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|Countryname = Bulgaria
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|Countryname= Morocco
|CountryCode= bu
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|CountryCode = mo
 
|status = [[ACTIVE]]
 
|status = [[ACTIVE]]
|Map = Bu-map.gif
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|Flag= Flag_of_Morocco.svg
|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/bgwb313.pdf
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|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/mawb378.pdf
|Region = [[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
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|Region= [[North Africa and Middle East]]
|CountryDirector = [[Lesley Duncan]]
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|CountryDirector= [[David Lille]]
|Sectors = [[Community Development|Community and Organizational Development]]<br> [[Education|English Language Education]] <br> [[Youth Outreach|Youth Development]]
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|Sectors= [[Environment]] <br> [[Health]] <br> [[Small Business Development]] <br> [[Youth Development]]
|ProgramDates = [[1991]] - [[Present]]
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|ProgramDates= [[1963]] - [[Present]]
|CurrentlyServing = 161
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|CurrentlyServing= 234
|TotalVolunteers = 1024
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|TotalVolunteers= 3,937
|Languages = [[Bulgarian]]
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|Languages= [[Arabic]], [[French]], [[Tamazight]], [[Tashelheet]]
|Flag = Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg
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|Map= Mo-map.gif
|stagingdate= May 10 2010
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|stagingdate= Mar 14 2010
 
|stagingcity= Philadelphia
 
|stagingcity= Philadelphia
 
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Morocco was among the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to assist in its development and manpower needs. A group of 53 surveyors, English teachers and irrigation foremen first arrived in Morocco in [[1963]] at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  
In 1991, a year after the first free elections following the collapse of the Communist government, [http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=117822], the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Bulgaria to partner with the people and government of Bulgaria. These first Volunteers focused on teaching English. Since the late 1990s, Bulgaria has made exceptional progress in its transition to a decentralized, market-oriented economic system.
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From [[1963]] to today, more than 3,500 Volunteers have served the Kingdom of Morocco in more sites, sectors, and projects than can be accurately reported, but which have included such endeavors as lab technology, urban development, commercial development, education of the blind and deaf, rural water supply, [[small business development]], beekeeping, and English training. Currently, Volunteers serve in the following sectors: Youth Development.
  
This rapid development, however, has also exacerbated a host of socioeconomic problems. Positive news about the economy is tempered by extremely high unemployment, particularly in rural areas of the country and gripping poverty among the elderly, minorities, and other groups. Environmental degradation is prevalent, as concern for economic recovery and growth outpaced efforts to protect and restore the environment.
 
  
In March 2004, Bulgaria became a member state of the NATO alliance and on January 1, 2007 Bulgaria joined the European Union. Although, many observers question whether Bulgaria will achieve all of the steps required within this timeframe. The development of civil society institutions such as NGOs, rule of law, and a shared sense of economic justice remain important challenges for Bulgaria to overcome as it pursues further integration into Europe.
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==Peace Corps History==
 
 
In response to Bulgaria's expressed needs, Peace Corps Volunteers work in the areas of English language education, youth development, and community and organizational development. As Bulgaria and local capacity have evolved, Peace Corps/Bulgaria has responded by focusing on grassroots community development, particularly in underserved and remote communities.
 
 
 
All Peace Corps Volunteers in Bulgaria serve as community development workers. All are highly encouraged to help youth learn life skills. Most Volunteers who are not focused on English language education still actively help community members improve their English language skills.
 
 
 
Bulgaria is at a stage in its rapid development where Peace Corps Volunteers can have a significant and rewarding impact, as many local organizations and youth are eager for new ideas. Peace Corps Volunteers are excellent role models for Bulgarian youth and catalysts for organizational change. As Bulgaria prepares to accede to the European Union, Peace Corps/Bulgaria continues to evolve and respond to Bulgaria's rapid social and economic change. 
 
  
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Morocco]]''
  
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Morocco was among the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to assist in its development process. A group of 53 surveyors, English teachers, and irrigation supervisors arrived in Morocco in [[1963]] at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  
==Peace Corps History==
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Since then, more than 4,000 Volunteers have served in the Kingdom of Morocco in areas such as lab technology, urban development, home economics, commercial development, education of the blind and deaf, rural water supply, vocational education, maternal child health, natural resources management, youth development, marine and inland fisheries, small business development, sports, beekeeping, architecture, and English language training.
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Bulgaria]]''
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For a description of the 1962-63 start of Peace Corps in Morocco see History of the start of Peace Corps in Morocco at [http://www.friendsofmorocco.org/starthistory.htm]
 
 
In 1991, a year after peaceful public protest led to changes in Bulgaria’s political structure and direction, the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Bulgaria to teach English at secondary schools and universities. The first group of economic development Volunteers arrived the following year. Environmental Volunteers started assignments throughout the country in September 1995, and in 2003, the youth development program (YD) was initiated. In 2004, the community and economic development (CED) and environmental programs were merged to create a community and organizational development program (COD), with the goal of providing a comprehensive approach to assisting with community development at the local level.
 
