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Introduction letter

S-salam u3alaykum dear Moroccan Semester students,

As time is getting closer and closer to our course I would like to take sometimes to introduce myself to you and also encourage you to post your introduction letter on the Yak Board. I recently finished instructing our summer course and  I am very excited and filled with curiosity to start our first-ever fall program in Morocco!

To start with me, my name is Ismail Bahallou and I was born and raised in Morocco. This  semester program will be my second program instructing with Where There Be Dragons in Morocco. I have been inspired by the work of Where There Be Dragons; where students learn language, culture and are exposed to the diversity of Morocco. I currently live in the south-central part of Morocco. Specifically, live in the town of Goulmima which is in the Errachidia Province. I am passionate about exploring new cultures, meeting new people, and exploring the hidden places around the world. In addition, I enjoy a number of different sports and also hiking. I have always been inspired by thinking outside the box, looking for what is behind the ordinary, adventure, and getting to know what the world is hiding. There are so many insights a person can gain when meeting new people from different cultures, which will soon do yourself when you arrive in Morocco.

During my undergraduate studies I traveled to another city in order to pursue my higher education at the University of Moulay Ismail in the city of Meknes. While at university I chose to enroll in English Studies. Most recently, I have been working as a Language and Cross-Cultural Facilitator with the US Peace Corps in Morocco. For many years now, I have had the chance to visit different parts of my country. Many of these travels were with group of American Peace Corps trainees as I served as their guide and facilitator for their volunteer work in Morocco. Peace Corps  has provided me with a number of additional training and engagement experiences, including attending a workshop about Project Design and Management and working to deliver STEM camp.

So, that’s a little about me! Feel free to use Yak Board to tell us, your future instructors and co-travelers, about yourself. My personal e-mail address is:[email protected]

Looking forward to meeting you all in Morocco soon!

Best regards,

Ismail Bahallou