Volunteer Sustainable Agriculture and Berber Immersion
Volunteer Agriculture & Rural Immersion
Volunteer Sustainable Agriculture and Berber Immersion

Sustainable Agriculture and Berber Immersion Project

Covid-19: Mission compatible with current health rules

Participating in our Sustainable Agriculture and Berber Immersion project is the ideal opportunity to do physical work and learn more about agriculture while discovering Amazigh (Berber) daily life, and culture. You will also have the opportunity to discover the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains and to hike through breathtaking landscapes.

The project is located in Berber villages around Marrakech. Its main objective is to help promoting rural populations, mainly women and children. It also aims to sensitize villagers about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and its impact on increasing production and farm income while respecting the environment.

In the village, you will be with a local family who will be delighted to welcome you and make you discover their way of life. You will be entitled to a private room sober but clean and safe and you may have to share it with other volunteers. Your daily tasks may vary seasonally and may include animal care and feeding, housework, plowing or harvesting. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to community or construction work.

Depending on your personal abilities and interests, you are also encouraged to organize health, education or environmental activities for the benefit of women and children and will be free to bring your own ideas and materials.

In return, in addition to the satisfaction of sharing knowledge and making a difference in others’ lives, you will have the opportunity to develop or affirm your personal and communicative skills. You will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself deeply in the authentic Berber culture and to forge strong links with the villagers.

During your stay, you will have to work from Monday to Friday, between 3 and 6 hours a day, with breaks for lunch. However, your schedule is flexible and may change depending on local conditions or unforeseen circumstances. On weekends, you are free to stay in the village and discover the natural sights of the region or return to Marrakech, located between 40 and 70 km on average from your village.

This volunteer program is particularly suitable for young people aged 18 and over, traveling alone, as a couple, family or group.

Your schedule is flexible, but you must be ready to work from Monday to Friday, between 3 and 6 hours a day with lunch breaks. It can also be modified according to local conditions or unforeseen circumstances. For your free time or weekends, we can help you organizing visits or trips to discover Marrakech, its surroundings or the nearby cities.

Project Technical Sheet

Country of action:  Morocco

Location: Marrakech and surroundings

Duration: Minimum: 1 week – Maximum: 24 weeks

  • Our projects start the first and third Monday of each month.
  • It’s recommended to arrive to Marrakech at least one day before your start date.
  • The first Sunday night and last Friday night are included in your package.
  • We can help you arrange extra nights including meals and accommodation with your host family before of after your project dates.
  • Flexibility and adaptability are expected.
  • You are also expected to take initiative so please be creative, patient and sympathetic.
  • Basic knowledge of Arabic or French is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Minimum age: 18 years old. If you are under 18 years old on the program start date, you should provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) and be accompanied by a participant adult.
  • Maximum age: no limits
  • A copy of a recent Criminal Background Check,
  • A copy of your passport,
  • A copy of your travel insurance,Proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid 19 in your country,
  • A negative PCR test taken less than 48 hours before boarding the plane.

These documents can be presented either in English, Arabic or French.

  • Contribution alongside engaged organizations to social development of low-income populations,
  • Sharing passions and knowledge while developing or affirming your personal and communicative skills,
  • Organizing educational, arts or community engagement and citizenship activities,
  • Going back in time along the alleys and souks of the old medina of Marrakech and discover its secret charms,
  • Immersion in the rich and multi-secular Moroccan double culture Amazigh (Berber) and Arab,
  • Discovering the beauty and natural diversity of Morocco: day trips to Essaouira, Ourika Valley or Ouarzazate, Amazigh (Berber) experience and hiking in the High Atlas Mountains, camel ride to see the sunset in the Sahara Desert’s sand dunes and spend a night in a camp etc,
  • Opportunity to enjoy a variety of trips and activities in and around Marrakech such as yoga, tai chi, cultural sight seeing, Moroccan cooking classes, food tours, cultural evenings, camel or quad ride in Marrakech palm grove, bride henna tattoo ceremony etc.,
  • Learning or developing skills in Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Darija or French,
  • Benefit from our availability 24/7 to ensure a Moroccan Experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.
  • Closest airport: Marrakech Menara Airport.
  • Pick up are provided from Marrakech Airport or Marrakech Train Station. A member of Al Youssr’s staff will meet you and provide transportation to your host family.

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  • You need to take appropriate international travel insurance for the duration of your stay to be covered in case of suddenillness or injury, cancellation, loss of luggage or theft.
  • You are expected to send us a copy of your travel insurance for confirmation of your application.

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Depending on your arrival details, a member of Al Youssr’s staff will greet you at the airport and pick you up to your homestay. During the orientation, we will provide you with useful information on Moroccan culture and way of life, volunteer tips, best transportation options, useful phrases in Arabic and French, leisure activities and top recommended sites in the city etc. Our team will be happy to answer all the questions you might have about your project.

We will also help you change money, get a Moroccan SIM card (if your phone is unlocked) or buy a phone and orient you to your new environment: closest grocery store, pharmacy, transport etc.

On your first volunteer day, a member of our team will meet you at your homestay and accompany you to your placement. Once there, we will introduce you to your work team and you will have a proper orientation to make sure that you feel comfortable with your project and schedule. We are also available 24/7, please feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns.

1 week: USD295

2 weeks: USD283 /week

3 weeks: USD275 /week

4 to 24 weeks: USD265 /week

Note: All our programs attract a Registration Fee of USD199 on top of the Program Fee to confirm your application. 

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us for more information.