2017 Program Details
Morocco is a North African country that has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has borders with Western Sahara, Algeria and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla. Languages that are widely spoken are Arabic and Berber. French is often a language use in business. Their currency is the Moroccan Dirham. The capital of Morocco is Rabat.
Homestay + AirBnb
We are accommodated in a homestay where we will live with a local family and other volunteers. It’s exciting to stay with a family, as this is an opportunity to learn the Moroccan way of life, meet local people, eat local food, speak the local language and engage in the local customs and traditions. Living is basic, yet still comfortable, and most homestays have electricity and running water. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one or two other volunteers; however in some homestays volunteers have their own rooms. All meals will be provided during the volunteer week.
- Meals (during volunteer week)
- Transfers from Marrakech to Atlas Mountains
- Airport Pick-up
- Volunteer Training
- 24/7 in-country support
Our Volunteer efforts will be located in the Atlas Mountains, 1.5hr away from Marrakech. The Agriculture Project is designed for those volunteers who enjoy the more physical aspect of volunteering and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. The focus of this project is to assist farmers in the rural villages of the Amazigh (Berber) community, in order to improve their farming outcome. We will be located in the Atlas Mountains and work involves feeding animals, managing offspring, milking, ploughing, seeding, weeding, and harvesting, and are encouraged to teach Basic English to the farmers we are placed with.
Travel + Weekend
During the weekends, we will have spare time to explore other parts of Marrakech and Morocco. Activities and tour options below are available. A few activities will also be planned in the Atlas Mountains during the weekday.
- Sahara Desert Tour
- Camel Rides
- Quad Biking in Desert
- Essaouira Day Trip
*We won't do or visit all, but we will have a vote on what acitivties to do!
Day 1 - Day 2
We will be exploring the city of Marrakech and starting our week with a group dinner. A tour will be hosted with the OYT group.
Day 3 - Day 8
We will be volunteering in the Atlas Mountains. Volunteer days can end anywhere from 1pm-5pm. Certain evenings will be filled with activities and exploring the surrounding areas.
Day 9 - 10
We will return to Marrakech with day tours outside of the city to visit local markets and historic sites. You are free to join the group for a planned excursion or venture out on your own.
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?
This isn't a touristy or luxurious trip. This trip is for those who are looking for something new, adventurous and exciting. Our main purpose on this trip is to give back to the local community. If you aren't afraid to get your hands a little dirty to work in the fields and ready to come in with an open mind to learn a new culture, this is definitely for you!