This past week I found out where I will be living for the next two years while serving in Peace Corps Morocco. While I will not post the exact location of my new home I can tell you that I will be serving in the southeast of the country in the Ouarzazate-Zagora region.
After traveling for many hours (including an overnight stay) I arrived in my duwr (village). It is a small village nestled between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara with lots of date palm trees. Because of the heat, all the houses are made of mud. And as is the case all across Morocco – the people are extremely open and welcoming.
There are a lot of opportunities to work with the youth in the region and I’m excited to get started. I will spend the first couple of months building relationships and learning more about the needs of the community. I’m blessed to have a counterpart who is a current PCV for a few months until she completes her service and I look forward to working with her.
Youth Development in Morocco includes Life Skills, Employability and Volunteerism which are all things I have a basic background in due to my previous career and graduate school studies. Implementing these types of programs in my village are something I am excited to do.
My site is small and I have to go to another community for many amenities, but I am ok with that. I am glad to be serving in the Peace Corps in whatever capacity they ask me to serve. In addition, I look forward to letting my readers know more about this culture through my day-to-day trials and errors. Thanks for joining me on this path!