A unique amazing experience of helping the remote village of Tijhza - one of our Reponsible Tourism projects
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 necessary!
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.