Co-Founder & Executive Director
Yassine Echcherki is originally from Fez, Morocco. He is a computer information graduate from Fez 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.
Program Director/ Program Leader
El ghali Guennouni is from Fez, Morocco. He graduated from Mohamed ibn Abdellah University with a Bachelors of Arts in English studies. His native language is Moroccan Arabic but he is also fluent in French and English. El ghali’s determined and creative personality helped him to work with the U.S Peace Corps in Morocco as a Language and culture Facilitator. He has trained Peace Corps volunteers to integrate and learn Moroccan Arabic. El ghali has a rich experience in teaching English from being a second language instructor at the American Language Center in Meknes, being a teacher at BenAbdellah school in Marrakesh, and more recently teaching English at the Cultural Language Center in Marrakesh. El ghali is also a former CorpsAfrica volunteer, having served in a remote village in the Atlas Mountains.
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
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.