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Study Abroad Arabic with MCAS

MCAS as a global learning institution understands the necessity to facilitate cultural exchanges among individuals and societies and aims to create an effective level of...

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Intern Abroad in Morocco

MCAS provides interested participants a wide range of placements in Human Rights, Women’s Empowerment, Microfinance, Education, Journalism, NGO Support, Midwifery, Nursing....

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Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    10

An inspiring and impactfull two weeks

My experience in Morocco was absolutely amazing. I came as part of a school trip that focuses on social justice issues, and we partnered with MCAS to take Arabic language classes as well as two different non profit organizations; one focused on women's education and the other focused on refugee rights. First off, MCAS was such an amazing organization during our two weeks in Rabat. From the amazing hospitality, to the genuine friendships formed from with the MCAS staff, it was such a blessing to be able to work with such an organization. The Arabic classes were fantastic and allowed us to get a great foundational understanding of the language. Working with the various community partner was extremely impactful, and I thank MCAS for being the bridge that brought us together with the organizations. In addition, when doing workshops with the various populations, the MCAS staff always accompanied us and served as amazing multilingual translators. Our housing accommodation worked out perfectly, and living in the Kasbah in Rabat was beautiful. But ultimately, the kind hearted and dedicated spirit of the MCAS staff is what is going to stick with me the most and is something I value the most. They provided us with a unique culture experience which is something very special. I am so incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to learn and immerse myself in Moroccan culture and the various social justice issues examined, and I must say MCAS was the most amazing host organization. I hope to return to Morocco soon, and I am very thankful for MCAS providing such a remarkable experience of leaning and serving in Morocco.

Program: Study Abroad Arabic with MCAS

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

A Supportive and Welcoming Environment

The group that I traveled in was large, and sometimes hard to handle. At MCAS they were so helpful and accommodating I never had to worry about anyone getting left behind or left out. They organized an excellent educational program for us that allowed us to host workshops for Moroccan women and refugees. The only thing we had to worry about was workshop content, which they helped facilitate through translators because most of us could not speak Arabic/French. The translators were so charismatic and willing to participate and have fun with us, they really helped us have a powerful experience.

Program: Study Abroad Arabic with MCAS

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • The Campus

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

Life Changing Experience

Before arriving in Morocco I anticipated this program to simply offer arabic courses and interviews with various community members, but I was happily surprised that I received even more out of the program. The arabic classes every morning were extremely helpful and our fantastic teacher, Siba, made the course fun and engaging. Aside from the language immersion, Ali and Jihane were absolutely stellar in their ability to translate all of the visitors we had and their knowledge on multiple subjects. I was most impacted by the interviews MCAS set up for us because I learned peoples' stories on such an intimate level. Again, Ali and Jihane's trilingual ability made the trip so much easier than it would have been if we did not have a translator. I am so grateful for the experience and I hope to come back soon.

Program: Study Abroad Arabic with MCAS

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • The Campus

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

fantastic!

After completing the application at the MCAS website I was soon contacted by the staff. Their guidance was very helpful and it met to my expectations. It made me feel calm with taking on my English Teaching volunteer program as I have never taught English or have volunteered before.

As I arrived before the starting date and wished to stay outside the volunteer house, I arrived by myself (thus didn't use the MCAS escort service from the Rabat Airport). The orientation on the organisation and my volunteer program was very helpful, as the staff explained what I was supposed to do.

My work site was actually 10 minutes walking distance so it was quite close. On my first actual working day, I mostly tried to adapt to the role of the teacher. I worked with several volunteers (in different classes ranging from 1 to 3 volunteers) so it was much easier for all of us to get used to teaching a class of 20 people. I was in charge of 3 classes for university students and one primary class. The classes mainly consisted of teaching new vocabulary and interacting with students through games and roleplay. Some activities even took outside in the nearby park. The 4 weeks that I spent there were really fun. It's truly amazing.

My time working and living with a host family was priceless. I met a lot of friends and discovered some interesting places on the weekends. I would advise this volunteer organisation any time to any friend. I hope that whoever reads this and wants to volunteer chooses to go with MCAS. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!

Program: Study Abroad Arabic with MCAS

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Flexible

Memorable experience was when I went to a great rock concert at the Renaissance Theatre in Rabat.

I chose this program because I wanted to go to Rabat and had to find a program on very short notice. MCAS was willing to accommodate.

I lived in a studio apartment that was owned by the family upstairs. It was in a very good neighborhood and was reasonably comfortable.

Program: Study Abroad Arabic with MCAS

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