Help us rebuilding our house in an oasis at the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco




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    Hello dear people,

    My name is Said. 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 brother comes to help.

    We can do different work: rebuilding the mud house, fixing walls, building new rooms, taking care of the animals, walking our dog, 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 will get a chance to learn how to prepare the real Moroccan dish.

    In winter we make fires in the evening, for cooking or playing music and to enjoy the fire with conversations while warming ourselves.

    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 and all your ideas about growing ecological food 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 trying to grow some grapes, tomatoes, oranges, potato, pomegranate and a basil plant in our new, small garden inside the house.

    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, rabbits, turtles and 3 cats :)

    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 it) 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 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, 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 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.

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Prática de idiomas
    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
    Cuidar de animais
    Ajuda em fazenda
    Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
    Ajuda a cuidar da casa
    Manutenção geral
    Ajuda com computadores/internet

  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    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.

  • Projetos que envolvem crianças

    Projetos que envolvem crianças

    Este projeto pode envolver crianças. Para mais informações, veja aqui nossas diretrizes e dicas.

  • Ajuda


    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 sand, hay and water
    - Mixing mud and making 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
    - Fixing and cleaning the old rooms and walls (made with mud)
    - Make new door entrances in the rooms
    - Building more benches
    - Building a bridge
    - 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, cats, rabbits, turtles and the donkey Khanaffi. The plan is to have some other different animals in the future, hopefully goats & chicken
    - Walking our dear dog
    - 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.

  • Idiomas

    Árabe: Fluente
    Berber: Fluente
    Inglês: Fluente
    Francês: Intermediário
    Espanhol: Iniciante
    Italiano: Iniciante

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  • Acomodação


    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.

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    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 walking
    - 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 I 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

    Thank you for your understanding and please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have in mind!

  • Mais alguns detalhes

    Mais alguns detalhes

    • Acesso à internet

    • Acesso à internet limitado

      Acesso à internet limitado

    • Temos mascotes

    • Somos fumantes

    • Pode hospedar famílias

  • Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Espaço para estacionar campervans

    You can park on the side of the road but we are preparing to build an entrance into our garden for cars/campervans.

  • Pode aceitar animais

    Pode aceitar animais

    Please take in mind that we have one lovely dog and 3 crazy cats

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Mais de 2

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    Horas previstas

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Precisão do perfil: (4.9)

Intercâmbio cultural: (4.9)

Comunicação: (5.0)

Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 139544478571