This is well-deserved recognition for Hossam (known as ‘Sam’) and he joins Intrepid’s team of exceptional group leaders who for the 6th consecutive year have either been finalists or won the World Guide Awards.
Sam’s supporters declare that “travelling Egypt with Sam was fantastic.” He’s proud of his nation and has a passion for history, but is equally open to introducing travellers to the Egypt of today – showing sensitivity around cultural issues such as Islam, Middle-Eastern stereotypes and the treatment of women. His supporters describe him as honest and tolerant with “a wonderful sense of humour” and “always genuinely willing to help.”
Hossam encounters many street kids when guiding and one little girl selling souvenirs to provide for her family at the Pyramids particularly affected him. He plans to use his bursary to educate and care for street kids in Egypt. Sam says, “This little girl was tired from chasing tourists and trying to sell souvenirs to them, and I thought that she should be in school or playing with toys like other girls her age. When I asked her about why she is trying 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 a woman who had seen too many things”. Sam will work with Intrepid’s Responsible Travel team to identify suitable projects to direct the bursary of £2500 that he receives with this award.
We are also excited to announce that Sam and his colleagues will be able to resume work soon, with the situation in Egypt improving and Intrepid trips operating again from 27 October, 2013. You can find up to date info on the status of Egypt trips on our safety updates.
Voting is now open for the 2014 Wanderlust World Guide Awards, so if you have travelled with a tour leader who has made a difference to your travel experiences, we urge you to recognise these often unsung heros of the travel industry by nominating him or her for these special awards.
Photo: Sam receiving his Silver Award from Lyn Hughes, Managing Editor of Wanderlust Magazine, and representative from award sponsor Swarovski Optik.