ENVIRONMENT OF ERRACHIDIA

Errachidia is situated in the ZIZ valley, in between the mountains of High Atlas and the dessert sand hills. The landscape is dominated by red colored mountains, rocks and fields of stones. In the middle of this dry environment you can find many oasis of palmtrees which produce delicious dates. On a 18 kilometer distance of Errachidia there is the Blue Source Meski located. Blue Source Meski is a natural stream which cold water comes directly from the mountains. In summer Blue Source Meski is an ideal place for a swim or refreshment. Because of the drought it is difficult to make a living out of agriculture. Nevertheless agriculture brings the main source of income for most people.

Weather

Errachidia has a desert climate, The winters are cold, temperatures fall to 12 degrees under zero with huge differences between night and day. The best temperatures are those in spring and autumn with an average of 25 degrees. The summers are hot. July and August are the hottest months with a temperature of around 40 degrees in daytime. The evenings and nights in summer are very pleasant. The weather can change in a very short period. In two weeks time the weather can change from around zero degrees and snow to 25 degrees and sunny.

The people and culture

The region of Errachidia is a cultural and linguistic mosaic. Every tribe, every valley, every village has its own unique characteristics, identifiable by its music, architectural features and its customs. Ethnic diversity is considerable with many races and colours in evidence: the Chorfas Alaouites, natives of the Arabic peninsula mixed with the Berber tribe of Ait Morghad (from the region of Goulmima), the Ait Izdeg (the area around Rich) and the Ait Atta (around Aoufous). Even if men dress in more or less the same way with regional nuances undetectable to the unaccustomed eye, the costumes and hairstyles of the women and equally their living conditions differ from one spot to another within the province and from one tribe to another. There is a world of difference between the black ‘Haiks’ worn by the women of Rissani and the costumes of the Ait Morghad and the Ait Izdeg. Every region and every tribe has its own dialect. Tribal members are recognisable by their language and accent and every tribe posseses a rich and varied oral and poetic tradition.

Islam

Islam dominates the Moroccan way of life. Five times a day you can hear the call from the mosques when it is prayer time. People pray in Mosques, but it is also common to pray on any other place as long as there is a clean subsoil. When there is no clean subsoil people use small carpets to do their prayer. You can find people praying in the suq, in the busstation or just on the street. Friday afternoons are reserved to spend the day in the mosques, or to dedicate the time to the God in another place. For Moroccan people it is forbidden to drink alcohol, eat pork or have sexual relationships outside marriage. For tourists all this kind of behaviour is tolerated. You will never see people showing their love in public places, for example kissing or hugging in the street is not done. It is even undesirable for a man and a woman to hold hands in public, whether they are married or not.

Greetings

People usually greet each other by shaking hands. Good friends kiss each other on the cheek when they haven’t seen each other for a long time. Kissing is only common between people from the same gender, except between close family members: brothers and sister kissing each other is very normal. The greetings are followed by many questions about the wellbeing of the other person and his or her family. In Moroccan Arabic there are about five ways to ask how somebody is doing and all these expressions are used when people meet each other ‘labas, bgar, kdir, gbark, mezyan?’ It is very normal for two people of the same gender to hold hands.

HOLLY WEEK 2019 in Morocco

Semana santa

IVMT program is an amazing volunteer program in morocco , we give you an opportunity to share with us a lot of activities for help poeple , give smile to a lot of really cute kids and discovers new lifestyle, style music, live directly with the community in south africa with really amazing adventure tours.
Spend the Hollyweek in our solidarity camp for volunteers. From 13 to 21 april in tourist town called Er-Rachidia (Morocco) .
The project consists of different volunteer activities such as:

  • Painting and decorating with kids.
  • Teaching language
  • Support for entertainment and educational activities with children.
  • Environmental management
  • Experience exchange between volunteers
  • Arabic classes will be taught to all volunteers.
  • Painting, gardening and restoration of the school community in the area of Errachidia.
  • photography solidarity compétition between volonteers
  • Music and theatre
  • Camel Tours in the desert of Merzouga.
  • Visite source blue meski
  • Trip of discovery,midel Atlas Mountains.
Duration : 8 days
  • 13/04/2019 TO 21/04/2014 

