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Hello dear people,
We are Said (34) from the Sahara and Linde (31) from the Netherlands. It is our pleasure to meet you!
I, Said, come from a big Amazigh-Tuareg family. After growing up in the Sahara desert and living many years a nomadic life, our family settled down in a village called Tagounite. Now I live next to the small village Beni Hayoun, 4 kilometers outside Tagounite, where we are working on recovering 200-year old mud house. Behind the house there is a large garden which needs a lot of care and work. Our aim is to make the oasis green again, bring back trees, plants and water, grow enough food and to be a hopeful example for the local community.
Our wish is to recover and expand this house by (mostly) natural materials and to make this area livable again. The place carries many memories and the history of our ancestors. As a child, my family and I still moved around as nomads, but we would sometimes visit my grandparents in this area, who had already stopped in the area of Tagounite.
After rebuilding this old house, the goal is to bring back the oasis life - plants, water, birds, insects - in the gardens and help stop desertification, as it is a severe and growing problem in this area. We will also create a small guest space for travelers, a cultural & education place for the local children and an empowering space for the women in this area.
The village Beni Hayoun is one of the oldest jewish villages in Daraa Valley, and it was discovered by Ishak Aquim, around 2500 b.C. This place was used a lot by the moving nomads and by the people who lived here, for making traditional hand works and for trading.
Every day my father Mohamed, who has lived most of his life a nomad, comes to the house to work in the gardens, collect grass for the animals and sometimes to help with work around the house. Occasionally my younger brother(s) comes to help. Sometimes other members of the family come to visit us.
Linde is an artist from the Netherlands/Denmark. Her experience includes working in Waldorf kindergartens, creating workshops with children and families in a refugee center, and caring for people in homes for the disabled.
She lives in the project & house for a large part of the year, helps in and around the project and participates for a big part in the organization of the work.
We are doing various work: rebuilding the adobe house, fixing walls, building new rooms, taking care of the animals, taking care of the palm trees, cooking, cleaning, making bricks, giving shape to our garden and finishing/fixing the water reserves. The work is depending on the season.
You can choose the work what you would like to do (the work is also depending each period), and everyone does what he can or wishes to do. Please don't worry about the need of any special skills. We will be happy to show & teach you what to do and we will be thankful for any help you can do! And feel free to relax when needed.
We will prepare three healthy meals a day, cooked by ourselves and everyone can get a chance to learn how to prepare the real Moroccan dish.
In winter we sometimes make fires in the evening for warming ourselves up, and sometimes we play music or use the fire for cooking.
In our gardens we grow date palms, sometimes wheat & grass and a young olive tree & cotton tree at this moment. Our future goal is to setup a food forest and grow all kinds of trees, organic vegetables, fruits and flowers in the gardens. With the drought here in the south, finding water can be a big difficulty, but we are trying our best to find solutions on how to keep the plants growing. All ideas about permaculture, growing organic food & irrigation systems are welcome and can be helpful :) We recycle all our water and have also created some small water recycle systems.
We’re currently trying to grow grapes, oranges, lemon, rosemary, basil, aloe vera, roses, some small cactus, sage and several other plants in our gardens. It is each year a big challenge to maintain the garden during our very hot (it can go up to 60 degrees celcius) summers and with little water.
The house is based in a calm area, and you will find yourself in an oasis consisting of a couple of date palm trees and several fields. We have a donkey, a dog and several cats :)
Since a short while ago we have some electricity and we have created a small plumbing system for water. There is no WiFi in the house (you can get a cheap sim card in town if you need internet) and we sleep in a very old, simple but traditional building made out of mud bricks, which makes the place even more calm. The house is half open because it has no roof in the middle, so that the stars and the moon are largely visible inside the house, giving you the feeling that you are very directly in nature.
The place where we are settled gives you a good experience to get a lot of ideas about the basic ways of a nomadic life. For a moment you can discover and understand how technology can change your life. At the same time, it is a good opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet and escape the rush of modern life. The weather here is sunny every day, you can enjoy gorgeous sunsets almost every evening and at night you can see the millions of stars or the beautifully bright moon in the sky.
We enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds and all kinds of cultures. Through this way, we hope to exchange various knowledges and ideas from all over the world. Since we have learned a lot from our parents and grandparents, it will be our pleasure to share with you in return this knowledge of our basic Bedouin life and to show you the desert.
We will be very happy to organise a tour into the Sahara desert if you are interested, and it is Saids pleasure to show & tell you more about his roots and the surroundings of the Sahara where he was born and where he grew up.
When you arrive to Tagounite, we (Said or Said & Linde) will come to the bus station to meet you there. After that we will find a transport to go to the project in Beni Hayoun (either we call a tuk tuk-taxi, this costs 70dh, or Said takes you by his motorbike).
