Volunteer in Morocco with PMGY, a low-cost, responsible volunteer travel organisation. Plan My Gap Year provides unique, personal and secure programs abroad with a number of different volunteer projects in Morocco, including Childcare and English Teaching.
“PMGY is beyond amazing, if you’ve ever waned to volunteer abroad then these are the guys to do it with. From the start they were there so much to support and advice with even the simplest question. Even when you emailed out of hours you’d get a reply the next day without fail. They were fantastic when it came to sorting out our arrivals etc as they just needed flight details. Whilst I was there I worked in the children’s orphanage and the memories will last a lifetime. My only advice for other volunteers would be to stop thinking about volunteering and go ahead and do it!”” – KELLY ANN | UNITED STATES
PMGY provide a sociable structured meaningful experience across need driven community projects in Africa and Asia. Each year, we have thousands of volunteers working across a range of our projects from teaching and childcare to wildlife, medical and more. Our volunteer reviews are testament to the extensive pre-departure support and legacy our team provides to match the unbelievable in-country experience our volunteers engage in.
We are transparent and affordable with our fees, committed to long-term sustainable community development, all our local programmes are fully vetted and offer some great travelling and cultural opportunities to ensure that your time with us overseas is the best it can be.
A combination of all these reasons and more are why so many of our volunteers choose to come back to us and volunteer year after year with PMGY!
Book your flights as early as possible after confirming your place on the programme to ensure you get the lowest airfare possible.
You should book your flights to Rabat-Sale Airport. The airport code is RBA.
PMGY work with various partners in the aviation industry to offer our volunteers competitively priced flights. If you would like any assistance in booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during the online application or feel free to call us or drop us an email.
PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Travel Insurance really is a travel essential. It is mandatory for all of our participants to have adequate travel insurance in place across all their trip dates incase anything goes wrong when overseas.
PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional travel insurance policy specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 75 and covers you for any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada).
Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
If you’d like to purchase Plan My Gap Year Travel Insurance, you can add this option on during your online application.
Before you begin your programme, we provide extensive pre-departure support on the build up to your volunteer project with us whether it is a month or a year away. This all begins from an online chat or a telephone call that develops into a regular email chain of next step communications to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip with us.
Further to this we provide a forty page plus Volunteer Handbook that provides all you need to know once you confirm your place on the programme with us; from visa guidance and how to get a background check to what to pack and more information on the culture and preparing for your project.
For all our destinations we have Facebook groups made up of our local teams, past, present and future volunteers that provides a great forum for volunteers to network and to also share project updates and community updates across the year.
We have also generated a range of informative and action packed videos to bring some tangibility on what volunteers can expect when travel volunteering with us. This can be accessed on our PMGY Vimeo channel.
Our pre-departure and programme preparation webinars are not to be missed either. They run on selected Tuesdays at 1pm (GMT) and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip. The first webinar covers all the essential pre-departure information you need to know and things you need to do before you go and the second webinar is more programme specific with advice and information for whilst you’re on your placement.
For those looking to go one step further, we introduced a 60 hour online TEFL course to really strengthen volunteers project preparation. This really is the perfect introductory course to teaching English abroad and enable you to acquire some key skills along the way as well as an internationally accredited certificate.
Our projects are based in the coastal capital city of Rabat around 30 minutes away from Rabat-Sale Airport. Rabat combines the old and new. It is a place where Moroccan history spectacularly collides with modern life. Unlike the hustle and bustle of other Moroccan cities, in Rabat you are left to go about your business – and to watch everyone else go about theirs. It is calm and relaxed, but busy enough to be exciting, friendly but not invasive. Rabat offers a much better insight into real Moroccan life than the far more famous Marrakesh or Casablanca ever could. Plus, you’re only a 15 minute journey from the beach!
PMGY volunteers live in Rabat’s Old Quarter, commonly known as the Medina, Rabat’s Medina is characterised by maze-like streets and traditional markets (souks). You can also find the beautiful landmarks; the Grand Mosque and the Moulay Sliman Mosque, which are both located along Rue (street) Souika. The majority of the volunteer projects that we support are in walking distance from the Volunteer House. PMGY’s local team office is located close to the Medina, so volunteers can always pop in to see us, to say hello or ask for help.
Our programmes in Rabat run from 1-24 weeks beginning on the first and third Saturday of each month.
PMGY’s programme in Morocco are ran by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams who have been fully vetted by our UK team.
Such a committed local staff network provide the structure for your stay with us when working on our Morocco project. The support structure includes providing accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support.
So whether you are interning at our school or teaching and working on the childcare programme with us, our local team will also allocate you to your project as well as providing a great framework for you to enjoy a unique cultural experience with us in Morocco.
Your orientation will begin on Sunday. The in-country orientation will cover everything you need to know for your time in Morocco. We’ll teach you about Morocco’s customs and language, discuss issues of health & safety, and go over the travel opportunities available to you during your free time. This is also your chance to meet fellow volunteers, exchange contact details and make a plan to meet up.
We’ll also go on a walking tour of the medina where we will explain where the local amenities such as banks, supermarkets and pharmacies are and explain how to use public transport. You will also be required to read through and sign our local team’s code of conduct policy.
Our local team will also go through some of the travel activities you can get involved in during the weekend. Please note that weekend activities are undertaken independently, although the local team will assist you in making plans.
After your orientation we’ll take you back to the Volunteer House where you can relax and enjoy one of the many delicious Moroccan meals you’ll have during your time with us.
Please make sure you arrive into Rabat–Salé International Airport (RBA) on Saturday.
