Help our eco village get back on its feet in North Morocco near Asilah, Morocco

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi I am sorry my account has not been active since May 2020; due to the impact of Covid I left the Village last November. I will be hopefully be returning, enchallah in August / September to recomennce work and normal life!
    I am a 64-year-old English woman, settled in Morocco for the past six years to create my own Nirvana with the help of like-minded souls of all ages. Presently I share my space with 11 chucks (including rare breeds), Lila my little Maltese cross, Booby our 'guard dog', and an ever changing mix of kitties!
    I am not an expert in natural building, self-sufficiency or eco living, I enjoy working cooperatively, as part of an enthusiastic team, experimenting, and learning together to do the best we can.

    Over the past 6 years, we have built a range of natural buildings, all made with locally sourced materials; bamboo, cob, straw, and eucalyptus wood as well as recycled and scavenged materials.
    When I return to the Village after a mad year of Covid travel and exile i need to get the place back in shape, have a massive clean up, and embark on a maintainance programme. I will need some help for sure to get the village back to its former glory!
    Unfortunately I am very short of resources and no prospect of that getting any better soon so for the first time ever I will have to ask volunteers for a 50dhm per day contribution towards food. Workaway have sanctioned this temporary adjustment to my offer. I can assure you you will eat very well with lots of puddings and cake :)
    We enjoy a rural lifestyle and are sometimes subject to breaks in utilities, but that is part and parcel of country living in North Africa. We enjoy excellent, mainly vegetarian food, but sorry we cannot cater for vegans. We provide three wholesome meals a day, tea breaks and cake of course. Please feel free to bring extra food for snacks, if you need them as we do not live close to shops. We also arrange local trips, play cards, have good conversation, film and pizza nights and enjoy rural tranquillity.
    Work is intense, physically hard, fun, and creative. Volunteers must be willing to work cooperatively, to cook, clean, feed the animals and all other aspects of communal living.
    Volunteers must stay for a minimum of 3 weeks but preferably a month, longer if they are amazing! We enjoy working and tend to work long hours to learn together and have fun. We are a popular project so it is a good idea to book well in advance.

    You will also need to bring 2 photocopies of your passport for the local bureaucracy and cheese! (Morocco is not a cheese nation!) We have a minimum stay of three weeks but in the unlikely event, either party is unhappy after the first week we will part company amicably!

    If you are not put off by this description and hard work then my project may be the place for you

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will experience Northern Moroccan culture first hand, especially at the Suq (Local Market) every Monday. You will learn a lot, eat delicious food, and live with incredible views. Women volunteers can also accompany me to the local Hammam for a weekly wash!

    In your free time, you can explore a wealth of local attractions as we enjoy good transport links into Asilah and other nearby towns. It is truly beautiful here and you can hike/explore the amazing local countryside possibly walking to our local stone circle Mzoura. We also live 40 mins away from nearby clean Atlantic beaches.

    Hopefully, you can also learn to speak a smattering of Derija (Moroccan Arabic) and spend time in the local village Tnine Sidi Al Yamani, watching football with the locals, or visiting the Hammam (communal bathing house)

  • Help

    Help

    I have been away from the project for ten months and will be returning soon to get the project back on track!We need to do a lot of repairs, cleaning, painting, gardening etc

    All volunteers help with day to day tasks; cooking, cleaning, animal care, shopping, maintenance etc. We live together as a family, all mucking in together!

    We welcome volunteer input and ideas and are open to volunteer led projects on site. We will be a small team of 2-4 who enjoy sharing the lifestyle and work and play

    I will send new volunteers an interactive map prior to their arrival. I can also arrange private hire pick up from Tanger airport - 300 dirham (30 Euros)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have places for up to 3 volunteers at any time in dorm style accommodation. Food is top quality, locally sourced, international, with lots of cake - well I am English!

    We are located in the countryside with limited transport, volunteers will need to get to our local village Sidi Al Yamini when they arrive. I will send an interactive map with transport details upon confirmation.

    Wi Fi is not available and volunteers will need to purchase a Moroccan sim card (30 dirham) + data

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our project is based one mile from our local village where there is regular transport into Assilah and Larache. We are situated ten kilometres from beautiful beaches, an awesome stone circle, a Roman settlement and other places of high cultural and historic interest. There are interesting bird and wildlife, and amazing flora and fauna, we actually have wild tortoises on the land.

    We enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, love cooking and sharing food with guests. At weekends we sometimes arrange trips and chill out together, however, Saturday is my home day to chill without hosting, volunteers are asked to give me space for the day and spend the day off-site.

    All accepted volunteers must bring 2 photocopies of their passport, suitable work clothes, and house shoes for inside wear.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I can iver off road parking but access is up fairly steep, narrow incline not suitable for big vans sorry

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 Days a week (Mon-Fri), Weekends off - flexible but I need every Saturday off! (max 25 hours)

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