We arrange internships and volunteering with young children in two facilities in Tangier, Morocco: With the municipal crib "La Creche" and with the kindergarten and residential home for mothers and their children of the Sisters of Calcutta.
For all volunteering and internships with children, please note our information about sustainability of volunteering/internship assignments with children and our advice for child protection.
Municipal children's crip "La Creche de Tanger"
"La Crèche de Tanger" is home to around 75 children between 0 and 11 years who are waiting to be adopted. Around 40 of them are newborns or babies. Around 20 are special needs children including children with autism, hydrocephalus and other disabilities, with some of them needing 24 hours of attendance. Most of the children have been living at the Nursery since their birth. In most cases, the reason is that they are children of unmarried mothers, which is not acceptable in Moroccan society. Around 15 children have joined La Crèche at a later moment, typically because their parents were drug addicts or facing imprisonment and who are therefore unable to care for their children in an adequate way.
Since 2012, a law has been passed that the children can not be adopted into foreign countries; for this reason, the number of children is always growing, and the number of employees and the available funds are insufficient - the situation in La Creche is therefore, bad for the kids. Previously, children could be adopted overseas.
The task for volunteers are to bottle-feed and change the diapers of the babies, to dedicate time to the children with disabilities, and to play with, paint with, assist with homework, and possibly to teach French to the children who are a little older.
The daily routine is usually as follows: The kids get up at 5 in the morning, they will then take a shower and get dressed. After breakfast, they will leave the centre to go to school at 7:30. The autistic children will be picked up by a special bus. The smaller children will stay at the centre and the volunteers will play with them. In the summertime (starting 15th of May) there will be daily swimming at the centre's swimming pool.
It is possible to stay for short durations of time (minimum 1 week), as the kids have to get accustomed that one day they will have to leave the centre and their caregivers.
Read a report by Katharina in the tab "More Info" about her project at this site. In our video about Tangier in the tab "Tangier", you see a short feature on La Creche.
Kindergarten and residential home by the Sisters of Calcutta
In the Kindergarten and Dormitory for Single Mothers, by the Sisters of Charity of Calcutta, in the old town of Tangier, there are 20 single mothers with their infants from 0 to 2 years.
Here, there are different spaces for children to play with their mothers and the nuns and volunteers. Daily from 8.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., about 10 more single mothers visit their children. In addition, every Wednesday, the house is open to street children, who are washed and engaged there.
Volunteers deal with the children, mothers and street children.
Location: Tangier, Morocco
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 week
Maximum Duration: 6 months
Language Requirements: -
Further Languages Of Advantage: French, Arabic, Spanish, English
Accommodation: Shared Accommodation in Tangier
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Social Worker, Educator
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Further Contribution To Project: "La Creche" membership card for 200 Dh. (about18 EUR)
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification Of Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: "La Creche" membership card for 200 Dh. (about 18 EUR)
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
Report by Katharina
Tangier was a really great experience that I will by no means forget and do not want to miss.
On my 1st working day, Fenna accompanied me to the children's home La Creche, showed me around and introduced me. She showed me the various areas and told me the issues. I decided to stay with the babies between six months and one and a half years (there is also a room with the very small babies and in the lower floor are 10 children over 4 years, some with disabilities), because I think the kids need at this age need a lot of attention for development.
Since I worked two months in La Creche, I was able to develop very nice observations and it was great to watch the first steps taken by some children and see the progress they have made. I decided to work 5 days in a week, morning and evening. The women of La Creche are completely open if you want to work more or less, everyone is welcome. I was accepted by the great women and I felt very comfortable. It was especially great that I was invited to the slaughter (Eid) festivities and got to celebrate a little. A great insight into the Moroccan life.
Tangier is also a wonderful city in which I felt absolutely good, as a woman alone :). I would go for a walk everyday during my lunch break; I let myself drift and enjoyed in the many winding streets and flair. Of course, there were instances of advances that many female travellers get, but it was never too pushy.
Apart from Tangier, I have made some trips on the weekends, for example, also to Asilah, Chefchaouen and Tetouan, and at the end of my stay, a larger trip to Meknes, Moulay Idriss, Volubilis and Fez - all great places, each with its own charm :)
I liked the local support by Fenna and World Unite; Fenna is a very nice woman and the apartment is beautiful and functional rather :) with a bit of decor and furnished in a homely manner. I felt very comfortable and would again, at any time travel with World Unite and volunteer - a great experience that I would not want to give up.
Accommodation in Tangier
Shared Accommodation in Tangier:
In Tangier, we can make use of two appartments which are shared by our participants. The apartments are located in modern buildings in the city centre of Tangier. All popular sites of the city, the medina, the kasbah, shops, restaurants and the locations of many volunteering/internship organizations are easily reachable by foot or using inexpensive small taxis.
The buildings are located in areas of upper income levels. We have choosen these locations, as they are the only parts of Tangier where even at night it is relatively safe to be on the streets, and also as the people staying in these areas are the only ones understanding the concept of "shared apartments", where several young people, even of mixed gender, are staying together in one apartment. In other, more traditional and conservative areas of the city, we would face serious problems with the neighbours, if unmarried young people share one apartment.
Each of the two apartment has 4 rooms; some rooms have two beds if you want to share. Kitchen, bathroom and living room have to be shared. The apartments are of high construction quality, have modern bathrooms, and functional furniture. Both apartments have wireless internet.