 
 
As of November 2006, almost 800 Volunteers have served in Bulgaria. Currently, 165 Volunteers are in-country; approximately half of them teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) in primary and secondary schools, the other half are in the COD and YD programs.  
 
  
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For a listing of Morocco Peace Corps Directors over time see [http://www.friendsofmorocco.org/Directors.htm]
  
 
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
 
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Bulgaria]]''
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''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Morocco]]''
  
Housing is generally provided by a Volunteer’s sponsoring organization. Most Volunteers live in a modest studio or one-bedroom apartment with plumbing, heating, and electricity. The range of available housing may vary greatly between Volunteers and sites. If you live in a town or city, you will likely live in an apartment in a communist-style housing “block,” that, from the exterior, resembles the high-rises in public housing projects in U.S. cities.
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You will be assigned to your permanent site towards the end of pre-service training. After your site announcement, you will visit your assigned site to meet your counterparts and other members of your community. Once you move to the site, you will spend your first two months living with a host family that has been chosen by the Peace Corps. This family has prepared for your arrival and will provide you with a safe and secure place to live while you continue to learn the language and adapt to the culture. An additional objective of this period is to help you integrate more effectively into the community.
 
 
Volunteers assigned to smaller communities should be prepared for the possibility that they may live in a private room in the home of a Bulgarian family. This can offer huge advantages in terms of being accepted into a local family and being “taken care of.” Note that Bulgarian standards of privacy differ from those in the U.S. It is also common that landlords may leave some of their personal items in an apartment that they are renting out.
 
 
 
Your heat source could be either one or more portable heaters, central heat, or wood-burning stoves in some rural areas. Heat and electricity are very expensive, and Bulgarians usually only heat the room they are currently in. They usually only turn on their hot water boiler when they are planning to take a shower. Expect for it to be cold inside during the winter, and for it to be very hot during the summer. Indoor climate control concepts differ from what you are likely used to in the U.S.  
 
  
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After the mandatory two-month stay with a Moroccan family, you are free to change your housing, in accordance with the Peace Corps’ safety and security criteria (see the chapter on Health Care and Safety). The Peace Corps will give you a modest settling-in allowance to purchase household necessities such as a stove, dishes, and furniture. Peace Corps will provide additional items, such as a carbon monoxide detector and water filter, if necessary. Volunteers in areas that experience unbearably cold winters can be reimbursed for the purchase of an appropriate heater. Depending on the site, Volunteer housing generally consists of two or more rooms and private bath and latrine facilities. Some Volunteers live in family compounds with one or two private rooms for their use.
  
 
==Training==
 
==Training==
  
''Main article: [[Training in Bulgaria]]''
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''Main article: [[Training in Morocco]]''
  
Prior to being sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will participate in an intensive 11-week training program. The training is conducted in Bulgaria and is based on adult learning principles. The training focuses on Bulgarian language study, cross-cultural adjustment and adaptation, health and personal safety, and development of technical skills.
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The 8-week training program provides you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Morocco. You will receive training and orientation that integrates components of language, cross-cultural communication, area studies, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. Trainees work together as a group and have a chance to experience local culture and customs on their own during a stay with a host family and community-based technical training.
 
 
Training will take place in a small community, where you will live with a host family and study the Bulgarian language with four or five other trainees. This community-based training involves a lot of experiential learning in which community members are called upon to cooperate in the training process. Periodically, you will join other trainees from your group at a hub site, where you will receive training in administrative, technical, medical, and safety matters.  
 
  
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When you arrive in-country, you will spend the first three to five days in Rabat or another major city and then travel to a sector-specific seminar site. While in the initial city, you will be welcomed by the Country Director and receive an overview of Peace Corps in Morocco, be introduced to your program's training staff, receive vaccinations, and participate in introductory sessions on safety and security, cross-culture, and technical aspects of your sector program. Next you will travel overland to your seminar site where you will begin learning one of three Moroccan languages and Arabic script. After the first week, you will leave the seminar site and begin community-based training (CBT). During this phase of training, groups of 5-6 trainees learning the same language will be assigned to continue training in a pre-selected village. At your CBT site, you will live with a host family. Staying with a host family will bring to life some of the topics covered in training, giving you a chance to practice your new language skills and directly observe and participate in Moroccan culture. Throughout the training period you will be spending some time at the seminar "hub" site and the majority of your time at the community-based training. For the final week of training, all trainees will be brought together at a common training site where, upon completion of the final sessions, you will be sworn in as a Volunteer.  Tbarkallah!
  
