A unique amazing experience of helping the remote village of Imlil and in Tafedna, famed for it's Argane oil production.
This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with two of our Responsible Tourism projects and to get under the skin of this wonderful country. We have been supporting village projects in Morocco since 2000 and this trip will encompass two of our newer projects whilst also giving you a chance to see a bit of the amazing scenery Morocco has to offer and having some time to relax and soak up the vibrant culture.
The Atlas Mountains provide some of the finest and most rewarding travel experiences to be found anywhere. Morocco’s immense mountain landscapes vary from valley to valley with vast peaks and ridges stretching as far as the eye can see. A visit here is equally rewarding on the human level: a rich history and rural culture is evident even in the remotest valleys. The Berber inhabitants in their tiny, cliff-hanging villages are cheerful, colourful and friendly, their primitive and extremely hardy way of life a constant source of amazement to comfort-loving foreigners. Our trip ends in the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira, where music fills the streets, the white buildings are a stark contrast to the pink colour that dominates other Moroccan cities, and there is plenty of time to enjoy relaxing on the sandy beach, pottering round the Medina or simply soaking up the cafe culture watching Moroccan life go by.
This itinerary includes two days project work in Toubkal National Park under the shadow of North Africa’s highest mountain. Here we will be working alongside villagers in a bid to improve various aspects of their lives, most likely helping with their irrigation systems. We then spend a final day working on our coastal project at Tafedna where in the past we have worked on the local school and a women’s Argane Oil cooperative. The work will be varied and of the unskilled manual labour variety - no experience neccessary!
These projects were set up by an Exodus leader, Andy McKee, who has been leading trips to Morocco for 13 years. As a result, Andy is the only choice to lead these volunteer trips, thanks to his unique knowledge of how the projects have progressed over the years (see our completed work in Morocco 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, or two or just soak up the sun, sounds and quiet atmosphere of the villages.
What makes this trip responsible?
Morocco Responsible Tourism projects
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 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