WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
They call themselves the "Amazigh", the proud raiders, however most people know them as Berbers. An ancient tribal community, Morocco's mountain people sustain a lifestyle that has changed little over the centuries, by defending their language and culture against would be invaders from the world over – French, Roman, and Arab. However, in recent years the tide of globalisation, in the form of an American Moroccan oil development, has encroached upon their land and way of life – an invasion that the Berbers describe as the arrival of yet another conquering horde. This recent assault represents a real possibility that the culture, manifested in its language and traditional rituals, may be forced into retreat by commercial interests and global forces. In order to support these increasingly oppressed and marginalised indigenous communities and enable them to prevent the dissolution of their way of life, it is essential that projects and expeditions such as this have recourse to and utilise their traditional skills and indigenous knowledge, since this will fund the local community through the purchase of food and supplies from local providers. In this way, ecotourism provides communities with the tools they need to benefit from their ancient culture.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your week long adventure trek will be led by project staff and expert local Berber tribesmen, who have an intimate knowledge of the route, ensuring that your experience will be totally authentic, exciting and safe. You will be travelling by foot with a caravan of mules carrying the expedition luggage. You will average a significant distance every day during a six hour period, which will really give you the opportunity to push yourself physically as you absorb the magnificent landscapes that surround you and breathe the clean mountain air. You will have the chance to view some of the most exhilarating peaks in North Africa, where you will find views that will take your breath away, including Mount Toubkal, famous throughout the world. Once you have completed your journey across the mountains, you will enter the community phase of the project, which entails a teaching assignment within a local Berber village. You will gain privileged access and insights into the world of these marginalised and oppressed communities whose simple way of life is being eroded by global influences.