The Into Morocco Centre was founded by Cynthia Plette and Hélène Kraan both originally from the Netherlands and living and working for over 10 years in Morocco.
Cynthia has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. After several years of professional experience in different social institutions in the Netherlands she moved to Morocco in 1999. For 8 years she worked as a legal counselor at the Dutch NGO SSR for the support of (returned) migrants in Berkane, in the Northeast of Morocco. In 2008 she settled in the capital Rabat where she became one of the key staff members of the Dutch Institute in Rabat, responsible for a wide range of academic programs offered to Dutch students such as the very successful minor social studies of Morocco.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in social sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam, Hélène started working as a community worker in different and complex urban areas in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. In 2001 she established her own agency of community work in Amsterdam. She continued working as an independent consultant after settling in Morocco in 2004, focusing on creating Dutch-Moroccan partnerships in the field of community development and education. Amongst her clients figure the Dutch Embassy and the Dutch Institute NIMAR in Rabat, the city of Rotterdam, the Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Dutch Migration Institute NMI and De Baak Training Centre of the Dutch Employers Organization.
Together, we have developed a strong and fruitful professional relationship over many years of working together. We designed two study abroad programs for the Dutch Institute NIMAR: the minor Social Work & Education and the minor Doing Business in Morocco. Recently, we set up the Into Morocco program for diplomats and expats. Encouraged by its success, we created the Into Morocco Centre.
In all those years, we built an extensive network covering a wide range of branches throughout Morocco. Rooted in Moroccan society, as we are, we have developed strong social antennae and recognize rapidly significant developments in Moroccan society.
Nevertheless, we stay modest as we know that even after having lived all these years in Morocco, we are still learning every day about our second home country. All you need is to stay curious.