ACTIVITIES WITH CHILDREN

moroccotravels actividades con ninos

-It consist of making workshops and learn from each other, playing games and having fun.
Didactic activities, playfull, etc. such as the following:
– Painting workshop: children, helped by the volunteers, will use colored penciles and watercolors, making mixtures and drawing,
-Language basic classes : volunteers will be able to organize games for children in order to learn easier and in a funiest manner the basic of English or Spanish ,
-Games, activities with plasticine, singing: volunteers can propose activities for children to have fun and encourage them to use their talents and abilities,
-Handicrafts using various materials: developing activities where children can use various materials in order to learn about recycling or give them other creative uses,
Some of examples can be the following:
Using sticks, pencils, plastic bottles, for creating vertical gardens
animals, graphics, drawings. With bottle caps make curtains.
Reuse rolls of toilet paper and so on…

– Face painting: making funny and different paintings on children face but also on volunteers face, to share the joy and amusement of the game,
Others: we recommend to arrive here with a luggage of creative ideas and activities suitable for kids .

DAILY ACTVITIES AT SCHOOL

moroccotravels actividades con ninos

Regarding the activities during the hours spent at school daily, usually in the morning and noon, will be divided between the activities with kids, school painting, school renovation and individual creative activities.
Kids attending school classes are aged between 4 and 6 years old.
If you wish, can bring some materials for children, as colored pencils, special pencils for face painting, watercolors, clothes, shoes, usual materials needed in school for study.

The Association would appreciate and feel very grateful for such initiative, those materials donated by volunteers for children, will be used to organize games and creative projects during the free time of the group and taken to kids at school.

FREE TIME ACTIVITIES

moroccotravels actividades con ninos

– Arabic language classes: will be able to participate on different Arabic classes, trained by the coordinators, of wich you can acquire basic concepts of our language.
– Music.
– Going out in town.
– Visiting the local traditional market, named souk.
– Trip to Lhibouss, a near village where can get in touch with Moroccan customs and most traditional aspects of the region, also will enjoy painting exhibition and local music (transport will be provided by taxi).
That day, during visit, dinner will be served in the village.
– Trip to Fuente Azul de Meski: the group will enjoy one of the best natural pools from the region (transport will be provided by taxi).
– One day dedicated to henna painting custom, reciving at the house the visit of a specialist in henna tattoos.
– More: volunteers will be able to choose or propose any activities might like to try during their visit in Errachidia,

ACCOMODATION

Volunteers will be hosted in moroccan house, together with the coordinators.

COEXISTENCE IN THE HOUSE

The group of volunteers will share the place and live in the house during camp with all volunteers and the local coordinators.
any exit from the accommodation will always be guided by one or more of the coordinators in charge.

HOW TO ARRIVE TO ERRACHIDIA ?

Soon after landing on airport, the organizers will wait and meet each volunteer and provide transport to Errachidia for the group.
If necessary, in case that the flight took place a day before the camp to start and participants accommodated in Marrakech, someone from the association will help them reunite with the group.
The cost of pick up 30€/person,
In case of choosing to travel to Errachidia by yourself , or arriving in distinct day as the group, or different hour, someone from the association will be in contact with you for providing all necessary information about how to get at the right destination of the camp.

The association adress:

Street 15 number 5 to El Massira Errachidia.

Bus companies:

• http://www.ctm.ma
• http://www.supratours.ma

TRIP TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAIN

MONTAÑAS DEL A TLAS

The trip to the mountain will start from 10 in the morning, soon after breakfast.
The group will travel part of the road by taxi. After getting there, the remaining part of the road will be done walking and enjoying the wonderful landscapes for about 30 minutes.
Once we reach at the beautiful waterfalls, part of this amazing side of the mountain, volunteers can swim in the clear water and have a moment of relaxation.
Arriving at that point, the food will be cooked there, in traditional way, all the time accompanied by music.
The return back home will take place in same day.

