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Hello dear people,
My name is Said. I come from a big Berber-Tuareg family. After many years of living a nomadic life in the Sahara desert, our family settled down in a village called Tagounite. While my parents now live in a house in Tagounite, I decided to move to the small village Bani Hayoune, 7,5 kilometers further away, to live and work in an old house that belongs to my mothers family.
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 house, who already stopped at this place to start building their house.
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 with his donkey, to work in the gardens and to help with the work that is needed for the house, and sometimes my brother comes to help. We will do different work: rebuilding the mud house, fixing walls, working on the electricity that needs to be installed, taking care of the donkey and 5 cats, walking our dog, picking the dates of the palm trees, cooking, making bricks and digging a hole for the water reserve. We also need help in social media and marketing.
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.
We will have meals three times a day, cooked by ourselves and everyone will get a chance to learn how to prepare the real Moroccan dish. In winter, sometimes we make a fire for cooking or we play music and sit around the fire to warm our selves.
In our gardens we grow wheat and grass at this moment. Our wish 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 and all your ideas about growing ecological food are of course very welcome :-)
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 and one mother cat with 4 young kittens at the moment :)
We still don't have electricity or internet yet, 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 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 host you here!
When you arrive to Tagounite, we will first have a rest with some Moroccan tea at our parents house. After that we will take a transport to go to the project in Bani Hayoune.
It will be great 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.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
It is our pleasure to have you as a part of our project and we will be happy to have 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 and some Arabic if you are interested.
The tasks could be all kinds of different tasks, varying day by day or week by week, like:
- Building different 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 sand, straw and water
- Internet. We need help with our social media and especially with marketing techniques.
- Cooking, every help with cooking is very welcome! :) We are happy to teach you our Moroccan meals, and happy to learn new recipes.
- Washing and cleaning
- Building the water reserve
- Making/installing electricity
- Fixing and cleaning the old rooms and walls (made with mud)
- Make new door entrances in the rooms
- Gardening. We need to plant new palm trees and we want to grow organic vegetables and fruits in the near future
- We need to take care of our animals: our dog Sou Sen, the cat Poffertje, her kittens and the donkey Khanaffi. The plan is to have some other different animals in the future.
We will need help for planting new palm trees and making mud bricks so we can start building some of the rooms. Also we need some people to help us with installing the internet. And we would love it if there are some helpers who can help us in practicing languages to make it better.
We are always thankful for anything you can help with.
Arabic, English, French, a little bit of Italian and Spanish
When you arrive in Tagounite by bus or taxi, you will find me waiting for you at the CTM busstation. There I will take you to our family house where we will drink some tea with our family and you can have a rest if you wish. After that, we will go to Bani Hayoune. Here, we have two rooms which you can use and share with the other volunteers. You can use mattresses, pillows and blankets for sleeping. All the meals will take place together in the old living room, or outside in the shade. 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.
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 3 hours every day and 5 days a week, we start after breakfast and we stop after lunch. The rest of the day you have the day off, where we can walk together to the palm trees for the sunset or have a rest in our gardens.
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 walking
- Please let me know what kind of transport you will use so that I can be waiting for you in right time
- Let me know if you eat vegetarian or vegan! We are flexible about the food
Thank you for your understanding and please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have in mind!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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