Francesca Evans Morocco

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

Rachid- Because he helped me with everything, even if it was some advice about life or what to go and see in Morocco he had an amazing answer. He also arranged for me to go and see the babies for an extra time as he knew it was my favourite project and I was going home soon. He was happy to help with anything. Fatima- She was incredible; she helped me with everything when I was in Morocco for 2 months. She even offered to do some washing for me. She was great on trips and on all the projects. Love her and have staid in tough since. Amina- she cleaned riad 5 but I would always pop in and see her and she was lovely. When I got sick she made me some herbal tea and made sure I got the right medication at the pharmacy

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
Loved the accommodation it gave me a real sense of having a family. Everyone got on well, the only thing I would improve was the bed size and to have a few more fans as it is so hot in the summer months.

Why did you want to volunteer?
To gain some experience and to work more with children. I am a teacher back home but I just graduated uni and wanted to see the world a bit more before settling down.

Do you feel you made a difference?
Yes, all the children knew my name and when I left they all came to say goodbye to me with small gifts (I was so over come as most of these children lived on the streets) I also gave all my clothes to the street children and regularly took food packages to them if I did not finish my evening meal.

What did you do for fun?
Swimming walking round the markets just hanging out with other volunteers on the roof.

When was your most enjoyable experience?
Taking the streets children swimming, I did this a handful of times and encouraged other volunteers to do so too. It was so rewarding seeing the children’s faces and getting to play with them in the water. The pool we took them too have music and I loved seeing them dance and sing. When this project was available it was my favourite time of the week.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
Everyone, so I could have as many friends as possible and make my experience as rewarding as possible. .

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
Sesame Gardens, the owner is linked with OV and he would treat us really well. The cafes and restaurants around the market area because it was a great experience to watch everyone and everything pass by.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
I would 100% go back to Morocco as I loved every single moment, the projects are rewarding the people I met were amazing and I just fell in love with the culture the food and the people. I would go any where with OV if I knew it was going to be half as good as Morocco.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
GO!!!!! If its your first trip try some where close to home like Morocco as it’s a short trip. Don’t be nervous or scared everyone is in the same boat and once you are there just say Yes to every new experience.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Sun cream!!!!!!!!

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
£100 (more than enough)

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
I would go in summer as there are lots of volunteers and its easier to make friends, make sure you take a diary as its amazing to look back on all you have done. I Wrote in mine at the end of every week and even now I love to look back and re live all my experiences.