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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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Morocco

Intern Abroad in Morocco

MCAS offers various placements in these areas: Human Rights, Education, Children in Need, Women’s Empowerment, Microfinance, Journalism, NGO Support, Midwifery, Nursing...

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Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Study/intern abroad trip to Morocco

This past summer, I interned in Rabat, Morocco, teaching students English for a month. Every day, I taught English pronunciation and grammar to children ages four though thirteen. I increased Moroccan student’s English language and understanding through written and verbal workshops and activities. I bought many exciting educational workbooks such as Spiderman and My Little Pony for my students from the market. Every night I would go home and translate the French and Arabic workbooks to English so I could return to school in the morning with a fun reading for the students. In the afternoons, I would go to the Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies to learn Arabic one-on-one from of the most understanding, clear, and supportive instructor I’ve ever had for the subject. My vocabulary increased greatly by teaching English to natives, trading for goods in the village, and studying at home. During my stay, I lived with a host family which included my host mom, dad, and sister. They treated me like I was a part of their family and I appreciated their hospitality greatly. They only spoke Arabic and French and I was forced to increase my Arabic in order to successfully communicate with them. I was able to experience the Moroccan culture firsthand through a variety of foods, Arabic language classes, and holidays. I can truly say this experience has changed my life and I am extremely grateful for my opportunity and courage to grow.

Program: Intern Abroad in Morocco

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Comfort in the unknown

Since the moment we landed in Rabat to the moment we departed I felt nothing but love. Love that was being received and love that had grown within and out. MCAs really help guide me through this amazing process and gave a complete comfort in every activity we encountered. MCAs was always looking out for us and making sure we were always safe no matter what. The trip brought unbreakable bonds and lasting friendships that will last for years on end, as well as so many different eye opening experiences! The housing was absolutely above and beyond amazing! Traveling to Morocco was a huge step for me, but I couldn't have asked for a better group of people or program to be involved with. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat! Thank you for the amazing experience!

Program: Intern Abroad in Morocco

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Community

    10

  • Health & 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 & Safety

    10

  • Community

    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

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & 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

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