Volunteers are accommodated in homestays where they will live with a local family and other volunteers. These families receive money from your program fee for support, food, and board. It is exciting to stay with a local family, as this is an opportunity to learn the Moroccan way of life, meet local people, eat local food, speak the local language (Darija: the Moroccan Arabic dialect) and engage in local customs and traditions. Volunteers may share a room with other volunteers but in many homestays, volunteers have their own rooms. Volunteers are recommended to bring their towel and toiletries. It is important to note that Moroccan homes have a shared living environment in which Moroccan couches are used as a sitting and dining room.
WiFi is available in all our homestays in Rabat. You can also get connected to the internet if you purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone.
Influenced by African, Arab, Moorish and Berber cuisines, Moroccan cooking blends Mediterranean fruits and vegetables with spices. A typical Moroccan meal begins with a series of hot and/or cold salads, followed by a tagine (Moroccan stew) and bread is eaten with every meal. Lamb or chicken dishes are common, as couscous topped with meat and vegetables every Friday. The consumption of pork and alcohol are prohibited, as per Muslim dietary restrictions and drinking mint tea is a daily tradition. Volunteers in Morocco are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Running tap water is drinkable and bottled water is readily available in Morocco. Volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for mineral water (2 liters per day) if they want to stick to it. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.