Morocco International Understanding and Citizenship Center

  Explore • Understand • Serve

Morocco International Understanding and Citizenship Center is an NGO founded and directed by Moroccan activists and peace-loving people with many years of experience in cross-cultural education. Our mission is to bridge the gaps of distance and misunderstanding between cultures to pave the way for greater cross-cultural cooperation and enhanced global citizenship.

To work toward our goal, we provide the opportunity for people to explore Morocco, understand it more fully, and serve in community development projects.

 Each exchange can include:

 a) Courses in Fus’ha (Standard Arabic), Moroccan Arabic (Darija) and Tamazight (Berber).

 b) Lectures and debates led by politicians, scholars and practitioners in a range of fields 

 c) An opportunity to interact with community leaders 

 d) An opportunity to interact with Moroccan families an ordinary citizens

 e) Home stays

 f) Visits to key cultural and historical sites

 g) Volunteer opportunities

To learn more about our exchange programs with Friendship Force or other adult/professional groups, click here. 

To learn more about exchange and service programs tailored to high school and college students, click here.

To learn more about opportunities for professionals and students to produce films and documentaries with our team, click here.

Because we are founded and managed by Moroccans, we are deeply involved in community development and enhancing civil society in Morocco. The MIUCC has a personal interest in children with disabilities, especially Down's syndrome (Trisomy 21).

In our Morocco International Understanding and Citizenship Center we are working to provide, FOR FREE, assistance to Children with disabilities including Down's Syndrome (Trisomy 21). We offer them programs and activities to reinforce their educational, cultural and artistic capacities.

We, also, provide to children and youth English, French and computer literacy courses as well as initiation courses to mediation and conflict resolution, Leadership, Civic Engagement and Community Services.


Our work would not be possible without the generous assistance of our partners:

Our cross cultural programs' success is due to our enjoyable and fruitful cooperation with engaged partners such as Friendship Force International Organization based in Atlanta, Virginia Tech University, Elon University NC,  American Middle East Organization Amideast based in Rabat, Hamline University in Minnesota, Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, University of Mary Land, John Jay College and others

Among our Moroccan partners are The House of Parliament in Rabat, a number of Moroccan Universities in Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, Meknes, Fes, Ifrane and also, a variety of social, religious, institutions, NGOs and associations throughout Morocco.

Where we are:

Morocco International Understanding and Citizenship Center is located in Azrou city. In the heart of the Middle Atlas National Park famous for its unique large cedar forest. Its rivers, lakes and rare diversity of plants, animals and birds make it a paradise for nature lovers and hikers.

Azrou is a cross road of cultures. It is a traditionally Amazigh city which has undergone a long influx of Arab immigration. It is located about 70 km from Meknes and 80 km from Fes.

211, Lot. Nakhil 4, Azrou, Morocco

About Lotfi Lamrani,

 Founder and Managing Director:

Lotfi Lamrani is a cross-cultural facilitator. From heading up marketing initiatives, to working as a carpenter in his little shop, to founding non-profit organizations in Morocco and serving as Line Production Manager and Assistant Producer of award-winning cross-cultural and social documentaries and films, his energies are devoted to catalyzing a positive revolution of leadership in Morocco and promoting goodwill between cultures. He works to promote peace, tolerance and coexistence through international networking and cultural exchange initiatives, panel discussions, cultural tours and workshops, parents and teachers associations involvement, community service projects and advocacy for children and women issues in Morocco.