Projet de construction naturelle à Assilah au Maroc

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  • Description


    Hi we are Ismael and Toma 🙌🏼

    Update 2023 :
    • We are looking for specifically skilled people for some tasks. (Please check out the help section below)
    • We host volunteers who can join our community for minimum 1 month or longer.
    • You can see what we achieved recently in the "What else" Section below
    • Be sure to visit our feedback page where you can get a glimpse about how happy people are here.

    Ismael is half Spanish, half Moroccan and grew up on the West coast of North Morocco : "After opening a hostel with friends in my hometown Assilah, I wanted to create my own place in the countryside to realise my heart project. My vision is to live in a sustainable place for living and creation, together with friends and people from all around the world with the goal to form a community that explores different ways of creation. Ultimately I want a hub to share ideas and provide a cultural exchange in a beautiful and inspiring natural setup close to the wild Atlantic Ocean."

    Toma is Belgian native and has lived in the North Moroccan countryside for 5 years, enjoying the cultural immersion, the sweet weather, the chill life and the good surf. This wasn't enough so he teamed up with Ismael to help him on his project since October 2022. "As a yoga enthusiast I hope to make this place a safe haven for people fed up with the fast life.
    The idea behind the place is to have a place where people can come as guests to rest in the wonderful countryside, to practice yoga, learn or share their skills with other. The place will host clients and volunteers in a community vibe."

    Ismael speaks Spanish, English & Darija. Toma speaks English & French.

    Ismael & Nina (that was here before) began the project in September 2016 and since then we have been working on the infrastructure. This includes a dry toilet, bathroom, the first a cob-straw cabin, an outdoor kitchen, water reservoir, fireplace, fences, electricity, water system, and planting.

    While we are not specialists in building or agriculture, we are passionate in learning by doing and being hands on. We are deeply interested in different sustainable systems like permaculture and ecobuilding techniques which we base our project on. We use different methods of building with the resources we have and we’re also open to learn from people who bring with them their experience or special skills.

    Our project is an experimental place with the vision to create a sanctuary space for freedom, wellbeing and cultural exchange in arts, sustainable architecture and permaculture. We are dreaming of a place where we can live and work closer together with nature and the environment, test innovative concepts, create spaces which are inspiring and have fun !

    We are naturally ecological without being dogmatic. We do our best to do what goes in the direction of recycling, nature and human preservation. We love to discuss about it and sometimes the good choice is not always the one that looks the most ecological. 🍃

    We are looking for people in our community with maker and creative mind who have fun and being passionated to move and change parts of our project.

    Help required will be often dirty and requires hard work, so we want people who aren't afraid to work hard and get stuck in. We want to work with people who care about our project and place and want to share and learn together.

    If you are genuinely interested in this kind of project and work, and you are an openminded head who is not scared of a complete other cultural experience than Europe, then you will certainly enjoy this experience with us in Morocco. The countryside and its beauty is rough, animals roam freely on the farm and in the nature : dogs, peacocks, turtles, hedgehogs, chickens, sheep, donkeys and cows. We live a simple live here and we are always improvising with a creative mind to get solutions with a small budged.

    Our workspace is also a fun place and we strive to ensure everyone is happy and enjoys their time at our place. We appreciate volunteers with certain skills in wood working, construction experiences, gardening/farming knowledge but also welcome handymen or women who are seeking a new working experience away from the hectic city life and dive into a scout lifestyle.

    Our volunteers are responsible preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner with the food we find weekly in the local markets and to keep the place always clean. Most people here are vegetarian, if somebody needs a special diet (vegan, gluten or lactose free) please take into consideration that we can't effort that in our organisation so you will have to organise and buy products you need by yourself. As well we can't effort to buy meat or luxury products for the volunteers.

    If you are interested and need more information contact us and we will send you our Volunteer Guidelines Chart that gives detailed information about our daily life and organisation.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Accueil / tourisme
  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Besides the international vibe amongst the workawayers, the countryside of North Morocco offers you a wild and raw moroccan experience. We will explore different souks together, will hunt for secondhand stuff and visit places without many or any tourists, to find building materials.
    We exchange a lot with our Moroccan builder and our beloved guardian Hammid. Sometimes we will have dinner with friends in the farm or in the countryside, going to the beach, surfing, with exploration to new places looking for specific building materials. This project will be full of variety, hard work and will always be an adventure with us.

  • Aide


    For 2023 we are looking for superstar skilled people :
    ✭ Community manager : A digital nomad Swiss knife !
    In charge of social media, website and crowdfunding.
    ✭ Carpenter : A wood working angel !
    In charge of building wood structures and temple structure
    ✭ Stonewall builder : A LEGO brick expert !
    In charge of walls and stairs building
    ✭ Plastering craftsman : Someone who like smooth things
    For all kinds of natural material plastering.
    ✭ Plumber : Ready to get its hands dirty
    For the rooms and the kitchen installation.

    The next steps we hope to achieve in 2023 are :
    • Pursuing the construction of the rooms
    • Planning and refreshing vegetable gardens
    • Landscaping, reproducing plants for ornemental gardens
    • Making the space more comfortable for everybody to stay all seasons long.

    Several construction works in the mid term :
    • a workshop : to work comfortably on all our projects
    • 3 rooms and a cabin : for hosting more people
    • a yoga temple : to host events and retreats
    • a chicken house and a kennel : for animal management
    • a housing unit for the guardian, a market and logistics laundry place.
    • 2 treehouses : for hosting more people
    • a dorm and summer showers : to host more volunteers
    • a new, bigger, pond for water filtering purposes.
    • an underground hamam

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant
    Français: Courant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
    Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.

