New Year in Sahara 2019

Chantiers Sociaux Marocains
RP. : 456 Rabat RP. Maroc Tél./Fax : (212) 537 73 22 66 E-mail : csm_morocco@yahoo.fr

New Year in Sahara
Spending New Year's Eve in Sahara making pottery and painting
Camp Title
New Year in Sahara
Number of the responsabale
Email adresse
Date start
Date end
Date to be Confirmed
1 Week after you apply to us
Camp cancelled
1 Week before your starting day
Number of volunteers
20 Volunteers
Free places for males
Free places for females
Free places for all genders
The town of Zagora sits at the foot of Anti-Atlas Mountains and on the shore of the Draa Valley in South Eastern Morocco. Zagora’s allure is mainly attributed to the great Draa Valley, which is still a home for several of Morocco’s tribes. The name Zagora is derived from “Tazagort,” a mountain by the shore of Draa Valley overlooking the city.
Zagora gathers a number of minority groups, including numerous Amazigh tribes from Ait Atta clan, and black African groups who emigrated from Sub-Saharan Africa, along with the Caravans. Arabs have also settled in Zagora, coming from Marrakech since the medieval times.
Zagora’s historical monuments and natural features are what enchant foreign guests most. Tourists from major European countries, such as France, Germany and Switzerland, travel to Morocco to explore Zagora. The region still preserves numerous Kasbahs and old fortresses that mark a bygone era. In addition, the Sahara desert landscapes of sand dunes and “Hamadas”* is also worth discovering.

The artistic characteristics of Zagora lay in crafts, as well as folklore. Zagora is home to old pottery factories. Clay dishes are exclusively made in Tamegroute, featuring green colored productions and displayed in local and national exhibitions. Reed is also used to make crafts.
Folklore in Zagora reflects the cultural identity of the joint communities. Both Amazighs and Arabs of the area, perform different artistic sho
Type of work
The volunteers do not have any obligatory task, as it's not a normal workcamp. The activities planned are to be organized exclusively for them to enjoy the Moroccan culture and way of living. They are expected to participate actively in all of them: painting, cooking and making pottery26 December

Arrival in Zagora//local visit of zagora town

27 December

Training (Painting work in local school)
Visit to the local museum

28 December

Training (Painting work in local school)
Excursion in Zagora's mountain / Intercultural Evening.

29 December

Training (Pottery workshops)
Visit of old Kasbah/ and historical library / Excursion to the desert / Night in Bivoac

30 December

Back in Zagora
Moroccan kitchen courses

31 December

Training (Pottery workshops)
 Excursion to the oasis of Zagora using bike  + New Year Party!!

1 January

Free time! Hammam (moroccan sona), shopping in the Souk etc.
Games and animation  with 400 children from zagora.
Study theme
making pottery
The volunteers will be hosted in a Youth center or in a family house, depending on availability. They will be informed about this two weeks before their arrival.

If they are staying in the youth center, we will cook 3 meals per day and we will make shifts to prepare them. Some days some volunteers will cook and others clean and the other way around. We will all help each other with the different tasks.
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The aim of this cultural project is to offer the participants the opportunity to get to know the Moroccan culture, specially the ones from the south of Morocco, the Desert of Sahara, which fascinates everyone who comes to visit it. The participants will have the opportunity not only to visit the Desert as a tourist, but also to enjoy our culture and become immersed into it, participating in the several activities proposed. The main aim of the project is to promote intercultural bonding.
Required spoken language
English and french
Camp spoken language
English and french
Darija (Moroccan arabic )is the native language
The volunteers are not required to have any previous experience. We are looking for enthusiastic, positive and respectful people, who are willing to work close with people from other nationalities to learn new skills and develop new relationships in ways that they choose and at a pace they feel comfortable with.
Minimum and max age
18 to 60
Wheelchair accessible
No more war
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Motivation letter
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