I’m teaching English in Rabat, Morocco through an organization called UBELONG. I’ve been asked multiple times, by both Americans and Moroccans, why I chose Morocco and to be perfectly honest, I’m not really sure. I feel as though it kind of fell into my lap (even though a lot of research went into it) and from my short time here, I can already appreciate the amazing mix of cultures, traditions, and history of this beautiful city and country.
I started my project today and there is a wide variety of English abilities, so I will be teaching beginner vocabulary and grammar in the morning lesson and then having more of an open discussion in the afternoon. I attempted to lesson plan this evening for tomorrow’s morning lesson and it proved to be quite difficult, so I’m definitely making it a goal to dedicate time to improving my lesson planning skills and to using the tools I have at my disposal through online and workshops I attended before leaving.
I attempted to come into this experience with no expectations, which is serving me well so far and as one of my students said today, “that’s a good thing to do in life.” I’m picking up bits and pieces of Darija, or the local dialect of Arabic, as I go, but I definitely hope to become less panicked when I try to order lunch as time goes on. I’m looking forward to being able to explore Rabat and Morocco as a whole more, as well as teaching as much to my students as I am able to in my relatively short time here, since they have taught me so much already (or more like attempted to teach me Darija while laughing at me).