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March 2017 Newsletter


Calling your attention to events, groups and information of possible interest to Friends of Morocco


star   Will You Help Ensure the Peace Corps' Future?
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the Peace Corps community's source for the latest news and updates on the Peace Corps under the new Administration and Congress, and for opportunities and resources to promote and support the Peace Corps and the community's values. Stay engaged and encourage others in your network to do the same to be informed and capitalize on NPCA's offerings. As your networks strengthen across the nation, we've got you covered in Washington, D.C.:   NPCA has established a “click to send” feature that will allow you to Email Your Elected Representatives


star   Posted to Friends of Morocco web site Resources for Understanding Islam and the Arab World and updated Development education web page at Peace Corps Third Goal:  A Development Education Opportunity.


star   Facebook groups for RPCV Friends of Muslims (1037 Likes), Peace Corps Volunteers for Social Change (792 members) and Peace Corps Alliance for Intercultural Understanding (53 Members) all provide social media resources for helping Americans to better understand Islam and the Arab world.

Facebook page called RPCV Friends of Muslims
The goals of the Facebook page are to increase intercultural understanding about Muslims, the traditions of Islamic nations and the religion of Islam itself. The goal is to decrease instances of active Islamophobia, specifically online, by sharing the contributions and stories of the vast variety of cultural variation within Muslim communities and their members. Since its creation, four RPCVs who served with Muslims in communities around the globe have come together to use the existing network of RPCVs online to tackle Islamophobia through sharing and spreading positive media including articles, videos, photos, podcasts, memes and other digital content. The page is open to anyone with a Facebook account and all posts are sharable. 
It is more than just a Facebook page. Collectively, we are trying to represent the varied voice of RPCVs who have served alongside Muslims around the world, and use our voices to increase support and understanding of Muslims everywhere. This project would not be possible without my fellow administrators: Jane Bardon (RPCV Turkmenistan), Alan Toth (RPCV South Africa) and Nicole Anderson (RPCV Morocco).


star   To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the world-renowned Moroccan Gnaoua Festival of Essaouira, the greatest Gnaoua maalems are setting out to conquer the American and French audience. They will perform in mythical concert halls in New York, Washington and Paris where they will share the stage with internationally renowned artists and perform unprecedented fusions.  On Saturday March 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm, Master Hamid El kasri will perform at the Kennedy Center Millennium stage. The event is open to the public (free of charge) with unreserved seating. Parking at the Kennedy Center is fee (not free) but free shuttle from Foggy Bottom Metro Station.


star   Soirée Maroc – Morocco Evening @ Alliance Française de Washington, DC
March 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm AFDC Member & Culture Pass: $ 30 General Admission: $35 Tickets
An evening to discover the best of Morocco! Enjoy live music, a discussion of Berber culture, and of course traditional Moroccan couscous and other dishes!
Here is a sneak peek of the evening:

  • Welcome with Traditional Mint tea
  • Short presentation of Berber Culture
  • Concert of Ankraf Band (traditional music from the Middle Atlas region) and Tazenzart Group (traditional music from the Small Atlas, or Souss region).
  • Following the concert you will taste traditional Moroccan Cuisine with Couscous (Vegetarian and Chicken)

Already sold out - but it's possible to add name to the wait list


star   As part of a Reading: Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea, and Shobha Rao, Laila Lalami, the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, and The Moor’s Account will discuss her writings April 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Folger Theater, Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC.
Four Moroccans cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat bound for Spain. A Mexican village is left empty of men who have fled to the United States in search of economic opportunity. A new mother is trapped on the wrong side of the India-Pakistan border. Laila Lalami, in Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Luis Urrea, in Into the Beautiful North, and Shobha Rao, in An Unrestored Woman, speak to lives that are never stationary and to communities that have been uprooted. They’ll come together on-stage to read from their work, and discuss what it means to be a citizen in our volatile world.

For other readings by Laila Lalami in RI, WA, and CA see her web site Events calendar.


star   Reunions: there are a couple year of service (YOS) reunions this year in addition to the National Peace Corps Association Annual Conference called Peace Corps Connect.

star      Peace Corps Connect Conference 2017 will now be held August 4-6, 2017 in Denver, Colorado hosted by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO) and the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). The event will highlight the growing collaboration between the Peace Corps and Rotary communities, while addressing key issues such as the future of the Peace Corps in the emerging political landscape, our response to the refugee crisis at home and abroad, advancing the Third Goal in our communities, and confronting climate change. Friends of Morocco is planning a Friday August 4 evening dinner at a Moroccan restaurant, probably the Mataam Fez 4609 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80220 (303) 399-9282.  Associated with the 2016 Conference in Washington, DC, Friends of Morocco hosted a Country Update, a Dinner at a Moroccan Restaurant and a pot luck lunch after a march to Capitol Hill. We also had a footprint in the Conference with speakers, exhibit hall and at the march.  We would like to do similar activities in Denver.
There are a couple of YOS reunions planned in 2017 that might give other YOS groups some programming ideas. 

