Our Excellent Staff
Our staff are like one big happy family and they care for you as if you were a precious member of their own family. They have a fantastic range of skills and knowledge which all combine to make your holiday really special.
Your visit may be as an independent traveller or small group; or you may choose to join one of our Special Interest Holidays. Whatever you choose, our staff are there to add an extra dimension to your holiday.
“The ethos of ” the boss” always affects a team, so it must in part be thanks to Latifa for running such a professional and helpful group. What a lovely woman she is, perfect in her role as manager.” Holly Anderson Nov 17
“Your staff are wonderful – helpful, cheerful, so hard working, and so willing to share their knowledge and life stories.” Sylvia D Nov 2017
“Since my stay there has not been a day go by without my thinking about you all with fondness, appreciation and admiration” S Stewart November 2015
“The staff could not have done more for us, the food was great and the whole atmosphere was so friendly and homely” S. Bullock February 2016
Our Guides and Drivers
Said, our chief guide, has a real passion for the environment.
His exceptionally detailed knowledge of wildlife is supported by a degree in biology and geology. He’s also a mine of information about most things Moroccan. This includes a bee keeping project and is the Leader for the BirdWatching group.
He has a wonderful sense of humour and he’ll be perfect in another role- supervising the new building project.
Dounia enthuses everyone with concern for human welfare, especially women’s rights and her fascination with culture. She loves taking visitors to villages in the mountains (where her family live). She also supports a variety of handicraft projects and charities including the local orphanage.
Said is multi-faceted, with a degree in physics and great musicality which he shares with guests. Rachid is a good mechanic and sings beautifully.
Latifa has managed the Moroccan office and staff with great skill and good humour since 1997.
She programmes our visitors’ activities, skilfully matching possibilities to each client’s needs. She has a degree in English and Arabic and has supported a number of anthropologists and volunteers needing help with the Berber language.
Jane conceived the project in the early 1990s and has worked with her 8 staff to create a unique, flexible and varied programme of authentic activities.
She is in the UK most of the time (though she’d like to be in Morocco more often!). Jane loves to be involved in researching anything to do with sustainability and Morocco and fundraising for projects.
Martyn runs the UK office and knows Morocco, the guest house and staff well. He is a brilliant all rounder – with IT, maths and the written and spoken word . He started work in the Moroccan tourist sector in 2007.
Martyn and Jane are responsible for handling bookings, answering queries , advising clients, receiving and passing on your lovely feedback, managing the charitable work we do and devising new programmes.
Our House Staff
Our chefs, Fatima and Latifa, have an outstanding reputation. They cheerfully produce a large repertoire of tasty dishes. We are thus able to cater for clients with a wide variety of dietary needs including vegetarian or vegan.
They are also happy to pass on their knowledge to others through their cookery lessons. Sales of their cook book raise funds for community projects.
They are also accomplished dancers (which they will demonstrate with joy) and Latifa is a wonderful masseuse. They also love to take women to the local hammam, an unforgettable and highly therapeutic experience.
“For me and also the rest of the group it was far more hospitality and kindness than we ever expected” Rahel, April 2016
The ever-smiling Nordine looks after everybody and everything that needs attention around the house. He accompanies visitors on a variety of activities around the town such as guided rides in horse-drawn taxis and craft workshops.
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