Here is a short presentation about integration and equality at the American Language Center in Marrakesh, featuring some very special students and teachers.
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco is pleased to announce:
THE 2012 MIDDLE EAST PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE (MEPI)
FOR STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rabat is seeking candidates for the 2012 Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) for Student Leaders program. University level students between 18 and 24 years of age who have a good command of English; who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement and extracurricular activities; who have a strong interest in civic engagement and learning about the United States and its societal institutions; who have never traveled to the United States, are invited to apply for this program.
The program offers up to seven (7) scholarships for Moroccan students currently at university or a higher educational institution. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
The MEPI for Student Leaders Program will take place in an American University for six (6) weeks, from June 26 to August 7, 2012. The program is designed around the theme of how leadership is conceived and practiced in different capacities (governmental, community, civil society, private sector, etc.) and will address themes including conflict resolution and program dynamic, the role of civil society in the democratic process, and change management.. Student leaders will have a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss values, issues, and institutions that have played important roles throughout the history of the United States.
Participants in this program will live on a U.S. college campus, attend lectures, roundtable discussions, and site visits with academics and civic leaders, meet ordinary American citizens in a variety of cities and towns, engage in local community service activities and, most importantly, have the opportunity to discover the United States and its diverse cultures for themselves. They will be coming from Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jerusalem, Libya and Yemen.
All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel
and ground transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence will be paid by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) office.
The Selection preference will be given to candidates with limited or no travel experience outside of Morocco. MEPI office will not accept candidates who have traveled to the United States. Participants must demonstrate proficiency in conversational and written English. They may be in any field of specialization, must be prepared to engage seriously in class discussions and other activities, able to inform and educate Americans about the Moroccan culture and society in different activities and in public presentations.
Competition is open to all applicants who meet the following minimum criteria:
a. Are 18 to 24 years of age;
b. Demonstrate English language ability;
c. Are committed to returning to their home country/community following completion of the program;
d. Demonstrate strong leadership potential;
e. Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
f. Have a sustained high level of academic achievement;
g. Demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement;
h. Have no prior travel experience in the United States and limited to no study or travel experience outside their home country;
i. Are willing and able to participate fully in intensive academic;
community service, and educational travel activities;
j. Are comfortable with campus life, sharing living accommodations while traveling with a multinational group of participants from the Middle East and North Africa region and with U.S. citizens, and making adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries/communities; and
k. Are comfortable spending a portion of Ramadan in the U.S.
HOW TO APPLY?
Applications must be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, January 31, 2012 with the subject name of “2012 MEPI Student Leaders”. No late applications will be accepted.
For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Section at email@example.com or call 0537-66-8187.
On Sunday, December 11th, the “Community Service Program” at the ALC organized an awareness day on the subject of “elderly people”, the issues faced by the elderly in the Rabat area community, and things that could be done to help improve their lives. The event was in collaboration with « L’Association des Jeunes Chercheurs en
Informatique et Télécommunications »
Study abroad in the USA with NESA UGRAD!
NESA UGRAD, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides outstanding Moroccan students ages 18-25 with the opportunity to pursue one academic year of undergraduate studies at an American university. NESA UGRAD is not a degree program. It is an academic challenge, a cultural immersion and the perfect stepping stone to future graduate studies in the USA. Download the NESA UGRAD flyer <http://morocco.usembassy.gov/> from U.S. Embassy Rabat, contact us on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/usembassyrabat> with any Morocco-specific questions and visit www.nesaugrad.org <http://www.nesaugrad.org> for more information and to apply online. ***The application deadline for Morocco is Sunday, January 22nd.*** What are you waiting for? Apply today!
Etudier aux Etats-Unis avec le programme NESA UGRAD !
