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Help Transition a Moroccan Farm to Organic Agriculture

Country: Morocco

Workaway Host rating
Last Activity
26/08/2014

Description

My name is Aziz, I'm 33 years old, and have been a farmer for over 25 years in Morocco. I'm beginning the switch from conventional farming to organic farming, looking to begin to sustainably harvest my crops of sugar beets, wheat, beans in summer, olive trees, grass for the animals, and some other vegetables in Autumn and spring. I have a 3 hectare farm myself, however there are amble opportunities to work with other farmers in the community looking to begin organic agriculture. I speak Arabic, English, French fluently and small amounts of Spanish / German. I have 10 years of experience working with Local Associations for sustainable development and be with the Peace Corps and international volunteer programs also 5 years of teaching English,french and Moroccan Arabic,besides this i had worked in Tourism couple years. I've also spent three years traveling to other countries here in Africa and in Europe to see other cultures.If you’re looking for a slice of real Moroccan life, away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities like Rabat or Marrakesh, consider a trip to aziz s village where you can step back, relax, breathe the fresh air, and take in the gorgeous scenery. and the traveler receives the unique opportunity to live, laugh, and learn Berber culture with a Moroccan family. The generosity and hospitality of the the Locals certainly makes this a distinct place to stay and giving a meaning to your trip. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars at hotels

Area

Beni Mellal

Type of help

Teaching,
Language practise,
Charity work,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Farming,
General Maintenance,
Building,
Gardening

Help

My transition to organic farming is in the beginning stages. The first step is rebuilding the soil, therefore I'm looking for volunteers with experience in compost making (hot compost, cold compost, etc). Or, people who are willing to do the research to start the ongoing process of switching from conventional farming to organic farming. fertelizing with animal miniors and planting organically. There is also an opportunity to help out the local cooperative of women to grain cous cous, berkookch, and family candies. at the moment besides Organic farming stuffs i am mentiong in the website the second part of what i am doing is is cultural exchange for guests and travellers such as;meeting the local women and girls;tea time with villagers;engageing them in some acctivities in the Community,survival language expressions and sessions;cultural sesions about Morocco in general;time for hanging out;fun and hiking in nearst mountains,meeting with other Vouluneers in the region , i am doing all this for better exchange and giving meaninfull to traveller s trips through their staying with locals for better understanding Moroccan Culture.If these projects are successful, I hope to expand it to many other farmers in my community.

Languages spoken

Arabic, English, French

Accommodation

I appreciate volunteers who are culturally sensitive to traditions in small Moroccan villages. I ask for a commitment of 1 week, however longer stays are happily accepted. The schedule is five hours per day, five days a week with free weekends. However, the weekly schedule can be flexible. Volunteers have a room with blankets and there is hammam, electricity, squat toilet, and kitchen on the property. Also, very close in the neighborhood is access to internet, transportation, and small shops. There will be plenty of time for cultural exchange; I'm happy to introduce volunteers to the village to experience the traditional Moroccan celebrations, local food-making techniques, and the incredible landscapes of the nearby Atlas Mountains. For more information or if you have questions, please contact me.

Volunteering hours expected

3 hours per day, 5 days per week, free weekends, and flexible.

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Host ref number: 615873892721

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