a café with a cup of mint tea or stroll through the Kasbah in this quiet seaside city.

Mohammedia is a small port city set between Casablanca and Rabat on the Mediterranean coast. A working fishing port, it offers a more authentic portrait of local life than its more touristy neighbors. The east side of the city is famous for its swimming beaches, whereas other city beaches are rough and rocky. Many find it a welcome respite when looking to escape the busy life of nearby cities. 

Founded a thousand years ago under the Almoravid dynasty, then visited in the 14th and 15th century by merchant ships from Europe, Mohammedia embodies a rich mix of cultural influences. This is best reflected in its cuisine: A mix of North African Amazigh, Arab, and Mediterranean traditions, fused with European and West influences. 

Souks (markets) are a major feature of Moroccan life, and many are overflowing with seasonal fruits. Along with various kinds of dates, you’ll find grapes, figs, melons, peaches and the local prickly pear (cactus fruit). Bread is a huge part of the Moroccan diet and you’ll find freshly baked bread (eaten with butter, olive oil and jam) at bakeries and shops around town. Street food includes kebabs or spicy merguez sausages, roasted chickpeas and peanuts, and sfenj (delicious doughnut-shaped fritters). 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Mohammedia.

Daily Life

Daily Life

Monday–Friday

Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction, service-learning, and cultural activities with time on your own, too.

  1. Breakfast at the homestay 
  2. Hands-on learning with local instructors 
  3. Lunch in the community with your fellow Global Navigators  
  4. Out and about for a cultural activity  
  5. Time for writing individual reflections on your service and for holding group debriefs 
  6. Dinner at the homestay 

Weekends   

  1. Overnight or day excursions to top sites  
  2. Quality time with friends and everyone at your homestay

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program.  

Housing

Carefully Screened Homestay

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Student Spotlight - Abigail Clifford, Moroccan Women's Football Team Making History

By Rihane Zoubairi at CIEE

Football, football, football! Football, known as soccer in only a few countries, finds its origins all the way to the time of the Aztecs. However, the game we know today... keep reading

From CIEE

Week 1 in photos!

By Ami Hauser at CIEE

Week One!

Mohammedia Landmarks

By Angelina M.

This past Saturday, for our first weekend in Mohammedia Morocco, we went to Sofia Beach with the program group. Accompanied by three of our program leaders, Yahya, Rihane, and Ami... keep reading

Activities
Moroccan breakfast food

Sample Activities

  • Take a Moroccan cooking class 
  • Learn about multiculturalism and the West African influences in Morocco in an African dance workshop. Try your hand at Moroccan pottery in a creative workshop 
  • Learn the intricate art of Moroccan henna 
  • Join the festivities at a Moroccan dress party
High school students sitting on steps of mosque in Morocco

Excursions

  • Rabat: Rock the Kasbah L’Oudaya, tour the Museum of Modern Art and Archaeology, visit the old medina, Roman ruins and Chellah Gardens overlooking the ancient royal cemetery. 
  • Casablanca: Visit Casablanca and the Hassan II Mosque, the only mosque open to non-Muslims in Morocco. 
  • Chefchaouen: Embark on a multi-day excursion to see the riches of the city known as “The Blue Pearl,” due to its blue walls and scenery, and the Riff Mountain region, rich in Amazigh culture. 
  • Day trip to Meknes with Moroccan high schoolers which includes (Roman ruins of Vouliblis, village of Moulay Idriss (birthplace of Islam in Morocco, and imperial city of Meknes)

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • No previous language experience required.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Application Fee

$25

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Program Summer Session I 2024 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $5,450
Program Summer Session II 2024 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $5,450
Our Staff

Our Staff

Madiha Chafiq

Director

Madiha received her master’s degree in international education and development from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University.

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