By Rob CashmanWith a cultural richness that is as diverse and technicoloured as the African continent itself, Morocco is an overload of the senses. Just to name a few things, you can surf the sweeping beaches of the Atlantic coastline, hike the snow capped High Atlas Mountains, trek the sun-burnt Sahara Dessert, get lost in the zigzagging mazes of crammed souks and explore the great Imperial cities. All this and more combines into the charm and hospitality that is available here. It will be sure to lure the adventurer in you.
As well as teaching in a distinctive and unique culture, many teachers working in Morocco also have an opportunity to contribute and help with the advancement of this developing North African nation. As well as having the choice of teaching in both the public and private sector, there are placements that can present the prospect of participating in community-based projects. Some of the best ways of approaching working in Morocco is through an open heart, having a curious and open mind and being willing to offer your skills that can help, especially at an individual level.
Students in classes can generally range from 7 years old to adults. Their enthusiasm for learning and uncanny ability to pick up new language skills can be gratifying as well as a humbling experience. Given the countries proximity to Europe, in particular France and Spain, English teachers have a major importance as Morocco advances it’s approach towards better international relations and it’s application for entry into the European Union.
The importance of education in Morocco is paramount, and to demonstrate this you only need to look at The University of Al Karaouine in Fez. The University is considered the oldest continuously operating institution in the world and has been a center of learning for more than 1,000 years.
For more about teaching jobs there is an abundance of information available online including forums that are often a helpful tool in establishing ideas and even contacts. Morocco truly is a remarkable country with startling beauty to be admired. So if you wanting to bring out the adventurer in you as well as contributing to an emerging nation, Teaching English here may just be the opportunity you’ve been dreaming of.