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“ TALENT WINS GAMES, BUT TEAM WORK AND INTELLIGENCE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
What is AIESEC
AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national / social origin.
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CONTENT A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT IBN BATTUTA
MY VIEW ON MOROCCO
Tangier And Religions
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A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT
I B N
Who Was Ibn Battuta?
bu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta was born in 1304 in Morocco’s northern port of Tangier. Wise beyond his years, at an early age he shortened his name to Ibn Battuta*, thereby ensuring that he would not have to go down in history as “Abu What’s-His-Name, the Greatest Traveler Who Ever Lived.” But make no mistake, Ibn Battuta was indeed the greatest traveler to ever walk the earth. In an era when precious few possessed the means or the courage to submit to curiosity and venture off the map’s edge, Ibn Battuta set out to complete Islam’s traditional pilgrimage to Mecca, and ultimately spent the better part of his life wandering.
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At the Center of the world IN Jerusalem, I stood at the center of the world. I could go anywhere from here. if I took this road, I would be on my way to India and China. That road, to Zanj. Traveling-it offers you a hundred roads to adventure, and gives your heart wings! IBN BATTUTA
or misunderstood places and bringing the stories of those
T H E V OYA G E
n nearly 30 years on the road, Ibn Battuta traversed North
places and their inhabitants to life.
Africa, Egypt, and the Swahili coast; reached Mecca on
HIS WRITING AND HIS LAST YEARS
the Arabian Peninsula, passing through Palestine and Great-
bn Battuta returned home in 1349 to Tangier, where he
er Syria en route; swung through Anatolia and Persia to
visited the grave of his mother, who had been carried
Afghanistan; crossed the Himalayas to India, then Sri Lanka
off by the Black Death (plague) only a few months before
and the Maldives; and reached the eastern coast of China
his return. (During his return, he learned in Damascus that
before turning around and zigzagging all the way back to
his father had died 15 years earlier.) Ibn Battuta stayed in
Morocco. Then he figured, why not add on a few more years
Tangier only a few days before leaving to visit North Africa,
criss-crossing the Sahara?
Spain, and West Africa (Mali). He returned from that trip in
Even before the term existed, Ibn Battuta lived as a true
1354 to Fez, Morocco, where the local sultan commissioned
“Renaissance man.” A trained qadi, or judge, Ibn Battuta was
a young literary scholar to record Ibn Battuta’s experiences.
also proficient in geography, botany, and Islamic theology,
The scholar had to compose the whole story into literary
and possessed a social scientist’s shrewd capacities of ob-
form, using a type of Arabic literature called a rihla, indi-
servation. But the primary reason Ibn Battuta lives on today
cating a journey in search of divine knowledge. The two
is his writing.
men collaborated for two years, with Ibn Battuta telling his story and drafting notes about it. Ibn Battuta possessed an
extraordinary memory, but he also misremembered some
hough his prose may not have been the most exhil-
facts and dates.
arating, Ibn Battuta established the science which
All we know about Ibn Battuta’s life after the writing of his
would eventually become the art of travel writing. Along his
book is that he held the office of judge in some town or
journey, he recorded copious observations, notes, insights,
other. Since he was not yet 50 when he stopped traveling,
and lessons. This magnum opus was preserved by a young
he is thought to have married again and to have had more
scribe who, at the request of Morocco’s sultan, spent many
children. He died in 1368 or 1369; the place of his death is
months transcribing Ibn Battuta’s story, ultimately compil-
not known, nor the location of his grave.
