Compare Your Country to Morocco
It's hard to believe that in less than one month, I will be flying to North Africa to visit one of the most interesting countries on the planet: Morocco!
This will be my second visit. The first featured a group trek across the Atlas Mountains and also included visits to the major cities of Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech. During that journey, I rode camels, danced with Berber natives, camped out under the stars in the Sahara, and sipped mint tea in the mud hut of a local family. I have many wonderful memories of that amazing journey, and am therefore all the more eager for this second opportunity to experience life in the vibrant, mysteriously beautiful country of Morocco.
Unlike my first visit, which had a recreational focus, my second visit is professional in nature. As a U.S. State Department sponsored, Global Classrooms grant recipient, I will be observing and teaching classes, attending roundtable meetings with school administrators and teaching colleagues, listening to cultural presentations as well as presenting about the American education system and life in Sharon. In addition, I will be participating in student and staff extra-curricular activities along with visiting cultural and historic sites.
I was excited last week to receive contact information for my country host teacher, Abdelkarim Oubkkou and my traveling colleague from the U.S., Lilia Ben Ayed, from Columbia, Missouri. We will be visiting the Louis Le Grand Group Scolaire in the city of Fez, after a short program in Rabat with a larger group of American teachers in which we will be introduced to the Moroccan education system and Moroccan history and culture.