Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Agafay Deser
Discovering the city, mountains, and desert & Volunteering with the High Atlas Foundation
Why Morocco with THE VACATION PROJECT?
1. OUR ITINERARY IS EXCLUSIVE TO TVP TRAVELERS
Our itinerary has been curated with our partners to give you access to exclusive experiences. Our NGO Partner High Atlas Foundation accepts volunteers, but if you were to go without TVP, the required time frame is much longer given the amount of logistics, effort, and coordination it takes to get volunteers on location. Through our exclusive partnership with the High Atlas Foundation, we have unlocked an incredible opportunity to not only experience the Atlas Mountains and the beautiful scenery, but also get to know the local communities that live there.
2. YOU WILL ENJOY BOTH THE CITY AND THE MOUNTAINS
The Atlas Mountains are home to the Berber people, who have lived in the Atlas Mountain range for thousands of years. In fact, they have been traced back to at least 3000 B.C. Because of this, tourists or locals rarely get to visit this part of Morocco. We have coordinated safe & comfortable transport from our other locations on the itinerary to make sure you get to experience this part of the world in all of it's awesomeness.
3. YOU WILL HAVE AN AMAZING LOCAL GUIDE TO SHOW YOU THE WAY
On this trip, you will have an awesome local guide - Simo - who is our partner in Morocco. Simo is born & bred in Marrakech and is an expert on what to see and do in his home city. Some sneak peaks of what he has in store for TVP'ers are: a exclusive night out in Marrakech, a home cooked meal in our riad by his family, and an off the beaten path walking tour.
Who is Our NGO Partner?
THE VACATION PROJECT is proud to partner with the High Atlas Foundation, one of Morocco's largest and most highly regarded NGOs.
The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a Moroccan association and a U.S. 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers, and is dedicated to participatory grassroots human development in disadvantaged areas in Morocco, mostly rural. HAF received United Nations Special Consultative Status in 2011.
HAF's team is comprised mostly of Moroccans with some international members. Using a participatory approach, HAF works to establish development projects in Morocco that local communities design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. HAF is committed to facilitating, and training facilitators in, the participatory approach to local development, and helps to establish the priority projects that are designed in that process, including in fruit tree agriculture (building nurseries and irrigation systems, securing organic certification, and export of product), clean drinking water projects, women and youth initiatives, participatory and technical experiential training, and cultural preservation.
HAF's work has touched over 45,000 individuals over the past 13 years. HAF's work continues to grow, as it currently has active projects in eight provinces of Morocco. HAF's development vision is Morocco's vision for itself: it is public-private collaboration at all levels of society in order to assist communities (villages and neighborhoods) in furthering their self-reliant development. It sees members of local communities across the kingdom coming together to identify and implement the projects they most need and want a which range depending on the opportunities they face.
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We're so excited to have you on board for our Morocco trip!! The biggest question we get from our travelers is... how the heck do we pack for this trip?