Secondary Education English Teacher

Project Description

Morocco was among the first countries to invite Peace Corps to assist in its development needs. Since 1963, Peace Corps has worked in a number of different program areas in Morocco. Most recently, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Peace Corps Morocco has focused its work primarily in the area of youth development. The Ministry of Youth and Sports’ vision for youth development includes expanding leadership, life skills, employability, healthy lifestyles, and community service. Volunteers will have opportunities to participate in spring and summer camps as well.

In this assignment, Secondary Education English Volunteers will teach conversational English, TEFL, or content-based English in youth centers, women’s centers, and other organizations. In addition to classroom-style teaching, Volunteers share resources, develop teaching materials with local teachers, and become involved in community- and school-based projects.

Secondary Education English Volunteers also 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.

Required Skills

Competitive candidates will meet or exceed the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline and a strong desire to teach English

Desired Skills

To be considered for the Secondary Education English Teacher project in Morocco, applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably with some experience in tutoring or teaching English, but most importantly enthusiastic and dedicated to working with youth ages 12-30 in after school activities. Experience and interest in developing youth skills through camps, sports, music, art, English teaching, environment, health, or business is highly desirable and appreciated.

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

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

Additional Language Information

All Volunteers learn Moroccan Arabic and, depending on their site placement, may also learn another Amazigh language, such as Berber. Moroccan Arabic (Darija) is a language with a strong historical and linguistic Amazigh influence. French is also useful.

Living Conditions

The sizes and profile of sites that Secondary Education English Volunteers are assigned vary greatly depending on the region and climate. Volunteers could live in the desert or the mountains or a semi-urban town. It will be hot in the summer and it may be cold in the winter. Volunteers are likely to find many amenities such as electricity, hot water, and even Internet, though connectivity is not consistent. Volunteers are required to stay with host families during the eleven-week Pre-Service Training and upon arrival to permanent sites. Volunteers may also elect to find affordable, appropriate, and safe housing during their Peace Corps service.

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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