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VOLUNTEERING IN MOROCCO

A volunteering in Morocco leads you to discover yourself, to help others and to enjoy all the cultural heritage it holds within its walls and streets.

Walking through its streets, asking for mint tea, bargaining in the markets or simply touring the desert makes Morocco an irresistible place.

With the support of local staff and volunteers who each year join the solidarity camps in Morocco, it has been possible to carry out different leisure and free time workshops, as well as informative talks for the children through educational and artistic materials.


SOLIDARITY CAMP

It seeks to promote the sustainable and equitable development of vulnerable and resource-poor communities in the community of Ouarzazate in Morocco.


REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN MAROCCO

All individuals, groups of friends, students or families who want to be part of a volunteer program in Morocco with Adventure Volunteer must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a committed person, as you actively participate in activities that require your commitment.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team.
  • Be empathetic (respect for other cultures or ways of life).
  • Flexibility and adaptability are needed.
  • Good behaviour.
  • Be of legal age.

In each project, you can consult the requirements that are requested.


WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEER WORK?

The solidarity camps in Morocco take place in the community of Ouarzazate.


WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN MAROCCO?

The volunteer projects in Morocco are open during Easter week from April 5th to 11th, with arrival on April 4th. The doors of the project are also open for July and August:

  • July 2020: 11 to 25 July 2020, with arrival on 10 July.
  • August 2020: 08 to 22 August 2020, with arrival on 07 August.

The collection point is the Menara Airport – (Marrakech), in scheduled hours from 08:00 a.m. to 17:00 hours.

ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION

We will pick you up from Menara Airport – (Marrakech), to take you to the volunteer accommodation, where you will be welcomed by the coordinator responsible for the volunteer project in Morocco.

He will recognize you by the photo you sent us attached to the extended form.

Depending on the time of arrival in the country, you will be given an orientation of the house, the project and the activities to be carried out on the same day or the following day.

We will pick you up from Menara Airport (Marrakech), to take you to the volunteer accommodation, where you will be received by the coordinator responsible for the volunteer project in Morocco.

He will recognize you by the photo you sent us attached to the extended form.

Depending on the time of arrival in the country, you will be given an orientation of the house, the project and the activities to be carried out on the same day or the following day.

At that time the coordinator responsible for the project or area where you will be assigned will tell you the rules, regulations and procedures to follow during your volunteer work.

VACCINE

No vaccination is required to enter Morocco. However, for people coming from countries where yellow fever is present, you may be required to have a vaccination card.

VISA TO ENTER MAROCCO

You’ll need a visa depending on your nationality. For Spaniards it is not necessary, your passport is enough. For the other people who do require it, we recommend to call the Moroccan Embassy in your country.

SECURITY IN MAROCCO

Morocco is considered a safe country. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries in the world, you have to take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain areas and city zones.

In general, tourist areas are safe, but we recommend you to take these details into account:

  • Let your coordinator know, in case of an excursion, so that he can warn you about the places.
  • Have the telephone number of your coordinator and the address where you are staying in case you need it.
  • Avoid giving out information about the place where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers for safety reasons.
  • Do not bring anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s home.
  • Avoid risky areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel in austerity on your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
  • If you can, avoid taking your mobile phone out in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transportation services or services such as Uber or taxis.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets at night.
  • Never get into an unfamiliar vehicle or your own vehicle with someone you don’t know.
  • Do not drink anything you do not know where it comes from.

HOST INSTITUTE ACCOMMODATION

The volunteers who are part of the solidarity camps in Morocco live in a welcome centre for volunteers. This center has shower areas, kitchen, dining room, sleeping area.

  • Mattresses and pillows are available, but you should bring your own sheets and pillowcases.

You have included the 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) that will be provided at the camp. They are Moroccan dishes.

The contribution in the volunteer projects in Morocco for a period of 7 days is 350€ and with the tax deduction you will only pay 160€

WEEKSSOLIDARITY CAMP
Easter
(From 05 to 11 April)
350€
JULIO
(Of 11 to 25 )
435€
AUGUST
(From 08 to 22)
435€

You will be able to deduct approximately 45% of the total economic contribution to the program by means of the tax certificate that we will give you.

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?

  • Welcome at the airport and transfer to the accommodation
  • Accommodation during your volunteer work
  • 3 meals during your volunteer program
  • Arabic lessons (Optional)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
  • Orientation and induction to the program
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Accident insurance during your volunteer work
  • Liability for your activity
  • I get NGO’s on your program fee
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of program
  • Volunteer T-shirt

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Flight to the country
  • Visa, if necessary
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary
  • Internal transport
  • Return to the airport on the last day
  • Drinks or special diets or meals
  • Travel in or out of the country

We remind you that the value of the donation can be deducted from your full income tax liability, up to a limit of 10% of the taxable base.

