GET INVOLVED: MOROCCO VOLUNTEER
By Peter Florence , April 2010
The Tijhza volunteer trip has become an annual event for me as I have been each year since they started. For me they serve two purposes - to give something, however modest, to the villagers who live a comparitively simple way of life and to help put my own life into perspective when I see that they appear happier than many of us with relatively unlimited material possessions.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
- There were several - seeing old friends in the village again, completing the painting at the house of a village family and interaction with the children at the school. Oh, and my triple save in the customary football match against the local teachers!
- What did you think of your group leader?
- I first met Andy in Morocco ten years ago and this was my 7th trip to that country with him (as well as four others in Spain). He has a genuine love for Morocco which has proved infectious and cares passionately about the local people.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
- Be prepared to muck in and get mucky. The four days in the village are not spent in luxury but you may well find, like me, that you are drawn back by the wonderful people there. I am already thinking about 'next time'!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
- This trip stayed at Riad Bledna in Marrakesh which was the first time an Exodus group has been there. It was brilliant - away from the noise of the city, wonderful facilities, excellent food and great hospitality. I hope all Exodus trips stay there in future so as to sample a true Morocco experience.