Youth Development Volunteer
In this assignment, Volunteers coordinate with other Peace Corps projects by conducting community outreach and needs assessments. They act as catalysts for change and are continually engaged in defining their role in response to their host community. Community development projects focus on education, youth development, health (especially HIV/AIDS), the environment or business, or a combination of these projects. Volunteers often work in youth development projects, working with after-school programs or out-of-school youth to develop activities, support youth in income-generating efforts, and plan and facilitate non-formal education programs.
Youth Development Volunteers work with youth through a variety of formal and informal avenues, including summer clubs and camps, finding creative ways to address topics that foster healthy development and are interesting and engaging for youth.
• Expressed interest in working with Youth in Development and one or more of the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
The ability to adapt to unfamiliar customs and social norms is an important skill to have or obtain. During the eleven-week Pre-Service Training, Peace Corps Morocco introduces customs and norms along with strategies to adapt while living in Morocco. Morocco is a traditional family-centered society and Americans may have difficulty adjusting to cultural views on gender roles and expectations. Therefore, Volunteers must have mature interpersonal skills and a willingness to adapt to and accept local norms and social customs throughout their service.
Required Language Skills
Additional Language Information
Although many Moroccans have had limited exposure to minorities, host families and counterparts are accepting of diversity among Volunteers and close relationships are forged without any regard to ethnicity. It is true, however, that Volunteers who do not resemble the typical Moroccan profile may receive additional unwanted attention. Further, homosexual relationships are illegal in Morocco. Openly gay relationships are not socially accepted by the general population and Volunteers are advised to be cautious. Peace Corps Morocco’s Pre-Service Training will address these types of concerns to prepare Volunteers for service. Peace Corps staff and second-year Volunteers also support new Volunteers in completing a successful service.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Morocco: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
Medical Considerations in Morocco
- Morocco may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing behavioral health support.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten.
- After arrival in Morocco, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.
Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants (PDF) to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.
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