I am always on the hunt for new volunteer programs. For me to consider recommending them to my students, they have to be sustainable, safe and strike a balance between making a volunteer feel comfortable and valued while at the same time employing their skills for the benefit of the community in which he or she is working.
I recently traveled to Morocco and was able to visit a volunteer site in Asni, in the foothills of the majestic Atlas Mountains.
|Dar Asni, a boarding house for Berber girls seeking high school education|
|Latifa (left) and I speaking about Dar Asni|
Latifa, the house mother, showed me around the beautiful facilities. Volunteers that work at Dar Asni help tutor the girls in English and French, teach crafts or other skills and provide a strong female presence in the house. The common area of the house had a bulletin board with information and pictures about previous volunteers – they all looked very well loved by the students!
|Library of Dar Asni|
|Volunteer quarters – private bath, clean and simple!|
|View of the High Atlas Mountains from the roof of Dar Asni – all those trees in the foreground are apple trees!|
Please contact EnRoute for more information about our partner organization who organizes the placement for this volunteer site!