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US Peace Corps
Morocco


Status: ACTIVE
Staging:


American Overseas Staff (FY2010): FP 04 (Melo, Carol, A, $ 63,612), FP 02 (Lillie, David, E, $ 112,317)


Latest Early Termination Rates (FOIA 11-058):

(2008 22 %),  (2007 30 %),  (2006 34 %), 2005 49 %

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Region:

North Africa and Middle East

Country Director:

David Lille

Sectors:

Environment
Health
Small Business Development
Youth Development

Program Dates:

1963 - Present

Current Volunteers:

234

Total Volunteers:

3,937

Languages Spoken:

Arabic, French, Tamazight, Tashelheet

Flag:

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Morocco was among the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to assist in its development and manpower needs. A group of 53 surveyors, English teachers and irrigation foremen first arrived in Morocco in 1963 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 1963 to today, more than 3,500 Volunteers have served the Kingdom of Morocco in more sites, sectors, and projects than can be accurately reported, but which have included such endeavors as lab technology, urban development, commercial development, education of the blind and deaf, rural water supply, small business development, beekeeping, and English training. Currently, Volunteers serve in the following sectors: Environment, Health, Small Business Development, and Youth Development.


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Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Morocco

Morocco was among the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to assist in its development process. A group of 53 surveyors, English teachers, and irrigation supervisors arrived in Morocco in 1963 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since then, more than 3,800 Volunteers have served in the Kingdom of Morocco in areas such as lab technology, urban development, home economics, commercial development, education of the blind and deaf, rural water supply, vocational education, maternal child health, natural resources management, youth development, marine and inland fisheries, small business development, sports, beekeeping, architecture, and English language training.

For a description of the 1962-63 start of Peace Corps in Morocco see History of the start of Peace Corps in Morocco at [1]

For a listing of Morocco Peace Corps Directors over time see [2]

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Morocco

You will be assigned to your permanent site towards the end of pre-service training. After your site announcement, you will visit your assigned site to meet your counterparts and other members of your community. Once you move to the site, you will spend your first two months living with a host family that has been chosen by the Peace Corps. This family has prepared for your arrival and will provide you with a safe and secure place to live while you continue to learn the language and adapt to the culture. An additional objective of this period is to help you integrate more effectively into the community.

After the mandatory two-month stay with a Moroccan family, you are free to change your housing, in accordance with the Peace Corps’ safety and security criteria (see the chapter on Health Care and Safety). The Peace Corps will give you a modest settling-in allowance to purchase household necessities such as a stove, dishes, and furniture. Peace Corps will provide additional items, such as a carbon monoxide detector and water filter, if necessary. Volunteers in areas that experience unbearably cold winters can be reimbursed for the purchase of an appropriate heater. Depending on the site, Volunteer housing generally consists of two or more rooms and private bath and latrine facilities. Some Volunteers live in family compounds with one or two private rooms for their use.

Training

Main article: Training in Morocco

The 8-week training program provides you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Morocco. You will receive training and orientation that integrates components of language, cross-cultural communication, area studies, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. Trainees work together as a group and have a chance to experience local culture and customs on their own during a stay with a host family and community-based technical training.

When you arrive in-country, you will spend the first three to five days in Rabat or another major city and then travel to a sector-specific seminar site. While in the initial city, you will be welcomed by the Country Director and receive an overview of Peace Corps in Morocco, be introduced to your program's training staff, receive vaccinations, and participate in introductory sessions on safety and security, cross-culture, and technical aspects of your sector program. Next you will travel overland to your seminar site where you will begin learning one of three Moroccan languages and Arabic script. After the first week, you will leave the seminar site and begin community-based training (CBT). During this phase of training, groups of 5-6 trainees learning the same language will be assigned to continue training in a pre-selected village. At your CBT site, you will live with a host family. Staying with a host family will bring to life some of the topics covered in training, giving you a chance to practice your new language skills and directly observe and participate in Moroccan culture. Throughout the training period you will be spending some time at the seminar "hub" site and the majority of your time at the community-based training. For the final week of training, all trainees will be brought together at a common training site where, upon completion of the final sessions, you will be sworn in as a Volunteer. Tbarkallah!

Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Morocco

The Peace Corps' highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Morocco maintains a health unit with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers' primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Morocco at local hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an appropriate medical facility in the region or to the United States.

Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Morocco

In fulfilling the Peace Corps' mandate to share the face of America with our host countries, we are making special efforts to see that all of America's richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today's Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps' mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.

Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Morocco, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers' behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Morocco.

Outside of Morocco's capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Morocco are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.

Frequently Asked Questions

Morocco
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

How personally rewarding is your overall Peace Corps service? Rank:
53
Score:
68.8
Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps? Rank:
38
Score:
83
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified? Rank:
44
Score:
82.8
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service? Rank:
54
Score:
101
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer? Rank:
43
Score:
51.3
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---? Rank:
46
Score:
77.7
Morocco


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Morocco

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Peace Corps News

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Kerry At Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony in Morocco - AllAfrica.com

Kerry At Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony in Morocco
AllAfrica.com
And when I heard I was swearing in 101 Peace Corps volunteers, I immediately thought of 101 Dalmatians. (Laughter.) I couldn't help it. Sorry about that. That has nothing to do with anything, all right? (Laughter.) And you certainly don't think of yourselves that ...

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New US Peace Corps volunteers appointed to Morocco - Morocco World News

New US Peace Corps volunteers appointed to Morocco
Morocco World News
... US Peace Corps volunteers appointed to Morocco. Rabat ? A group of 101 volunteers of the Peace Corps officially took oath on Friday in the presence of US secretary of state John Kerry and youth and sports minister Mohamed Ouzzine. The new volunteers ...

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Remarks at Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony - US Department of State (press release)

Remarks at Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony
US Department of State (press release)
I am old enough to have been old enough at the time that it meant something to me when President Kennedy made the announcement about the Peace Corps and appointed his brother-in-law Sargent Shriver to be the first head of it. And I remember that very ... as Peace Corps volunteers. And when you look at the population of Morocco, it's really a reflection of what is happening in the rest of the world ? 60 percent of a population under the age of 30, and 50 percent of the population under the age of 25 ? 50 percent.

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Kerry: Mideast peace talks not open-ended - Surrey Leader

Kerry: Mideast peace talks not open-ended
Surrey Leader
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, arrives at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to attend a Peace Corps Volunteer Swearing-in Ceremony in Rabat, Morocco Friday April 4, 2014. After the ceremony he is expected to meet with Morocco's King ...

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How Morocco changed my view of Islam and Muslims - MuslimVillage.com

MuslimVillage.com

How Morocco changed my view of Islam and Muslims
MuslimVillage.com
I did not choose to live in Morocco, but, the Peace Corps assigned me here to serve for the years 2013-2015. Before coming, I knew little about the Kingdom other than its world-wide reputation for wonderfully spicy food, camels, snake charmers and fine rugs.

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Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony - Imperial Valley News

Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony
Imperial Valley News
Rabat, Morocco - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Chris, thank you very much. Thanks for your service, and thank you for the introduction. And Minister Ouzzine, it's a great pleasure to be here with you. Thank you very, very much for being part of this. And all of ...

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Kerry encourages Morocco on reforms, commercial ties - The Star Online

The Star Online

Kerry encourages Morocco on reforms, commercial ties
The Star Online
Kerry encourages Morocco on reforms, commercial ties. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) arrives at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to attend a Peace Corps volunteer swearing-in ceremony in Rabat April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool.

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Kerry says it's 'reality-check time' for Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts - Newser

Kerry says it's 'reality-check time' for Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts
Newser
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, arrives at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to attend a Peace Corps Volunteer Swearing-in Ceremony in Rabat, Morocco Friday April 4, 2014. After the ceremony... (Associated Press) ...

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Morocco: The Call to Prayer Viewed by an American - Morocco World News

Morocco World News

Morocco: The Call to Prayer Viewed by an American
Morocco World News
Tarah Waters finds her roots in Colorado. She has lived in South Africa, studied in Rhode Island, and now lives in Morocco. Itto, as some call her, is a soul-searching world traveler, photographer, writer, and Peace Corps volunteer based in Boumalne Dades, .

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Corps Africa: An Opportunity for Moroccans to Heighten the Notion of Volunteering - Morocco World News

Corps Africa: An Opportunity for Moroccans to Heighten the Notion of Volunteering
Morocco World News
Being a former Peace Corps volunteer in the High Atlas, Liz Fanning feels the Moroccan drums beat so hard in her heart, bringing her back to a land that earned her love and respect. In 2013, she launched the first pilot year of CorpsAfrica in Morocco, ...

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PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
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Country Fund

Contributions to the Morocco Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Morocco. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

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