Morocco

Map of Morocco

Located in North Africa, Europeans became interested in Morocco around the 1800s and the region became under the rule of France and Spain divided the land and colonized the country for 44 years.

After much opposition to European control. Morocco gained its independence in 1956 and since undergone various political and social reforms. While economic policies have somewhat stabilized the economy, they haven’t spurred enough growth to cut down on the unemployment and poverty levels.

Morocco is in need of international assistance and can use volunteers in education, healthcare, and environmental conservation.
If you’ve volunteered in Morocco we’d love to hear about your experience. Please let us know which organization you signed up with, what your trip was like and if you’d recommend the program to others.

FACTS ABOUT MOROCCO

Capital: Rabat

Population: 32,987,206 (July 2014 est.)
[Source: The World Factbook]

Religion: Muslim 99% (official; virtually all Sunni, <.1% Shia), other 1% (includes Christian, Jewish, and Baha’i), Jewish about 6,000 (2010 est.)
[Source: The World Factbook]

Language: Arabic (official), Berber languages (Tamazight (official), Tachelhit, Tarifit), French (often the language of business, government, and diplomacy)
[Source: The World Factbook]

Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara

Poverty Level: 8.9% Source Data World Bank. However, the unemployment rate for the youth in Morocco is at 18.9%
[Source: The World Factbook]

Climate:

  • Spring: Morocco offers the guaranty of excellent quality sunshine for most of the year. The spring is particularly warm and pleasant. In spring temperatures are around 23-26 °C in Agadir and Marrakech. The trees are in bloom and the mountain peaks still have snow on them… making for fantastic photos.

  • Summer: The hot summer temperatures are kept in check on the coast by the sea breeze. On the far side of the upper Atlas mountains, the south of the country experiences high temperatures (38 °C on average). Take advantage of the cool and the exquisite climate of the mountains in summer. For example, as in the Ifrane valley (at 1 650m altitude) with its pastures, woodlands and waterfalls. In Morocco, a suitable climate is never far away, no matter the season!

  • Winter: The Atlantic and Mediterranean climate provides mild temperatures all year round on the coasts. On the uplands, winter is cold and damp. That is why you can go skiing in the mid-range Atlas mountains which are covered in snow, at the same time that others are swimming in Agadir!

  • Fall: This is the season for rest: nights are longer and temperatures fall inland. The winter rains have not yet arrived and it is still pleasant to swim in the sea.

[Source: VisitMorocco.com]

Vaccines: The CDC advises travelers to make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. The CDC recommends you most travelers get a Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on the area you’re visiting, it’s also suggested you receive a Rabies and Hepatitis B vaccine.
[Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention]

Currency: Dirhams