I am a certified tour guide who specializes in the Negev desert. Living for many years in New Zealand and Australia makes me an excellent English speaker. I am also a certified mountain bike guide and can show visitors some of the less known trails in the Negev. In addition, I enjoy sharing my knowledge of these unique places and people with our visitors.
I grew up in several places around the world and every place contributed to shape my current world-view.I always knew I would return to Israel, as I wanted to volunteer in the Israeli army, which I did at age 19.
At the completion of my military service, I studied physical education with emphasis on special needs. Sport was always an area of interest for me. In retrospect when I look back on my work history I realize all my jobs were involved in dealing with different disadvantaged people. These included special needs education, teaching immigrants from
Ethiopia, Arab and Bedouin youth, Adult addiction and Women groups.
I chose to work with these specific groups because it was very fulfilling and meaningful.
I firmly believe that co-operation and collaboration between people and organizations is important as well as being responsible for our environment. My intention is to influence and bond these various Negev groups by raising their quality of life.
My plan is to instigate change in the above fields, encourage intercommunication among them through both formal and informal education, sporting activities, and enhance tourism. I try to improve and give added value content as I adjust the required frame work to people’s needs and I do this by interconnecting projects. This I do through ‘social tourism’ and ‘social sports’, which involves the community and this, enables a degree of bonding. I also engage in fund raising that is directly or indirectly related to sport. In addition, I also promote social projects such as bike riding and competitions in order to raise funds for social causes. This type of related sport can also promote health and tourism.
When I moved south to the Negev fourteen years ago, I decided to do both a tour and bike guiding courses. These two fields are very close to my heart.
When I was interviewed for a position within a non-profit organization that deals with ‘at risk’ youth and adult addiction, I was not sure that I would be given the position as there was a very qualified male applicant there too. The next day I was surprised to learn that I was accepted for the job. The reasoning being that a strong female role model would be more effective to guide the wayward youth. Apparently, I had the suitable personality to give the youth the required tools and a change in their outlook on life.
My new bike-riding course began in an ordinary way with the inherent goal being to take the youth out in order to unleash excessive energies. Very soon, I learned that the cumulative bike riding experiences held immense potential for their personal development. The actual riding experience became an amazing empowerment tool for them. It also became apparent to me that their life experiences reflected various behavioral patterns, which were expressed throughout their bike riding.
I have always loved bikes including the riding experience and the empowerment it gave me personally.
My own experience and ongoing work with the “boys” identified to me the various bike-riding options and their resultant effect on various ‘at risk’ groups.
These past eight years I have been working as a cycling instructor and this has allowed me to develop a platform which provides various empowerment tools to help boost self-confidence, establish values and life skills in varied populations such as at risk adolescence, adult addiction, Bedouin youth and women groups.