A unique amazing experience of helping the remote village of Tijhza - one of our Reponsible Tourism projects
This is an incredible opportunity to get involved with one of our longest running Responsible Tourism projects. Tucked away in the High Atlas Mountains, we have been supporting the remote community of Tijhza since 2000. After running successful volunteer trips to Tijhza for many years, we have been able to see the benefit our clients' hard work has made to the village and the Berber people and respond to their requests to return each year.
This itinerary includes two days project work in the beautifully remote village of Tijhza, situated in a fertile mountain valley, and a day at our new project in Toubkal National Park in the shadow of North Africa's highest mountain. In both villages we will be working alongside villagers in a bid to improve various aspects of their lives. We then spend a final day and a half working on our coastal project at Tafedna, where we continue our work on the local school. From working on irrigation channels to building a wall to a new school kitchen, our work will be varied and of the unskilled manual labour variety - no experience neccessary! Set up by an Exodus leader, Andy McKee has led many trips to Tijhza and since made many friends to assist with the project.
As a result, Andy is the only choice to lead these volunteer trips, thanks to his unique knowledge of how the project has progressed over ten years (see our completed work in the village under the Responsible Tourism section). Of course, this week is not 'all work and no play', as there will be time to relax, enjoy a walk, play football with the local kids or just soak up the sun, sounds and quiet atmosphere of the village from our eco-friendly kasbah.
What makes this trip responsible?
Tijhza Village and Tafedna have been adopted by Exodus as our Morocco Responsible Tourism projects and we work alongside local village associations and Andy Mckee's small charity Baraka Community Partnerships.
Your very presence on this trip is helping the local community thanks to the money we spend on food, accommodation, mules, etc. Additionally the GBP60 donation given to Andy McKee on arrival is used directly on the project in its entirety. If you wish to help further you can bring school items, toys, games, clothing and medical supplies. Our website provides an up to date list of what to take - please contact us if you are unsure about certain items. Please ensure any items are passed via Andy McKee to distribute and not given directly to the children.
Morocco Responsible Tourism projects
Whilst staying in the village in the mountains we will be helping out on various schemes of our ongoing Responsible Tourism project, which enables you to interact with the villagers and get involved with making a difference to this small community. We have already supplied a water tower for the village so all homes are now linked to running water and have almost finished working with the villagers on the Hammam (Moroccan steam bath), which will help avoid many hygiene issues and provide a much needed self sustainability for the village. We are keen to continue other much needed improvements including repairing irrigation channels. We also sponsor some school children, assist with medical matters and help the poorer members of the community with house renovations and clothing supplies.
Our work in Tafedna has only recently started with decorating some classrooms and now the school are keen for us to help with further schemes such as renovating a local school and repairing windows.
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Walking from Tijhza Gite to Anmiter