Spend the afternoon and evening in an area of Casablanca that most visitors never see. Founded in 2007 by Boubkey Mazoz, the remarkable Sidi Moumen Cultural Center is dedicated to helping the city’s marginalized, and mostly unemployed, youth improve their opportunities in life through educational, sports, and artistic programs by providing a safe, clean and happy place for them to thrive after school. Sidi Moumen Cultural Center has a unique model of community organizing, one which uses the local talent of the neighborhood to run the programs, rather than importing privileged volunteers from outside the area. Students will be given a brief tour of the neighborhood, the local health clinic, and the Center. Then, students will break into groups to participate in a variety of activities that might include interacting with the smaller children in the newly founded kindergarten, cleaning up the garbage and trash for an area behind the Center, painting a wall, and playing soccer with the older boys with the newly delivered soccer balls. Share dinner with locals at the Center and participate in one of the evening activities before returning to the ship.
Check out this blog post: “Learning to Serve in Casablanca”, from the Fall 2015 voyage
“Eating at tables with the other volunteers from the area was very valuable. I have never felt so welcomed by a community. This was an amazing first introduction to Morocco.” – Erin, Spring 2016 Voyager
“I’m so charged after this program. It was great! It made me love Morocco and the wonderful people.” – Abram, Spring 2016 Voyager
Dinner will take place at the center, arranged by the center