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Environmental conservation, ecology, sustainable rural development in Morocco

Internships and Volunteering possible
 
Ah the Centre for Environmental Education in Tangier, internships and volunteer placements are possible in environmental education, environmental awareness-training and environmental conservation. At Talassemtane Nationalpark in the Rif Mountains, we can arrange internships and volunteers placements in sustainable rural development and environmental education.
 

Project description

 

Centre for Environmental Education (CEET) in Tangier

 
The Centre for Environmental Education (CEET) in Tangier is an NGO belonging to the “Associacion d’Enseignants de Sciences de la Vie et la Terre" (AESVT), an organization promoting environmental education, sustainable development and environmentally responsible behavior in Morocco. It is run by environmental scientists and science professors, organizing various activities from the fields of environmental conservation, health, and sustainable development, at schools, colleges, training centers for teachers, and for other NGOs. Activities include workshops, lectures and discussions, hands-on conservation activities and excursions.
 
Currently, CEET is working on the following projects:
 
  • Building an educational garden at CEET, including a greenhouse, a solar-powered well, a drip irrigation system, and composting
  • Cooperation with the national program for waste management, rising awareness for the importance of waste separation and recycling in public spaces, schools and mosques in Tangier. This is a long-term project, which will be carried out until 2020.
  • Project for the prevention of tuberculosis and HIV in collaboration with the Fondo Mundial
  • Workshops on gardening, waste management and recycling
Interns and volunteers at CEET can actively participate in all tasks and activities at the center, including:
 
  • Development of teaching materials about environmental issues, which can be used for environmental educational workshops for students at the center and at schools, e.g. Scaled buildings, educational games, posters, leaflets, collages, puzzles etc.
  • Preparation and implementation of workshops and activities for students: discussions and presentations, lectures, activities, crafts, etc.
  • Collecting and classifying plants and insects in the surroundings
Activities possible for volunteers/interns with advanced qualifications/skills include:
 
  • Creating your own project of environmental education
  • Conducting a research project about the bustard (an endangered bird native to Morocco)
  • A touristic walkway about the bustard
Other areas for possible workshops and activities:
 
  • Water: importance of water, the water cycle, water management, etc.
  • Waste: where does wast come from, half-live periods, recycling etc.
  • Renewable energy: energy types, energy management etc.
  • Plants and Gardening: techniques in horticulture, how to create a garden, classification of leaves and roots, life cycles of plants etc.
Depending on their French language skills, interns/volunteers can participate in different ways in the activities of the centre. Technical equipment and internet are provided by CEET, but participants are asked to bring their own computer for work.
 
The opening hours of CEET are from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the year, except for August, when the centre is closed for holidays. Sometimes, activities, trainings and excursions also take place on weekends. For volunteers / interns a schedule will be worked out on arrival together with CEET.

Environmental conservation and ecotourism internship at Talassemtane-Nationalpark (ATED)

 
"Talassemtane" is a 58,000 hectares (145,000 acres) National Park covering large parts of the outstanding landscapes of the Rif Mountains.
 
The "Association Talassemtane pour l'environnement el le développement" (ATED), with its 600 members out of which 40 are full-time employees is one of the largest NGOs dealing with development and environmental protection in the north Moroccan region of Tangier-Tetouan. The NGO's head office is in Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains.
 
The objectives of the organisation include carrying out research, awareness-raising about environmental topics, the development and promotion of ecotourism, and sustainable development of the rural regions under consideration of environmental aspects.
 
Volunteers and interns can participate in:
 
  • Planning and carrying out training sessions about the National Park in the subject areas of biology and environmental conservation for staff of the NGO, local school teachers, youth club leaders and other stakeholders; preparation of educational materials that can be used at local schools; and instructing teachers and youth club leaders about how to carry out ecological study projects.
  • Evaluation of possibilities, product development and product improvement, and marketing for local agricultural products that the rural population can produce. These might include: Figs - drying figs (The NGO is already operating a plant to dry figs), improvement of packaging and distribution; quinces and plums are not being processed in a larger scale, but there is potential which needs to be evaluated and the farmers need to be instructed about cultivation, processing (e.g. preservation) and distribution; Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) - this tree which is widely unknown in other parts of the world is very popular with the local population. Its tasty berries are being collected from wild trees in the forest only, and are currently not being cultivated. There is also unexploited potential in this, for instance for the production of jams. Honey - improvement of packaging and marketing; Aromatic plants and medical plants - there is also potential for commercial use for instance distilling oils, or making ointments and candies.
  • Development of rural tourism inside and outside the National Park. Strategies need to be decided how the rural houses/farm houses that offer tourist accommodation, which are particularly popular for Spanish and French tourists, can be marketed in a better way. Further, paths/circuits need to be defined. They can be themed, for instance around watercourses, pines, monkeys etc.
In its headquarters in Chefchaouen, besides offices and classrooms, ATED is also running a kindergarten, music classes, IT classes, sports, a library and a cafeteria.
 
Accommodation in Chefchaouen is at a single room at a hotel in the historic part of Chefchaouen. The hotel owner is also a member of ATED. The rates are identical to those given for Tangier.
Info Box
General
Location: CEET: Tangier, ATED: Chefchaouen; Morocco
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: CEET: 2 weeks; ATED: 1 month
Maximum Duration: 6 months
Language Requirements: CEET: Basic French; ATED: advanced French
Further Languages Of Advantage: Arabic
Accommodation: CEET: Shared Accommodation in Tangier, ATED: Hotel in Chefchaouen
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: various university degrees
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: CEET: -; ATED: student of relevant subject area
Further Contribution To Project: -
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: -
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Tangier

 

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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.
 

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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  up to 90 Days
91-180 Days   
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1 Person
500 EUR 800 EUR      
2-4 Persons
(Rate per Person)
450 EUR 650 EUR      
 
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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
 

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
  • Vaccinations
  • 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

 
You can choose between the following options:
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 Short-time stay
(1-31 Days)
Short-time stay
(32-365 Days)
    
    
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Room in shared apartment
1 Person
(Single Room*)
 15 EUR/Day 12 EUR/Day
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
 12 EUR/Day 9 EUR/Day
 
*For short time participants: Single room only if available, otherwise room shared with other participant of same sex
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 or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR 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.
 

Extras

 

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French and Arabic/Darija Lessons in Tangier!

 
ZhorIt 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.
 
 
 

Tangier

 

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

 
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 there

 

Getting To Tangier

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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.
 

FAQs

 

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.
 
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