Founder & Director of Study Abroad

Yassine Echcherki is originally from Fez, Morocco.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing at Central Washington University. In addition to speaking his native Arabic language, Yassine is fluent in French and English. He worked for the U.S. Peace Corps as an Arabic language instructor and culture trainer for Peace Corps Volunteers. Yassine has also facilitated cross-cultural and educational programs for several American organizations and volunteered as a teacher in a primary school in Citta Del Castelo, Italy. In 2010, Yassine was selected to participate in the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program at Montana State University. This prestigious program brings young leaders from North Africa and the Middle East to learn leadership skills and to study democracy, human rights, and conflict resolution. Yassine also volunteers and teaches English to Syrian refugees in the greater Seattle area while providing them with localization and life coach services. Yassine strongly believes that cross-cultural education and international learning opportunities are the key to promote peace and enhance good friendship.

 


Associate Director of Study Abroad

 

 

Louis Shannon has lived primarily in the southwestern United States of America.  He has called Colorado, Arizona and California home, and now resides in the great state of Washington.  Louis joined Morocco Off the Beaten Track in 2015 as the marketing coordinator because of his passion for sharing culture and drive to be part of an organization that has such a strong sense of purpose.  Louis has worked in the hospitality industry for many years, and has grown accustomed with social speaking, marketing and organization.  He is currently pursuing continued education.  Louis enjoys spending time outdoors, researching, cooking new recipes and meeting new people.

 

 


Program Coordinator

Abdessamad Ait Dada (Samad) is originally from Zagora city in the Eastern South of Morocco. He has a Master in Communication and Marketing and a bachelor degree in English Studies from Mohammed V University. Beside speaking his mother tongue Amazigh (Tachelhit dialect), he also speaks English and a fair amount of French. Abdessamad took different job positions, mainly in the field of Study Abroad. He worked as a field coordinator and then as a program coordinator of an international volunteer program with the Institute for Leadership and Communication Studies (ILCS) in Rabat. Then as a program coordinator and program leader with Thaqafat Association. He also has worked with Peace Corps Morocco as a Language and Culture Facilitator (LCF), where he was teaching Arabic and culture to the American volunteers. Abdessamad has also volunteered himself with different organisations, most notably with CorpsAfrica for a year in rural Morocco; CorpsAfrica is African Model of Peace Corps that has started in Morocco in 2013 and started extending to other African countries. He worked as well as a Language Consultant of Amazigh at Kansas University in the US, and as a translator, tour guide, English tutor, and Arabic Language Partner at Amideast in Rabat. Abdessamad is passionate about travelling, working in multicultural environment and meeting people from different countries.


Field Operations Manager/ Program Leader

 

Malika Boukbout is from Merzouga, Morocco. She graduated from Moulay Ismail University in Meknes with an English degree. Malika works for the U.S. Peace Corps as a Training Coordinator, and has over 15 years of experience with the organization. She has taught small American groups in their community based training and conducted cultural sessions to help trainees integrate and immerse in their communities. Malika now oversees all the training sites. This includes preparing the sites with the help of local authorities, ensuring the safety of the volunteers, identifying host families for home stay, maintaining budgets and timeframes, and assigning volunteers and trainees. She tracks schedules, progression, performance and behaviors of the volunteers, then provides coaching and instruction. Malika is a certified language tester from Peace Corps Washington and is part of the committee who revised the Peace Corps textbooks of Tamazight and Darija (language dialects). Prior to Peace Corps, she taught literacy classes to women with the Tafilalet Association in Rissani, Morocco.