We are thrilled to announce that Hossam Moussa, Intrepid Group Leader in Egypt, has made the top 3 finalists in 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. With the bursary that he has now been awarded for reaching the top 3, Sam plans to help 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 Sam. “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. Now 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.”
You’re invited to join the Wanderlust team and celebrities from the travel world on 8th October for the official Awards Ceremony at Royal Geographical Society London. Who will win Gold, Silver and Bronze? Our Intrepid family will be there to cheer on Sam and we hope you can join us for this travel night of nights. Find out more here and purchase your tickets today!