Do I need a visa to go to Morocco?
Visa requirements depend on the following factors: nationality, your purpose of travel and length of stay. Please check the needed documents with the Moroccan Consulate in your country.
Purpose of travel: CVWM trips fall under the category of volunteer tourism and we recommend you state your
purpose of travel as "vacation" or "tourism" when asked by immigration officials. If you state "work” or “volunteer
work” as your purpose, immigration officers often demand you to pay a fee for work visa, which is not necessary for your volunteer program.
Length of stay: A tourist may stay in Morocco usually for a maximum of 90 days. Please check with the Moroccan Consulate in your country.
How to apply: If you are required to obtain a tourist visa prior to arrival, you will need to contact the relevant Moroccan Consulate. Volunteers who plan to stay longer than 3 months can apply for an extension of the
tourist stamp or visa once in country and our local staff will help you with this.
All volunteers need to ensure that their passport that is valid for 6 months after the day of entry in Morocco.
Do I need vaccines for Morocco?
All vaccinations remain a personal choice and we recommend visiting a travel doctor (ideally 4 to 6 weeks prior to your start date) to discuss vaccinations, as the list we provide below is only a guide. Your doctor will advise you of the benefits and implications for vaccinations available in accordance to your full travel plans so you can make an informed decision. We recommend considering the following vaccinations:
*. Hepatitis A
*. Hepatitis B
Why Pay To Volunteer?
Paying to volunteer is becoming increasingly common. As the idea of volunteering abroad becomes more popular, many companies and organisations view it as an opportunity to make quick and vast amounts of money, so it is imperative to look out for any volunteering organisations that are in the business for the wrong reasons. Many on the other hand only require money from volunteers so that they do not lose any, and charge a reasonable amount. Most people will enter into voluntary work believing that they should not have to pay as they are dedicating their time. What should always be considered though is that your experience will also benefit you. You get the opportunity to live and work in a totally new environment, learn a new language and new skills, meet like-minded people and fully immerse yourself in the culture of a new country.and the most important things is to be a part of a Moroccan Muslum family, It also provides charities and small organisations with the chance to survive well into the future.
Your service program fee pays your costs as CVWMorocco Volunteer in the host community.
This includes your food, lodging,program materials, the services of a trained team leader, and administrative costs.
What is the currency in Morocco?
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD). We recommend checking out the most current exchange rate before your departure.
Managing your money: We recommend taking some VISA or Mastercard credit/debit card to keep away in case of emergencies. ATMs are easily accessible in major cities and tourist areas, and hotels, shops and restaurants in tourist areas generally accept credit cards. You will need Dirham for public transportation, taxis and
independent shops and hospitality venues. Most currencies can be exchanged easily at the airport (although you will not receive a favorable exchangerate) and at any bank.
Is it easy to keep in touch with friends and family at home?
Phone: You can bring your own cell phone to Morocco to use with a local pre-paid SIM card, however, it must be an unlocked, quad band, 3G phone. You can buy prepaid SIM cards for US$5. Both International and local/long distance calls can be made.
If you are unable to bring a phone from home, you can also buy a local phone when you arrive in country. If you wish to use your own cell phone on global roaming, you will need to check with your cell phone provider for roaming costs and coverage in Morocco.
Please note, the country code of Morocco is +212.
Internet: You will be able access to WiFi and the Internet at Internet cafes in Casablanca.
I have never been to Morocco before and am worried! How safe is it?
Once I am at the Airport, is anybody from CVWM there to pick me up?