Responsible tourism: Morocco family holiday, berber & beach
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 also remind the group of the importance of disposing of waste appropriately.
Buildings We spend one night of this trip in a traditional desert camp-the ultimate eco accommodation, with very little environmental impact! This traditional form of shelter helps our guests appreciate a time-honoured way of life and helps support local communities living a traditional lifestyle. There is no opportunity here to leave the lights on, or leave the tap running while you clean your teeth! We travel to our Desert Camp by camel. This helps to further generate an income for local camel herders, supporting their way of life and helping to maintain local culture.
Suppliers Our local Moroccan operator is a key player in 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 which includes reforestation in the mountains around the village to try and limit further soil erosion. 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 We are very keen generally, that the income from our trips is dispersed as widely as possible within the local community 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. The guide we use at Todra Gorge, for example, also runs the local craft co-operative, so has a multi-faceted knowledge of the local area that he is keen to share with us, over a glass of mint tea!
Local Crafts and Culture We visit a number of cultural attractions and craft enterprises during our trip-our visits help to support these enterprises. As an example, we travel through the Roses Valley and there will be an opportunity to stop and purchase locally made rose products-helping to preserve a traditional craft . For those of you less confident with the delicacies of bargaining for your local crafts your guides will help with some rough guidelines on haggling and the importance of paying what you think something is worth, rather than pushing for the lowest price. Remember that 50 pence equivalent saving for us could go much further for a local trying to feed their family.