A Legacy of Language: American students learn Arabic and Cross Cultures in Morocco

“I believe the wisest path to a better world is cross-cultural communication, education and understanding.  I thank you again for the tools you have given me to be a leader on that path.”  (Arabic Language Institute Alumna, Holly Ratcliffe)

Holly and other ALI students cleaned and painted a school, as part of a community service project in Morocco.

In the summer of 2010, Holly Ratcliffe participated in Legacy’s Arabic Language Institute program, in Morocco. This experience  increased her appreciation of the power of language as a tool, not only to communicate, but to open doors and minds, and to build bridges of understanding between people, communities, and cultures.  In her own words:

“Having the opportunity this summer to attend the program in Morocco had a profound impact on my understanding of the language, culture, and the course of my future studies.  The knowledge that I gained during this program could hot have been matched anywhere else.  The collaboration between the Department of State, American Councils, Legacy International, and the center for Language and Culture in Morocco created an unparalleled learning experience for me and my entire group.

It was an honor and a privilege to be a youth ambassador for the United States.  I recognize the investment that has been made in me and can assure you of dividends to come.”

Summer 2010 Arabic Language Institute class at the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

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