English Teaching Volunteering Projects in Morocco
- Placement locations: Rabat
- Types of schools: Elementary, Primary, Secondary, Language Schools
- Age of students: 6 - 20
- Class sizes: 10 - 15
- Role: Teacher (English, French, German, Italian)
- Extra-curricular roles: Drama, English clubs
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 3 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
No Prior Teaching Experience Required
Volunteer teaching in Morocco will provide you with a fantastic platform from which to learn about this fascinating country and its people. This experience is available to anyone with an interest in helping others to learn the English language. You don’t need to have any previous experience of teaching and we don’t require you to take a TEFL course.
Whether you want to volunteer during your gap year, career break or as an extended holiday, you will have an important role to play. Your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
Some Background on Morocco
English is the third language in the Moroccan educational system, after Arabic and French, and is taught to students from the age of ten. With increasing opportunities for work in tourism, business and higher education, Moroccans are keen to develop their English language skills.
They hear French regularly on TV and in songs but they have very little exposure to spoken English. As a volunteer on an English-teaching project you will be in great demand.
Teaching Placements in Morocco
As a volunteer on an English Teaching project in Morocco you will live and work in the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city of Rabat. The city is a fascinating confluence of old and new; an intriguing blend of African, Spanish, French and Arabic cultures. You can teach school children of all ages, from 6 to 20.
Rabat has an ancient history but is rapidly modernising and the English language learning system is also modernising with it. The old-fashioned, grammar-based English syllabus has recently been overhauled to focus on communication skills and topical issues, and Moroccan teachers are gradually adapting to this new approach. By having people like you in the classroom, to bring English language and culture alive, it will really help to motivate and encourage students and to make the new system work.
Free English Lessons for Under-Privileged Students
Teaching volunteers also work with associations which provide free English lessons to students from under-privileged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to afford to learn English. These classes are usually small with between 10 to 15 students. Here you may teach the class alone, or work in a pair with another volunteer.
Participate in Teaching Workshops
Our team in Morocco invites a teacher trainer to conduct workshops with our Teaching volunteers at the Rabat office once a month. In the workshops volunteers gain useful ideas and advice on how to manage a classroom and how to teach students of various academic levels and abilities. This will enhance your ability to deliver good quality teaching and build your confidence in the classroom.
Opportunities to Teach Other Languages and Extracurricular Activities
Voluntary Teaching in schools in Morocco doesn't have to be just about English teaching. French-speaking volunteers also have the opportunity to teach French. As the language of government and commerce, French is generally understood in towns and cities. However, children from predominantly Arabic-speaking households still lack confidence and accuracy in expressing themselves and can really benefit from some extra support.
There are also possibilities in some schools for volunteers to become involved in extracurricular English clubs and drama groups and, if you have interests in other areas which you would like to bring to your students, do please let us know when you apply.
Your Host Family
Everyone on a voluntary placement with Projects Abroad in Morocco stays with a local Moroccan host family. You will find them incredibly welcoming and they will doubtless be keen to find out all about you and your life back home. Take plenty of photos with you and be prepared for plenty of questions.
Teaching the Local Community
As a volunteer in Morocco, you will find that you are much in demand, not just from your students, but from other groups within the community.
Your local teaching colleagues will be keen to practise their spoken English and brush up their grammar with you, and you will doubtless find yourself giving informal lessons to members of your host family. This is a fantastic way for you to create bonds with these people, and begin to feel at home in their culture.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Morocco Teaching Management Plan.
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