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This year's project has come to an end, but we are looking for volunteers who would like to join us next summer, from mid/late July - start of September 2020. If you would like to get involved, please write to us!
Hello, my name is Hanan, I am Dutch with Moroccan roots living in Spain and I am married to Mohamad, who is Spanish and also has Moroccan background, and we have a young son called Yahya who is on the Autism Spectrum. Meeting therapists for my son inspired me to start a training program for parents of children with autism in Morocco. Our first two Autism early intervention parent training programs have been a success, and we hope next year will be even bigger and better!
It will be held in Larache, Morocco from mid/late July - start of September 2020. Volunteering hours will be Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 17.00, Friday from 10.00 to 12.00, Saturday and Sunday free
We are in need of passionate, hard-working volunteers who have experience with the following:
1. Personal assistants to organize admin. work and write reports
2. Qualified professionals who are able to administer diagnoses (autism, etc.)
3. Speech and language therapists
3. Occupational therapists
4. ABA therapists or background in ABA (min 3 years)
5. Play therapists capable of teaching adults how to interact with their child during play
6. Volunteers with a psychology degree to help assist the therapists
7. A cook
8. Translators (Moroccan Arabic to English)
9. Individuals with Teachh background
10. Social media/marketing manager
If you think you can add any further skills to this program, please do not hesitate to get in contact!
Why volunteer with us?
Studies have shown that early intervention therapy for young children with autism is the most effective long term strategy to improve language ability, social interaction, and quality of life. Unfortunately, therapy can be very expensive in countries like Morocco and is only for one hour in a whole week. If parents don’t have the knowledge to reinforce what is learned in therapy at home, this precious time is lost. Our aim is to bridge this gap between therapists and families so that parents can have the tools to support and teach their young children with autism every day.
We will soon be preparing for our third year of our Early Intervention Parent Training Program for parents that have a young child with autism in Larache, Morocco. Here, global health professionals provide intensive therapy for the children while training parents in early intervention methods. We hope to create an educational network wherein families of young children with autism or other developmental disabilities can learn, then in turn educate and support others. The program comes free to all qualifying families and is entirely run on donations of time and money.
As a volunteer, you will be able to meet people from all around the world, visit the beach, learn more about Moroccan culture and cuisine, and make a difference in a family’s life. Thank you!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Computers / internet
You will meet volunteers with similar professional backgrounds from all over the world, be able to to go the beach, experience traditional Moroccan cuisine (vegetarian options available), have the option to attend cultural day trips and learn how to make Moroccan tea, and interact with local families.
We also invite people who lack a background in special needs but would love to help out with daily tasks such as admin and cleaning. Please contact us if interested.
English, Spanish , Dutch, Arabic... I don't Speak French but my Moroccan volunteers do
Exact accomodation depends on availability each year. Volunteer accomodation in 2020 is likely to be in a boarding school with bedrooms and showers. Alternatively, volunteers will stay in two houses.
Unlimited internet access will be available at the project centre. We will be able to confirm availability of internet access at the volunteer accomodation nearer the time. Moroccan sim cards from several providers are free of charge and data can be purchased easily and cheaply (1 euro per Gb).
All food/groceries will be provided for volunteers throughout their stay.
Welcome to Larache, Morocco!
Situated in North Africa, Morocco is referred to as the Gateway to Africa and is very close to the beach. Larache is a centralized location near several of the top touristic attractions in Morocco.
Tangiers— 80 km (50 miles)
Asilah— 40 km (25 miles)
Tetuan— 115 km (71 miles)
Chefchaouen— 100 km (62 miles)
Rabat (Capital) —170km (105 miles)
Casablanca— 260 km (161 miles)
Fez— 319 km (199 miles)
Ceuta (Spanish city in Morocco)—
155 km (96 miles)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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