Living in a homestay is key to integrating with Moroccan culture. A typical Moroccan breakfast consists of Moroccan mint tea, homemade bread, pastries, jams, butter and cheese. You'll find that Moroccan food is very diverse and influenced by Mediterranean cuisine.
Students will live with Moroccan families in modern or traditional homes in various neighborhoods throughout Rabat and the outskirts of the city. Families are carefully selected by local CIEE staff members and are matched carefully, according to student preferences. Most homes combine Western and traditional Moroccan elements, and families typically are multilingual. All homestays families have Wi-Fi internet.
Student can go to Traditional Moroccan Spa (Hamam) in their free time for an authentic experience, go surfing and kayaking, visit Mohamed V National Theatre and Renaissance Cultural Center where they play live music and host cultural and artistic events, visit Rabat Zoo and Exotic Gardens. Students can also go ice skating in Rabat Mall, get lost in the old section of the city, cross Bouregrag River in a traditional boat to explore Rabat's twin city Sale, visit Rabat traditional bakeries and try Moroccan cookies with a delicious cup of mint tea , get lost in Oudaya's Kasbah (Rabat's little Greece), go for a run at Hilton Park or Harhoura's beach and students can go to museums and art galleries: Morocco's National Modern Art Museum, Archeo Museum, Art Villa, Bab Rouah Gallerie, CDG Gallerie, Royal Family Galerie and a lot more. We will be offering two cultural activities per week and our staff will always assist them planning activities during their free time.
All classes/guest speakers take place at the Study Center. The Introduction to Arabic sessions are designed to help students adjust to the local Arabic dialect and assist them with their transition into Moroccan society. The sessions adopt a communicative methodology and introduces local spoken Arabic in a variety of authentic life situations, helping students develop immediate survival conversational competence. Role plays and simulations, group work with native speakers, and field-based activities are used to increase students’ exposure to the target language.
Lunch is on your own. The CIEE Study Center, located in Agdal, a prominent neighborhood in central Rabat, provides easy access to public transportation. There are numerous restaurants and cafes nearby.
After lunch, language and culture peers, who are local university students, will meet you at the Study Center on an outing to the old medina or old city of Rabat. There you will take part in a scavenger hunt that takes you through the hidden alleyways and markets of the medina. The scavenger hunt will commence at a café overlooking the Rabat beach at sunset.