Here is our last installment from our Fall 2014 semester. Thank you Corrine DiGiovine for volunteering to write our Newsletter updates and getting your experiences in Morocco out there!
CIEE Rabat had a wonderful semester with lost of new developments, experiences, and growth. We thank you for being apart of it and taking the time to stay connected.
We are looking forward to welcoming a new group of students in late Janurary, so until then, Happy New Year and best wishes from CIEE Rabat!
The semester has reached its end and students participating in CIEE Rabat’s Fall 2014 semester are finishing their finals and departing from their homestays. Most are returning to their respective homes, while others are traveling throughout Europe and other parts of Morocco.
Students recently attended their final CIEE-led excursion, which was to Marrakech and Essaouria. During the weekend, students had the option to attend historical tours of both cities and independently explore. They had the opportunity to visit a rural village located outside of Marrakech in Ourika Valley where students enjoyed lunch at a guesthouse, hiking, and visiting a small synagogue.
Students on a tour of Marrakech
In addition to finals, the last few weeks of the semester included a few group activities such as a paintball match in Temara, located 20-minutes from Rabat, and a group dinner at Resident Director Madiha Chafik-DeRosa’s house.
Sai, Lauren, Suad, Kelly, Sherin, and Meagan post paintball.
The semester concluded with a farewell dinner/holiday party at the CIEE Study Center in Agdal, Rabat. The students, local Moroccan volunteers, and some members of host-families attended the party. The get together included a gift exchange, superlatives, a photo booth and holiday-themed games.
Some of our CIEE volunteers at the party.
Student of the month:
Hometown: Castro Valley, California.
School: University of California, Davis
Favorite Moroccan cuisine: Couscous went from being her least favorite Moroccan dish to her favorite, faster than you can say “LHumdullah”
Favorite thing to do in Rabat: Attend class
Lauren is in her last year as an International Relations major at UC Davis. She almost studied abroad in France, but after a moment of reflection, she realized that she wanted to challenge herself by exploring a culture that is completely different than her own.
Her favorite place in Morocco outside of Rabat is Tangier, where she traveled independently with other students. She said that what made her trip to Tangier so exciting was staying at the hostel the “Melting Pot,” where she met travelers from around the world.
She fills her spare time by hanging out with friends and playing percussion in her school’s marching band. Lauren says that her favorite part of the study abroad experience was getting to know students from other universities and parts of the U.S.. Lauren advises to future CIEE students in Rabat that they travel every weekend!