My workplace in Morocco primarily offers two year contracts, which for some is a dauntingly long amount of time, for some is just the right length to spend in one place before moving on to the next, and for a few people, two years becomes twenty. I’ve been in this country now a total of a year and two months, but when I say that amount of time to those who ask, it doesn’t seem quite right to me. I keep thinking, haven’t I been here longer? When will I be able to cite an impressive number of years, and to be accepted as a seasoned inhabitant of Morocco?
It seems to be very popular to teach for two years in one country and then move to another, experiencing new cultures with every move, but always having the same type of teaching job. I sort of understand this from having moved between schools, programs, and locations several times during college, but am also confused by the idea of moving around so much. One year feels to me like just enough time to find out what I want to be able to do here, but not enough time to actually do those things…especially when many of them run on “Moroccan time.” This is technically my second time in Morocco, and my two experiences here (Ifrane and Casablanca) have been totally different, which makes me think that there are yet more experiences to had.
In the past month, a lot of things have changed (for the better!) in my personal life and my career. If changes keep happening at this rate, I’ll have to keep adding on to those two years just to fit it all in.