Sinai Trail: Guide Training

A few days after winning the prestigious BGTW Tourism Award in London, the Sinai Trail team set to work on a course to train a generation of new guides to work on the trail. Three promising young guides from each of the three Bedouin tribes involved in the Sinai Trail were selected for the new training programme. The classroom for the training was the trail itself, which was done in its full 200km length, with the young guides walking it head to toe, from the town of St Katherine to Ras Shetan, on the Gulf of Aqaba. Along the way the guides received training in first aid and navigation from accredited outdoor professionals from Jordan and Europe, along with training in how to be a Bedouin guide from the head guides of all three tribes, which was the most important thing of all. The aim of this training course is to equip these young guides with the technical skills and knowledge they need to guide hikers in the modern era, but above all, to train them to be Bedouin guides in the rich, proud traditions of their fathers and grandfathers, who have guided people through this ancient land for centuries. The training fostered strong bonds between young guides whatever their tribal affiliation and also between the younger and older guides. The young guides will continue their professional development now working as apprentices on real trips, under head guides. They are the future of the Sinai Trail.  

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