ing al-Rihla or “The Travels”. The Travels of Ibn Battuta are the inspiration for this travel
blog**, in which the author seeks to follow the example
set by history’s greatest itinerant, traveling to little known
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N O W E I V MY
O C C O R MO
y curiosity about Morocco started years ago, when I got interested to discover a little bit more about it
after i was stunned by its beauty. Since I was pretty young, and traveling far away alone was not an easy thought, I give my idea time. This year was my final year of studies, so I finally had time and little bit more courage to emerge into this AIESEC global volunteering project. Morocco was the number one destination for choosing my project, so it didn’t took me long to find what I was looking for. I must admit that once I saw title ‘Discover Tangier and Agadir’, I was not familiar with those two cities in Morocco. I did my research and after looking couple of photos and video on YouTube, it was not so hard to convince me. The fact that those two cities were complete opposite in climate, food, nature and its position got my attention right away. I knew that in that way I will have an experience that I wanted to have and that is to see a full picture of diversity in Morocco, the one that not many people get to have as a simple
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tourist visiting for couple days. So my choice was made, and lucky for me I got expected and the ticket was bought. I must say that as much as I was happy to go, my last days at home were really relaxed. There were no rush and hurry to pack, or any kind of worries. Actually, I was the only one who was not worried about my trip, since I was getting all kind of advices from my friends who visited, family to be extra careful and everything dealing with that. But, since I was in touch with people from AIESEC in Tangier the whole time I had no space for any kind of worrying and I knew that I will have a very welcoming and nice trip. My ticket was from Montenegro (my home country) to Charleroi (Brussels) where I stayed one night. Next morning I had direct flight to Tangier. So on December 2, 2017 my trip to Morocco started. Of course, I made sure to have a seat next to the window .The flight duration was around 2 hours, so it was long enough for me to enjoy the view and relax a bit before my ‘hectic’ adventure in Morocco. The best part of the flight was crossing from Europe to
THE SUNRISE, OLD MEDINA & BOWLING
o the morning came I after having breakfast and mint tea with Yassine and his family, we went to meet with a
lovely Fatimma , who was in charge of showing me around Tangier, and Yousra, another EP for ‘Drawing Smiles’ project from Jordan. Together with took a long walk to the center to the old medina. And that was my first time entering old Medina. The smells, spices, adhan coming from the mosque.
Africa. Such a small distance, but from the first moment flying across Tangier, you could see even from the plane the different kind of architecture, something yet unknown and new to me. So after couple minutes a plane landed and I was finally in Tangier.
THE SUNSET, STREETS & FOOD
was welcomed at the airport and after short but beautiful ride to the city I was enjoying the sunset. We went to my
host (Yassine) family home where I was told I will stay. It was my first time seeing in person the traditional way of living in Tangier, and it something I was waiting for. And there was the first shock for me, the living room. We didn’t want to lose time so after short break we were
Then we went to the shopping mall and decided to have some fun. We meet with other Aiesec members and went bawling. After night full of laughs and amazing time it was time for home.
o Monday came and my official first day of project started. I meet with Fatimma and Ayoub to have a
coffee and discuss my project. They showed me the program that they put up for my three weeks in Tangier. I had a chance to learn little bit more of my obligations and work I will be doing while I was here. After that it was time for my first Tagine, and it was everything that I thought it will be, even better.
already on the streets of Tangier. The new, the old, mosques, shopping malls, it was a little bit of everything. That was my first impression of Tangier, a mix of everything. We went to shopping mall where I had a chance to see how modern Tangier actually is. That night I meet some of his friends in a small cafe close to the old Medina. We talked and talked, about prejudices, stereotypes, Moroccan student’s lifestyle and many other things. We had a nice walk around the city before heading back to Yassin’s home. And then it was time for food. Now, since I love food so much, I did my research on this and I was very familiar with the fact that Morocco has one of the best cuisines in the world so this was my long waited moment.
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T O P I C S
Today’s theme of the day was Hercules legend. If you ever googled touristic places to visit in Tangier it will probably pop up as one of the most famous places near the city, and there are many reasons for it.
irst, let’s remember what the legend says. There are couple of versions of what happened but according to the Greek
mythology Hercules was son of Zeus, the thunder god, and the mortal Alcmene.
Th e caves
ccording to the legend, Hercules had to pick up the golden apples from the Hesperidos (located in Tangier). He found
himself facing a giant. In this titanic battle of Hercules and the
He was known for his achievements as well as his strength.
giant (Anteus), Hercules split Strait of Gibraltar. After that his
Hera, wife of Zeus, has hated Hercules since his birth. She made
wife gave him a son, Sophex. They later founded a city named
a curse that made Hercules kill his wife and children. Wishing
Tingis (Tangier) in honor of his mother.
to purify his soul of the crime, he agreed to perform the twelve
Legend attributes to Hercules the development of the cave
labors given by Erystheus, according to Hera’s instructions.
which was named after him and serves as a resting place for him.
hat makes this place beautiful and worth visiting is the ocean itself. You don’t have to be taken by the legend
to enjoy it. The access to the cave is free, and you are one step from the beach. After making some cool photos, you can sit in a café with a beautiful view and have some drinks or even some traditional Moroccan food. But the best part about this place, and the most worthy reason to come here, in my opinion, is the sunset. And here’s the proof.
