Cinematic Tradition in North Africa

While Louis Lumière, Orson Welles, and Alfred Hitchcock have all filmed award-winning masterpieces set against the nation’s breathtaking deserts and rugged mountain ranges, the country’s own local film culture has given rise to an array of international film festivals, acclaimed film academies, and prolific production studios. A fusion of Arab, Berber, Sub-Saharan African, and European influences, FWB Fellows work directly with Moroccan youth to explore their role in their own society and leverage the nation’s cinematic past to help shape its creative future.

Country Information

Program Overview

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places experienced filmmakers and arts educators in schools and community organizations across the coastal city of Agadir. Participants teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to Moroccan students throughout a combination of universities and government schools. Filmmakers are provided airfare, housing, and food for 1 academic year.

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works closely with its local partners to teach filmmaking in government schools and universities across Agadir. Participants can expect to work closely with Ibn Zohr University (Agadir, Morocco) and the Moroccan Ministry of Education as well as such associations as the Iligh Association and the Foundation du Sud.

Volunteers in the Morocco program must:

  • Be a native or native-level English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have at least 2 years of film-related and/or teaching experience
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS has a rolling admissions process for all of our programs. However, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible to strengthen your chances of acceptance into your chosen program. All application materials including your personal statement, resume, references, and transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline.

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Host Organizations

Volunteer Morocco improves the self-sustainability of under-privileged communities and their members in southwest Morocco by improving health care access, education, farming technologies, and assisting in the formation of micro-enterprises. Volunteer Morocco develops and encourages economic self-sustainability in the rural village region of Riad Imsouane, with a particular emphasis on the empowerment of women, while also supporting Moroccan Associations and Cooperatives that provide education, healthcare, and sustainable farming to the Agadir-Riad Imsouane region.

Travel & Housing

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partners cover the cost of flights and housing for one full year. Participants will be provided with round-trip airfare to their destination city. Participants will live together in apartments or houses.

Living & Teaching in Morocco

FWB participants teach Moroccan students in collaboration with Volunteer Morocco’s community and youth development projects.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Program Dates: August 2017 – July 2018
  • Priority Application Deadline: April 15th, 2017
  • Final Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017
  • Additional Timetables 

Health & Safety

Our number one priority is the health and safety of participating filmmakers. In-country orientation includes discussion of health and safety issues and practical information to enable participants to stay safe and well. Throughout the year, the Field Director and your host community will serve as a support system for you as you navigate a new country. Although most of the countries where FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works do not have medical facilities comparable to those in the United States, we avoid placing volunteers at sites that do not have access to adequate medical care. All volunteers are required to secure independent emergency medical evacuation insurance. 

Financial Details

The Morocco Program is fully funded. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partner organizations cover the total cost of flights, housing, and food.  However, participants are required to submit a fully-refundable $1000 deposit that will be returned to them upon completion of their 1 year contract.

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