The pre-departure phase of the program is mandatory for all participants. This phase is designed to help reduce initial culture shock and maximize participants learning experiences while abroad through a series of four one-day workshops.
During the pre-departure phase, participants are expected to engage in a variety of readings and videos that focus on Moroccan culture, pedagogical issues encountered in cross-cultural setting and learn how to use ethnographic methods to conduct deep critical reflection. Participants will learn the Arabic alphabet as well as survival basics in the Morrocan Arabic dialect.
The Pre-Departure Orientation Workshops will take place on:
- March 22, 2014
- April 26, 2014
- May 31, 2014
- June 21, 2014