star      Peace Corps Maroc 1984 & friends meets for a April Hefla Kabira
Friday, April 7 - kick off at the Jazz Loft Bar at the Doubletree by Hilton in Santa Monica starting at 5pm
Saturday, April 8 - open house at Cameron Brown's in Pacific Palisades, CA
Sunday, April 9 - yoga on the beach followed by brunch in Santa Monica

star      Circa 1988 volunteers will meet Memorial Day weekend May 26 to 29 in Baltimore, MD for a Peace Corps Morocco Reunion

star      David Thorton and Jill Sherene Kerr are organizing a reunion for RPCVs primarily 1977-80 but would welcome others. It will be in Grand Lake CO August 7-10 on the heels of the Peace Corps Connect Conference in Denver, CO.  This follows from a similar successful reunion for this group in 2000.

star      The 1970 Morocco Omnibus, maybe aka Morocco 13, is planning their 50th Anniversary Reunion for Memorial Day weekend in 2020 in Washington, DC.  Other 1970, 1969 and 1971 volunteers will be invited. 

Friends of Morocco have incorporated a list of Morocco RPCVs from the Peace Corps database (Morocco and name -FML and years of service -SOS and COS) and from NPCA from their 2016 Directory update into our member database so we have a pretty good inventory but do lack, in many cases, contact information (mailing address and email).  If you get this, we have your email address.  Our privacy policy is to avoid giving out contact information that is not already publicly available.  We can send out a separate email to a specific staj, YOS group, or decade with an embellished Reunion announcement and provide to you a listing of names by SOS.  The internet, including Facebook and LinkedIn, and middle initial availability does allow us to track down many “lost” RPCV but it does take some research time.


star   PeaceWorks Morocco a literary magazine of essays, poetry and photos created for and by Volunteers in Peace Corps Morocco.  The Spring Issuu 2017 is now available as are the Spring 2016 and Fall 2015 versions.


star   From the Peace Corps Morocco web site Stories from Morocco: Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read 24 stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Morocco. For example:

star      Hospitality in Morocco Volunteer Matthew Rogers shares the tradition of tea in Morocco as key to hospitality. This video was submitted in the 2017 Peace Corps Week Video Challenge. 1:25

star      Young Kwon Highlights Hospitality in Morocco Volunteer Young Kwon shares traditions of Moroccan hospitality. This video was submitted in the 2017 Peace Corps Week Video Challenge. 0:51

star      Peace Corps Business Development Volunteer Shares His Experience Living in Morocco Peace Corps 7 years ago
A Peace Corps Business Development Volunteer talks about living in Moroccan society as an Asian American and his project of assisting artisans in marketing their wood crafts. 

star      A Peace Corps Volunteer Experiences Cultural Exchange with Women in Morocco Peace Corps 7 years ago
A Peace Corps Business Development Volunteer discusses her assimilation to culture in Morocco.

star      A Peace Corps Business Development Volunteer Fosters Cultural Exchange in Morocco Peace Corps 7 years ago
A Peace Corps Business Development Volunteer helps create a cultural exchange leads to a better understanding of Americans in Morocco.

star      Host Country Hero: Hakim #PCWeek2015 Morocco by Peace Corps Morocco

star      Moroccan Weavers - 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Peace Corps 5 years ago
Peace Corps Volunteer Anna Hermann works with Moroccan women artisans to market their traditional Middle Atlas carpets. At the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife festival, Anna's Moroccan 

star      What I wish Americans knew about my Peace Corps country - Morocco by Mark Mahon

star      Peace Corps Business Development Volunteer Shares His Experience Living in Morocco by Peace Corps


star   Peace Corps publications of possible interest:

star      Strategic Plan - FY 2014-2018 and Annual Performance Plan - FY 2016-2017

star      Peace Corps Manual

star      Additional information about Peace Corps policies can be found in the Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook and Peace Corps' Code of Federal Regulations


star   Lose yourself in Paul Bowles’s 1959 Morocco tapes

The Organist’s “Baptism of Solitude: Paul Bowles’s Morocco Tapes,” explores some of the most knotted questions about Bowles’s controversial recording project, and presents a selection of the most gorgeous recordings he captured in the process.  “Music of Morocco From the Library of Congress: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959” is a finalist for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Historical Album. The competition is stiff – including yet another volume of Bob Dylan bootlegs and some unreleased live concerts by Vladimir Horowitz – but this project surely merits strong consideration. 