TRIP TO THE MERZOUGA DESERT

excursione merzougua

Will start with the displacement, by taxi, from Errachidia. On the way we will stop and visit a local market, Rissani Souk from where you can buy gifts and continue our travel to the desert.
First after reaching at the hotel nearby desert will serve lunch, spending some free time and enjoying the magical image of the sand dunes. Following, at the same time with sunset, will experience a camel ride deep in the desert, where will spend the night having dinner and listening music, talking and having a great time under the desert stars and moon lights. In the morning we will get back same on the camel ride to the hotel and after back to Errachidia!

VISIT AT THE GREAT GNAWA FAMILLY

khamlia-group

An unforgetable experience!!!
In Ksar Hamlia, a village near Merzouga dessert, resident population is formed mostly from Gnawa, descendants of ancient Mauritanians. They inherited and practice a specific music, using special instruments that recreate the sound made by chains carried by the slaves on the gallons.
Leaving the desert behind, in the way back to Errachidia, another stop will find us in the Para village, where again we will let music entertain us, enjoying another beautiful specific music that can make everybody to dance. From start to the end of the show!!!
During the presentation we will be delighted with a delicious Maroccan Tea.
,this way helping them continue their work. Also you can let a tip, if consider, as a sign of appreciation to the show.

Participation requirements

  • Having adult age  (more than 18 years old),
  • Being a patient person and having pedagogical qualifications,
  • Having flexible schedule,
  • Accepting program rules and conditions .

COSTS OF THE VOLUNTEER CAMP

The camp fee is fixed per volunteer at 220 €  including :

  • Accomodation,
  • Three meals provided a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) also water,
  • Classes for study Arabic language,
  • The necessary materials to carry out camp activities,
  • A trip to the desert  that cover  transport, accommodation and  food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) but also fresh water .

Costs that aren't included:

  • The flight  tickets to Morocco and back home, transporte from and to the airport,
  • Travel  insurance and  also health insurance is necessary,
  • Blue source of Meski (5€)
  • The cost of the trip to Atlas Mountain (7€ ).
 

ENVIRONMENT OF ERRACHIDIA

Errachidia is situated in the ZIZ valley, in between the mountains of High Atlas and the dessert sand hills. The landscape is dominated by red colored mountains, rocks and fields of stones. In the middle of this dry environment you can find many oasis of palmtrees which produce delicious dates. On a 18 kilometer distance of Errachidia there is the Blue Source Meski located. Blue Source Meski is a natural stream which cold water comes directly from the mountains. In summer Blue Source Meski is an ideal place for a swim or refreshment. Because of the drought it is difficult to make a living out of agriculture. Nevertheless agriculture brings the main source of income for most people.

Weather

Errachidia has a desert climate, The winters are cold, temperatures fall to 12 degrees under zero with huge differences between night and day. The best temperatures are those in spring and autumn with an average of 25 degrees. The summers are hot. July and August are the hottest months with a temperature of around 40 degrees in daytime. The evenings and nights in summer are very pleasant. The weather can change in a very short period. In two weeks time the weather can change from around zero degrees and snow to 25 degrees and sunny.

The people and culture

The region of Errachidia is a cultural and linguistic mosaic. Every tribe, every valley, every village has its own unique characteristics, identifiable by its music, architectural features and its customs. Ethnic diversity is considerable with many races and colours in evidence: the Chorfas Alaouites, natives of the Arabic peninsula mixed with the Berber tribe of Ait Morghad (from the region of Goulmima), the Ait Izdeg (the area around Rich) and the Ait Atta (around Aoufous). Even if men dress in more or less the same way with regional nuances undetectable to the unaccustomed eye, the costumes and hairstyles of the women and equally their living conditions differ from one spot to another within the province and from one tribe to another. There is a world of difference between the black ‘Haiks’ worn by the women of Rissani and the costumes of the Ait Morghad and the Ait Izdeg. Every region and every tribe has its own dialect. Tribal members are recognisable by their language and accent and every tribe posseses a rich and varied oral and poetic tradition.

