It officially has been 1 week since I packed by bags and boarded my flight to Philly where I met the other 112 volunteers (yes, we are a total of 113 volunteers! and I’m still meeting someone new everyday!). Then all 113 of us boarded another flight to Casablanca, then hopped on a bus to our hotel outside of Rabat to start orientation. Our days have been jam packed with information. For the most part our days have gone a little something like this….
7:30am – Breakfast, consisting of lots and lots of bread
8:30 – 10:30am – Language training, the time where I try to not freak out about how hard the language is.
10:30 – 10:45am – Tea time, always say “kan-šrb atay bla skkar” (I drink tea without sugar) or you’ll end up with 5 cavities.
10:45 – 12:30pm – Go back to hot room.
12:30 – 2pm – Lunch, usually consisting of a bomb chopped salad followed by a massive plate of meat. I’ve given up of trying to be a vegetarian here…. it’s too hard.
2:00 – 4:00pm – Go back to hot room and try and not fall asleep again.
4:00 – 4:15pm – Tea time
4:15 – 5:30pm – Sit in hot room and try and not fall asleep while PC gives you a ton of information
6:00 – 8:00pm – Hangout with volunteers, play games, go to the beach, try and exchange money, and try to buy things with our broken Darija
8:00pm – Dinner consisting of more meat
By the time dinner is over we all pass out on our beds.
So that’s been pretty much it. We haven’t had any time to go into the Midina (City) until Sunday when our LCF (Language Cultural Facilitators) took us lost little PCVs who only knew how to say “hello, thank you, yes, no” in Darija to Rabat. God bless their souls! We went to The Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the tombs of Moroccan king and his two sons. And explored the narrow alleyways of Kasbah of Udayas.
The day looked a little something like this…