Women Empowerment Supporter - Bedouin Community

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Provide Bedouin women with everyday household knowledge and alternative economic incomes so they can support their own food needs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Groups
50+

About Habiba Community

Habiba Community is based in Nuweiba, South Sinai with the Sinai Mountains on one side and sandy beaches with turquoise waters of the Red Sea on the other. The farm is based on a plot of what was an empty desert and has transformed it into a production hub of locally grown organic vegetables, as well as a center for research in sustainable desert agriculture. We are a center for research and regularly collaborate and conduct knowledge transfer with the Desert Research Center as well as agricultural research institutes around the world. 

Habiba aspires to set a successful example to be followed by locals across the Sinai Peninsula. For this reason, Habiba welcomes volunteers, students conducting research, and experts. 

Habiba Community is committed to transforming the lives of local Bedouin communities through promoting sustainable agriculture and permaculture. We do this by empowering the Bedouin we employ to experiment with organic farming, helping them to not only grow their own produce but to conduct their own research into how best to make use of the resources around us. 

About the Program

*PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY FEMALE VOLUNTEERS ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS PROGRAM*

This specific volunteer Program aims at the economic and educational empowerment of women who have more restrictions on their lives. Our goal through the women empowerment program is to provide opportunities for Bedouin women to have alternative economic incomes through handicrafts to improve their lives. 

The goal is to provide Bedouin women with everyday household farm knowledge so that they can both support their own food needs as well as participate in crop exchanges with other families.

This includes gardening in desert environments, environmental care, nutrition, handicrafts, and food production for sale.

Our vision is to create a sense of responsibility towards the environment where people believe they can change the world by learning and developing their skills. In order to achieve this, it is important for Bedouins to understand that the world we live in is not just for us but for the future generations to come.

We also wish for this program to be an inspiration for other women and families in Nuweiba and the rest of Sinai Bedouin tribes.

Ideal Applicants

Firstly, you should be open-minded and culturally sensitive. Ideally, you will have experience working with developing communities elsewhere in the world. However, even if you do not, you should have the appropriate sensitivity to be able to communicate cross-culturally with people from strikingly different economic and cultural backgrounds.

Secondly, it would be helpful if you have handicraft, cooking, or other home-making skills. You do not need any qualifications — common sense and everyday skills are all we ask for, plus an ability to learn and to teach.

Finally, because of the time investment in building relationships, we require a minimum of two weeks. Please note that preference will always be given to those who can commit for 4 weeks or more.

You do not need to speak any Arabic to communicate well. So much communication is done simply by being present. However, any Arabic ability (or enthusiasm to learn it) is welcome!

What should I bring?

Bring sun protection (lightweight clothing to cover your head, neck, and shoulders), mosquito repellant, sturdy shoes, work gloves, beach gear and a sense of adventure. If you forget anything, you can buy most of the above in shops around Dahab and Nuweiba, but get shoes and cargo gear before arriving if possible.

During winter, bring warm clothes for the evenings when it can get chilly, especially when it’s windy.

It would also be helpful to bring any handicraft household items that may be common in your country/culture, such as sewing kits or bakeware. 

Typical day

Training

You will spend few days at Habiba Organic Farm learning desert farming, water management techniques, and waste management in order to be able to train the Bedouin community. You will also spend a couple of days meeting members of the community in their homes and at Habiba.

Depending on the length of your stay you may learn

  • Household tasks like making jam, bread, cheese, and cakes, especially using local equipment. When relevant, you will learn dietary concepts like basic nutrition, e.g. the importance of sugar.
  • How to prepare the herbs, jams, and flavored tea products that the Bedouin produce to sell.
A typical day
You will interact with community members around Nuweiba and transfer knowledge and skills to them. You will also learn about the local Bedouin cultural heritage and habits.

A general day will start with breakfast at Habiba between 7 am and 9 am.

The workday starts around 9 am and finish around 3 pm, and will consist of: 
  • Visiting the Habiba Organic Farm to pick up materials, to meet people, and/or to help at the farm.
  • Visiting local community members to help with training and gardening projects, handicraft projects, home projects.
  • Cultural exchange/communication.
In the afternoons you will have your free time to relax at the seaside resort. 
Dinner is served at 7 pm and generally is vegetarian, community home-style food, made entirely with produce from the organic farm. 

Free-time activities

Nuweiba has a lot to offer for your free time activities.

There are numerous dive centers around, which can both train you in diving and rent you gear. You can also arrange camel rides, both for a one-day ride or multi-day excursions.

There are also yoga, meditation and craft centers around Nuweiba, boat trips and safaris.

Please communicate with your hosts if something you’re interested in will take more than a few hours and will interrupt with your volunteer work. 

Please note that excursions are not included in the volunteer fee.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Presentation letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
farming, cooking, handicraft, household skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Habiba

Accommodation.

2 vegetarian meals per day plus herbal tea 3 times a day.

Wifi access at the lodge.

Basic Sanitation.



Airport Pickup at Sharm El Sheikh Airport

We can arrange a taxi pickup from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, for 1000 EGP

Accommodation

Each room is equipped with beds, sheets, and towels.

Bathrooms are shared. 

Habiba Beach Lodge is 10 minutes walking from the farm and the markets of Nuweiba.

Bedroom (Double) Camping
Food & Beverages

The meals are vegetarian and many components are from the organic farm. We also provide bottled water, hot drinks like tea or Nescafe (3 times per day), and fruits (served 3 times per week).

You can also get fresh fish, chicken, or meat for an additional fee.

The chef at Habiba Beach Lodge can satisfy all of your culinary wishes, but any special requirements 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 according to our concept of farming and self-sustainability. Our organic veggies from the farm make superb salads, soups, and sauces.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Sharm El Sheikh Airport (SSH) in Sharm el Sheikh. We assist you to find cheap flights to Egypt.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Egypt provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Egypt you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Egypt.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$800
4 weeks
$1,400
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,000
Average fees
$367 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Habiba will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Habiba during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Women Empowerment Supporter - Bedouin Community

Provide Bedouin women with everyday household knowledge and alternative economic incomes so they can support their own food needs.

$367/week

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