Discover a kaleidoscope of cultures while living, serving and mentoring in this friendly Moroccan community. Students who participate in this CIEE program will work in tandem with the American Language Center to support local non-profits in their community outreach and gain a new-found confidence and ability to work across cultural lines.

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: Meet with government leaders, teachers and medical staff. Mentor underprivileged youth at a US embassy-sponsored summer camp. Run arts and crafts workshops for after-school programs. Create newsletters and contribute to international podcasts. Collaborate with peers to raise awareness on education, the environment, and a range of social issues. Hot topics make for interesting discussions: Immigration. Women’s rights. The impact of Moroccan rap on society. The perception of Islam in America. 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, debate and Model UN.

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