Assistance of deaf children through activities and scholar support.
AIMS OF THE PROJECT:
The objective of this project is to provide scholar support and organize sportive and artistic activities with deaf children.
MORE INFO ABOUT THE PROJECT:
The center hosts around 76 deaf children, from 4 to 20 years old. The building is linked with the one of a public school, it was a government initiative to decide that this space would be allocated to deaf children schooling. Common spaces such as the playground are shared with the kids of the public school which encourage the social integration of the ones with special needs. The children study from 9 am to 15 pm in 7 classrooms with a maximum of 16 students in each one.
The children have lunch in the school around 1 pm and they bring their own food. Summer holidays are in July and August.
The center organizes leisure activities and offers support to the teachers for languages classes and artistic and sportive activities (basketball, football, karate...).
They also carry out workshops: Painting – Kitchen – literacy – Music –Outdoors excursions, etc. One of the main focus is to foster self-appreciation in the heart of the children through a skill-based approached.
The center hosts several deaf children but is also a school for children that don't have this problem and the volunteers will take part in the everyday life of the center and be able to observe their habits and way of life through practical and social involvement. They will get in touch with national volunteers and social workers in the center so that they can get involved in the community, not only inside the center but also outside, when they finish work.
Casablanca, in Arabic “Dar El Baida”, is the biggest city and business center of Morocco and of the entire Maghreb region. Economically and demographically speaking, it is one of the most important cities of Africa as it is one of the most developed financial centers of the continent. It is also one of the largest artificial ports in the world and the primary naval base of the Moroccan Navy.
The Hassan II Mosque, completed in 1993 after many years of construction, is among Africa’s largest ones and its minaret is among the tallest in the world. This building really is one of the jewels of Morocco, as it is built on the seafront and its minaret is equipped with a laser that beams toward Mecca. What makes it even more special is the fact that it is one of the only mosques allowing non-Muslims visitors into its halls.
Casablanca’s central market is small and manageable. White-walled stalls with green clay tile roofs dotted with foliage are dreamed Instagram material. You will find any kind of produce, namely nuts, dates and argan oil, the traditional Moroccan elixir. Linger long enough and eventually you will see the vendors line up for the call of prayer, you can then join them for a quick tagine lunch.
The Aïn-Diab coast (seaside annex of the city) is a traditional evening meeting point for locals, especially on weekends. You can find plenty of trendy restaurants and popular pubs; some of them are even there since the 30’s and offer seawater swimming pools.
The atmosphere of this city is so cosmopolitan that it is as easy to find a sushi restaurant as one specialised in Moroccan dishes. The discotheques open later on in the evening. Everyone will find one to its taste, from the latest techn hits to North African music. Boulevard Mohammed V, in the city centre, is full of restaurants, some of which have kept their 1920's decoration. Another curiosity: you can have a drink in a perfectly recreated copy of the famous café in the film Casablanca.
Further information about the country will be attached in the National Profile form.
• No previous working experience required although plastic arts skills and interest in sports would give extra quality to the project.
• Enthusiastic, positive, patient and respectful people needed.
• People psychologically prepared to work with disabled children.
• Willingness to develop ties with other nationalities and learn new things, of course we encourage everyone to follow the pace they feel comfortable with.
• Organize leisure activities for deaf children (games, singing session, drawing, etc.)
• Help the teachers and social workers carry out the workshops, the sportive activities, the scholar supports
• Accompany them in their daily tasks.
Volunteers can participate in all the project activities described above.
The center also organizes outdoors activities in which the volunteers can take part.
The volunteers will rotate between different age groups, although the tasks would remain basically the same.
The normal timetable is 9am to 15pm.
The volunteers will live in a host family where they will be given 3 meals per day. Further information will be given in due time.
ARRIVAL OPTIONS AND MEETING POINT:
The ideal meeting point is at Ain Sbaa or Casa Voyageur train station.
Casablanca is the first international airport of the country. From there you can easily catch a train to Ain Sbaa or Casa Voyageur train station that will cost about 3 and a half euros. Remember you can only pay in dirham, the local currency, so please don’t forget to change money inside the airport. A taxi to the train station should cost 20 to 30 euros.
If you happen to fly into another airport of the country, train connections run very often as it is the biggest city. You can check the prices and timetables here http://www.oncf.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx
You can also get a bus, which is usually a cheaper option but not all bus companies have website. The most popular and efficient company is CTM: http://www.ctm.ma/
Once you have your flights details please pass them by e-mail to your interlocutor so you can arrange with him/her the meeting point.
The info sheet will be send to you by e-mail 3 weeks prior departure.