NESA UGRAD est un programme financ par le Dpartement dEtat amricain. Cest une opportunit pour des tudiants marocains brillants, ayant entre 18 et 25 ans, de faire une anne dtudes de premier cycle dans une universit amricaine. NESA UGRAD est un programme dtudes qui ne donne pas accs un diplme. Cest une exprience acadmique, une immersion culturelle et le tremplin parfait pour de futures tudes de troisime cycle aux Etats-Unis. Tlchargez le formulaire NESA UGRAD du site de lU.S. Embassy Rabat, contactez-nous sur Facebook pour toute question spcifique la comptition au Maroc, et visitez www.nesaugrad.org <http://www.nesaugrad.org> pour plus dinformation et pour vous inscrire en ligne. ***Le dernier dlai pour sinscrire est le Dimanche 22 janvier 2012. Quattendez-vous ? Inscrivez-vous ds maintenant !
“ALC Agadir Students Reflect on a Year of Helping Their Community “
The ALC Agadir Community Service Club completed its first year this June with a party. There were chips, cake, soda, students and teachers at the party, but most importantly, there were fond memories of going out in the Agadir community and helping others.
The party was held to honor the students who had contributed to the success of the club. From October 2010 to June 2011, a group of 30 ALC students and teachers volunteered a total of 236 hours through different club projects. Activities included tutoring at-risk boys at a juvenile center, collecting used clothing, making sandwiches and giving them to street people, sponsoring a game day at the juvenile center, and collecting food for a local charity.
Most members faced challenges during their volunteer experiences, but everyone felt a sense of accomplishment with the knowledge that less fortunate people were made better off through the club’s efforts. Friendships were also made during the year, and everyone is looking forward to next year to see each other again and to keep up the good work!
Students and teachers of the ALC Agadir Community Service Club celebrate a year of helping their community.
Twelve Moroccan high school students returned from Space Camp USA this summer, an educational and linguistic experience like no other, sponsored by the American Language Centers of Morocco and the U. S. Deptarment of State. They were joined by students coming from all over the world, including 74 different nationalities.
Some of the local news stories are featured here.
Two students from the National Fine Arts School in Tetouan, Soukaina Joual and Yassine Khaled, have been granted tuition to learn English for a year at the local ALC. In exchange, they have painted a beautiful mural on one of the Center’s walls, evoking popular American culture and landmarks. The ALC Tetouan would like to congratulate them for their wonderful work and encourage students and friends to come admire it.
Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Your abilities in math and science and your English language skills may help make your dream come true! Applications are due by Friday, June 3 for the second edition of the Moroccan Space Camp Scholarship.
Space Camp is an interactive educational experience which brings theory to life through simulated training as a pilot or mission specialist aboard the NASA Space Shuttle. Twelve youth scholarship winners—boys and girls ages 15-17 who excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—will enroll in Advanced Space Academy: a challenging mental, emotional and physical experience for high school students.
Space Camp will take place in at the U.S. Space and RocketCenter in Huntsville, Alabama, USA from July 3-July 8, 2011. All participant costs including air and ground transportation, lodging, meals and incidental expenses will be paid by the U.S. Department of State and the AmericanLanguageCenters.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
A Moroccan citizen residing in Morocco and born between August 1, 1993 and July 30, 1996
A 14/20 average on your most recent report card including strong grades in science and math
Demonstrated interest and ability in math, science (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) or technology inside and outside the classroom
Strong English language skills (program is conducted entirely in English)
To apply, simply review the eligibility criteria above and, if you qualify, complete the online applicationform by Friday, June 3 and start gathering the necessary supporting materials listed in the application.
If selected for the next step, you will be contacted for an interview during the week of June 6-10. If chosen for the program, you will be notified on Monday, June 13.
If you have any questions, visit rabat.usembassy.gov or www.facebook.com/USEmbassyRabat or contact the U.S. Embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0537-66-80-45 .
Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut?
Students with David Amster
The View from Fez had the good fortune to catch up with a group of students from DartmouthCollege in the USA, studying at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez. There are 11 students in the programme which, by all accounts seems to be an intense cultural immersion.
The students are staying with Moroccan families and learning Darija (the local dialect), rather than standard Arabic. Today a group of them took a crash course in "conservation renovation" with restoration expert David Amster, who reported that their language skills were remarkable.
You can keep up with their adventures on their blog "Life in Fez"