Trip to the Sahara for ALC & ALIF Students

TRIP TO THE SAHARA
Friday, June. 30th 2017

ALIF is sponsoring a trip to the beautiful dunes of Southern Morocco!
We will depart from ALIF at 12:30 pm on Friday and arrive in Erfoud around 8 pm to spend the night in Hotel Xaluca with a buffet dinner, music and swimming.
After a relaxing morning swim and breakfast, we will head for the dunes, arriving at Merzouga’s Tombuktou Hotel one hour later where a buffet lunch will be served.
In late afternoon, we will ride camels on an overnight trek to the oasis to watch the sunset on Saturday night. We’ll leave Merzouga early Sunday morning after breakfast and should be back in Fez by 7:30 p.m
The cost for this excursion, including all transportation, meals and hotel expenses is 1400 dh including camels.
We will have a very short MANDATORY orientation meeting on Wednesday, June 28, at 12:15 in room 30 to discuss the itineraries and what to bring.
Plan to pay at this time!
PLEASE SIGN UP on the board in the garden by
Wednesday JUne 28th at noon

The Yale Whiffenpoofs in Concert at ALC Fes

The Yale Whiffenpoofs in Concert! 
Saturday, June 24 at 9:30 PM
ALC Fes, 2 Rue Ahmed Hiba, Fes Ville Nouvelle

Every year, 14 senior Yale University men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions, with a diverse and evolving repertoire ranging from traditional Yale standards to popular songs from every decade. 

Cole Porter was one of the original members of the group, and the “Whiffs” continue to sing some of his songs, such as “Too Darn Hot” and “Night and Day.”

Each year, 14 Yale seniors take the year off from their studies to travel the world, performing this year in 22 countries on six continents. We are thrilled and honored that they are coming to give a concert at ALC-Fes!

This concert, organized by the ALC-ALIF Music Club, is free and open to the general public. The performance will be in the garden of the American Language Centre.

Here’s their YouTube channel and website:
https://www.youtube.com/user/whiffenpoofs
http://www.whiffenpoofs.com/

The “Well of Hope” at the ALIF Riad

“The “Well of Hope” at the ALIF Riad on Sunday, May 21 at 6:30 PM
6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina

In keeping with the theme of this year’s music festival, the Well of Hope is a short metaphorical tale about the power of cultural exchange in today’s troubled world.
The text, by Kay d’Astorg, will be read in Arabic by Moroccan actress, Amal Ayouch, accompanied by the Oud of Hamza El Fasiki.

موازاة مع موضوع مهرجان الموسيقى لهذه السنة، ستقوم الممثلة أمل عيوش بقراءة نص “بئر الأمل” لكاي أستورغ بالعربية على أنغام عود حمزة الفاسيقي

بئر الأمل” يسرد حكاية مجازية قصيرة حول قوة التبادل الثقافي في عالم اليوم المضطرب”

المترجم: نور الدين ضرار

Home Sweet Home: Dreams, Hopes and Paintings Exhibition

Home Sweet Home: Moroccan Girls Draw and Paint their Hopes, Dreams and the Meaning of Home

Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, January 4 at 7 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina

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In an interdisciplinary collaboration young Moroccan women from the Girls’ Center at Ziat create images discussing perspectives of home with American artist Joan Marie Kelly from Singapore, psychologist Meryem Bouchnafati, and economist Firdaous Bakhchane, members of ALC Fes ALIF Community Service Club. Also on display are paintings by Joan Kelly, who has participated in an artist’s residency sponsored by ALC-Fes.

This exhibition, organized by the ALC-ALIF Community Service Club, continues through January 12 from 4:30-6:30, Monday to Friday.

US Exchange Programs Info Session at ALC Fes

Interested in getting a scholarship or a grant for your association, or participating in a cultural exchange program?
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is organizing an info session in collaboration with ALC Fes on Tuesday, December 6 at 3 PM in Room 30.
The session will introduce MEPI grants for local NGO’S and associations, as well as inform young people about different cultural exchange programs and scholarship opportunities in the United States.
All are welcome!

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Dead Car Dreaming: Return of the Rainbow Serpent at ALIF Riad

Dead Car Dreaming: Return of the Rainbow Serpent
Michael Wright exhibiting photos & mixed media of a sojourn in search of the Rainbow Serpent to Central Australia

Opening Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 PM, continuing though Oct. 29, 4-6 PM daily.
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina

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“In early August 2008, I was invited by the Aboriginal Elders of the Gumbynggira clan from the north coast of NSW to accompany them on a Sojourn to the desert region of Central Australia. Our quest was to invite a group of senior Anangu custodians to bring the Wanampi (Rainbow Serpent) Imma (Dance) across to the east coast of Australia and to then perform this dance.

We drove 2,400 km from Bellingen (a little coastal town about 6 hours drive north of Sydney) to the centre of Australia and it took days of 10 hours straight driving to cover this vast distance. The landscape changed from tropical on the coast to farmland and then to desert. The kaleidoscope of colour was a little overwhelming at times. I had little opportunity to sketch any of the landscape, as our driver was on a mission. But I did manage to take a few photos.

