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How many volunteers participate in a project?
The number of volunteers varies depending on the project, for example, a maximum of 5 volunteers participate in the project of children with functional diversity, and a maximum of 20 volunteers participate in the summer projects.
How many hours are we going to work in the camp?
That depends on the project chosen, but normally you will work between 3 and 6 hours per day.
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Will you pick me up at the airport when I arrive?
Yes, from the association we do a pick-up at the Marrakech airport one day before the project starts. If you do not arrive that day, or you can not arrive at the scheduled time or you decide to fly to another city, we will send you all the necessary information and addresses so that you can travel to the city where your project will be developed.
Can I leave the project one day before it ends?
We do not recommend this option, but if for some reason you have to leave before, you can leave the project, but from there on you will be out of the responsibility of the Association.
When do I have to arrive at the project if I am not present in the pick-up?
We recommend arriving the same day as the project starts in the morning, since in the afternoon we start the program with an initial meeting. So the ideal is to arrive in Morocco the day before to have enough time to get to Errachidia.
For example: If the project starts on July 16, you will have to arrive at the airport in Marrakech on July 15, since there are some cities where we have projects such as Errachidia, which are about 8-10 hours away from the main airports.
Are you coming with us to Marrakech on the day of return?
If in your project it is not specified that the transport will accompany you throughout the project, then we will not travel with you on the bus back to Marrakech. But normally you are not going to travel alone since most of the volunteers meet again on the return bus.
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What type of accommodation is there?
The accommodation will depend on the chosen project, for example, if you choose the Easter project, the accommodation will be in shelters and hotels, and if your project is the summer one then you will be in a school with basic facilities adapted to accommodate the volunteers (kitchen, showers, dining room, mattresses and cushions … you have to bring your sheets from home).
What type of food is there?
A Moroccan cook will prepare typical dishes of the country’s gastronomy. All volunteers will be responsible for washing their dishes and keeping their spaces, clothes, etc. clean.
How much do I have to bring for day to day expenses in Morocco?
To give you an idea about the approximate costs in Morocco, a coffee costs around 0.7 Euros, 5L of water abobut 1Euro, eating in a restaurant about 5 to 15Euros, a taxy about 1 to 2 Euros, a doctor 6 to 10 Euros.
Note: These prices may change depending on the sites and services.
How much do I need for my personal expenses?
It all depends on your spending habits. We recommend around 50 – 100 euros per week (can be cheaper than this).
How much will the trips cost me?
The excursions are organized according to each city and program, in any case, the general cost of all excursions is around 75 and 95 euros. This price includes transportation, hotel and meals.
Can I use my credit card in Morocco?
Yes, you can withdraw cash at any ATM branch in Morocco.
Should I exchange my money in Morocco or Spain?
We recommend exchanging money in Morocco since it is more profitable than in Spain. When you arrive at the airport you will find many agencies that exchange the money. For us, the rest of the participation fee you can pay in both Euros and Dírhams, no problem.
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When should we apply?
The inscription process will close the 31st of May or as soon as all the vacancies are covered.
How much does each project cost?
The price is 240 Euros, this includes food, accommodation, material for the projects, and the pick-up from Marrakech to Errachidia.
The plane ticket, return to the airport, excursions and travel insurance are excluded.
PS: you can apply for one of the scholarships we have, which will cover up to 100% of your stay.
Can I participate in two projects?
Yes, if they are in the same fortnight you have to pay only the normal fee (€ 240), and if they are in different fortnights you will pay € 240 for the first fortnight and € 180 for the second one.
In case of not being able to go, is there a refund?
To reserve your place you have to pay the amount of 60 euros (which will be deducted from the end).
In the case of not being able to go, you will not be reimbursed the amount paid, but it will be reserved for you next year.
Why will the € 60 not be refunded?
The € 60 is considered as the registration in our volunteer program, which allows the volunteers to do the projects they want during the course without paying them back, and at the moment of accepting you as a volunteer the association sends you a Volunteer kit, this kit contains several accesories that will help you during your stay as a volunteer in Errachidia and even to finance your volunteering. This kit is managed thanks to these € 60.
