In Morocco, the average years of schooling for a child is far below other countries in the region and even further below the global expected standards for children ages 5-16. In Morocco, only 20% of girls have a secondary education compared with 30% of boys. While a number of social issues contribute to these outcomes, the infrastructure and materials in schools in Azrou, like Fatima Al Fihriya Elementary School, are severely lacking. More than 100 students are in need of eyeglasses, and hand washing facilities are unusable. In the winter months, children often lack appropriate clothing for the cold weather in a school room heated by a wood burning stove. While financial constraints limit the ability of the schools to provide optimal education conditions, CCS volunteers work through child health and child education projects to improve both the educational activities and infrastructure of these struggling classrooms.
Volunteer work takes place each weekday morning for 4-5 hours, and Cultural & Learning Activities are provided most afternoons. These activities provide unique insights into the local community and culture, and include language lessons, reflection sessions, excursions to local points of interest, guest speakers, cooking lessons, and dance classes, among others. Volunteers have free time available most evenings and all weekends to explore the local community and country. In Morocco, volunteers might find themselves exploring the Chellah, cooking delicious Moroccan recipes using a tagine, and learning about Islamic history in Morocco. Some of the most common weekend destinations include a camel safari across the Sahara Desert and a visit to the historic city of Fes.