What caught my eye as we drove along the mainly deserted back roads was the number of old abandoned cars on the side of the road. Left where they broke down, often too hard to repair and too far to be towed to the next settlement. These cars had been pushed off the road by the local road maintenance crew, and then left for the scavengers, the elements of fire, rain and the very cold of winter to mold them gently into the landscape. These “Dead Cars” I loved, they could all tell stories of travels of hope and dreams of their various owners. If only we knew the language of the car whisperer. If so, we too could enter their dreaming. During this time, I was pleased that our driver stopped to let me take a few photos of these twisted lumps of metal to show at a later date to like-minded people who understand the importance of the Sojourn. Eventually, we met up with the Elders, custodians of the Rainbow Serpent. They accepted our request and agreed to perform their sacred dance at the Bellingen Global Festival, which is held annually in October. This whole process of the Sojourn and Global Festival was just fantastic for me.

Here in this installation, I am attempting via photo-mixed media imagery to show a few moments of my Sojourn to central Australia and back to the coast over a two-week period. What was the highlight for me? To see Ayres Rock (Uluru), The Olgas (Kata Tjuta), the desert, great herds of wild camels, the cold starkness of the desert at night, the deep steel blue of the desert sky and my first meeting and interaction with the Desert Elders. The friendship I made with my three travel companions. The chance to be part of making history, the joy of being able to take many photos to share. I feel all of these were a blending together of many wonderful states. This to me was the Rainbow Serpent in action.”

Michael J. Wright – Sydney, October 2016
Studio of Objective Art, Australia

For enquiries contact the artist
Phone: ‪+612 9818 5495‬
Email: studioofobjectiveart@gmail.com
http://studioofobjectiveart.wordpress.com

This exhibition is organized by the ALC-ALIF Photography Club

English Teaching Internship Initiative – ETII at ALC Fes

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30 wonderful ETII participants

The English Teaching Internship Initiative (ETII) began as an offshoot of the ALC’s Community Service Club (CSC). ALC volunteers were giving weekly English classes to students at a handicrafts center in Fez. However, with too many students and too few volunteers, the ALC’s CSC couldn’t keep up. Hence the idea was born to meet this need by bringing in Moroccan English Master’s students from the local university to supplement the work of the ALC volunteers. This proved to be a win-win for everyone involved: all the handicraft students were assured free weekly English lessons, and the Master’s students (many hoping to be English teachers one day) benefited from this unique professional development experience.

Now, thanks to a generous grant from the US State Department, the ETII is able to build on its success by expanding the scope of its mission to reach more beneficiaries around Fez. Thanks to an official partnership with the the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah University (SMBAU), the ETII is assured the full support of the higher education leadership in Fez. Furthermore, the ALC Fez has graciously offered its financial, logistical, and pedagogical backing to the ETII. Lastly, in order to reach students across Fez, the ETII has partnered with diverse Moroccan ministries, associations, and schools with the aim of expanding English language education in Fes. Source: http://etii.co/

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The amazing team of ALC teacher trainers, Taoufik, Kim, Safae, Chakib and ETII founder Peter.

English Teaching Internship Initiative-ETII- is a great opportunity for MA and Phd students to embrace the world of teaching and improve their English teaching skills. Through the program, students will go set up English language programs at ‘alternative education centers’ for underprivileged young Moroccans who live in precarious familial, economic, and/or social situations. This free program aims at boosting the academic excellence of students and making a difference in the lives of underprivileged Moroccans.

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The famous Rachida Guelzim in one of ETII workshops

Ouiam Mallouk, one of the beneficiaries of the ETII Program states: ”Teaching has always been my passion since I have been raised in a family where all my sisters are language teachers. I am really happy to be part of the ETII program at ALC Fes. It is indeed a valuable learning experience for students. The ETII organizing team did a great job by bringing professionals and experts in the field of teaching. I am impressed of how enthusiastic teachers are while sharing their knowledge and expertise with us during the intensive weekend workshops. They really encouraged me to love teaching more. The workshops include different teaching methods ranging from Communicative, Structural, Grammar Translation, and Total Physical Response. I really liked the focus on interaction in teaching. I consider it as an effective way that teachers use to keep students interested and focused. I find the weekly in-class instruction interesting since it is both a learning and practical activity. I get the chance to observe and shadow how the instructor teaches and what methods/activities he uses. The program will allow me to take the TKT test- Teaching Knowledge Test which is an internationally recognized teaching certificate. This certificate will open new doors for me and prepare me for a future professional life as a young educator of English in my country Morocco and even abroad.”

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Ouiam Mallouk, one of ETII participants.

Check out the ETII Teaser video to get an idea about the important work the ETII team is doing to expand English education in Fez. (Click to watch the video)

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To learn more about the ETII, check our website and Facebook page.

ALC ALIF School Supplies Drive!

ALC ALIF School Supplies Drive! Give Girls a Chance!

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The ALC-ALIF Community Service Club
is providing book bags and school supplies for the girls living at the Center for the Protection of Girls Ziat.

We need BAGS and the following items to fill Book Bags:
Pens (red, blue, black + green), pencils, erasers, sharpeners, scissors, rulers, copybooks, colored pencils, etc.

Help us help the Girls at Ziat Centre, put your donations at the ALC/ALIF entrance.

or Contact Kaoutar Bakhchane to pick up your donations

ALC Fes Talent Show & Book Drive

Please Join us for our Amazing Talent Show and Book Drive!
Sunday, July 24 at 6 PM in the garden of the ALIF Villa Residence, 28 Rue Mohammed Diouri, across from the ALC
Your “ticket” to the show is a book to help us build a library at the Girls’ Center in Ziat and the Boys’ Center in Batha. We need English, Arabic, and French books, new or old.
All are most welcome!

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