It is our pleasure to host you in our home and we are thankful to receive your help! We will do our best to make everything as comfortable as possible for everyone so we can all have a good experience.
Arten von Hilfe und LernmöglichkeitenSprachpraxisHilfe bei ÖkoprojektenGartenarbeitenHeimwerker- und BauarbeitenBetreuung von TierenMithilfe auf einem BauernhofZubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die FamilieHausarbeitenHandwerkliche ArbeitenHilfe mit Computer /Internet
Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten
We are delighted if you become a part of our project and we will be happy to receive you here.
Within the work we show you old and traditional techniques, and show you how to build and create in a natural and simple way. It will also be wonderful to teach you how to cook traditional Moroccan food. There are many stories to tell about our history, way of life and about the Sahara, where Said's roots lay. He will be happy to share his knowledge with you.
Projekte mit Kindern
Dieses Projekt schließt möglicherweise den Umgang mit Kindern ein. Mehr Informationen findest du in unseren Verhaltensregeln und Tipps hier.
The tasks could be all kinds of different tasks, varying day by day or week by week, like:
- Harvesting grass for the animals
- Building different traditional rooms in the house. We want to build some new sleeping rooms and a big living room. For the building we will use mud bricks made from 2 types of sand and water
- Mixing mud and making a lot of mud bricks
- Sieving sand that we will use to cover the walls
- Cooking. We are happy to teach you how to make traditional Moroccan meals & tea, and happy to learn new recipes
- Cleaning the house & dishes etc.
- Building a sink and several other parts for the house
- Moving rocks
- Creating covers for the water reserves
- In some periods we need help with collecting water
- Digging canals for water
- Create irrigation systems
- Watering the plants. We use recycled water for watering the plants
- Gardening. In certain periods we plant new trees and plants and we want to grow organic vegetables and fruits as soon as we have a well
- Daily care of our animals; our dog Sou Sen, the cats and our donkey Khanaffi. The plan is to have other different animals in the future, including goats & chicken
- Fixing and cleaning the old rooms and walls (made with mud)
- We will soon start to build a new kitchen
- Make new door entrances in the rooms
- Building benches inside the house
- Building a wall around the project
- We need help with finding funds
- And with English writing and marketing for our desert tour website
We are always thankful for anything you can help with! Besides the work there is a lot of free time where you can relax, or we will be happy to walk together with you in the palm gardens. If you like to visit the nearby village Tagounite, we can arrange a visit to go there all together by tuk tuk.
Französisch: Gute Kenntnisse
Dieser Gastgeber bietet Sprachaustausch an
Dieser Gastgeber gibt an, dass er dir gern seine Muttersprache beibringt oder selbst eine Sprache lernen möchte.
Bitte wende dich direkt an ihn, um weitere Auskünfte zu erhalten.
When you arrive in Tagounite by bus or taxi, you will find us waiting for you at the CTM busstation. From there we will go to Beni Hayoun, sometimes by motorcycle or we can call a tuktuk (70 dirham) for you.
In the house we have two shared rooms which you can use and share with the other volunteers. We sleep on the floor, and you can use our mattresses, pillows, blankets and sheets for sleeping. We also have one large bed if desired.
The meals will take place together in the living room, in our open space inside the house or outside in the gardens. We will cook, eat and clean together.
We have a traditional Moroccan bucket shower and toilet which you can use. We recycle all our water and have several systems for this, which we are happy to explain to you when you're here. As we use a part of the recycled water for the garden, please bring a natural soap.
Next to the house there is a wonderful palm garden where you can relax and enjoy the many beautiful sunsets.
Was noch ...
There are many departure times of the busses, sometimes the times will change, and we can help you to arrange and find out about these times.
Marrakech to Tagounite by the CTM bus (fixed bustime, departs every day):
leaves at 11.30 am, arrives around 9 pm in the evening.
The night bus from Agadir to Tagounite (fixed bustime, departs every day):
leaves around 9 pm, arrives at 6 am in the morning.
There are also many shared taxi’s (grand taxi) you can take at any time.
We work around 3/4 hours every day and around 5 days a week, but the amount of work is always depending on the weather, how much water we have available for the work & on the type of work we're currently doing. Life here is calm but at the same time never predictable.
There is a lot of free time, where we can walk together into the palm oasis before the sunset or rest in our gardens, read, write, play cards, have conversations over Moroccan tea and listen to the beautiful stories Said has to tell :)
Some practical information:
- The weather is sunny everyday and the sun is very hot, so bring sunscreen
- Bring with you a comfortable shoes for working and some flipflops
- In summer (April-October): bring mosquito repellant and if possible a mosquito net
- Please bring your own towel and if possible natural shower soap (as the water goes into the earth & garden)
- It is good if you bring clothes that cover the legs and shoulders, out of respect for the locals
- Please let us know what kind of transport you will use so that we can be waiting for you in right time
- Let us know if you eat vegetarian or vegan, or if you have any diets/allergies. We are flexible with food and always do our best to accommodate everyone's dietary requirements
- During winter the nights are very cold, so bring warm clothes as well if you are coming in winter
- We are very happy to organise a Sahara tour for you, if desired
- Due to wild dogs and passed on responsibility, walks outside the property will be enjoyed only together. This does limit your ability to explore the area alone, but opens doors for closer connection to the land and yourself.
