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Hello dear people,
My name is Said (33). I come from a big Amazigh-Tuareg family. After many years of living a nomadic life in the Sahara desert, our family settled down in a village called Tagounite. I live in the small village Bani Hayoune, 4 kilometers near Tagounite, where I live and work on a 200-year old mud house.
My wish is to rebuild, recover and expand this house by natural materials. The place carries many memories and the history of our ancestors. As a child, me and my family still moved around as nomads, but we would sometimes visit my grandparents in this area, who already stopped in the area of Tagounite to start building their house.
After being able to rebuild the house, it is my dream to create here a guesthouse for travelers, a small school for children and a meeting & sharing space for the women in this area.
The village Bani Hayoune 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 people who lived here, for making a lot of traditional hand works and for trading.
My father comes to the house every day to work in the gardens and to help with the work that is needed for the house, and sometimes my younger brother(s) comes to help.
Linde (30) from the Netherlands/Denmark lives here for a large part of the year. She helps in and around the house and participates in the organization of the work.
We can do different work: rebuilding the mud house, fixing walls, building new rooms, taking care of the animals, picking the dates of the palm trees, cooking, cleaning, making bricks and finishing/fixing the water reserves. The work is depending on the season.
You can choose the work what you would like to do, 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 you what to do and we will be thankful for any help you can do! And feel free to relax whenever you feel to.
We will make three 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, wheat, grass and a very young olive tree & cotton tree at this moment. Our future goal is to grow all kinds of organic vegetables and fruits in the gardens that belong to our piece of land. With the drought here in the south, water is a big difficulty, but we are trying our best to find solutions on how to keep the plants growing, and all your ideas about growing ecological food & different systems are of course very welcome :) We recycle as much water as we can and have also created some small water recycle systems.
We’re currently also trying to grow some grapes, tomatoes, oranges, potatoes, watermelons, basil, aloe vera, sage and several other plants in our gardens.
The house is based in a calm area, and you will find yourself in a green oasis consisting of date palm trees and the gardens. We have a donkey, a dog, a goat and a cat :)
Since a short while ago we have some electricity, and created a small plumbing system for water. There is no WiFi in the house (you can get a 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 and you feel that you are very direct into nature.
The place where we are settled can give you a good experience to get many ideas about the basic way of a nomadic life. For a moment you can discover and understand how technology can change your life and at the same time it is a good opportunity to enjoy some quietness and escape from the rush of modern life for a period. The weather here is sunny every day, you will enjoy beautiful sunsets every evening and at night you will see the millions of stars or beautiful bright moon in the sky.
We would love to meet people from different backgrounds and all kinds of cultures. By this way, we hope to exchange the cultures and different 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 we are super happy host you in our home!
When you arrive to Tagounite, I will come to the bus station to meet you there. After that we will find a transport to go to the project in Bani Hayoune (either we call a tuk tuk-taxi (70dh) or I take you by my motorbike).
It will be really nice if you can come to help us! We will do our best to make everything as comfortable as possible for everyone so we can all experience a great time.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesLanguage practiceHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
It is our pleasure to have you as a part of our project and we will be happy to receive you in our family house.
In the work we will show you our old and traditional ways to build rooms by a natural and simple way. Of course it will also be amazing to teach you how to cook some traditional Moroccan dishes. There are many stories to tell about our history, way of living, the past and about the Sahara desert, where Said was born and grew up. He will be very happy to share with you his knowledge.
Projects involving children
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The tasks could be all kinds of different tasks, varying day by day or week by week, like:
- We're at the moment looking for a skilled veterinarian!! DM for more info
- 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 of 2 types of sand and water
- Mixing mud and making a lot of mud bricks
- 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
- Creating covers for the water reserves
- In some periods we need help with collecting water
- Digging canals for water
- Watering the plants. We use recycled water for watering the plants
- 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 more benches
- Finishing a small bridge in front of the house
- Building a wall for the whole project
- Gardening. We need to plant new trees and we want to grow organic vegetables and fruits in the near future
- We are always happy with help of taking care of our animals; our dog Sou Sen, cat, rabbits, goat and our donkey Khanaffi. The plan is to have some other different animals in the future, including more goats & chicken
- We need some help with finding fund platforms/organizations and with English writing
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.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
When you arrive in Tagounite by bus or taxi, you will find me waiting for you at the CTM busstation. From there we will go to Bani Hayoune, sometimes by motorcycle or I can arrange a tuktuk for you.
In the house in Bani Hayoune we have two rooms which you can use and share with the other volunteers. You can use our mattresses, pillows, blankets and sheets for sleeping.
The meals will take place together in the living room or outside in the gardens. We will cook and eat together at the same place where we work.
We have a traditional Moroccan bucket shower and toilet which you can use.
Next to the house there is a wonderful palm garden where you can relax and enjoy the many beautiful sunsets.
What else ...
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 am, arrives around 9 pm in the evening.
The night bus from Agadir to Tagounite (fixed bustime, departs every day):
leaves at 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 hours every day and 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.
There is a lot of free time, where we can walk together into the palm tree oasis for the sunset or have a rest in our gardens, playing cards, have conversations with Moroccan tea and listen to the beautiful life stories Said has to tell :)
Some other practical information:
- The weather is sunny everyday and the sun is very hot, so bring sunscreen
- Bring with you a comfortable shoes for working
- It is good if you bring some thin 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! We are flexible about the food
- During winter the nights are very cold, so bring warm clothes as well if you wish to come in winter
- 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!
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
You can park on the side of the road but we are preparing to build an entrance into our garden for cars/campervans.
Can possibly accept pets
Please take in mind that we have one lovely dog, a cat, a donkey and a goat
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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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
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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