At the end of the day, if you are a teacher, you want to see the schools because that is where the kids are and that means there is energy. Moroccan students are just like Americans students for the most part. Some are focused on studying and getting good grades, some want to have fun and be silly, and some just enjoy the social interaction that schools naturally bring. The biggest difference was the Moroccan students willingness to allow me to be part of their school. I WAS THE SELFIE KING!!!
There are about 50 more selfies that I did not upload but you get the basic idea. Moroccans are welcoming people and were definitely interested in learning more about the United States and my students. More than anything, these students were just fun!!! I enjoyed getting to meet them and truly missed them when I left to go back home. They reminded me so much of my own students so the connections was definitely there for me!
Being in Morocco reminded me of something that I focus on with my own students. Look at each student in the pictures above. Each of those sets of eyes sees the world just a bit different than the other. All of them have hopes and dreams. All of them what to be significant and important to someone.
While I have focused on the students I do want to mention the great teachers and administrators in Guelmim. I genuinely liked to talking to them because they were so open to conversation. Sometimes their English wasn't the best and my French is not that great but we learned to communicate because we wanted to find out about each other which is what Global Exchanges are all about.