Volunteer in Morocco - RabatRabat, the capital of Morocco, has its own distinct flavour. Its strategic placement on the world map makes it closer to Spain and Europe and hence a quick fly destination for westerners. There are multiple volunteer opportunities in Morocco. Volunteering Solutions offers projects and programs related to orphans, child care, women empowerment, teaching, human rights, midwifery internship & journalism internship.
Most of the project placements are located in and around the famous Medina region. Medina is one of the star attractions when in Rabat. In Moroccan cities, you can find the magnificent maze like alleys combined with districts having buildings of fascinating colonial architecture. For our volunteer travel enthusiasts, Rabat is around 2.5 hours away from Fez and around 5 hours away from Chefchaouen, the blue city. There are many great options for weekend travel for the volunteers.
Morocco is one of the most exciting and culturally rich and diverse destinations to travel in North Africa.It is a great destination for volunteer travellers looking to help in different meaningful projects as well as get an opportunity to learn about Islamic/Arabic traditions which form an important part of Moroccan culture.
Our volunteer programs in Rabat, Morocco are suitable for students, couples, families as well as participants looking to take some time from their work and make a meaningful contribution in projects in Morocco.
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- Rabat, Morocco
Airport Receive/ TransferVolunteers are picked up from the airport (in Rabat) or the bus terminal / Train Station in Rabat and are transferred to their home stay accommodations.
AccommodationVolunteers in Rabat project have the option of staying in the volunteer house accommodation or at a host family accommodation. While staying at the volunteer house accommodation would be a great experience as you would meet other likeminded participants from around the world, the host family accommodation would be a great cultural immersion as well.
The volunteer house accommodation has five rooms which are shared between the participants. The accommodation is located in a very safe and calm area. The house has a big kitchen and showers for the volunteer use with a terrace as well. The volunteer house is merely 10-15 minutes distance from some of the projects where our volunteers work. Volunteers get two meals a day at the accommodations.
OrientationA half day orientation will be provided by our staff. We cover areas like, culture, safety, locations, transportation etc.
Meals2 Moroccan meals (Breakfast and dinner) will be provided in this project. Typical dinner meals include Couscous, Meat, Bread, Soup, Salad, Olives etc.
- FAQ's - Morocco
Application and Program Details
When should I apply for the volunteer programmes in Rabat, Morocco?
It is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available . The application fee is valid for one full year and can be sent earlier than the desired year of volunteering for timely confirmation of the seat. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you to apply for the program and hold your spot.
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted ?
Usually it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After we review your CV and documents your booking is confirmed and the booking confirmation is updated in your My Account and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Morocco volunteer programs?
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Rabat, Morocco volunteer projects :–
- Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project.
- Need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Morocco is a country of different culture and traditions, though it is modernized, the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering in Morocco.
- The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
- Clean Criminal Background Check Report for the childcare projects.
- Knowledge of Arabic / French for the Women Empowerment and NGO Support projects.
- Must be in good health.
Can I volunteer as part of a Group?
Yes, you are welcome to take part in India Volunteer Program as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the India program. Volunteering Solutions Morocco program has hosted student groups as well as families coming to volunteer in the program.
I haven’t traveled or volunteered abroad before. Can i still be a part of VolSol?
Yes , most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
What are the Program locations in Morocco?
Volunteering Solutions places volunteers in projects in the capital city of Rabat. Our programs are located in Rabat, which is the capital of Morocco and also its third largest city. The city offers great mix of modern and traditional cultures. The Medina is the old city area and most of our projects are located there, along with sister city of Sale. Medina has still managed to keep its old traditions, customs and cultures intact. The moment you step into the Medina, you would feel you are closer to Moroccan culture. Most houses in the Medina area maintain the old world charm. Most of our host families are also located in the Medina area and this would give you a great chance to understand what Moroccan culture has to offer.
When do I need to arrive in Rabat for my programme? What will happen once I arrive in Rabat?
All volunteers need to arrive at Rabat–Salé Airport (Airport Code : RBA) on the program start date i.e Sunday. To view the arrival dates for the projects, click here
If you are unable to find flights on the scheduled for the arrival dates, please get in touch with Volunteering Solutions team and we would be happy to provide you the pickup and accommodation from a different date depending on your flight schedule. You will need to pay extra charges for the accommodation depending on the number of days you arrive before the program start date.
