A close friend and I had been meaning to go away together however instead of the usual vacation abroad we decided to do opt for an alternative memorable experience. So after a little research we chose to take a meaningful expedition and do a series of volunteering abroad. We decided on Morocco as our destination and embarked upon a flight to Marrakesh.
We did a series of different projects during our stay, first off we taught English to a remote village which by the way required hours of preparation work beforehand (I now sympathize with my school teacher friends) I love a challenge and I’m an organisation snob so this project required lesson planning, having structure and flow from lesson to lesson whilst fortified with a prolific fun learning environment creating a desire to want to learn more.
There is no better reward than seeing these young students memorise words and constructing simple basic sentences that they can utilize for the future.
Preparing and distributing food for homeless people:
A local family took us in and kindly offered to demonstrate how to bake homemade Moroccan bread multitasking trying to communicate with no understanding of Arabic but somehow adequately being able to communicate and spread the love. Since our home baking experience was mediocre we opted to source some freshly made bread from the bakers using this we began to prepare fresh pitta sandwich meals to distribute to the homeless people in the area.
Volunteer at an orphanage with babies:
We chose to volunteer at a baby orphanage. It’s a deeply saddening experience being in the presence of helpless babies with no families. No matter who you are this was an overwhelming experience, one where the car ride home was pin-drop silent and left us with gulps in our throats.
The people at the home did an incredible effort, continuously looking to provide comfort and love to orphan babies equipped with minimal resources.
Working alongside students with learning difficulties:
We assisted classes with students that had learning difficulties engaged in educational programming and created a vibrant relaxed atmosphere. These students had different styles of learning and one of the most rewarding parts was creating simultaneous structured multi-sensory style through a more hands-on creative environment.
We did manage to fit in a little exploring too, after all, Morocco is blessed with incredible culture, filled with a labyrinth of souks where you can find spices to lanterns and home to picturesque movie sets, not to mention the hectares of taupe coloured sand better know as the transcendent Sahara desert. To sum up this trip was more than a humbling experience – it’s a small contribution of my time, energy, love that in exchange taught me compassion, benevolence and gratefulness – I would strongly recommend anybody to take a fraction of time away from the busy lifestyles we all have and entrust on an experience such as this.
If you do need any more details on how you can do some volunteering projects similar to mine feel free to get in touch!