 
==Health Care and Safety==
 
==Health Care and Safety==
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Bulgaria]]''
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''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Morocco]]''
  
The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Bulgaria maintains a health unit with three full-time medical officers (Bulgarian physicians), a medical assistant, and a medical secretary. The medical staff takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs as a team.
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The Peace Corps' highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Morocco maintains a health unit with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers' primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Morocco at local hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an appropriate medical facility in the region or to the United States.
  
Additional medical services, such as laboratory testing, imaging diagnostics, and evaluation by specialists are also available in Bulgaria at local facilities. Usually the complete medical evaluation and treatment is done in country by the medical officers. If you become seriously ill or injured, you will be transported either to the closest regional medical facility or to the capital for emergency care and treatment. If your condition requires further evaluation or treatment that is unavailable in Bulgaria, then the Office of Medical Services (OMS), Peace Corps, Washington, D.C., approves medevac to a country with better medical standards in the Europe, Mediterranean, and Asia (EMA) region (regional medevac) or to the United States (most frequently to your home of record). If your condition requires more than 45 days for complete resolution or has a long-term effect on your health, OMS will determine whether you are able to complete your Peace Corps service.
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==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
  
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''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Morocco]]''
  
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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In fulfilling the Peace Corps' mandate to share the face of America with our host countries, we are making special efforts to see that all of America's richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today's Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps' mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Bulgaria]]''
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Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Morocco, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers' behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Morocco.
  
In Bulgaria, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Bulgaria.
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Outside of Morocco's capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Morocco are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.  
 
 
Outside of Bulgaria’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Bulgaria are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.  
 
  
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
 
 
  
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
  
 
{{Volunteersurvey2008
 
{{Volunteersurvey2008
|H1r=  61
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|H1r=  53
|H1s=  66
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|H1s=  68.8
|H2r=  49
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|H2r=  38
|H2s=  80.3
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|H2s=  83
|H3r=  55
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|H3r=  44
|H3s=  80.3
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|H3s=  82.8
|H4r=  51
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|H4r=  54
|H4s=  102.5
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|H4s=  101
|H5r=  58
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|H5r=  43
|H5s=  44.9
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|H5s=  51.3
|H6r=  62
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|H6r=  46
|H6s=  67
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|H6s=  77.7
 
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Bulgaria]]''
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Morocco]]''
  
* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Bulgaria?
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Morocco?
* What is the electric current in Bulgaria?
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* What is the electric current in Morocco?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* Do I need an international driver's license?
* What should I bring as gifts for Bulgarian friends and my host family?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Moroccan friends and my host family?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
* Can I call home from Bulgaria?
 
 
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
 
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
  
 
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==Packing List==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Packing list for Bulgaria]]''
 
 
 
The following recommendations are based on the experiences of Volunteers who have served in Bulgaria. Use them as an informal guide, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything that is mentioned, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. Many past and current Volunteers wish they had not brought so many clothes and toiletries and had instead focused on specialty items. You should not hesitate to bring items of sentimental value that will help you feel content at your site, but you can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100-pound weight limit on checked luggage; you will be responsible for any fees for overweight baggage. Except where otherwise indicated, all the following items are available in Bulgaria; they are listed here as items to bring because the quality of the items may be inferior, their price may be significantly higher, or they may not be regularly available in Bulgaria.
 
 
 
* General Clothing
 
* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
 
* Kitchen
 
* Miscellaneous
 
  
 
==Peace Corps News==
 
==Peace Corps News==
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Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
 
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
  
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<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/bu/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
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<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/mo/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
  
 
==Country Fund==
 
==Country Fund==
  
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=313-CFD Bulgaria Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Bulgaria. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=378-CFD Morocco Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Morocco. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[Volunteers who served in Bulgaria]]
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* [[List of resources for Morocco]]
* [[Bulgaria sites|Sites where volunteers have served in Bulgaria]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Morocco]]
* [[Friends of Bulgaria]]
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* [[Friends of Morocco]]
* [[List of resources for Bulgaria]]
 
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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[http://www.morocco-excursion.com Morocco tours]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/bu.html Peace Corps Journals - Bulgaria]
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/mo.html Peace Corps Journals - Morocco]
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* [http://www.huerter.com/pc/Unofficial%20Morocco%20Guide%20Aug%202010.pdf Unofficial Morocco PCV Guide]
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* [http://friendsofmorocco.org Friends of Morocco]
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* [http://www.legation.org Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM)]
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* [http://www.highatlasfoundation.org High Atlas Foundation]
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* [http://www.speakmoroccan.com Speak Moroccan Arabic]
  
[[Category:Bulgaria]] [[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
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[[Category:Morocco]] [[Category:North Africa and the Middle East]]
 
[[Category:Country]]
 
[[Category:Country]]

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Peace Corps Welcome Book
Region:

North Africa and Middle East

Country Director:

David Lille

Sectors:

