Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Au Revoir, Morocco

Well it is 3 am and we are about to begin out journey home. It has been an incredible two weeks full of many memorable, eye opening wonderful moments. Our final day was spent discussing our varied teaching experiences and examine how we can use what we have learned in our classes. The Moroccan students …

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So Many Similarities

After working with Moroccan teens during the last few days, it has confirmed the fact that adolescents around the world are basically the same. Some of their traditions might differ but the desire for independence and the feeling that their parents just don’t understand them is not unique to American teens. Virtually every students we …

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The Tough Questions

We met with four different English classes today. For two of the classes it was their first year speaking English. You cannot imagine the proficiency of the conversational skills after only one year. America is way behind in our methodology of teaching foreign language. The students here are immersed in the language and they practice …

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The tourist

We are back from our weekend in the beautiful city of Marrakesh…definitely my favorite so far. It has many gardens and wide streets with palatial hotels, wonderful shopping in the medina and in artisan shops, incredible food and a fascinating history. There are also snake charmers who not only charm the Cobra but can charm …

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Count our blessings

Yesterday I visited a private school and was in awe of the beautiful facilities. Yet as we began touring the school, I noticed a tremendous lack of equipment. Classrooms have bare walls, and a chalkboard. There was ONE microscope which they couldn’t find. The science supplies that they have would not have covered my front …

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Into the Heartland of Morocco

As we are riding in the bus to Beni-Mellal, I keep having to remind myself where I am. It just doesn’t seem real to be here. We are driving through the countryside which has a great deal of agriculture and boy is it flat! This area is pretty green despite the drought but you can …

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Casablanca schools

Our first school visit was wonderful. We watched an English class that had at least 30 students. We were amazed at how respectful the students were not only to the teacher but to each other! When the class ended they treated us like rock stars. They asked for pictures and wanted to talk to all …

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Day 3:Moroccan education

We spent a lot of time in presentations regarding the educational system and for all of you who think our system is a mess, it still has many strengths. Morocco has more than a 30 percent illiteracy rate and 90 percent of the students do not complete high school. The educational system has to work …

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A Day of Learning

It is strange learning about a country which is thousands of years old rather than hundreds and in order to learn about its culture you must begin by talking about the Phonecians! America is just an infant compared to Morocco. I am also surprised by the amount of diversity and acceptance of other cultures that …

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Morocco: The Land of Surprises

We were told to be prepared for some surprises from Morocco. We have not landed yet and I have experienced several. 1) Snow covered mountain peaks along the northern coast. 2)Eating cold smoked fish. 3) expecting to land in Rabat but instead arriving in Casablanca which is a two hour drive from Rabat. It has …

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