Algeria
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Algeria Le Souk
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
french, arabic
french
(GMT+01:00) West Central Africa
Algerian dinar
SCOPE Active
Algeria (Le Souk) - Constantine
Algeria (Le Souk) - Bejaia

15 SCOPE STUDENTS
0 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
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WELCOME NOTE

Welcome to Algeria! مرحبا

Algeria is a Northern African Country, Africa’s biggest country for a matter of fact which makes it a very versatile and diverse country both on the climatic and cultural levels. Want some proof? Ithas a 1200Km coastline, a huge desert that is the home of the biggest prehistoric cave city in the whole world “Sefar”, two big Roman Ruin Cities, a huge botanical garden with plants from all over the world, and so many other wonders. Convinced yet? If not, Please visit us and see for yourself! And it's not just about nature because Algerian culture is even richer. Being influenced by many ethnic groups and civilizations that populated it, the Algerian heritage and traditions are so rich and unique. Diversity at its best! No room for boredom, only discoveries and fascination.

If you want to know a little bit more about our Exchanges do not hesitate to check our Algeria's Incomings Guide.

OVERVIEW
  • you’re still not sure why you should visit Algeria? here are 11 reasons for travelers. Click Here.
  • wondering which city suits you best? Click here 
  • Want to see some articles or beautiful pictures of Algeria? Click here 

Scope Le Souk – Algeria is basically our last born committee since it was only founded in 2016; But Don’t let this fool you since we deal with our exchanges with high professionalism and competence. Scope Algeria has two LC’s that receive incomings: LC Constantine and LC Bejaia.

1- Geographic setting and climate:

About 90% of Algerians live in the northern, coastal area. the Official languages are Arabic and Amazigh, French is a secondary language used in education. Derja is our Spoken Dialect.does the language barrier scare you? here’s some useful phrases and words.

SEBITAR: an Android app made by LeSouk Algeria, to help students translate medical terms from English to Arabic, local dialect (derja) and French (and vice versa) in order to enhance the communication with patients. You can get it for free from the PlayStore by searching; SEBITAR

In the summer months, temperatures in desert regions of Algeria can hit 50°C. But nights in the Sahara are often cold and in winter, temperatures can dip below freezing. The north of Algeria is cooler, enjoying a Mediterranean-style climate. Temperatures in Algiers average 26°C in July, though humidity can make the summer heat uncomfortable. In winter, average temperatures are around 12°C, but can drop right down, with snow common in certain highland regions. Africa isn’t known for its skiing resorts. But in Algeria, skiing is a key winter attraction in a few mountain areas, such as within the Chrea National Park.

2- History:

Algeria's indigenous Berber people have been under foreign rule for much of the last 3000 years. The Phoenicians (1000 BC) and the Romans (200 BC) were the most important of these. With the incursion of Muslim Arabs in the 7th-8th century into the region, Islamic influence came to the Berbers and almost a millennium of domination by Arab dynasties.  

At the beginning of the 16th century the region was placed under the protection of the Ottoman Sultan of Istanbul, followed by reigns of Ottoman beys, pachas, and aghas, brought to an end with the beginning of the French colonization in 1830.

The French occupation condemned Algeria's population to economic, social and political inferiority and caused an armed resistance lasting for decades. After a century of rule by France, Algeria became independent in 1962 and Arabic became official language - with a little help of Quran teachers from Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Since then le pouvoir ("the power"), elite of business leaders and generals behind a democratic façade has run Algeria.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

When Algeria gained its independence in 1962, there were only around 300 doctors across the whole country and no proper system of healthcare.
Over the next few decades, great progress was made in building up the health sector, with the training of doctors and the creation of many health facilities.
Today, Algeria has an established network of hospitals (including university hospitals), clinics, medical centers, and small health units or dispensaries. While equipment and medicines may not always be the latest available, staffing levels are high and the country has one of the best healthcare systems in Africa.            
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Algeria had nearly 41,000 doctors and 66,000 nurses and midwives working in its health sector between 2000-2010 and the Health expenditure has been increasing in recent years, with the government spending over 10% of its overall budget on healthcare (WHO 2008).
So Algeria now has a well-run health care system which is free of charge for poor people. About 90 percent of the population had access to medical care, and only in remote rural areas people have difficulties reaching health care services.