Islam

Islam dominates the Moroccan way of life. Five times a day you can hear the call from the mosques when it is prayer time. People pray in Mosques, but it is also common to pray on any other place as long as there is a clean subsoil. When there is no clean subsoil people use small carpets to do their prayer. You can find people praying in the suq, in the busstation or just on the street. Friday afternoons are reserved to spend the day in the mosques, or to dedicate the time to the God in another place. For Moroccan people it is forbidden to drink alcohol, eat pork or have sexual relationships outside marriage. For tourists all this kind of behaviour is tolerated. You will never see people showing their love in public places, for example kissing or hugging in the street is not done. It is even undesirable for a man and a woman to hold hands in public, whether they are married or not.

Greetings

People usually greet each other by shaking hands. Good friends kiss each other on the cheek when they haven’t seen each other for a long time. Kissing is only common between people from the same gender, except between close family members: brothers and sister kissing each other is very normal. The greetings are followed by many questions about the wellbeing of the other person and his or her family. In Moroccan Arabic there are about five ways to ask how somebody is doing and all these expressions are used when people meet each other ‘labas, bgar, kdir, gbark, mezyan?’ It is very normal for two people of the same gender to hold hands.

HOLLY WEEK 2019 in Morocco

Semana santa

IVMT program is an amazing volunteer program in morocco , we give you an opportunity to share with us a lot of activities for help poeple , give smile to a lot of really cute kids and discovers new lifestyle, style music, live directly with the community in south africa with really amazing adventure tours.
Spend the Hollyweek in our solidarity camp for volunteers. From 13 to 21 april in tourist town called Er-Rachidia (Morocco) .
The project consists of different volunteer activities such as:

  • Painting and decorating with kids.
  • Teaching language
  • Support for entertainment and educational activities with children.
  • Environmental management
  • Experience exchange between volunteers
  • Arabic classes will be taught to all volunteers.
  • Painting, gardening and restoration of the school community in the area of Errachidia.
  • photography solidarity compétition between volonteers
  • Music and theatre
  • Camel Tours in the desert of Merzouga.
  • Visite source blue meski
  • Trip of discovery,midel Atlas Mountains.
Duration : 8 days
  • 13/04/2019 TO 21/04/2014 

ACTIVITIES WITH CHILDREN

moroccotravels actividades con ninos

-It consist of making workshops and learn from each other, playing games and having fun.
Didactic activities, playfull, etc. such as the following:
– Painting workshop: children, helped by the volunteers, will use colored penciles and watercolors, making mixtures and drawing,
-Language basic classes : volunteers will be able to organize games for children in order to learn easier and in a funiest manner the basic of English or Spanish ,
-Games, activities with plasticine, singing: volunteers can propose activities for children to have fun and encourage them to use their talents and abilities,
-Handicrafts using various materials: developing activities where children can use various materials in order to learn about recycling or give them other creative uses,
Some of examples can be the following:
Using sticks, pencils, plastic bottles, for creating vertical gardens
animals, graphics, drawings. With bottle caps make curtains.
Reuse rolls of toilet paper and so on…

– Face painting: making funny and different paintings on children face but also on volunteers face, to share the joy and amusement of the game,
Others: we recommend to arrive here with a luggage of creative ideas and activities suitable for kids .

DAILY ACTVITIES AT SCHOOL

moroccotravels actividades con ninos

Regarding the activities during the hours spent at school daily, usually in the morning and noon, will be divided between the activities with kids, school painting, school renovation and individual creative activities.
Kids attending school classes are aged between 4 and 6 years old.
If you wish, can bring some materials for children, as colored pencils, special pencils for face painting, watercolors, clothes, shoes, usual materials needed in school for study.

The Association would appreciate and feel very grateful for such initiative, those materials donated by volunteers for children, will be used to organize games and creative projects during the free time of the group and taken to kids at school.

