National Security Language Initiative for Youth in Marrakech, Morocco

FREE / ★★★★★


DONE BY: Emily LaShelle | Bozeman High School '16 | Wellesley College '21

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: nsliforyouth.org

LENGTH: 8 months

LOCATION: Marrakech, Morocco

FUN: ★★★★☆

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★★

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

  • 7:00am: Wake up, breakfast with host fam
  • Bus to old city, study, three hour Arabic class with second breakfast break, lunch at school
  • Study/ Calligraphy/TEFL Certification class/Volunteer at NGO depending on the day
  • Drinking fresh juice in city center, exploring, shopping
  • 8:00pm: Home at 8 for dinner with host fam, homework, sleep

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

  • Studying
  • Sight seeing
  • Laundry
  • Working with NGO's

HOW MANY HOURS OF VOLUNTEER WORK DID YOU DO PER WEEK? 5

PROVIDES: 

  • All free meals
  • Set up with host family
  • Free Arabic lessons among other cultural lessons (music, calligraphy, etc)
  • Trips to other cities in Morocco
  • Stipend for personal items and snacks

TOP TIPS: 

  1. Apply by Nov. at the NSLI-Y website. Aimed at those wanting an intensive language study in one of the seven critical languages and full cultural immersion.
  2. Go in with no expectations and be ready to study hard

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

I had a chance to be welcomed into another family, and I want to do the same for others I meet.

MORE NO-CRAP TALK: 

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