Responsible tourism: Trekking in Morocco with a Berber family
Waste All our travellers are sent detailed pre-departure information upon booking their trip. This includes information on travelling responsibly and minimising their impact on the local environment. A section is devoted to minimising waste whilst travelling. Travellers are encouraged to remove unnecessary packaging from items before leaving home (recycling facilities are often more accessible in home countries) and to use either rechargeable batteries , wind-up or solar-powered electrical items-such as torches, cameras and mobile phones. At the start of your trip your Tour Leader will aso remind the group of the importance of disposing of waste appropriately. On this trip in particular, all waste has to be collected and carried whilst migrating through the mountains as there is no waste collection service.
Buildings During the migration aspect of the tour you will stay in tents. These have minimal environmental impact and are appropriate for the environment.
Volunteering and Charity We are proud to be working with the Ait Ouhem Association for Development, a local, community-led organisation in the Atlas Mountains. For every Moroccan tour booked we donate £5 per passenger to help the Association achieve its goals of:
1. Building a dispensary in the village to provide people with at least emergency first aid medical supplies. (The nearest hospital is 70 km away).
2. To provide houses with tap water.
3. Encouraging students of the village to continue their studies through buying necessary materials such as bags, books, books, pens.
4. To plant different trees in the mountains all around the village to stop or at least limit erosion.
5. Creating a textile cooperative for women so that they can earn a living that is otherwise not available to them.
Friends and Neighbours This tour directly supports the local community at grass roots level by working with local Berber families to allow travellers to spend a few days sharing in their lives. These Berber families benefit directly financially from this relationship, and these are families that would not normally benefit from tourist income.
We are very keen generally, that the income from our trips is dispersed as widely as possible locally and goes to small local service providers and not multi-nationals. All the accommodation and restaurants we use on our trip are small locally-run establishments and all our guides are local Moroccans.