Meknes

A Universal Language

Tabitha Hardy is a student at Central Washington University and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. Tabitha is currently abroad with ISA Service-Learning in Meknes, Morocco.

 

Casablanca Medina, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 1

Life in Morocco is like a bowl of olives; you never know what you’re going to get. Especially when you don’t speak the language…

 

Marrakesh Medina, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 2

Sometimes, you just point to the rug you want.

 

Meknes Medina, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 3

Other times, you start serenading shopkeepers in hopes of getting a discount…

 

Ouzoud falls, Azilal, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 4

You even learn to speak monkey.

 

Rita Zniber Orphanage, Meknes, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 5

But when it comes to service learning at an orphanage, you have to find a way to communicate.

 

Rita Zniber Foundation, Meknes, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 6

Body language and hand motions work.

 

Rita Zniber foundation, Meknes, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 7

Playing sports provides the opportunity to bond through physical activity.

 

Rita Zniber foundation, Meknes, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 8

But despite your efforts, things can get a little hectic.

 

Rita Zniber Foundation, Meknes, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 9

Even though the amount of love is overwhelming.

 

Rita Zniber foundation, Meknes, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 10

Often, you just need to step back and take a deep breath.

 

Rita Zniber Foundation, Meknes, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 11

You find that when teaching dance, words aren’t necessary.

 

Rita Zniber Foundation, Meknes, Morocco, Hardy, Photo 12

And at the end of the day, actions speak louder than words.

Want to learn more about Morocco through another student’s eyes? Check out “Morocco:  A Different World” and find out about ISA’s awesome excursion opportunities!