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Update from Morocco – temporary houses are open and e-volunteering resumes

Update from Morocco – temporary houses are open and e-volunteering resumes

It is only 3 months since the devastating earthquake struck the High Atlas region of Morocco, destroying homes, schools and the entire infrastructure of the area.  The town of Asni, location of 4 of the Education for All (EFA) boarding houses supported by our volunteers, was badly very damaged and the small town of Talaat n’Yakoub, location of the other 2 EFA houses, was completely destroyed. When we published our last newsletter in September the earthquake had only just happened…

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“Reassuring, informative…part of a special club” – good reasons to come to our next volunteer meeting

“Reassuring, informative…part of a special club” – good reasons to come to our next volunteer meeting

Our November social is filling up – if you would like to come please let us know ASAP “I just wanted to drop you a line to thankyou for arranging the volunteer on line meetings. The first meeting I attended was before I volunteered with you and I found it so reassuring to be able to hear from previous volunteers and local partners before I travelled. A few months after my return I attended another meeting and it was great…

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A great opportunity for girls from the Morocco boarding houses

A great opportunity for girls from the Morocco boarding houses

The Education for All boarding houses (where many of our volunteers work) are not just about enabling girls to go to school and get their qualifications. They are also about preparing the girls for life and for work, giving them the skills and confidence to become independent women. Here is a great initiative from the travel industry to support them in this aim. From the Education for All newsletter: Hays Travel Internships start this Summer We are so excited to…

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Volunteers at work – in pictures

Volunteers at work – in pictures

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers – those who have travelled and those who have worked from home as e-volunteers to support our volunteer programme since we have been able to travel post-Covid. Here are some great pictures of some of our volunteers at work during the last year. To learn more about all these projects follow these links to our project pages for in-country placements and for e-volunteer placements or email dianne@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk

What an impact our e-volunteer programme is having in Morocco!

What an impact our e-volunteer programme is having in Morocco!

Anyone wanting evidence of the importance of this programme had only to attend our online social a few weeks ago.  Since 2020 volunteers have been working online with house-mothers and girls at the Education for All boarding houses to build their confidence and fluency in spoken English. Latifa, the house-mother due to participate in the social, had to drop out on the morning of the event and Khadija, house-mother of Dar Asni 3, stepped in at a moment’s notice.  To…

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Meditation and mindfulness in the High Atlas Mountains

Meditation and mindfulness in the High Atlas Mountains

Volunteer Eva has just completed a three month placement at the Education for All boarding houses in Morocco.  The aim of her placement was to teach mindfulness and meditation to the girls and house-mothers, in particular focusing on relaxation techniques with the older girls to help them manage their stress levels in the build-up to their Baccalaureate exams.  Eva says – ‘My work was about teaching Mindfulness and Meditation skills to girls and housemothers in Asni 1, Asni 2 and…

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Talking, dancing, music, drama – just a few of the volunteer skills we need right now!

Talking, dancing, music, drama – just a few of the volunteer skills we need right now!

The places we support need volunteers with all kinds of skills – definitely not just professional skills – your hobbies and interests are just as valuable too! Here are just a couple of volunteer skills we are looking for at the moment Our partners in Morocco have recently opened a 6th boarding house for girls, which means they have a new house-mother, Naima.  Naima speaks some English (quite well considering it’s her 4th language!) but she is not as fluent…

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Morocco Podcast -hear about this project from the project beneficiaries themselves

Morocco Podcast -hear about this project from the project beneficiaries themselves

Listen to a podcast by travel editor and volunteer Zara – talking with a house mother,the volunteer co-ordinator and an 18 year old student from Education for All the girls education programme we work with in Morocco. Learn about girls education in Morocco – life in an Education for All boarding house and what you can expect as a volunteer. (eds note there are six girls houses not 3) .

e-volunteers at work

e-volunteers at work

Just like a traditional volunteer placement, e-volunteering covers a wide range of formats – anything from making a simple to story video to a 12 week link-up with local people to share your skills. Listen to some of our e-volunteers talking about the work they have done. If you are interested in an e-volunteer placement take a look here: https://e-volunteer.co.uk/

e-volunteering -a solution during the pandemic and an opportunity for years to come

e-volunteering -a solution during the pandemic and an opportunity for years to come

The start of the vaccine roll-out!  Of course, like everyone else, we are delighted and keeping our fingers crossed that all goes to plan and volunteers can start travelling again later this year.  But that certainly will not mean the end of our e-volunteer programme. When we started creating opportunities for people to volunteer from home during 2020 it was of course in response to the pandemic – could we find a viable and useful way for volunteers to offer…

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