I. World Unite! Service Package
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:
- Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
- Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
- Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
- In case of duration of stay of more than 90 days, costs for extension of entrance stamp/visa
- Pick-up and Transfers from/to Tangier (TNG) Airport, Sea Port (Tanger Ville), bus or train station, on arrival and departure
- Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
- Orientation and Introduction in Tangier
- Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
- 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
- Local SIM Card with 20 Dh. air time
- Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
- Costs for 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro
The Rates do NOT include:
- Accommodation and Meals (see below)
- Travel to/from Tangier (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
- Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
- Personal Expenses
- Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
- Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
II. Accommodation Costs
- Per night in a twin room (sharing): 16 EUR (per person)
- Pro night in a single room*: 25 EUR
*Single room subject to availability
In case of 3-4 persons: Rate as 2 persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.
Overview of other costs:
- Visa no cost for most nationalities; in case of duration of stay of more than 90 days extension is included
- Self-catering around 150-200 EUR (180-240 USD)/Month (Estimate)
- Small local expenses (Local transport): around 20-50 EUR (30-60 USD)/Month (Estimate)
- Insurance around 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month
How do I pay?
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer, credit card or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR / 250 USD when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.
Other Projects That Might Interest You:
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
French and Arabic/Darija Lessons in Tangier!
It is always helpful to know the languages of a country. We offer language classes in Tangier with a teacher who can address your specific knowledge. You can determine the intensity of teaching; we recommend a maximum of 10 hours per week. 2-3 participants who have the same level of knowledge can also take lessons together; the price per person does not change according to number of participants.
See the price and options in: French | Arabic/Darija
In the registration form, check "Language Training Required" and specify the required number of hours (minimum 20 hours).
Travel Health Insurance
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
See our video about Tangier!
The volunteers Muriel and Wiebke show some aspects of Tangier in this video; please notice also a short feature on La Creche and Dragon Tangier youth club. The language teachers Zhor and Khadija are also featured and we see an apartment in the city center of Tangier, for participants to share.
Tangier, an attractive location on the Mediterranean coast with views of southern Spain, until 1956 was an "international city" that belonged to no country, but was managed by the French, the Spanish, the British and the Italians. Due to the special legal and tax status for those settled here, the city is not only home to numerous millionaires from around the world who built opulent mansions and buildings on the 7 hills of the city which still stand today, but was also a center of international espionage - two James Bond films are playing in Tangier. The international flair also attracted well-known international writers who helped the city become a cultural melting pot.
The English word "Tangerine" by the way is derived from the name of this city.
Tangier offers an interesting combination of the Arab-Islamic world - which you will get to see in the old town, in the everyday life of the conservative the Islamic middle class and of course, during your volunteer and internship activities - and European life, because many Europeans (mainly Spanish and French) live in Tangier.
Social problems, in the areas where volunteers and interns may work, include lack of care for marginalized groups of society, the problem of unmarried mothers and their illegitimate children, which is denounced by the traditional Islamic society, immigration from Africa to Europe and, increasingly, street children through the decline of family structures.
Coordinator in Tangier
Our coordinators in Morocco are Souad and her daughter Yasmine.
Activities in Tangier
Around Tangier there are numerous sandy beaches, both in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can not only swim, but also enjoy beautiful sunsets and eat fresh fish.
On the breezy hills around Tangier, there are numerous scenic spots. A day trip can include the picturesque town of Chefchaoen in the Rif Mountains, the historic town of Asilah and the "Caves of Hercules".
Multi-day trips include visits to the imperial cities of Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech, centers of Islamic art and culture, as well as a trip to the Sahara to the south of the country.
Tangier has a lively nightlife. Along the beach promenade and in the city, there are many restaurants with live music and discos that are filled until the wee hours on weekends. In addition, there are regular cultural events such as the Tanjazz Festival in June each year, the Tanja Latina Festival of Latin American music or Mediterranée Music Festival in July.
Getting To Tangier
Book your flights to Tangier (TNG). Several budget airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet4you, Air Berlin, German Wings and TUIfly fly there. Tip: You sometimes get cheaper flights from nearby Airports in neighboring European countries such as Brussels, Paris and Milan. Often the combination of train ticket from there is the cheapest option. You can also fly to Casablanca or Fez, from where you can go by bus or train to Tangier. Those who want to tour Andalusia can also fly to Malaga, Seville and Jerez and from there, take a bus to Algeciras and then, the ferry to Tangier. We can give you details of all these forms of arrival. In Tangier, we will pick you up at the airport, seaport (Tanger Ville) or train/bus station and take you to your accommodation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from the airport even at night.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course you can travel around, almost all of our participants do so. When it comes to traveling to more distant locations (e.g. the Sahara), you can not do that over one weekend; we recommend you do this before or after your internship/volunteer work or during holiday periods (e.g. Eid-Al-Fitr) so that you do not miss days in your project.
Is it safe to travel in Morocco alone as a single female traveller?
No problem, if you follow some simple precautions, such as in relation to clothing style, dealing with local men or places that should be avoided at night, all of which we will advise you.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Tangier?
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants in Tangier, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
In Tangier, you live in an apartment with other participants. The apartments are of good standards. You can find details in the tab "Accommodation".
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Yes, there is wifi internet at no extra cost .
How can I do my laundry?
There are washing machines in the apartments.
Can I cook in the accommodation?
Yes, there is a kitchen in the apartments.
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, this is possible.
What language skills do I need?
For most projects, basic French is expected. Good knowledge of French is required for some projects, while for some others, knowledge of English is sufficient. In the north of Morocco, many people have knowledge of Spanish. The demands on your language skills are given in the info-boxes of the respective projects. You can use language teaching to improve your language skills on site. Helpful in any case, is a basic knowledge of Darija, the Moroccan dialect of Arabic.