  • Donations up to 150 :(donation equal to or less than 150), the deduction will be 80%
  • Donations over 150 euros: (donation over 150 ?), will be 35% and 40% if made for more than 3 years in a row of the same value or more to the same association.

NOTE: There is a deduction from the IRPF for donations made to non-profit organisations under Law 49/2002, of 23 December. established in Articles 68.3, 69.1 IRPF Law and 69.2 Regulations. Royal Decree-Law 17/2020 of 5 May. (refunds are made in the year following payment). As a donation, the 150 euros initially contributed are not refundable.

HOW TO BOOK?

Morocco, located in North Africa, separated from Spain only by the Strait of Gibraltar. You can find beaches both in the Mediterranean and in the Atlantic Ocean. Apart from the beaches, Morocco has four mountain ranges and approximately 35 million inhabitants.

CLIMATE


In the interior of Morocco the temperatures are very extreme, very hot summers and very cold winters.

The average temperatures you can find are between 30°C to 35°C. The winters can have frost and even snow. The average temperature can be from -2°C to 14°C and can go down to -26°C.

CURRENCY


The official currency in Morocco is the dirham. Currently 1 Euro is equivalent to approximately 11.29 dirhams. Please note that the local currency (dirhams) is a restricted currency, meaning that it cannot be taken out of the country and can only be obtained in Morocco.

If you have money with you, it is recommended that you only exchange it at official exchange offices, as it is illegal to change money on the street. Keep the receipt you are given when changing money, as you must keep it in case you return and change your money again.

  • Credit Cards: Generally all cards are accepted, but check with your bank before you travel to see if there are any charges or commissions.
  • ATMs: I can withdraw money from ATMs in the main capitals. In smaller cities or towns or in rural areas it may be more difficult.

FLIGHT

In Morocco there are several international airports, such as the White House and Rabat Airport). There are also Marrakech and Tangier airports.

Volunteers should arrive at Menara Airport – (Marrakech), where the taxi driver will be waiting to take them to their accommodation.

Flights are between 100 and 200 euros approximately.
You can find good flight offers on google flights or skyscanner.

TOURIST PLACES

Marrakech, to walk through its streets and less expected corners is to go to the past. Full of markets, gardens, mosques and the friendliness of its people make this place unique. You can go to Jamaa el Fna square or enter the Ben Youssef Medersa or find the Saadian Tombs and you can’t stop going to the Souk, practice your haggling skills or even get a little angry.

Likewise if you are in Marrakech, you can’t stop going to the Jewish Quarter, it’s not very visited, but it’s full of charm and color.

Fez, is one of the first imperial cities of Morocco and one of the oldest universities in the world. This city has adapted to the changes but without losing its traditions while maintaining its most authentic lifestyle. You can walk through its streets and get lost in the incredible architecture of this city.

Tangier, located in the far north of the country, is full of stories, myths and legends, in short full of culture.

SOMEONE PICK ME UP AT THE AIRPORT?

Yes, a member of the local association will be waiting for you on the established dates (see programme details). If you arrive on a different date, you will be sent information and instructions on how to get there on your own.

CAN I ARRIVE EARLIER IN THE COUNTRY?

Yes, you can arrive earlier, but you do not start the project until the established dates. You must still find accommodation for those days.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS LIKE DURING MY VOLUNTEER WORK?

The volunteers live in a house/school, where you have a shower, mattress and pillows. But you should bring sheets and a pillowcase. The meals are Moroccan style and prepared by a local person. If you are a vegetarian you must indicate this on the application form.

Volunteers must clean the place where they sleep and their personal belongings.

HOW MUCH DO I NEED FOR PERSONAL EXPENSES DURING MY VOLUNTEERING IN MOROCCO?

The amount of money you need will depend on what you want to visit and learn about Morocco. We recommend around EUR 50-100 per week.

CAN I USE A CREDIT CARD IN MOROCCO?

Yes, you can withdraw money from any ATM in Morocco.

DO YOU NEED TO SPEAK ARABIC TO VOLUNTEER IN MOROCCO?

It is not necessary, after you have mastered Spanish, English or French, it will facilitate your interaction with the children. The local staff will also help you with translations. Translators will be available to help you communicate with the children.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON TAKING PICTURES IN MOROCCO?

Due to cultural differences you should ask before taking a photo of a person in the street or a public building. It is also forbidden to take pictures near military bases, airports or similar places.

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