Volunteer Farming Program in High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Volunteer Farming Program is a marvelous break for volunteers/students to be involved in their “food chain” – they get to meet the farmers, ask questions, learn about new vegetables and fruits; volunteers will touch, see, and smell, learn and practice…; the more they are invested in their food, getting to pick it up, help in the kitchen, meet the farmers, the more likely they will be to actually eat the stuff.
Volunteer Farming program aims to help people develop a better understanding of where food comes from, reconnect with the land on which their food is grown, and learn more about sustainable farming.
More than 300 local families own gardens in Zawiya Ahansal and work with tradition ways and tools.
Volunteer with local farmers in our community and family gardens is a great chance to get to learn about mountainous farming and tradition farming methods, meet more of the farmers, and see what else is growing. It’s an educational opportunity and fun as well.
Cultural experience and self-development.
This program provides volunteers with the opportunity to experience rural life and participate in community development programs in the remote Zawiya Ahansal region of the Central High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. All our volunteers will have an impact, both on the community they serve and on themselves. They will feel connected to a new culture. They will learn, and they will teach. They will discover, understand, and grow. They will go home different persons than when they left. Gaining new experiences and insights, giving back and helping others, creating connections with people, a sense of accomplishment and building career options are main goals of our volunteers. Moreover, our team helps volunteers to:
Program includes also other opportunities to volunteer and participate in one of Association Amezray Smnid‘s sustainable development projects.
Morocco is a North African country that has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has borders with Mauritania to the south, Algeria to the east and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north.
Ethnically speaking, Morocco is composed mainly of Arabs and Berbers or a mixture of the two. Sizeable numbers of Berbers live mainly in the country’s mountainous regions, long areas of refuge where they have preserved their language and culture. Berber or Imazighen are indigenous people of Morocco.
The High Atlas is a region in Morocco covering the mountain range and surrounding destinations such as Marrakech. It’s a regular destination for mountain hikers, ski enthusiasts, or travelers interested in the indigenous Berber culture found throughout its many peaks and valleys.
Zawiya Ahansal is a beautiful valley and rural commune in Azilal Province of the Tadla-Azilal region of Morocco. At the time of the 2004 census, the commune had a total population of 10435 people living in 1554 households. Zawiya Ahansal was founded in the 13th Located in the central High Atlas Mountains, around 360 KM from Marrakech; Zawiya Ahansal Valley is unspoiled nature at its best. It has been compared to the majesty of the Himalayan Mountains, its lush orchards and green pastures surrounded by snow-capped mountains being quite different from the usual images of barren beauty readily associated with Morocco. The small towns with their mud brick and stony houses scattered throughout the valley enhance its unspoiled atmosphere.
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