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La fin   (published in Morocco)

October 22, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Quelle expérience enrichissante à l'association de mon centre.  Les gamins sont si attachants, malgré leurs difficultés qui vivent au quotidien. Ça donne une bonne leçon de vie. 

Et que dire de l'accueil du personnel.... Tout simplement, extraordinaire. Avec les amities qui ce sont créés ca me fait quitter, le Maroc, le coeur gros mais remplit de merveilleux  souvenirs.

Je vais revenir, c'est certain, car il faut bien rendre visite à ses amis....!!!! ☺ 

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La fin
La fin

La première semaine   (published in Morocco)

October 11, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Déjà une semaine en sol Marocain...

Pour du changements je suis servi à souhait. Pour une Canadienne comme moi, le choc est assez frappant. Ça ce constate par la façon de manger, d'être 6 à cohabiter dans une petite maison, de devoir partager un taxi à 6, & plus encore... Cependant, c'est très enrichissant comme expérience... Je constate beaucoup plus les différentes situations sociales que les gens vivent.

Au centre où je fais ma mission, je remarque que c'est malheureux que ce ne sont pas tous les enfants qui ont de la fourniture scolaire. Plusieurs, n'ont même pas de cahiers... il pratiquent seulement sur une petite ardoise.  De voir à travers les yeux de ces enfants qu'ils veulent apprendre, mais leurs parent ne veulent pas débourser une somme minime pour 3 cahiers, ça me brise le coeur... Alors, j'essai à ma façon de leur apprendre avec les moyens que le centre a, à leur disposition. Quand je vois cette misère, je sais très bien pourquoi je suis ici...

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La première semaine
La première semaine

Le commencement   (published in Morocco)

October 1, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Comme il y a un début en tout.... c'est aujourd'hui que commence mon aventure de ma mission humanitaire à Rabat... Très hâte d'y être et de vous partager mes moments... A bientôt.... Liz  

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Le commencement
Le commencement

A Really Quick Blog Post Before I Start Packing   (published in Morocco)

October 24, 2014 by   Comments(1)

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My final week in Morocco is almost up, and I must say that this has been one of the best volunteer trips that I have done.  Everything came together so nicely- the staff, the other volunteers, the host family (especially the host family), and even though there were some hiccups, the placement really ended on a nice note (more on that in a second).

In terms of eventfulness, my final week hasn't been too exciting (but that is something of a trend with my volunteer trips).  Nizah caught my cold, and I have been hoping that she doesn't re-introduce some of the germs back to me.  Actually, I still have some congestion and coughing, but as I have finished all of my meds this past Sunday, there's not a whole that I can do.  But she went to the doctor and he said everything was fine, it was nothing serious, and in terms of re-introducing germs, she has been very good about covering her mouth when she coughs and sneezes.

The star of the week had to have been what happened at placement (which is apparently called ARDES, standing for something like the Association Something Cool that Starts with R for Social and Economic Development).  We recorded the video on Tuesday, and the students seemed to enjoy it.  The director, Nabi, did a really good job working the camera and composing the shots.  One lady, Nadia, who doesn't speak a word of English, worked the audio recorder, and she did forget to record a few scenes.  But honestly, I can't blame her- I have that problem sometimes with my recorder (it's a wonderful device, but it is so easy to slip up and not record).  The acting was, well, terrible because we had to write the script in English in class.  I have no sympathy here and I accept no excuse: they had two weeks to come up ...

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A Really Quick Blog Post Before I Start Packing
A Really Quick Blog Post Before I Start Packing

If You Can Beat Me, Then I Will Beat Myself   (published in Morocco)

October 20, 2014 by   Comments(2)

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I don't think that I've ever had a volunteer trip that has gone as quickly as this one. The second week is already finished... but there's still more things that I have to do! I almost done with souvenir shopping, and I must say that buying gifts in Morocco is probably my only major complaint with the country. The selection is really quite terrible, and the shop owners will often refuse to acknowledge me. Seriously, today I spent 20 minutes in a shop, just standing there, and the owner was watching me carefully (I was the only one in there). Every time I would move, he would follow me. Mind you, he would not say one word to me, but he would stalk me the like ominous wraith that he is. I walked right on out without buying a single thing.

I will have to get over this pride of wanting actual service, because there are some shops that I want to look at a little more closely where the owners completely ignore me. But in a country where the selection is so limited, I really have no choice. Nizah was telling me earlier today that this is a common problem in Morocco, and that it even happens to her. Like any right thinking human being, she commented that she becomes upset when that happens.

Now, this doesn't happen with every shop. I went to a jewelry shop today with a woman who greeted me in French (if I do receive a salutation, it's always in French), and I told her that I only speak English and Spanish. She was delighted to help me out in Spanish. Another woman, a girl about my age, who worked at the perfume shop helped me out in French. There was a barrier there, but she was glad to assist me. That actually took me aback, because you know how our generation can be...

Keeping up with complaining, my placement is not really going as well as I thought it would. The problem is ...

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If You Can Beat Me, Then I Will Beat Myself
If You Can Beat Me, Then I Will Beat Myself

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