Thank you for your understanding and please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have in mind!
Etwas mehr Information
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen
We don't have Wifi but you can get a Moroccan simcard for free in most airports and add gigabytes to it. Currently Maroc Telecom works best in our region.
Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans
We have built an entrance into our garden for cars/campervans, or you can park at the side of the road directly behind our house.
Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen
Yes we do. Please take in mind that we have one lovely dog, several cats and a donkey
Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal
mehr als zwei
Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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Korrekte Angaben im Profil:
Repairing the dog’s house, having long cooking sessions, digging a
The work was fun and undemanding, and we had as
The work expectations were extremely reasonable and at no point did I feel like I was 'forced' to do more than I signed up for. Responsibilities may vary but are well-distributed throughout the day so at
I was able to learn a lot about the moroccan culture, cuisine and building mud bricks!
We did a trip to the desert together - moments I will never forget.
Thank you for all the good conversations and for creating a home for so many people.
You two are
Linda & Said also organised a trip into the desert and the dunes were spectacular!!!
I look forward keeping in touch with this project and I hope to be back in Morocco again to see the
it was a pleasure for me to take part in your little big project. The time I spent at the project was full of learning, great food, interesting work, crazy cats and much laughter. I will miss the starry skies, spending time with all you amazing people, grugrus endless theft attempts, and of course throwing heavy rocks as
It was my first workaway and honestly, I expected way more work to do. Most of the time we chilled, talked, played games, discussed about the crazyness and influence of climate change, played with the cats, fed
Surrounded by inspiring people who act with heart and passion, I was allowed to learn so many new things and at the same time become part of a big family. The work we did was very enjoyable and laid back.
The work there mainly included gathering
Even though we were there in the hottest month july it was perfectly bearable. We usually got up pretty late, played cards or read during
Tyler helped with all sorts of work, with pleasure
Said and Linde are the most warmest and nice hosts you can ask for. They really make sure you have a good time. We had lovely dinners, gamenights, walks, talks with them and all the other volunteers. For me it was the perfect place to learn something new and meet
Said, Linde and Mohammed are lovely persons they make sure you will feel well. I wish the best
The work itself is easy and fun, and everyone can do as much as they feel like. It's an easy going place, and a fantastic experience. I recommend this place to everyone :)
Even far from home you
Johane has been with us in the most crazy and busy time: when water arrives. She helped with collecting and storing the water, but also with preparing the water reserves and digging the
I was lucky enough to arrive at the time of year when the village receives water, an important moment that allowed me to learn more about water issues and how to conserve
Thanks for all the energy you've put
Thank you very much Said and Linde. Unforgettable and incredible experience.
Volunteers, do not hesitate a second to go
Said and Linde are two truly wonderful and understanding people and it is impossible not to feel comfortable with them, I am grateful for the time spent in their company. They are always available and care a lot about everyone's
Besides the great help you always offered in the house and garden (really, Francesca always wants to work, she has the energy of 10 leopards haha, in a really good way) you told many beautiful
It was a pleasure to share your day life, your meals, your habits and more. We were very happy to help you in your project. If the resources were with us we would have been happy to give more. But making those bricks, preparing the meals, sharing skills was already
Hope you are doing good!! The time with you here was such an amazing time. We really enjoyed and appreciated your warmhearted, understanding & calm personality. You always asked if any help was needed and hardly accepted a no for an answer haha. You have a wide open mind and are very easy going. Since you arrived you wanted to do a
your being here was so incredibly nice. You are always warm, happy, calm but also full of jokes :D, extremely helpful, respectful and understanding with our lifestyle & with everyone around you. It was very comfortable to be around you. You helped us with our date harvest, started digging the new water canals & preparing a new
I don't have words to thank you for the time I've spent with you the past few weeks. You are some of the loveliest, warmest people I've ever met, and with you I've not only made fond memories that I'll have for the rest of my life, I also feel that I've made new friends. You, your crazy cats, and your lovely home will
Even in the scorching heat of July, with the multiple problems caused by the pandemic, (and the crazy cats) you managed to give me a wonderful time, with delicious tajin, kafta and gamila ! Without forgetting the Eid and the desert journey ! An
Message to the travelers : if you want to experience the berbere way
We really wish we could've spend more time with you! You are such a warm, sweet, happy, kind and caring person. Very calm and relaxing to be with :) You have been helping us in everything that was needed, and are always extremely patient, willing to help and understanding. You were going to spend more time here
Thank you both for a wonderful time here and for all your help, we hope
They were both curious, strong and very motivated. We really appreciated their help, patience and their understanding for anything.