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he Caves of Hercules are partially manmade and naturally formed. Much of the cavernâ€™s interior was created while quarrying for millstone, which left marks that are still
visible. The most distinctive feature of the Caves of Hercules is the opening to the sea. It looks like the continent of Africa in reverse.. If you look close enough youâ€™ll see it too.
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oday we have visited unique place - The Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies. Is located in the medina, on a quarter known as Haoumat Béni-Ider. TTALIM, is not only a museum, but is the only US National Historic Landmark located in a foreign country. During long time The Legation was setting friendly relationship between Morocco and USA. Soon after the USA got independence, president Benjamin Franklin was negotiate a treaty with Morocco. Significance of the treaty was mainly to protect American shipping business in the Mediterranean Sea. From the 1820s to the 1960s The Legation function as official residence and office of the United States. Location of the TTALIM doesn’t changed since 1942. That’s why architectural design of building special, it charming example of mix of Moroccan and European styles. We can see there Moroccan-themed elements, with different shades of blue, red and Purple colors in the most impos-
ing decoration in The Arabe Pavillon and typical European stylistic details from beginning of 20 century. The first impression when you enter to museum makes the patio with artistic fountain with orange tree, hibiscus and geraniums around which make a contrast of color with the Moorish doors. One of exhibition intended for a famous American compositor Paul Bowles. He settled in Tangier 1947 and lived here to the end of his life. Paul Bowles became strongly identified with the city and symbolized American immigrants. He was a experimental in the North African ethnomusicology. He makes field recordings of traditional Moroccan music for the US Library of Congress. This collection includes dance music, music for Ramadan and for animistic rituals. Bowles tried to preserve traditional music, because he realized that modern culture would inevitably change.
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TANGIER AND RELIGION T
his is the part where Tangiers diversity really come to the spot. It’s a city with rich history and with acceptance for everyone, where you can find mosques, synagogues and cathedrals that together demonstrate
his is the part where Tangier’s diversity really comes to the spot. It’s a city with a rich history and with an acceptance for everyone, where you can find mosques, synagogues and cathedrals that together demonstrate the beauty of Tangier.
The Anglican Church of Saint Andrew
ituated just outside the old Medina, a beautiful peaceful church in the heart of Tangier. Its history is fascinating as it has influence not only from Christian belief but also Muslim and Jewish. The church was built on a land given to the Government of the Queen of Great Britain “Queen Victoria” by Sultan Moulay Hassan the first in 1883. It is built in authentic Moorish style, a mark of respect to its host country. It is surrounded with beautiful gardens and it’s the oldest used church in whole Morocco. You can see many interesting memorials around the walls and also in the Church yard, a heaven of peace and tranquility. Yassine, the faithful keeper, serves the church with honesty and devotion. He constantly looks after the grounds, prepares for the services and rings in the bell for services. The bell was given to the Church by the Spanish Franciscan Cathedral of Tangier. Inside the church you can also find some Greek icons.
lso known as Masaa Moshe, was built in 1878, by a wealthy banker from Tetuan to honor the memory of his father Mose Nahon. During that period Tangier already had approximately 8.000 Jews and many other synagogues. This synagogue’s congregation was wealthy as
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one can see from the large number of lamps offered in memory of deceased family members. Weddings, bar mitzvahs and circumcisions were celebrated here. There are two Jewish cemeteries located in Tangier. Most Jewish choose Morocco because it had coexisting criteria. Morocco was always accepting towards strangers and other religions and there were always Jewish and Christian neighborhood in Tangier. Jewish people were like proud Moroccan citizens and they found safety here after the WW II. On top floor you can find written marriage pacts and it’s the part for women. Downstairs are benches and place for men to pray. At the center of the room you can see writings from Torah, which represents Jewish bible. The word Torah has various meanings in English. These include: teaching, instruction and law. For Jews the Torah means all of these.
The Anglican Church of Saint Andrew
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N A C C O MOR
orocco is distinguished by its Amazigh, Arabian and European cultural influences. One of it’s city major northwestern city Tangier, has been a nexus for many cultures. It was considered to be an international city, with many European and American artists and businessmen. After years of gradual detachment from Spanish and French colonial control, it has a multicultural placement of Muslims, Christians and Jewish communities. Hence, the culture and traditions of Tangier city of Morocco have been an amalgamation of all these.
angier is a city with huge markets with shops and vendors of food, especially - spices, dry fruits, vegetable, fruits, and non-vegetarian food. A variety of Fresh Dates, Oranges and Olives are the commonly found here, as they are produced in morocco itself.