Environment
Health
Small Business Development
Youth Development

Program Dates:

1963 - Present

Current Volunteers:

234

Total Volunteers:

3,937

Languages Spoken:

Arabic, French, Tamazight, Tashelheet

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__SHOWFACTBOX__

Morocco was among the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to assist in its development and manpower needs. A group of 53 surveyors, English teachers and irrigation foremen first arrived in Morocco in 1963 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 1963 to today, more than 3,500 Volunteers have served the Kingdom of Morocco in more sites, sectors, and projects than can be accurately reported, but which have included such endeavors as lab technology, urban development, commercial development, education of the blind and deaf, rural water supply, small business development, beekeeping, and English training. Currently, Volunteers serve in the following sectors: Youth Development.


Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Morocco

Morocco was among the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to assist in its development process. A group of 53 surveyors, English teachers, and irrigation supervisors arrived in Morocco in 1963 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since then, more than 4,000 Volunteers have served in the Kingdom of Morocco in areas such as lab technology, urban development, home economics, commercial development, education of the blind and deaf, rural water supply, vocational education, maternal child health, natural resources management, youth development, marine and inland fisheries, small business development, sports, beekeeping, architecture, and English language training.

For a description of the 1962-63 start of Peace Corps in Morocco see History of the start of Peace Corps in Morocco at [1]

For a listing of Morocco Peace Corps Directors over time see [2]

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Morocco

You will be assigned to your permanent site towards the end of pre-service training. After your site announcement, you will visit your assigned site to meet your counterparts and other members of your community. Once you move to the site, you will spend your first two months living with a host family that has been chosen by the Peace Corps. This family has prepared for your arrival and will provide you with a safe and secure place to live while you continue to learn the language and adapt to the culture. An additional objective of this period is to help you integrate more effectively into the community.

After the mandatory two-month stay with a Moroccan family, you are free to change your housing, in accordance with the Peace Corps’ safety and security criteria (see the chapter on Health Care and Safety). The Peace Corps will give you a modest settling-in allowance to purchase household necessities such as a stove, dishes, and furniture. Peace Corps will provide additional items, such as a carbon monoxide detector and water filter, if necessary. Volunteers in areas that experience unbearably cold winters can be reimbursed for the purchase of an appropriate heater. Depending on the site, Volunteer housing generally consists of two or more rooms and private bath and latrine facilities. Some Volunteers live in family compounds with one or two private rooms for their use.

Training

Main article: Training in Morocco

The 8-week training program provides you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Morocco. You will receive training and orientation that integrates components of language, cross-cultural communication, area studies, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. Trainees work together as a group and have a chance to experience local culture and customs on their own during a stay with a host family and community-based technical training.

When you arrive in-country, you will spend the first three to five days in Rabat or another major city and then travel to a sector-specific seminar site. While in the initial city, you will be welcomed by the Country Director and receive an overview of Peace Corps in Morocco, be introduced to your program's training staff, receive vaccinations, and participate in introductory sessions on safety and security, cross-culture, and technical aspects of your sector program. Next you will travel overland to your seminar site where you will begin learning one of three Moroccan languages and Arabic script. After the first week, you will leave the seminar site and begin community-based training (CBT). During this phase of training, groups of 5-6 trainees learning the same language will be assigned to continue training in a pre-selected village. At your CBT site, you will live with a host family. Staying with a host family will bring to life some of the topics covered in training, giving you a chance to practice your new language skills and directly observe and participate in Moroccan culture. Throughout the training period you will be spending some time at the seminar "hub" site and the majority of your time at the community-based training. For the final week of training, all trainees will be brought together at a common training site where, upon completion of the final sessions, you will be sworn in as a Volunteer. Tbarkallah!

Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Morocco

The Peace Corps' highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Morocco maintains a health unit with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers' primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Morocco at local hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an appropriate medical facility in the region or to the United States.

Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Morocco

In fulfilling the Peace Corps' mandate to share the face of America with our host countries, we are making special efforts to see that all of America's richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today's Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps' mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.

Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Morocco, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers' behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Morocco.

Outside of Morocco's capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Morocco are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.

  • Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
  • Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
  • Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions

Morocco
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

How personally rewarding is your overall Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H1r::53|}}
Score:
2008 H1s::68.8|}}
Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps?|}} Rank:
2008 H2r::38|}}
Score:
2008 H2s::83|}}
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::44|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::82.8|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::54|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::101|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::43|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::51.3|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::46|}}
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2008 H6s::77.7|}}
2008BVS::Morocco


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Morocco

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Morocco?
  • What is the electric current in Morocco?
  • How much money should I bring?
  • When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
  • Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
  • Do I need an international driver's license?
  • What should I bring as gifts for Moroccan friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?

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Country Fund

Contributions to the Morocco Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Morocco. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

See also

Morocco tours

External links