Music blog (29 minutes) by Brian T. Edwards who teaches literature and Middle East and North African studies at Northwestern University. He is author of “Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express,” which discusses Bowles in Morocco. His most recent book “After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East“ is available now. Twitter: @briantedwards.  Also on the site is MOROCCO, MUSIC AND PAUL BOWLESPhotos of Bowles' journey through Morocco.


star   NPCA Next Step Travel to Morocco: From the Desert to the Sea - The Medinas, Mountains (and more) of Morocco

Time to go back to Morocco with family or friends?
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Next Step Travel program coordinated in collaboration with Friends of Morocco has organized two 14 day trips across Morocco exclusively for RPCVs and their guests, and especially Morocco RPCVs. Travelers will leave Morocco with an understanding of the scale and impact of Peace Corps in Morocco.

Walk again the medinas and souks of Fes, Meknes and Marrakesh
Wander through Ait Ben Haddou, the UNESCO World Heritage site (and site for so many famous films)
Learn about local industries with visits to a women's coop, Berber villages and artisan factories
Spend a night by the desert dunes
Drive an ancient caravan route across the High Atlas Mountains
Travel in the company of Morocco RPCVs and other RPCVs from across the Peace Corps world and meet with serving PCVs and Peace Corps Morocco staff

See the itinerary for circuit, accommodations and some restaurants

Trips scheduled for April 30 - May 13, 2017 (a few spaces left) and October 8 - 21, 2017.  We will also repeat the trips in 2018 Spring and Fall Dates TBD.  Learn more and make reservations at Questions? Contact us!

Land cost: $2,750 pp/dbl.  Airfare to Morocco extra.  Single supplement of $460
Minimum group size: 10 Maximum group size: 30

Tour operator and tour leader is Kristy of Moroccooperated by Kristy Larson, Peace Corp Volunteer in Essaouira Morocco from 1982 to 1984 and Morocco resident and tour leader or operator in Morocco for almost 35 years. She has led more than 200 trips through out Morocco.

This exclusive opportunity is open to NPCA members and their guests only.  The majority of expected travelers would be Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) – mostly from other Peace Corps countries as well as Morocco - and their family members.Not yet an NPCA member? Join now for free!


star News from Morocco

star     03/11 Week in Review: News clips about Morocco
star     03/04 Week in Review: News clips about Morocco

star     02/25 Week in Review: News clips about Morocco
star     02/18 Week in Review: News clips about Morocco
star     02/11 Week in Review: News clips about Morocco

star     Morocco World News
star     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. 


star   Friends of Morocco and the National Peace Corps Association are now dues-free (contributions welcome)
One can join NPCA and Friends of Morocco at the NPCA membership page. Membership in the NPCA is complimentary for everyone in the PeaceCorps community – serving Peace Corps Volunteers, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, current Peace Corps staff, former Peace Corps staff, host country nationals and anyone who shares Peace Corps ideals, so long as we have accurate service and contact information for you. If you are a part of the Peace Corps family, then membership in the National Peace Corps Association is important for you! Alternatively, one can fill out the Friends of Morocco Membership Application and email it to

The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps.  The National Peace Corps Association is a nonprofit organization encompassing a network of over 50,000 individuals and more than 140 member groups. The NPCA and its member groups produce global education programs and advocacy campaigns, and provide community, national and international services. Friends of Morocco (Social Networkgroup website), the High Atlas Foundation (Morocco) are affiliate groups of NPCA.  Read the NPCA Annual Report for 2015

Become a Mission Partner
 by contributing $50 or more and you’ll automatically receive a one-year subscription to WorldViewYour contribution to NPCA’s Community Fund supports our core programs. You’ll be helping to increase our community’s development impact, provide transition assistance to recent RPCVs and advocate for a bigger and better Peace Corps. You can also get WorldView on a subscription-only basis for $25 per year.

Not sure when your membership is due for renewal? Check out the new National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) website to find out - and then to easily renew NPCA (for free!) and all of your affiliate groups in one easy step. While you are logged in, update your profile, sign up for NPCA e-newsletters and support the Community Fund campaigns. On your profile, you can add a photo, share your story and send messages to your Peace Corps friends. Visit the events calendar to find community programs near you.
Signing in for the first time? Go to and click "log in." Type in your preferred e-mail address associated with your NPCA account and click "Forgot password." Then simply follow the prompts from the sent email to activate your account.


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


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Tim Resch, President
Friends of Morocco
PO BOX 2579
Washington, DC 20013-2579 
skype:  tim_resch
Twitter: @timresch
C 703 470 3166

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