Volunteers can also arrive at Casablanca International Airport, which is a much bigger airport than Rabat and is better connected to international destinations. From Casablanca, you can arrive in Rabat by a convenient one hour train ride. Volunteers will be received after your arrival in Rabat by the local coordinator or representative and will be transferred to the volunteer accommodation. . A brief orientation would be conducted the same or the next day where you will also be shown the area around the accommodations, the nearest ATM, market, and will be given safety guidelines as well as information about your project.
Flights and Visa
Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?
All enrolled participants are provided information on the appropriate visa requirements for India in the Pre departure manual. You can also contact your Pre-departure point of contact to know more about the visa requirements.
Do I need a Visa to go to Morocco?
Citizens of countries such as UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan and majority of the EU countries do not need a visa to enter Morocco. On arrival, you can get a 90 day tourist stamp on your passport. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months.
What are the recommended airlines to fly to Rabat, Morocco?
Rabat–Salé Airport (RBT) has direct flight connections from European and Middle Eastern destinations. Ryan Air, Royal Air Maroc, Air France and Iberia are some of the major airlines flying into Rabat.
You can also arrive at Casablanca Airport as it has more international flight connections. From Casablanca, you can travel to Rabat by train.
Health & Safety
How safe is Rabat and Morocco in general?
Volunteers are given safety precautions and instructions by the local coordinator during the orientation as well as in a Pre departure handbook after one has enrolled for the project. Rabat is a safe city , but like in any new country we always advise participants to be careful while venturing out.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need ?
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to Morocco. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to Morocco, click here.
Do I need to buy health insurance?
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. To view the coverage details, please click here
If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
Accommodation and Living
How do I get to the program location?
Your program coordinator in Rabat will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc. You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation and the mode of transport which you can use. Most preferred mode of transport within the town is the Public Bus or Taxi, the coordinator will be happy to guide you regarding that.
I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
Volunteers in Rabat project have the option of staying in the volunteer house accommodation or with a host family. Volunteer house accommodation would be a great experience as one would meet other like minded participants from around the world, the host family accommodation would be for those looking for a great cultural immersion.
The volunteer house accommodation has five rooms which are shared between the participants. The accommodation is located in a very safe and friendly neighborhood. The house has a big kitchen and showers for the volunteers use.
The project placements are around 10-15 minutes away from the accommodations, also volunteers will be served 2 meals a day. We recommend participants to try their hands at some amazing Moroccan cuisine.
What if i have my own accommodation. Can i still volunteer for the project?
Unfortunately the entire volunteering experience is as much about volunteering on your project, as it is about cross-cultural exchange and community building. A lot of that happens through the housing that we have set up by being with like minded people. Additionally, for safety reasons all volunteers must live in in the allotted accommodation.
Can vegetarians be accommodated?
Yes, that is not a problem at all. But please do let us know about your dietary requirement beforehand.
Would I have free time during my program? Can I do sightseeing during my program?
Depending on your project placement, you may get evenings and weekends free to travel and explore the place. Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trip. There is lot to see in Morocco and you can head out to Casablanca, Fez or Marrakesh.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Morocco?
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses . You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $70-$80 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you choose to go on weekend trips out of town.
What hours will I volunteer every day?
Depending on the project elected volunteers will work during the week from Monday- Friday for 5-6 hrs a day. You will have weekend off so you can travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
What if i do not speak the local language? Would that interfere with my volunteering experience?
Do not worry, all the coordinators can speak and converse in English. Most of our participants are non Arabic/ French speakers and they’ve never had any problems while communicating. Like we say, Love is expressed better through actions than the language. However, if you can learn some French/Arabic before coming it would be an added advantage for you.
Where can I change my money in Rabat? Are there ATMs in the city?
On arrival in Rabat, you can change your foreign currency to get Moroccan dirhams. Rabat Airport has a foreign exchange service and you can change your money there. ATM’s are also available in the city.
Connect with Past Volunteers
How can I connect with past Volunteering Solutions alumni as well as other former and current volunteers ?
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the ‘Meet a Volunteer’ section on our website.