How do I pay the fees?
The participation fees have to be pay to the Asociación El Bassma bank account:, and also can be paid using:
- Bank transfer.
Once you are accepted in the project, we will send you more information about how to pay it.
When do we have to pay the rest of the payment?
The rest of the payment can be paid to the association’s account or paid once you arrive at the work camp. If you opt for the second option, you can pay in the currency you prefer. We advise you to exchange the money in Morocco, since this way it will be more profitable, you can exchange it when you arrive at the airport.
Why are some projects more expensive than others:
We have some projects that are in the center of the city of Errachidia and there are others that are in the outskirts, the projects that are on the outskirts are difficult to get accommodation for, therefore, we need to stay in a hotel and a transport that we take to where we are going to work. However, the projects that are in the city are all close by, so in the first case the cost of the project is higher than in the second one.
What is the welcoming pack?
The welcoming pack is a pack that we send to volunteers when they confirm their places. This pack has material for your volunteering, such as a purse, bracelet, promotional material, etc.
How much is the scholarship that I am going to get?
The amount of each scholarship and the number of scholarships is different from one year to another, that depends on the collaborating institutions and the scholarships that we have. For this year we have scholarships of € 240, € 115, € 95 and € 50. To know more about this matter visit our scholarships section.
How is the scholarship entered?
The scholarships we offer for our volunteers goes directly to the association because we receive them in services, that is, a company donates the insurance of the volunteer, the public entities of Morocco pay for the food, etc.
Who pays the scholarships?
The scholarships are paid by public and private entities that support our projects.
What if I do not get a scholarship?
If you have not obtained a scholarship or you have obtained part of it but you want to raise more we can advise you with ideas that can help you to make your volunteering as inexpensive as possible. To do this, get in touch with us and we will advise you.
Do we need to get vaccinated for something?
In principle it is not necessary to get vaccinated or submit a medical report, but you can always go to your doctor to advise you (it is up to each doctor to recommend a vaccine or not). What is necessary is to report allergies.
In case of a medical emergency, what kind of medical care will I receive?
With medical insurance contracted, this will cover medical care in case you become sick or hurt yourself outside your country or medical evacuation in case you require intervention in the operating room.
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What travel documents do I need to travel to Morocco?
European Union citizens do not need a visa, but they need to have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Do I have to speak Arabic to be a volunteer?
No, it is not necessary. There will be translators to be able to communicate with the children.
Volunteer recruitment process:
In order to be able to participate with us in the projects you need to go by three stages:
Stage 1: send the application form that you can find in this web page.
Stage 2: fulfill the online questionnaire that will allow us to get to know you a bit more.
Stage 3: if everything goes well, we will send you an email with more information about the project that you have chosen and about how to definitely reserve your vacancy.
Yes, it is mandatory to have a minimum knowledge of English to be able to communicate with the rest of Moroccan coordinators or international volunteers.
Errachidia is a very safe village for tourists because the people are very friendly and hospitable, so you will feel at ease and respected. In the same way, the people here have their traditions as everywhere else and you must respect them and be respectful.
Minimum age and requirements
The minimum age to participate is 18 years. For the Teaching project, the minimum age is 20 years old (18 if you have experience).
The requirements that we ask to collaborate in our association are:
- Have a strong desire to work and help others.
- Be committed and full of enthusiasm for leaving your grain of sand in Elbassma.
Are there any photographic restrictions in Morocco?
Yes. Before taking a picture it is better to ask the person if he agrees, especially if it is to people on the street. Photographing near or in military bases, airports, is prohibited.
Is Morocco safe?
Yes, there is no problem for security, Errachidia, and Morocco in general, are totally safe. If you want we will be happy to provide some emails from former volunteers so you can ask them about this topic.
What is the attitude towards drugs in Morocco?
The use or consumption of any illegal substance is totally prohibited. Whoever traffics with it, whether Moroccan or foreign, will be judged. Do not take chances under any circumstances!
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