AALIM matches each student with a language or academic partner. These language and academic partners are university students who have been working with American students for many years. Each week, they meet with students for 3-4 hours, depending on the program, to help them practice what they have been learning in class. In addition, these partners also answer students’ questions on aspects of Moroccan culture, show them around the city, and connect them with Moroccan networks who facilitate deeper cultural immersion and integration. Thus, they help American students develop a more nuanced understanding of Moroccan customs and perspectives, while providing them with a Moroccan support system from their first day in Meknes.