مقابلة مع عتيقة
Atika is currently the landlord of PCVs Megan and Jacob, but her history with Peace Corps dates back to the 80s when a PCV named Bill lived below her and her family. Today, she shares postcards, pictures and stories of past volunteers with Megan and Jacob all while creating new stories with them. "Come here and kiss me," she always teases Megan. Learn more about Atika and her experiences with Peace Corps volunteers through our Q&A with her.
عتيقة هي المؤجِّر الحالي لمتطوعي هيئة السلام ميغان و جايكوب ، لكن بداية تجربتها مع هيئة السلام تعود إلى الثمانينيات عندما كان أحد المتطوعين الملقب بـ "بيل" يعيش في الطابق تحت بيت أسرتها. اليوم ، تشارك بطاقات بريدية وصورًا وقصصًا للمتطوعين السابقين مع ميغان وجايكوب أثناء خلقها لقصص جديدة معهم. "تعالي إلى هنا وقبليني" ،هكذا تغيض ميغان دائما. تعرف على المزيد حول عتيقة وتجاربها مع متطوعي هيئة السلام من خلال هذا الاستجواب.
In celebration of Peace Corps Morocco's '55 Years of Friendship' campaign, PCV Keanna Cohen (2016-2018) and Counterpart Zineb Kouhel discuss their relationship and how it goes beyond that of a typical work relationship.
Together Keanna and Zineb facilitated Project Soar in a Box, a girls' empowerment curriculum, in their local village, as well as various other programs, and have attended multiple trainings together. Outside of work, Keanna and Zineb can be found eating pastries at the only cafe in town, or laughing obnoxiously at each other in the streets. Zineb jokes, "When people meet me in the street, the first person they ask about is my mom, the second person is Keanna. Always."
Amina and I met my first day of school. She was a fellow teacher and she was the first woman to befriend me in my new home. Everyone was quite suspicious of a young single woman living alone.
Little did I realize at the time how progressive Amina was. She was curious, outgoing, willing to challenge social norms by living alone herself and befriending strange Americans! Only when I met other women and travelled to other towns to visit RPCVs did I appreciate how open she was to learn about new people and cultures. She met many of my PC friends and I think they too have fond memories of her. She, like I did, suffered from the criticism of the community because she was unmarried and adventurous. Although she never did anything scandalous, she questioned authority and thought that a well-behaved Moroccan woman could also be independent. In fact, she suffered far more criticism than I did because she was supposed to “know better.” I was so grateful that she was interested in learning as much from me as I learned from her.
One way Seloua Bekki, training assistant, describes Peace Corps: "It's always giving me a new motivation where it boosts my energy to do new things"
سلوى بكي: مساعدة في التدريب
بطريقتها الخاصة، وصفت سلوا بكي ، مساعدة في التدريب ، هيئة السلام: "إنها تمنحني دائمًا دافعًا جديدًا حيث تعزز طاقتي للقيام بأشياء جديدة".
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Kevin Vogel, served in Morocco from 2003 to 2005 in Sidi Ifni in the south of the country. And ten years later he returned as a Foreign Service Officer to work in the US Embassy in Rabat. "I'm very excited because I'm going to be heading down to Sidi Ifni to see my host family." Join in watching the friendship that they had developed over 15 years ago!
متطوع هيئة السلام السابق كيفن يعود إلى بلدته المضيفة
متطوع هيئة السلام ، كيفن فوغل ،أدى خدمته في المغرب ما بين 2003 و 2005 في سيدي إفني جنوب البلاد. وبعد عشر سنوات عاد كموظف في وزارة الخارجية للعمل في السفارة الأمريكية بالرباط. "أنا متحمس للغاية لأنني ذاهب إلى سيدي إيفني لرؤية عائلتي المضيفة." انضم إلينا لمعرفة المزيد حول الصداقة التي طوروها منذ أكثر من 15 عامًا!
I will never forget the first day that I met my host sister Fatiha Charrou. It feels like it was just yesterday. I remember the color of her clothes, the first thing she said to me, and even the look on her face when I walked through the door.
It was cold and rainy when I met Fatiha. I was so nervous that I hardly said anything at first. I remember walking into the house to find everyone sitting in the salon all huddled around the wood-burning stove. Fatiha was wearing a dark blue jelaba. I could see her dyed, blonde hair peeking out from her black scarf. I walked in and nervously said hello and kissed the women on the cheeks. I remember Fatiha also looking nervous, but more curious than uneasy. She looked at me up and down like she was trying to figure me out. I just stared blankly back at her, trying to figure out what I was going to say next.