MEDICAL EDUCATION
entering med school in algeria depends on your last year of high school national exam’s score , once in med school it’s a 7 years journey before graduating as a family medicine doctor, throughout the 7 years the first 3 are the pre-clinical ones where we study the basic sciences, once in the 4 th year the organ system rotations start and end by the end of the 6th year, the 7th year is a 12 month internship in 4 different departments, at the end, you can choose to pass a residency test and start your residency
TRANSPORTATION
Discussed in the LC's pages and our Algeria's Incomings Guide.
all airports are close to downtowns and you'll be accompanied from the airport to the housing structure
SOCIAL PROGRAM
We offer versatile activities and getaways on the weekends to each scope active city (Constantine, Bejaia), The capital (Algiers), as well as a trip to one of the coastal cities (Skikda, Annaba, Djijel), a gateway to one of the Roman ruins (Djémila or Tipaza) and a little trip to the south of Algeria (The Canyon of Ghoufi).
And some activities and trips to nearby cities the workings days.
the national Social program will be only available in the summer months.
 
MUST SEE
For the intrepid traveler, adventure awaits in Algeria . A beguiling blend of cultures, landscapes and traditions, this vast chunk of land contains everything from tranquil fishing ports and bustling cities to the unmatched drama of the Sahara Desert and Hoggar Mountains. There are so many things to see, As the largest country in Africa,, that it would be impossible to see everything. Anyway, you cannot reasonably leave Algeria without having visited some several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Algeria such as:

Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad: the first capital of the Hammadid empire.
Tipasa: a Phoenician and later Roman town.
Djémila and Timgad: both Roman ruins.

M'Zab Valley: a limestone valley containing a large urbanized oasis
Casbah of Algiers: is an important citadel.
The Tassili n'Ajjer: a mountain range (Natural heritage)
the test Garden Hamma 
way of the tourists Constantine
Waterfalls of Djijel and Sétif
The canyon of the Ghoufi 
The Dunes of Djanet

Here, You can Discover Algeria, A whole Continent thought a series of documentaries
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
1-Music:
The Algerian musical genre best known abroad is raï, a pop-flavoured, opinionated take on folk music, featuring international stars such as Khaled and Cheb Mami. In Algeria itself, raï remains the most popular, but the older generations still prefer shaabi while the tuneful melodies of Kabyle music, exemplified by Idir, Ait Menguellet, or Lounès Matoub, also have a wide audience. For more classical tastes, Andalusi music, brought from Al-Andalus by Morisco refugees, is preserved in many older coastal towns .
2-traditional foods :
With its rich history, Algeria’s cuisine reflects a variety of cultural influences. Each Algerian region has its own specialty dishes but the national dish is couscous, steamed semolina wheat served with lamb or chicken, cooked vegetables, and gravy. This is so basic to the Algerian diet that its name in Arabic, ta’am, translates as "food." Common flavorings include onions, turnips, raisins, chickpeas, and red peppers, as well as salt, pepper, cumin, and coriander. Alternatively, couscous can be served sweet, flavored with honey, cinnamon, or almonds. Lamb also is popular, and often is prepared over an open fire and served with bread. This dish is called mechoui .Other common foods are Chorba ,a spicy soup ;dolma ,a mixture of tomatoes and peppers, and bourek ,a specialty of Algiers consisting of mincemeat with onions and fried eggs, rolled and fried in batter. Cakes are marketed and can be found in cities either in Algeria, in Europe or North America. However, traditional cakes are also made at home, following the habits and customs of each family. Among these cakes, there are Tamina, Chrik, Garn logzelles, Griouech, Kalb el-louz, Makroud, Mbardja, Mchewek, Samsa, Tcharak, Baghrir, Khfaf, Zlabia, Aarayech and Ghroubiya……

3- Clothing:
Many Algerians, especially in the cities, dress in modern Western-style clothing. Many others, however, dress in traditional clothes (Each region in Algeria has its own traditional costume). In general, Village men wear a burnous (a long, hooded robe) and baggy pants. Women wear a haik (a long piece of cloth draped over the entire body and head). The hijab (a long, loose dress and hair covering) is an Islamic garment worn by many women.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

In any case please make sure you read our Exchange Conditions to avoid problems or misunderstandings in the future!!

Thank you very much and hope to see you soon!!!

updated on: 05/07/2020