Most business is conducted in French, although most people speak a form of Arabic. The local dialect is known as darija. In addition, about 10 million Moroccans, mostly in rural areas, speak Berber. English is spoken less than French and Spanish, but is rapidly becoming the foreign language of choice among educated youth. Proficiencies in the major languages greatly increases your chance of gaining a position.
Though it can be difficult for a foreigner to find short-term work in Morocco, there is a niche for foreign-language speakers. Look for jobs in writing, editing and translation (especially if you are a native English-speaker), development and aid, teaching, language call centers, finance and investment.
English-speaking expats are in demand for teaching English. Language schools usually require applicants to have TEFL course certificates and a college degree. You must have adequate visa clearance and registration. Most schools will supply you the intent to employ so you can secure a visa.
Complete information for teaching English can be found under "Adverts and Recruitment".
An employment contract is standard for any working environment and in the case of student or short-term work, a student employment contract may be used. This usually imposes a time-limit between a student and an employer, with the student getting a salary for his/her work. Making a formal student work contract is not mandatory (it is possible to sign a standard employee contract instead), but may have additional benefits for a student position.
ISE Card(International Student Exchange Card) - An internationally recognized identification card with thousands of discounts in over 80 countries, it is valid for one year from date of issue. Students of ANY age are eligible, as well as faculty members and children to young adults from 12-25. The price is $25 and you can purchase it online at www.isecard.com/products/index.html.
SIC (International Student Identity Card) - Full-time students 12 years and older offers discounts on travel rates, accommodations, shopping, entertainment, basic sickness and travel insurance, and inexpensive international phone calls. A passport sized photo is required and the card costs about $25 and is good through December 31st of each year. It can be purchased at www.isic.org/student-card/buy-an-isic.aspx.
IYTC (International Youth Travel Card) - A discount card for travelers under 26 who aren't enrolled in school, this card offers a smaller range of youth travel discounts. The card costs $22 card.
A Work Visa is for people intending to work in Morocco. Work permits may only be granted to candidates who have been offered a specific position with a particular Moroccan company. The company in question must apply on behalf of the candidate and will be required to demonstrate that the position being offered could not have been filled by a Moroccan citizen or permanent resident.
For complete info, consult the "Passport, Visa & Permits" section.
|You will find information on voluntary jobs or internship abroad in our other articles on the left column of this page.|
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