Monday through Friday we will be volunteering anywhere from 3-8 hours a day. The rest of the day is open for free time and activities planned.
Orientation is hosted by the IVHQ Morocco tea. Orientation will be held on the first Monday morning of your volunteer program and lasts for a full day. The orientation will be conducted by the Morocco - Marrakech local team and cover everything you need to know for your time in Marrakech. It will include an introduction to the IVHQ Morocco - Marrakech Program and the local team, rules and expectations, health and safety, do’s and don’ts in Morocco, a basic Arabic and French language lesson, cultural knowledge and a city tour. Orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers with whom you can swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Your specific placement orientation will be held the following day and you will be shown how to travel to and from your placement, receive an introduction to your placement and then complete a few hours of volunteering.
A typical day
First day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with. A typical volunteer day would be as follows:
8.00 AM Breakfast at the homestay.
9:00-10:00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at. There is a tea break and lunch break with times varying depending on the placement.
2.00 PM - 5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.
8.00 PM Dinner at the homestay.
Please note, this schedule can vary depending on the particular project the volunteer in participating on.
Influenced by African, Arab, Moorish and Berber cuisines, Moroccan cooking blends Mediterranean fruits and vegetables with spices, typically imported. A typical Moroccan meal begins with a series of hot and cold salads, followed by a tagine (Moroccan stew) and bread is eaten with every meal. Lamb or chicken dishes are common, as is couscous topped with meat and vegetables. The consumption of pork and alcohol are prohibited as per Muslim dietary restrictions and drinking mint tea is a daily tradition. Volunteers are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the program. Bottled water is readily available in Morocco and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know well in advance of your program so our local team can make arrangements for you. We do, however need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.