5-Coscous is a fine wheat pasta, steamed
over stew of meat and vegetables. To serve, the meat is covered by a pyramid of couscous. The vegetables are pressed on the sides and a sauce is served separately. It is often garnished with a sweet raisin preserve in the berber tradition.
1-Bread is the most eaten food item here. Moroccans eat bread with almost everything. There are a variety of breads we can find here.
2-Chuross is a Spanish snack which is also a part of Tangier’s favorite foods now!
made of strips of of dough rolled to resemble a rose. Deep fried until golden and coated with a syrup made of honey and rose water. Sprinkled with Sesame.
4-Pastilla is a mix of sweet and salty flavors
throughout, to have been brought to morocco from Andalucía by the moors. This elaborate pie is traditionally cooked in spices topped with a layer of toasted and ground almonds and cinnamon. All wrapped in a warka pastry.
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The food has the most crucial role to play in the culture of a place.
3-Chebakia is a pastry of Moroccan origin
6-Tajine is a clay cooking pot with a conical
lead that gives itâ€™s name to a myriad of dishes. Tagine can be seen bubbling away at every roadside cafĂŠ, found in topnotch restaurants and in every home. It is always served with bread.
7-Harira soup is rich with tomatoes, lentils,
chickpeas and lamb. It is finished off with a squeeze of lemon juice and some chopped coriander. It is served with a sticky, sweet pretzel called chebakia.
8-Moroccan mint tea is known as Moroccan
whisky. It is a drink of choice, usually heavily sweetened with sugar chipped off a sugar cone. Gun powder tea is steeped with a few springs of spearmint stuffed into the teapot. It is poured into a tea glass from a height to create a froth called the crown.
While morocco is justifiably famous for breathtaking scenery, Islamic architecture and a rich history of art and craft, the country truly stands out as a Paradise for Foodies!
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GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING Les enfants du paradis The topic of our day was health so we took opportunity to visit an NGO called ‘Les enfants du paradis’ in Tangier.
t’s an organization that works with young adults and children with disabilities. Trough AIESEC, people can volunteer in this
organization and with their talents and good will make their positive impact. So today, together with AIESEC volunteers from the project ‘Drawing smiles’, we met the director of this center and all the amazing people that work there. They were kind to show us around, to introduce us to the children and answer our questions about this organization. The NGO is doing meaningful work, it gives hope of a better life for people with disabilities, and they cherish very much all volunteers who came here to help them achieve this goal. Some of the tasks that volunteers do is drawing and cooking with children ,playing instruments ,doing sports, teaching kids their own language, and just helping people who work there with their daily activities. The NGO exists since 2007. And they are currently working with 130 children.
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How was the organization created? It started with a group of seven people, mainly parents of children with disabilities and some specialists in this field. There was nobody to take care of the children so they were helping them individually. Instead of doing it individually, they decided to create this organization. They started with 24 people of staff, but with time it grew more because they noticed that there are a lot of people who need their help.
Are there enough places like this in Morocco? Considering how many people with disabilities there are in Morocco, and comparing to EU countries, where centers and schools for children with the disabilities are founded mainly by the government, the number of such NGOs isn’t enough and still didn’t reach that level.
What are the main health problems currently that Morocco is dealing with? Like every country, Morocco is dealing with all kind of diseases,
teering work and try to help each other in every way we can.
Do we talk about people with disabilities enough in media today? The problem is that media only talks about people with disabilities and gives them attention on a special day. If there is a world day for people with disabilities, for example autism, they will give them attention once a year and after that they won’t talk about it or mention it again, and we need improve like that.
hospitals and research centers for people who are dealing with
Once they grow up and leave the center, where can people with disabilities work?
cancer and rare diseases.
Not all people get integrated into working environment. It de-
but the main problem in general is that there are not enough of
How are people with disabilities treated in Morocco? Back in the day, it was more of a challenge to have disabilities. Today, because of the media and sensibility of the theme, people are getting more aware of it, but it’s still not enough. We
pends on each person individually and their capability to work. In most of the time, they work in private companies.
How do you see your organization in the future? We hope that conditions for taking care of people with disabil-
need to integrate people with disabilities in a better way in the
ities will improve in the future. We also hope that society will
learn how to be more acceptable towards them.
