Through the Global Projects Program (GPP), students collaborate with faculty advisors and community members to complete their IQP off campus at more than 25 Project Centers around the world.
Students who are interested in off-campus opportunities should visit our Global Portal. From here students can browse program offerings, review program costs, and start an application for an off-campus project. The Global Portal is also used as a valuable resource during the pre-departure preparation period in the term prior to departure.
Students Making a Difference with an IQP in Morocco
While the Rita Zniber Foundation Orphanage in Meknes, Morocco, does an impressive job of providing shelter and care for 250 orphaned children, it lacks the capacity to offer all of the social and emotional support the children need. A team of WPI students is working to change this through a project to create a long-term mentoring program for the children.
The students, juniors Abigail DaBoll-Lavoie, Jacquelyn Fanning, Fernando Galvez, Richard Thyden, spent seven weeks at WPI Morocco Project Center, located at the Al Akaway University (AUI). There they developed a comprehensive plan to promote, create, and implement a sustainable mentoring program, including connecting children with mentors, providing academic tutoring, and funding private education.
The team did not have to go far to find mentors, as students at AUI are required to complete community service and were eager to participate. Before the team left they brought the first group of mentors to the orphanage. Back on campus, they continue to support the project through a GoFundMe campaign and newspaper article that has been picked up by media throughout Africa.
Morocco Photo Gallery
A WPI student volunteer teaches the children how to make paper airplanes.
Children and volunteers play basketball in the orphanage’s outdoor recreation area.
The Rita Zniber Foundation Orphanage in Meknes, Morocco, provides shelter, care, food, and education for nearly 250 orphaned children.
The WPI team brought the first group of mentors from Al Akaway University to meet the children and play games.
The WPI student team poses with several of the orphanage children, who range in age from 6 to 24.
The WPI student project seeks to develop a mentoring program that will provide role models to inspire the children to excel in school and beyond.
Mentors can interact with children in orphanage facilities including a music room, art room, and several classrooms.
Mentors will also help the children develop skills in other areas, such as music, arts, and sports.
Mentors will help children hone their academic skills including writing, math, and science—and the children are eager to learn.
- The team has promoted the mentoring program through a Facebook page and GoFundMe campaign
- A newspaper article, co-authored by the team, has appeared in media outlets including Modern Ghana, Somaliland Press, and Mindanao Observer
- Students at the WPI Morocco Project center also undertake projects in topics including environmental sustainability, history, and women’s issues