FREE TIME ACTIVITIES

moroccotravels actividades con ninos

– Arabic language classes: will be able to participate on different Arabic classes, trained by the coordinators, of wich you can acquire basic concepts of our language.
– Music.
– Going out in town.
– Visiting the local traditional market, named souk.
– Trip to Lhibouss, a near village where can get in touch with Moroccan customs and most traditional aspects of the region, also will enjoy painting exhibition and local music (transport will be provided by taxi).
That day, during visit, dinner will be served in the village.
– Trip to Fuente Azul de Meski: the group will enjoy one of the best natural pools from the region (transport will be provided by taxi).
– One day dedicated to henna painting custom, reciving at the house the visit of a specialist in henna tattoos.
– More: volunteers will be able to choose or propose any activities might like to try during their visit in Errachidia,

ACCOMODATION

Volunteers will be hosted in moroccan house, together with the coordinators.

COEXISTENCE IN THE HOUSE

The group of volunteers will share the place and live in the house during camp with all volunteers and the local coordinators.
any exit from the accommodation will always be guided by one or more of the coordinators in charge.

HOW TO ARRIVE TO ERRACHIDIA ?

Soon after landing on airport, the organizers will wait and meet each volunteer and provide transport to Errachidia for the group.
If necessary, in case that the flight took place a day before the camp to start and participants accommodated in Marrakech, someone from the association will help them reunite with the group.
The cost of pick up 30€/person,
In case of choosing to travel to Errachidia by yourself , or arriving in distinct day as the group, or different hour, someone from the association will be in contact with you for providing all necessary information about how to get at the right destination of the camp.

The association adress:

Street 15 number 5 to El Massira Errachidia.

Bus companies:

• http://www.ctm.ma
• http://www.supratours.ma

TRIP TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAIN

MONTAÑAS DEL A TLAS

The trip to the mountain will start from 10 in the morning, soon after breakfast.
The group will travel part of the road by taxi. After getting there, the remaining part of the road will be done walking and enjoying the wonderful landscapes for about 30 minutes.
Once we reach at the beautiful waterfalls, part of this amazing side of the mountain, volunteers can swim in the clear water and have a moment of relaxation.
Arriving at that point, the food will be cooked there, in traditional way, all the time accompanied by music.
The return back home will take place in same day.

TRIP TO THE MERZOUGA DESERT

excursione merzougua

Will start with the displacement, by taxi, from Errachidia. On the way we will stop and visit a local market, Rissani Souk from where you can buy gifts and continue our travel to the desert.
First after reaching at the hotel nearby desert will serve lunch, spending some free time and enjoying the magical image of the sand dunes. Following, at the same time with sunset, will experience a camel ride deep in the desert, where will spend the night having dinner and listening music, talking and having a great time under the desert stars and moon lights. In the morning we will get back same on the camel ride to the hotel and after back to Errachidia!

VISIT AT THE GREAT GNAWA FAMILLY

khamlia-group

An unforgetable experience!!!
In Ksar Hamlia, a village near Merzouga dessert, resident population is formed mostly from Gnawa, descendants of ancient Mauritanians. They inherited and practice a specific music, using special instruments that recreate the sound made by chains carried by the slaves on the gallons.
Leaving the desert behind, in the way back to Errachidia, another stop will find us in the Para village, where again we will let music entertain us, enjoying another beautiful specific music that can make everybody to dance. From start to the end of the show!!!
During the presentation we will be delighted with a delicious Maroccan Tea.
,this way helping them continue their work. Also you can let a tip, if consider, as a sign of appreciation to the show.

Participation requirements

  • Having adult age  (more than 18 years old),
  • Being a patient person and having pedagogical qualifications,
  • Having flexible schedule,
  • Accepting program rules and conditions .

COSTS OF THE VOLUNTEER CAMP

The camp fee is fixed per volunteer at 220 €  including :

  • Accomodation,
  • Three meals provided a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) also water,
  • Classes for study Arabic language,
  • The necessary materials to carry out camp activities,
  • A trip to the desert  that cover  transport, accommodation and  food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) but also fresh water .

Costs that aren't included:

  • The flight  tickets to Morocco and back home, transporte from and to the airport,
  • Travel  insurance and  also health insurance is necessary,
  • Blue source of Meski (5€)
  • The cost of the trip to Atlas Mountain (7€ ).