VolunTravel Blog – Teaching English Abroad in Morocco
Teaching English Abroad
Casablanca, Morocco : 1st – 30th August 2013
The organisation I volunteered with are called CSM. CSM offers a range of volunteering opportunities primarily teaching English and French and also an environmental program. I signed up for the program through ICYE in the UK, which cost £850, which included some pre departure training, the flights, insurance, accommodation with the host family and meals each day.
In August 2013 I spent a month volunteering in Casablanca, Morocco. I taught English to some great Moroccan students. I had 2 classes each day, which lasted 2 hours each between 8 – 12 in the morning, giving the volunteers the rest of the day to do what we wanted. We covered vocabulary and a range of grammar to help the students improve their English speaking ability. There were six of us teaching English at this project, each working individually with different classes.
CSM organised trips each weekend to show us a wide range of what Morocco has to offer, we spent one weekend in the city of El Jadida relaxing on the beaches and staying in a nice apartment together. We spent one weekend exploring the souks of Marrakech staying in a hostel with it’s own pool and we spent the final weekend at the aquapark and the beach in Casablanca. These weekend trips involved an extra cost.
I would suggest people thinking of applying to the program do some research on teaching methods and have a look at some teaching materials before departing (If you haven’t taught before, or had any training). What you teach is entirely up to you, and you have to plan everything you want to teach yourself and as there is no training so you need to have some idea how to teach before you arrive, as you get straight into teaching within the first few days.
I would recommend the program to anyone who wants to get a taste of what teaching English as a foreign language is like, and anyone wanting to experience another culture at the same time.