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Residentials in Morocco 8-16th August 2017

dofe residential in moroccoBased in Agouti in the Ait Bougamez "Happy Valley" we invite you to come and spend your days in the homes of the local Berber people. You will be split into groups with other particpants that you have not met before and will take part in the everyday activities of these friendly village people. You will be eating lunch with these families and should come prepared to get stuck in and improve your communication skills as not all families will speak English! This may count towards your Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Please check with your DofE leader.

Activities on residential depend upon your gender. Girls will help with cutting hay, washing clothes, cleaning the house and preparing traditional food such as tagine, bread and mint tea. Girls will also have the opportunity to dress up in the local costumes, makeup and have henna tattoos done. Boys will go to the market, help with cutting wood, building maintenance, fruit picking in the orchards and managing livestock. The program also includes a day of walking to the gorge and local granary view point. There is also the opportunity to learn the traditional crafts of rug making and wood carving at the village association. In the evening the participants stay together in a gite. The accommodation is basic dormitory style with hot and cold running water. It is comfortable but not 5 star! Participants are fully supervised throughout the residential and have the opportunity to explore the souks in De Jemna el Fna. You will also visit the Cascades de Ouzoud on our return journey to Marrakesh. 

Residential highlights

  • Spending your days with the Berber familes in the "Happy Valley"
  • Day walk to the gorge and granary view point
  • Learn the traditional crafts of rug making and wood carving at the village association
  • Visit the Cascades de Ouzoud
  • Explore the souks in De Jemna el Fna, Marrakesh

Itinerary*

Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day relaxing at pool - hotel, meals at own expense
Day 2: Travel to Ait Bougamez (6 hours) - gite, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 3: Residential, spending the day with Berber families - gite, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 4: Residential, spending the day with Berber families - gite, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 5: Residential, day walk through the gorge and up to the granary in Agouti - gite, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 6: Residential, spending the day with Berber families - gite, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 7: Residential, half day at Agouti traditional crafts association and half day activities in the gite - gite, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 8: Travel back to Marrakesh  (6 hours) Visit the Cascades de Ouzoud enroute and have a picnic lunch - hotel, breakfast & lunch included
Day 9: Shopping and sightseeing in Marrakesh. Transfer to airport and depart for UK in the afternoon. Breakfast only included

Residential - price per person: £760 
Combined DofE gold open expedition assessment and residential - price per person: £1130

Residential price includes: meals as above, cook, transfers to and from airport, transfers to and from Marrakech and Ait Bougamez, 6 nights accommodation in basis dormitory accommodation (gite), 2 nights accommodation in 3* hotel in Marrakech, english speaking local guide, drinking water, international flights London to Marrakesh

Not included: tips for guides, lunch or dinners in Marrakech, sightseeing entrance fees, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, travel insurance.

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This residential is combined with our open gold assessment expedition starting on date 2nd August 2017.

Watch what this years participants got up to in the Happy Valley on their residential.

* Itinerary is subject to change

Boys' morning tea break
Boys' morning tea break
Girls' morning tea break
Girls' morning tea break
Making Moroccan mint tea
Making Moroccan mint tea
Siesta after lunch
Siesta after lunch
Mopping
Mopping
Washing clothes
Washing clothes
Dinner on the terrace
Dinner on the terrace
Carpet making with the ladies association
Carpet making with the ladies association
Carpentry with the men's association
Carpentry with the men's association
Cascades d'Ouzoud
Cascades d'Ouzoud
Celebration meal in Marrakesh
Celebration meal in Marrakesh
Evening entertainment
Evening entertainment
Traditional head scarves
Traditional head scarves
Just cleaned out the stable!
Just cleaned out the stable!
Wearing the traditional Berber dresses
Wearing the traditional Berber dresses
Cooking tagine
Cooking tagine
Henna tattoos
Henna tattoos
Dormitory accommodation in the gite
Dormitory accommodation in the gite
Dinner in the gite
Dinner in the gite
Day walk through the gorge and up to the granary
Day walk through the gorge and up to the granary