In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc). 

Camp Habiba

Nuweiba, South Sanaï, Egypt

Camp Habiba

Camp Habiba is run by a wonderful family in the most remote area of Egypt – South Sinaï.
Habiba translates to ‘love’, reflecting the way this family choose to live their lives, and
their passion for restoring ecosystems. Camp Habiba helps local communities to
introduce regenerative agricultural techniques in the quest to prevent erosion and further
desertification in the region, and rebuild livelihoods based on healthier ecosystems in
South Sinaï.
Their mission is to offer the opportunity to discover wild life, and find the peace of the
soul that comes through connecting with nature and the outdoors. Campers will
experience a wealth of cultural stimulation at Habiba – as the family has links with the
local bedouin communities in the desert, and offers regular yoga sessions.

 

Camper Opportunities

Work, Stay and play
Campers will have the opportunity to participate in the Green Sinaï project – and help to balance an ecosystem that is struggling with climate change. You will help restore this land by developing new strategies and processes for regeneration and sustainability –as well as by planting trees, working in the garden, and teaching children.

Mind, Body and Soil Retreats 
Other than working the land, Camp Habiba is deeply motivated by giving back to the local community that has greatly supported their mission. The camp motto is: love, hope, and light. This is a reflection of the support the family has received from the local people here in over many years, as well as the wider impact on the world of ecosystem restoration.

Camp Habiba is a beach-front resort – with plenty of opportunity to relax by the sea when
the campers aren’t working. Campers also get the opportunity to attend yoga classes,
and time with the bedouin community in the desert.

We will announce the next camp opportunity at Camp Habiba soon.

What to expect at camp

The camp is composed of 10 lodges dedicated to tourism, 3 rooms for volunteers and 4 rooms on the beach that can either be rent or used by volunteers. You will find a kitchen on the camp where 3 chefs are cooking.
Volunteers sleep in a room with bed, chair, shelves, bedlinnen is provided. There is a male and a female bathroom shared by all volunteers (toilets and shower). Volunteers will work 6 hours per day with one day off per week. The hours of work depend on the season.

Who is needed?

We are looking for both short and long term volunteers.

We are looking for longterm volunteers with experience in ecosystem restoration work, regenerative agriculture, permaculture and marine biology. 
We are looking for people that stay active in their field and are aware of new published researches on their topic.
To restore the land we also need skills in eco building and natural building technics.

For short term volunteers we are happy with anyone who has a positive mindset and want to help with our work. The costs for short term volunteers are €20 per night, including food and accommodation.

Vision and socio-economic-ecological context

Sinai used to be a green place that had the right facilities to grow vegetation, it was warm and had enough rainwater. Due to the climate change, South Sinaï area suffers from significant reduction of rainwater and the soil became really dry.
We aim to restore the degraded land, so we can bring our climate in the right balance. We believe we can improve the ecosystem by planting endemic plants and trees. By greening Sinaï, we can return the climate in our favour and it will be easier to cultivate the land in a sustainable way. 

We want to share our knowledge and work together with the bedouin communities to preserve  this new agriculture techniques and allow bedouin communities to become self sufficiencient again. We provide lessons to children of the local community to teach them about permaculture and working together.

Apply for Camp

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the Camp Embercombe Restoration Experience

Who is Needed

 Established Camp

Next Camp

To be continued

Organizing Partners

Habiba Community
Desert research center expertise
Bedouins of the community
Womad Sinaï

Facilities
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Camping Advanced

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Kitchen (vegetarian and vegan)

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Sanitation (Advanced)

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Electricity

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Wifi

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Cell – Service

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Swimming facilities

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Children’s play facilities

Restoration Activities
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Water Retention

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Tree Planting

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Composting

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Soil Building

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Habitat Creation

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Erosion Control

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Restoration of Livelihoods 

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Community Building

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Food Growing

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Restoration Holidays

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Wechelerweg 37
7431 PD Diepenveen
The Netherlands

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