Habiba Community Seasonal School

The first edition of Habiba Seasonal School in cooperation with Ecosystem Restoration Camps.

01-15 DEC 2022

Habiba Community joined Ecosystem Restoration Camps (ERC) in 2019 with the aim of aligning their visions and missions to encourage the practice of regenerative sustainable development model in South Sinai. Embracing the ERC goal of providing educational programs in environmental restoration and regenerative practices for personal health and well-being, Camp Habiba Community combines education and work in permaculture and restoration of the natural system with a very pleasant place to stay. Moreover Camp Habiba Community has a determined purpose of creating balance in the Bedouin life in Sinai through creating an alternative method based on an interdisciplinary approach to raise the community’s social awareness toward the environment, agriculture and responsible tourism.

Our partners

Meet your facilitators

Maged El Said

Founder of Habiba Community

Karim Maged

Camp Manager

Guest Lectures

Farmer at Habiba organic farm

Camp Experience

What's Included?

  • Accommodation at the Beach Lodge (rooms with private bathroom and air conditioning)
  • Full board
  • Tea/Coffee breaks
  • Guided field trips to local attraction sites

Benefits

  • Having guidelines for optimizing the experience.
  • Joining a multicultural living lab in which you can learn, refine and share knowledge.
  • Living a rich, full-immersion and transformative experience.
  • Experiencing the connection with nature everyday.
  • Community building.
  • Meeting the local expert Bedouins from different tribes.
  • Staying engaged with the host community.
  • Becoming an ambassador of the program.
  • Participation Certificate.

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Price for all the program: 610€

Please notice that in the checkout page prices are in EGP

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Sign up for this seasonal school now!

Price for all the program: 610€

Please notice that in the checkout page prices are in EGP

The closest airport is Sharm el Sheikh International Airport. Taxis from the airport to Nuweiba cost 600 EGP (about 30 Euros). Habiba Community will be more than happy to arrange the transport from and to the airport.

From Cairo, tickets can be purchased from Turgoman East Delta bus station in Ramsis or in Abbasiya. The ticket to Nuweiba costs 220 EGP and the trip takes around 8 hours. Buses are safe and very clean. From the Port of Nuweiba, taxis can be taken to Habiba Community for 50 EGP. The locals know the way, and a taxi taken from outside Nuweiba will frequently stop to ask people on the street for directions. Don't worry, this is normal. It's best to negotiate prices before getting in the taxi. If the driver does not speak English, they will find someone to translate for you, but they all speak enough English. When traveling through Sinai, it's important to keep your passport at hand as there are many security checkpoints that may require it.

Habiba Community provides accommodation and meals at Habiba Beach Lodge, a beachside resort 15-20 minutes walk from the farm. The room includes a bed, a closet, and bathroom with hot water.

There is wifi available at the Beach Lodge. An internet cafe is located in town, about a 20 minute walk. USB WiFi sticks are also available, which are cheap and could run as hotspots on MACs with enough speed for 3-4 users.

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You should bring the following for sun protection:
Lightweight clothing to cover your head, neck and shoulders,
-Mosquito repellant -Sturdy shoes -Work gloves -Beach gear and a sense of adventure 😉 Most of the above is available in shops around Dahab and Nuweiba, but its perferable to buy your quality shoes and cargo gear before arriving. Winter gets chilly, even in Sinai, especially in January and February, so bring warm clothes for the evenings.

No, but any that you learn will certainly help! Maged El-Said and his family speak fluent English and Italian, and many workers at the Village and locals speak English. What you should do is learn Arabic during your stay; one more language is always good. Habiba Organic Farm is more than happy to arrange private Arabic tutors that will teach you at the village, the farm or on the beach after your work hours. Reduced prices are available for every volunteer. You can learn colloquial and talk like an Egyptian, or learn formal and write like a professional.

The chef at Habiba Beach Lodge can satisfy all of your culinary wishes, but any special reqirements should be communicated prior to arrival. Traditional Egyptian cuisine is our standard. Volunteers are free to cook their own meals with the ingredients provided by the Lodge or any other ingredients they wish to buy from local markets. The meals provided are mainly vegetarian to rhyme with our concept of farming and self sustainability. Our organic veggies from the farm make superb salads, soups and sauces.

While you're volunteering, Habiba Organic Farm will help you pursue other subjects that might be of interest to you. We believe that you should learn like a student and live like a tourist as much as you work like a farmer. A good example is joining the Habiba Camel Riding School, which will offer you the standard three-day camel riding course that will teach you how to feed, load, and ride your camel in a professional manner. The course entails a list of survival skills such as following the stars for directions, learning about dangerous plants, finding edible plants, and finding water in the desert. All instructors are Bedouin natives of the Sinai, all camels descend from pure Sinai breeds.

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