Thank you Philip and Maxi, we hope
Iris is happy to learn anything, she is an intelligent and a critical person and has already quite a lot of experience with different cultures.
Thank you Iris for your
We wish to meet you again one day,
please take a good care of yourself, and all the best to you!!
it was so lovely to meet you!! Wow, such a wonderful, patient, flexible, open, caring, loving and intelligent character you have. And always so helpful. Thank you for everything you've helped us with and done. Thank you for coming up with your own ideas and for fulfilling them too :) and thank you for your wonderful cooking
They helped us cooking and making mud and bricks and were both happy and open to learn. They also took care of our cat giving birth to her kittens, which we were very very grateful for. Thank you both, really :)
We hope your further trip went
Thank you Emma, we hope your time here was good for you too and wish you all the best for your future
I wish you all the best for your project, you and you familly!
what a lovely meeting it was with the both of you :) We have really appreciated your help and your caring personalities here. You were both all the time super motivated, and helped with everything! Digging, laundry, building, cooking, cleaning.
And so much warmth, understanding and respect you both got. Thank you for that :)
Your stay with us was really really nice, we had an incredible team with so much workpower, fun, GOOD energy, warmth and a lot of caring. You learned how to make bricks here and made a lot ;) :) You also helped finishing our (temporary) water reserve, and build a wall around it.
We made fires every
I will always remember the love I received.
you have been such a nice company here! So warmhearted, flexible, open, ALWAYS curious and wanting to learn. Your willing to learn was without a limit. You've helped cooking, cleaning, building, taking care of the dog, I think you helped us with everything there was to do :) :) We miss you a lot and were very sorry to see you leave so
Thank you so much for showing me your life.
It was my pleasure that I could spend my 20th birthday in the desert with you guys.
I was little bit nurvous to travel alone so long , but when I arrived your project and saw people surrounding candlelights, I got confidence that I came right place to have amazing experience. Just
This was wonderful and plenty of surprises for us. The new year in music with Said's brother and nice fire. Playing and discovering mud.. building bricks... making tajines (which i still cook today), get water in the village, etc... and finally
The setting is incredible; a peaceful and unique landscape which provides a great backdrop for the varied and rewarding work to be done there. This work was never a chore, but rather a
Pau was curious about
We get confronted with many questions that we usually don't
Bastien is an
We had a wonderful time here and hope we can go back there some day.
This place is full of interesting and fun people. We feel lucky to have been part of moving this wonderful project forward. We learnt much more about Morocco during our time here than in the rest of
Sara and Pablo were so kind and so easy going all the time, and such sweet
It was great to find new friends,spend time together and help each other in different things like big family,hope that we will have a chance to meet all this people
I spent 11 days at the project and had the time of my life. It was fascinating to share my days with Said and other volunteers from all around the globe. It was also a pleasure to help with the restoration of Said's family home (I had to chop wood for the toilet roof, help with the digging of a water
We were doing interesting things, like agriculture, painting or construction.
The time we spent with Said was amazing: just before the water came on the fields, so we had to prepare the earth & lead the precious liquid (water) via the
Said is a very hospitable, caring, intelligent and fun person to be around. He shares great knowledge and culture with his guests/volunteers.
He makes us feel welcome and comfortable in his home. I enjoy talking with him into the night, learning from each other and sharing fun amusing memorable moments
I wish for them all the best in the future, and perhaps we will meet again :)
thank you so much for your help. It was really a great time with you.
Cedric is a very hard worker, always curious about everything. He is very active in the work, and even liked to do more. I enjoyed Cedrics jokes all the time, and he was crazy about our little baby cat. Very happy to meet my family. Cedric has a very easy
Help to work outside, building and to take care of the place in an amazing area
Whats happen in Japan? :D
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Thank you so much for hosting me and my best Friend Mareike! I had an amazing stay and I lernd so much at your little paradise next to Tagounite!
This project is so beautiful. Thank you for making something like this happen!
Said is really big hearted and has an amazing vision
you are such an inspiring, whole-hearted person! I not only learnt so much from you but really had the chance to be a part of the family. The work we did I really enjoyed because you let the space for doing it my way with helpful advices.
One week I lived with you like a real Morrocian. I will never forget this experience and
We worked in a flexible schedule and the work was fun so usually we exceeded the 3 hour workday. It's a construction work, so be ready to make an effort.
Thank you so much for everything you did for us! I had an amazing time working for your interesting project.
I hope you'll have the ability to just keep going with all the nice ideas you have for restoring your old house and the big garden!
My best friend and me, we stayed for almost three weeks at Saids place and all the work