We are thrilled to announce that Hossam Moussa, Intrepid Group Leader in Egypt, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013.
A graduate of the Department of Guiding at Helwan University, Hossam (known as ‘Sam’), worked in a number of Cairo’s five star hotels before becoming a tour leader in 2009 so that he could share his passion for Ancient Egypt with travellers from all over the world. He leads a number of itineraries for Intrepid including Pyramids to Petra, Jordan & Egypt Express, Egypt Experience, Discover Egypt, and Explore Egypt.
Nine guides will now compete for the accolade of world’s best tour leader, and if Hossam is named as one of the top three guides later this year, he plans to use the bursary that is awarded to educate and care for street kids in Egypt.
“I was so happy to learn that I had been nominated for this award and the reason relates to a little girl I met while I was guiding around the Pyramids,” said Hossam. “She was tired and when I asked her why she was chasing tourists to sell souvenirs, she told me that she was doing it to take care of her family. The way she said it made me feel that I was not in front of a little girl, but that I was talking with a woman who had seen too many things.”
“Since then, I have been thinking about what I can do to improve the life of street kids. If I win this award, I will use the bursary to give these kids a better education and a place to stay, with people to look after them. That is my dream.”
Wanderlust is calling on people who have travelled with Hossam Moussa to supply a short testimonial highlighting his knowledge, communication skills and empathy, to help inform the judges’ decision. We would love you to send your testimonials to email@example.com or post online at worldguideawards.co.uk by 30 May 2013.
This is the sixth year that Intrepid’s Group Leaders have been recognised by the Wanderlust World Guide Awards. Bruno Dawsan (Sri Lanka) and Esam Abd El Salam (Egypt) won the gold awards in 2011 and 2008 respectively, and several other outstanding Intrepid tour leaders have reached the shortlist. Also in 2013 Dheeraj ‘Monty’ Bhatt and Jared Shaik from India have both been commended and received a special mention for their superb guiding.