Site Visit

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!

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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