Volunteers

Megan Watt Morocco

What members of staff do you remember the most and why?

The 4 I mentioned above were all very lovely and helpful people to work with. They seemed to get on well with all the volunteers. There was also a cleaner named Amina who was always friendly and cheerful

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
I LOVED riad 9, it was a great place to stay. There was plenty of space for everyone, and the atmosphere was great.

Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to experience a place from a different point of view, and feel like part of the community, more than just a tourist.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
I feel like some of the projects we did were making a difference, helping the slightly older kids mostly. They seemed to really appreciate having us take an interest in them

What did you do for fun?
I did some trips out of town, to the waterfalls, and went to Essouira one weekend, and also I made friends with a moroccan guy who I used to go and meet to drink tea in the evenings

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
wow, lots of enjoyable experiences, I think maybe doing sports day with one of the village schools out of Marrakech in 40 degree heat was fun, but maybe that’s just because I’m crazy

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
I made friends with the other volunteers, and a couple of them in particular I felt quite close to. I think its because we had similar interests. There were also particular children at the placements who I felt a bond with after a while. I also made friends with a local guy, we used to hang out and talk about stuff

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise
There was one place called the Sesame Terrace that I enjoyed, it was on a rooftop anhd had a great view. I used to go up there for mint tea. also the whole group went for dinner there one night.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Yes, can’t wait

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
I have recommended Original Volunteers to multiple friends who have asked me about it, I think it is a very good organisation, who can simplify the process of volunteering, and help you out a lot if your unsure. They have lots of projects that I’d like to try out!

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
well, that depends on what you want to do I guess, I ate out a lot, and did lots of trips and stuff, but it still wasn’t that expensive. depends if they like shopping