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Last Updated: October 23, 2012
Ahlan wa Sahlan
St Katherine and the Sinai High Mountain Region is a breathtakingly amazing and awe-inspiring place. According to legend this is where God spoke to Moses; it is also home to the Saint Katherine Monastery - one of the oldest Orthodox Christian Monasteries in the world. It is also host to the highest mountain peak in all of Egypt and countless other wonders of nature. It is a place for quite reflection, for soulful meditation, for hiking, for picking wild herbs, for solving life's bigger problems, and for picking wild herbs and solving life's bigger problems while hiking - its a place where you forget yourself only to find who you are, all over again.
I am an American Muslim and I live here, in a valley which I have come to lovingly call the Smiley Valley (you will see why). I was drawn to this place for more or less the same reasons as Moses. The mystery, the mystique and the mysticism of this environment captures the heart - and let me tell you, out here, God speaks through everything, not just the burning bush. I am on a journey of self-discovery and exploring my own spirituality and academic pursuits.
This environment and space is perfect for that and will specially benefit those who are seeking answers for life's bigger questions. Here, I found, one can really connect with oneself and learn to love, live, grow and nurture. My time here has been very inspiring and has opened a lot of windows in the mind that I didn't even know existed. I would like to urge people from all around the world to come and experience this very well hidden treasure cove in the middle of no-where.
Thus, I invite you to my home, located at the heart of this charming village of St Katherine, to have an experience that is truly out of this world.
People from all backgrounds, nationalities and faiths are welcome. I would like to host volunteers who are respectful, hard-working, kind, polite and fun, but most importantly, those who would be inspired to be here. In return for lodging the volunteers will assist me with small projects around the valley and in the house. For example,
Develop eco-farming and conserve the existing flora in the vicinity,
Do some home-improvement projects (involving carpentry and masonry work),
Photograph and film this spectacular landscape,
Develop an after-school activity centre for the local Bedouin children,
And of course, be inspired, by you.
The lodging is fairly basic, the house has 2 bedrooms and one living-room. Volunteers will be sharing everything, from kitchen, to bathroom, to sleeping quarters. Private room (if required) can also be arranged. Volunteers can stay for as long as they like, if it turns out to be a mutually beneficial exchange.
Volunteers who would like to get involved with the eco-farm project will have to commit for at least a week. Other jobs are somewhat flexible and we can decide on the spot what will work best.
Your time here:
There is much to do here, we have a resident Arabic teacher so if you wish to learn Arabic that can also be arranged. I can help you plan hikes, excursions, day trips to cool places around and, of course, introduce you to the locals.
Dahab, Nuweiba, Sharm-el-Shaikh are not so far either so you can always go for a dip or a weekend to the finest beaches the gulf of Aqaba has to offer.
So, if you think you can help me out with any of the above projects get in touch explaining what you can do for me and how I can help you achieve what you want to get out of this experience.
If you have any questions don't be shy to ask.