  • Hébergement


    We are living in the farm in el Houmr (15min by car from Assilah, with Bus 7min and 30min of walking from the main road). We offer you a bunk bed with a proper matress, duvet, pillow and bedsheets in a shared cabin with other volunteers of the farm. You also have the possibility to camp or put your hammock in the trees. The volunteer house includes a simple outside kitchen which is praticable for most Moroccan's weather. There is a dry toilet to take care of and an inside shower. We shower mostly with cold water.

    On weekends volunteers are self responsible and have time to travel or hang out in the volunteer area.
    The area around Asilah has wonderful beaches you can visit in your free time and plenty of small villages to explore. Cities like Tangier, Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Fes and Meknes also make a great weekend trip. The transport connection from Assilah to other cities is quite good. Assilah has a train station so you can easily get to Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech with daily services running frequently. There is also a bus stop with a local bus (10 MAD) going to Tangier every 20mins otherwise you can take a shared taxi (25 MAD) to Tangier.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    For this 2022 season we would like to thank all of you for the energy, the work, the hard times and the love shared :
    Anna 🇩🇪, Andrea 🇨🇱, Emil 🇩🇰, Jakob 🇩🇰, Freed & Jonas 🇩🇪, Saoirse 🇬🇧, Dries 🇧🇪, Mason 🇬🇧 Klaus 🇧🇷 & Lola 🇬🇧, Orion 🇬🇧, Goele 🇧🇪 & Isa 🐶, Jakob 🇬🇧, Michele 🇮🇹, Clémentine 🇫🇷, Timo 🇩🇪, Mao 🇨🇴, Martina 🇮🇹, Rebecca & Bendagouz 🇭🇺, Bilge 🇹🇷, Jordan 🇬🇧 & Paula 🇩🇪, Bela 🇩🇪, Kate 🇬🇷 & Easy 🇩🇪, Gabriel 🇫🇷, Alicia & Tom 🇫🇷, Natasha 🇬🇶, Ariane 🇧🇪, Yoann & Anna 🇧🇪, Tissam 🇧🇪, Emily 🇬🇧, Miri & Fabi 🇩🇪, Emilie 🇧🇪, Caio 🇧🇷, Adele, Tino 🇨🇭, Asti 🇳🇱 & Milos 🐶, Niklas 🇩🇪, Moses 🇩🇪, Dominik 🇩🇪, Oscar 🇿🇦, Mimy, Lene 🇩🇪, Fath 🇲🇦 & Ninon 🇫🇷, Jean & Nathalie 🇧🇪, Victor 🇧🇪, Giuditta 🇮🇹, Angela 🇳🇿, Eoin & Erin 🇮🇪, Jules 🇺🇸 & Patrice 🇲🇦, Violette 🇫🇷, Adèle 🇫🇷, Nina & Tissa 🇨🇭, Reda 🇲🇦, Ulysse 🇧🇪, Marc 🇫🇷

    What we achieved in 2022 with the help of our volunteers :
    ✔ General project redesign and mapping.
    ✔ Clearing, cleaning, ordering and organising material and storage space
    ✔ Design and landscaping of a plant nursery, a compost place and a gardening workshop.
    ✔ Design and landscaping of a vegetable garden.
    ✔ Seeded, planted, re-planted and processed a lot of plants.
    ✔ Planted more than 150 baby trees on the land.
    ✔ Landscaped dirt terraces to prevent soil erosion.
    ✔ Planted a succulent plants and cactus garden.
    ✔ Built several stonewalls, stairs and seatings.
    ✔ Cleaned & updated the water filtration system.
    ✔ Plants reproduction for ornemental gardens and essential oil cropping.
    ✔ Complete renovation of the main farm house.
    ✔ Some furniture renovation.
    ✔ Chopped a lot of trees
    ✔ Designed a logo.
    ✔ Designed a yoga place.
    ✔ Designed a workshop and a storage place.
    ✔ Designed housing units.
    ✔ Designed a new kitchen and canteen place.
    ✔ Lay the foundations of the yoga temple
    ✔ Lay the foundations and begin the structure of the the rooms
    ✔ Lay the foundations, made the structure and the roof of the the workshop
    ✔ Planned and learnt about treehouse building.

    For some volunteers :
    ✔ Weeks of digging dirt terrasses, paths, stairs, foundations, plant beds.
    ✔ Days of cutting tires to make recycled roof tiles for the workshop.
    ✔ Hours of wood prepairing for construction : peeling, sanding, treating, oiling, painting.

    For some side projects :
    • Experimenting essential oils extraction of our aromatic herbs
    • Started kombucha tea, ginger beer and fruit kefir brewing.

    We shared some good moments too :
    • Made a lot of bonfires, wrote songs, pizza parties and boardgames nights
    • Went to the beach, hiked and enjoyed the wonderful nature
    • Experienced the culturally immersive local market.
    • Sold some peacocks… and breed some more !

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Digital nomads are welcome although we don't provide internet access, you have then to get your Maroc Telecom phone card (5GB=50dh). Also we don't have proper clean desks to work on but we have nice hammocks and shaded area and a stunning view ! 🌅

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Parking space is available on site and campervans are welcome 🚐 We run on well water (not drinkable) and brings tap water 🚰 from Assilah frequently, so it is good if you can fill up before arriving here.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    We already have 2 wonderful dogs, Suzy🐕 & Pilon 🐶 and a friendly cat, Lucy🐈. It might be a little tricky to bring a male dog into this equation. So we don't want to say no but it needs discussion about your pet's character.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 526467167573

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