Get involved in the heart of the Moroccan High Atlas massif in a village located in the Aït Bouguemez valley, which is nicknamed the happy valley, a rural area that spans nearly 30 kilometers and has approximately 15,000 inhabitants , spread over 27 villages .
About 260 kilometers separate the Aït Bouguemez valley from the city of Marrakech - other important towns nearby are Azilal and Beni Mellal.
Regarding the climate: the summers are dry with some rare thunderstorms, in winter the rains are more important and the period of snow generally extends from October to the end of April.
Day by day
Arrival to Marrakech airport, welcome by your local hosts, and transfer to your riad in the Medina. Time to explore the Djemaa Elfna square and Souks. Free diner
Leave the busy city behind as you head for the Atlas. The Berbers live here; to see their villages and to observe their everyday farmland and village activities is fascinating. Their traditional mud-brick homes are seen plus the rapid, recent change to concrete construction.
Ouzoud Falls are en route, an ideal stop for refreshment. Reach the happy valley in the afternoon, welcome by the members of Tawaya NGO and your local hosts, after a cup of mint tea, time to explore the village and meet with the local inhabitants.
You will engage with the Berber population of Morocco, with men and women who aim to allow villagers to believe in their dreams. You will be there to support them in their personal development as part of educational, cultural and medical projects. You will thus help them to improve their current and future living conditions.
You will fight against school dropout and promote education and training of young people in several areas. You could, for example, be required to:
- Promote the improvement of the health conditions of rural populations
- Promote environmental protection
- Revitalize Moroccan culture, architectural heritage and historical heritage
- Promote and disseminate Berber culture and art
- Actively fight against illiteracy
- Participate in the development of organic farming
You will then go to discover the projects, the school and you will get to know the families. In the evening, a meal and a meeting will be organized at one of the families to define the schedule for the week and the objectives of the mission.
You will be accommodated in a house in the heart of the Berber village with a full board for the duration of the humanitarian program in Morocco. You will have no difficulty adapting to this project, although the locals speak Berber, because French-speaking people are always present on site.
The women of the village will teach you how to cook and you will also have access to a kitchen.
Original Travels will organize your transfer to Marrakech Ménara airport.
Take advantage of these two days to visit this pretty city, its souks and Jemma El Fna square, which are undoubtedly unmissable!
Morning drive via the red valley of Ait Bou Oulli towards the natural bridge of Imi N'Ifri. Take a hike to this stone structure created by the water that flows underneath. Contemplate the slow but persistent force of nature in the formation of this fully functional limestone bridge, used for hundreds of years.
Reach Marrakech in the afternoon, free time for sightseeing.
Free day in Marrakech
Optional guided walking tour of the city center, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling Djemaa el-Fna main square and souq. As is usual in a souq, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewelers, potters, and weavers. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display – perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers or some spices. The market almost has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. Snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening, wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies.
Time in Marrakech before you drive to the airport for your departure flight.