What can we do as individuals and what should be our acts to help people with disabilities? We need to accept them as they are. We need to educate children from young age and teach them how to be tolerant when it comes to people with disabilities. We need to do more volun-
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SDG-5: GENDER EQUALITY
“AIESEC for Tangier has given us the opportunity to not only travel and explore Morocco, but also touch the most vulnerable and deepest emotions of it’s people.” One of our themes in this week was gender equality so we visit-
ed an association called ‘100% Mamans’ in Tangier. “Mamans”
We spent some time in this center, learning more about their
means : “Mothers” in English.
work and the results they have achieved for all this time and we
Mother, is not just a word but an emotion, and Motherhood is
were deeply moved by their strength and their vision.
like a sacred religion. The organization runs for and with single moms, by giving them professional and social support since
The idea behind the professional center is to try to give single
Their mission is to defend and promote the dignity, citizenship
moms the way to achieve their dreams, by providing the con-
and full exercise of the human rights of single mothers and their
touring and catering classes. This program last 3 month, and
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after its end, people working in this center are responsible for finding work for them. In the center, they also provide life skills, which are classes that help women to learn all the necessary things and prepare them for their working environment. They
associations and have contracts with them to help them achieve their goals. The association is trying to improve
of single mothers benefiting from the association through a system of social economy and sustainable professional integration.
Social center The social center is providing a kindergarten and a medical center for the children. There are people who take care of the
While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality
children, while their mothers are doing their job in professional
and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Develop-
centers or while they are busy with their work.
ment Goals, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination
in every part of the Gender equality is not Writehave here somethingandabout the group ofcare images youviolence past in this pages. Raworld. il in pressequam They a psychologist psychiatrist that take of and only a fundamental audignat re their voloratus et es sanduntio. Quid ut voles estios audam.human right, but a necessary foundation for mothers from first stepad in the association. Values of this association are progress, freedom, justice, and
a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
dignity of the person and specifically of women. It also takes
We loved what this foundation is doing for single moms, wom-
care of the law cases, and how to emotionally prepare a woman
en’s rights, their education, emotional healing, training and em-
ployment, and what they are doing for their beautiful babies too.
They have a house where they all live together, it’s a small simu-
It’s so good to know the people of the organization work for such
lation to see how it’s going to be once they have their own place.
a noble cause and support gender equality. It was so amazing to visit the association and meet its members, the mothers and
The association also runs a radio to spread awareness about
their little babies.
their rights and stories. It gives them the freedom to express themselves. The association also spreads awareness about drug addiction, and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases or undesired pregnancy.
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SDG-5: LIFE BELOW WATER
Experiencing a day below water, I found out that Tangier, a city linked with water, a city linked with the sea, was pretty blue and fresh and I would like to stay here for a longer, and longer time.
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Food is always the best way to begin a day. For lunch, the AIESECer, Fatima, led us to a local restaurant, situated deep in the city center and filled with the local people. As todayâ€™s topic was LIFE BELOW WATER, we had a big plate of seafood served for five people.There were several big roasted sea fish and dozens of fried fish, fried shrimps as well as fried squid rings. We could eat the fish dipped with the local tomato & chilly flavor sauce. What a meal! After lunch, we began to wander The Marcala beach from a mildly steep cliff down which we could see scattered local people fish. Just next to the cliff, there was a little lake probably made of some tides. From the beach side, we saw such a gorgeous scene, the endless, deeply blue, breathtaking sea as well as the creamy white cloud. Across the endless sea, the Mediterranean Sea, it is the Spain, for which tangier has been a strategic gateway since the ancient time.
for bathing, snorkeling or just sit on the beach to enjoy the moment of peace and quiet. There are many cobblestones on the beach near the shallow sea and I picked one! There were some local people running on the path. On the opposite side of the path, there was a mountain on which some Europe style residences or castles are built. They are colorful and totally fresh for us Chinese travelers. Walking along the sea road, we took pictures, viewed the remote coastline, flying sea gull and the slowly moving clouds. The time was like concreting at that moment and we could spend the whole life here, squandering. As the end of the WATER day, we went to a coastal Japanese restaurant to have sushi cuisine.
Stoned steps built up on the sea and people can go down the beach
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OUR VALUES : COMMITMENT, INNOVATION, DISCIPLINE, ENJOYMENT, DETERMINATION AND
AIESEC FOR TANGIER MOTTO
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Published on Mar 11, 2018