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News from Morocco

fom      12/13 Week in Review: News clips about Morocco
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fom      11/29 Week in Review: News clips about Morocco
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     Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

fom      Northern Community Radio announces 27 Months audio-documentary.

Independent producer David McDonald recently returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 2012 to 2014. During his service, he interviewed over 40 fellow Peace Corps Volunteers as well as recorded a fascinating variety of audio from all over Morocco.

The result is a ten-part audio documentary called "27 MONTHS" - an entertaining and thought-provoking series that looks at what it means to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer from the first day of training in Philadelphia to the close of service in Morocco more than two years later. With a mixture of David's narration, wide-ranging interviews with his colleagues, everyday sounds from Morocco, and loads of different music, "27 MONTHS" explores whether the Peace Corps is still relevant in the 21st century by looking at the good, the bad, the disappointing, and the fulfilling.

PART 1 Over There Nov. 22
Initial one-day training in Philadelphia and then travel from New York to Morocco.

PART 2 Training Nov. 29
First ten days in country as a Peace Corps Trainee.

PART 3 Integrate Dec. 6
Two mon ths of intense language and culture training while staying with a host family.


PART 4 SWEARING IN Dec. 13
Site assignment and the swearing-in ceremony to become a Peace Corps Volunteer.

PART 5 CULTURE Dec. 20
Living 24/7 in a foreign culture.

PART 6 HOMESICK Dec. 27
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

PART 7 LOVE Jan. 3
Serving as a married couple, falling in love, coping with loneliness, getting married.

PART 8 UNWANTED Jan. 10
Learning how to deal with new gender roles, unwanted attention, and sexual harassment.

PART 9 TIME Jan. 17
Coming to terms with different ways to treat time.

PART 10 SERVICE Jan. 24
Reflections on serving one's country, international development, and volunteering.

     Friends of Morocco Brochure

News from Morocco 2

     The Moroccan American Community board is the media source for Moroccan American affairs. It is a podium for different voices and opinions; it sheds the light on community issues. Moroccoboard pushes the community forward to become more influential and informed. MoroccoBoard strives to empower the Moroccan American Community to attain a higher level of visibility and to increase its political reach, and to become fully active in the American political process. MoroccoBoard seeks  to exert a positive influence on US-Morocco relations.

     Morocco World News   

     Morocco on the Move an initiative of the Moroccan American Center, a group of three NGOs – The Moroccan American Center for Policy, The Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center, and The Moroccan American Cultural Center.

Other related Insitutions

     Tangier-American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM) is the only historic landmark of the United States located abroad and now operates as a a museum and cultural center. Through its grants, conferences, research library, public visitor and social outreach programs, TALIM provides a bridge of communication and understanding between the U.S., Morocco, and countries around the world. TALIM Director's Blog: Behind the scene at the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies

      Peace Corps Connect engages those who served in the Peace Corps, or share the Peace Corps values, to build communities that inform, inspire, and integrate experiences that promote understanding and appreciation of other countries and cultures and sustainable development across the globe.    Friends of Morocco is an official group at Peace Corps Connect as is the High Atlas Foundation.  The Peace Corps Connect Community is going strong!  Find fellow volunteers, discuss projects, and become a part of the Community if you are not already.

      CorpsAfrica will provide young adults across Africa the opportunity to serve as “Peace Corps Volunteers” in their own countries and help drive solutions to poverty at the community level (like “AmeriCorps” for African countries).  We will recruit men and women to move to high-poverty communities and initiate projects that fulfill key needs and whose impact and success can be carefully measured and monitored. CorpsAfrica is starting a three-year pilot phase to focus on creating and perfecting the organization’s model in Morocco and two sub-Saharan countries, before scaling up to the rest of Africa.  
Do you want to be a CorpsAfrica Fellow? Read about it here: Be a CorpsAfrica Fellow. Apply here: CorpsAfrica Fellowship Application

     High Atlas Foundation works to establish development projects in different parts of Morocco that local communities design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. HAF uses a participatory development approach that includes beneficiaries as active partners in every step of the development process - from prioritizing development goals to project implementation and management to monitoring and evaluation. 

Speak the Language

    Learning Moroccan Arabic
    Learning Tahslheet
    Tamazight Dictionary
Tamazight - English and English - Tamazight
Peace Corps/Morocco NOV. 2007

Eat the food

    Over 600 Moroccan recipes now available in the souk. PC/Morocco 2007 cookbook for volunteers (1.9 mb PDF)
    Moroccan Restaurants in the United States

Understand Beliefs

    Teaching about Islam and the Arab World

Friends of Morocco (FOM), active since 1988, is an organization of Americans, mostly returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), with experience in Morocco, Moroccan-Americans and Moroccans in America united with an interest in promoting educational, cultural, charitable, social, literary and scientific exchange between Morocco and the United States of America.

FOM seeks to:
  unite Americans with Morocco experience, Moroccan-Americans and Moroccans in America;
  improve the awareness of Americans regarding the culture, needs and achievements of Moroccan peoples;
  keep members and others current on events in Morocco;
  organize and implement development education and outreach activities;
  support projects of the U.S. Peace Corps and private charitable organizations in Morocco;
  fund and support scholarship on Morocco and Moroccans.