Day 1 (Saturday) – Arrival
As-salam alaykum and welcome to Morocco! Our local team will be waiting for you at the arrival gate holding a name sign. We’ll take you to the Volunteer House to get settled in.
Day 2 (Sunday) – Orientation
After a good first night rest in Morocco, its now time to begin your induction into life in Morocco. The orientation will be a mix of theory, culture and visits to local points of interest.
Day 3-7 (Monday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins
Monday is your first day of volunteering. Your first day is all about introductions and getting into the swing of things. Our local coordinator will travel with you to the project on the first day and introduce you to the project staff. We’ll explain your work schedule to you, so you know what hours you should be at the project and what is expected of you. As time passes you will begin to find your feet at the project and really begin to make an impact. Our local team are always on-hand should you 24 need their assistance.
Typically, you will volunteer for around 3 to 4 hours per day (9am to 12pm-1pm), although some projects may welcome you to spend longer at the project. Our local coordinator will be in touch with you on a weekly basis to evaluate how things are going and provide any assistance required. We are always on-call 24/7 should you need us.
Day 8-9 (Saturday-Sunday) – Weekend
Your weekend is free to explore Morocco. Rabat has a lot to offer volunteers. Whether you wish to check out the roman ruins of Chellah, the famous Hassan Tower, awe-inspiring Kasbah of the Udayas, or check out some of the great museums, Rabat will certainly keep you entertained. If you fancy a relaxing weekend on the beach then why not head down to Sabes d’Or, which is around 30 minutes from Rabat. Our local coordinator will advise you on the best places to go, how to get there etc, so you can team up with your fellow volunteers and explore the city.
You can even go further afield on the weekend. Rabat’s train station can easily be reached from the Medina so you can easily travel with your fellow volunteers to some of Morocco’s best travel destinations such as Fez, Marrakesh, Chefchaouen and Meknes.
Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!
The following weeks
Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern. You will be volunteering Monday to Friday, with your weekends free to travel. As the weeks pass you’ll find that your confidence will improve and you’ll begin to build a real rapport with your project. It’s important to remain proactive and prepare for each class, introducing new ideas and stimulating ways of teaching – the more creative the better.
Last day (Saturday)
Saturday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.
If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect and many volunteers (and their loved ones) are concerned for their safety and security.
Although we can never fully guarantee your safety, we do everything in our power to ensure your volunteering programme is as careful, safe and secure as possible. Every programme that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a Director of Plan My Gap Year. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation, worked on the projects and built strong trusting relationships with our local staff.
In the unlikely event that something was to happen, volunteers have various layers of support that they can go through (and people who will help them in the case of an accident).
1. In-Country Project Coordinators & Support Staff
2. Project Staff
3. PMGY UK Team
Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences and we are continually improving our placements and projects through this feedback. Security and safety of our programmes is constantly being reviewed and if you have any concerns we encourage you to discuss these with the local staff at your orientation. During orientation, project staff will also provide guidance in the area of safety and security.
Listed below are some general safety tips.
• Be modest with the amount of jewellery you wear in public.
• Do not drink tap water.
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents of theft often occur when there are crowds and confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public.
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night.
• Use reputable taxi firms only. Our local staff will recommend some specific companies during orientation. If you are unsure – ask local staff who to use.
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets. If possible use transport from door to door after dark.
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high risk areas for pickpockets and thieves.
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town.
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road.
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers.
It’s hot and sunny for most of the year in Rabat. In the peak of summer, Rabat benefits from the cool ocean breeze and so offers much more pleasant weather than cities such as Marrakesh and Fez which can become unbearable during the summer months. The average high in summer is 28°C and winter temperatures drop to an average low of 8°C. The highest rainfall generally falls in November and December, with July and August being the driest months.
During your time with PMGY in Morocco you will live in our Volunteer House located in the heart of Rabat’s Old Quarter, commonly known as the Medina. The quiet medina has an authentic feel to it and is characterised by maze-like streets and traditional markets (souks). You can also find beautiful landmarks like the Grand Mosque and the Moulay Sliman Mosque here.
The accommodation is a basic but comfortable Riad. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house that comes with an interior courtyard. There are five rooms with up to 3 people per single-sex room. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet.
The house has free Wi-Fi (although intermittent) and a communal area for volunteers to hang out as well as an open top roof terrace for volunteers to chill out on. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled.
The property is based in the Medina district and all the projects are within walking distance so you are perfectly situated to get to and from your project easily as well as to many of the tourist sites.
During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.
Each day we will provide you with breakfast and dinner at the house which will be prepared by the house maid. For breakfast, you’ll be provided with bread, yoghurt, cereal, jams, tea, coffee etc. In the evening you will be provided with a traditional Moroccan dish.
You will need to purchase your own lunch. Eating out is really cheap in Rabat and there are plenty of cuisines available. There are many restaurants in the Medina that you can easily walk to from the house or when returning from your project work. During your orientation period, our local coordinators will recommend some reasonably priced but good quality restaurants to go to. You can comfortably pick up a traditional Moroccan meal such as Tajine or Kebabs for around £2 to £3. There is only one restaurant open in the Medina for lunch during Ramadan. Ali will show you where this restaurant is so you can purchase lunch.
Here is an example of the meals you can expect:
* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.
The majority of the volunteer projects are in walking distance from the Volunteer House. This is usually around a 15 minute walk from the Riad.
PMGY welcome volunteers of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the programme is 18 and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does NOT need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Arabic, although learning a few words in your days with us in Morocco will go a long way!
We require a clean background check from all our participants in advance of volunteering with us abroad.
In general no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation.
Registration Fees must be paid within 7 days of the application being successful to confirm your place and Programme Fees are due at least 60 days before the programme start date.