So far, the TechWomen delegation trip to Morocco is every bit as enriching and physically draining as the 5-week TechWomen program; that said, enriching is quite an understatement. For me, travel is synonymous with growth. Working at IIE (Institute of International Education) has been an invaluable learning experience. I am extremely fortunate to have had the chance to get to know 37 unique, intelligent, and generous TechWomen Mentees from the Middle East and North Africa over the period of their 5 week mentorship and to have traveled to Washington, DC with the group in July. I have learned more professionally and personally in the last 9 months than I ever thought possible. That being said, it has been an absolute honor to meet the Moroccan and Algerian Mentees in Morocco this week.
Here’s a fun shot from the Dar Tifl orphanage that TechWomen visited on Monday, October 17 in Marrakech, Morocco.
Pictured are two boys from the House of Hope (age 6) with TechWomen Mentee Leila Mekhnache (Algeria), one of the volunteers from the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco (AFEM) who supports the orphanage, and Jody Mahoney from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, one of ECA’s partners managing TechWomen.
A group of Silicon Valley Mentors and MENA Mentees from the TechWomen program have gathered this week in Morocco to learn and teach about women in computing. A group of us flew in together from San Francisco and the others met us here. Today, we went on a short tour of Marrakech, including two women’s craft cooperatives, and then enjoyed a Fantasia dinner featuring music, dancing, and a show with horses and camels. We will be visiting schools and have WWW.TECHWOMEN.ORG MOROCCO 2011 pencils and other gifts for the children. The TechWomen have missed each other after our intense June together in the Silicon Valley. We are enjoying being together!