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Five Black Arabs You Should Learn About This Black History Month

Published: February 14, 2021

Five Black Arabs and their work, as well as links to additional resources on Black Arabs and combatting racism in Arabic-speaking countries.

Ma Salaama 2020. Ahlan wa Sahlan 2021!

Published: December 31, 2020

The text
Goodbye 2020 and Welcome 2021!

A look back on the things we did at Virtual Al-Waha this year, and how to wish someone a Happy New Year!

Club Al-Waha!

Published: October 6, 2020

Next week starts our first virtual meeting of Club Al-Waha, or “nadi Al-Waha” نادي الواحة in Arabic, and we have so many fun things in store for our villagers. Sign up by October 9!

Yousef's Reflections on Virtual Al-Waha

Published: August 10, 2020

Villager Yousef giving a مكان اليوم presentation about Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

One of our credit villagers from this summer, Yousef, shares his reflections on his experiences at Virtual Al-Waha.

Virtual Al-Waha 2020: In Review

Published: August 7, 2020

Practicing dabke!

A review of what we did this summer at Virtual Al-Waha 2020.

In Review: Week One of Virtual Al-Waha!

Published: July 17, 2020

What we learned at our first week of Virtual Al-Waha!

Meet the Counselors of Virtual Al-Waha!

Published: July 7, 2020

Introducing the camp counselors who are teaching Arabic virtually this summer!

Five Things You Can Learn At Virtual Al-Waha, plus 2020 Registration and Scholarship Information!

Published: June 9, 2020

​Five things you can learn at our Virtual Village, plus 2020 scholarship and registration info!

Book Review: Arabic Stories for Language Learners

Published: February 24, 2020

​a review of the book Arabic Stories for Language Learners!

Seven Ways to Show Gratitude this New Year

Published: January 1, 2020

​About ways to show gratitude in the Arab world!

Ten Ted Talks by Arabs and Arab-Americans to Inform and Inspire

Published: November 11, 2019

​a summary with links of ten impressive Ted Talks!

Some Egyptian Arabic Phrases to Suit Your Toughest Emotional Needs

Published: October 11, 2019

​about some fun phrases from the Egyptian dialect of Arabic!

On the Music of Al-Wāḥa 2019!

Published: September 1, 2019


​about some of the different types of music at Al-Wāḥa this year!

al-Waha’s Got Talent 2019!

Published: August 16, 2019

Our villagers showed off their talents at our annual talent show. Here’s a selection of the acts!

Family Game Night!

Published: August 13, 2019

For our evening program, we split into our families and competed in a family game night! It was sister against sister, brother against brother as the villagers competed in various sports and games.

we celebrate Eid Al-Adha!

Published: August 12, 2019

Happy Eid!

about our celebration of Eid Al-Adha!

the Saturday after!

Published: August 11, 2019

successfully tipped a canoe!

​about our amazing Saturday!

Our Second Opening Day!

Published: August 6, 2019

taking a break outside the bank!

about the arrival of our second set of two-week villagers!

Credit Weekend!

Published: August 4, 2019

all of the credit villagers, plus a few others!

about credit weekend!

goodbyes and party times!

Published: August 3, 2019

group photo!

​saying our goodbyes!

an investigation at Al-Wāḥa!

Published: August 2, 2019

the actors!

​becoming Detective Columbo!

at Khan el-Khalili: the most fabulous Egyptian market!

Published: August 1, 2019

at Maqha el-Shifawi (el-Shifawi Cafe)

​about the Egyptian market Khan el-Khalili!

Maghreb Night with Lac du Bois!

Published: July 31, 2019

end of the night debrief...

​on our exchange with Lac du Bois!

Palestine Simulation Day!

Published: July 30, 2019

images of Palestinian life...

about our Palestine simulation!

Film Night!

Published: July 27, 2019


​a relaxing day!

Wedding Simulation!

Published: July 26, 2019

photos with the bride and groom!

​about our Levantine wedding simulation!

chillin’ with the most famous of Arabs!

Published: July 26, 2019

​meet some famous figures from the Arab world!

cruising on the Silk Road!

Published: July 25, 2019

checking whether they have successfully acquired all their materials!

​about our Silk Road evening program!

Opening Day 2019!

Published: July 23, 2019

Assalamu alaikum, wa marhaban bikom ila Al-Wāḥa! Welcome to Al-Wāḥa! Today was an incredibly exciting day, as our first group of villagers for the summer arrived and settled in.  The villagers first approached the name station, where they picked out their new village name, then crossed the border into camp by going through customs. After turning in their phone, English books, and English food, they moved into their beit (cabin) for the...

a baqlaawa recipe

Published: June 27, 2019

the finished product!

a baqlaawa recipe!

25 Things You Can Do At Al-Wāḥa!

Published: June 26, 2019


about all the things you can do at our village!

three things I liked and two things I didn’t about “The Land of Hypocrisy” on Netflix

Published: May 5, 2019

from our own musalsal - the tooth fairy's room mates being way too obnoxious!

a review of “The Land of Hypocrisy” on Netflix!

exploring Spotify’s Arabic music playlists!

Published: February 3, 2019

a musical performance at one of our restaurant nights!

checking out Spotify’s Arabic music playlists!

five of my favorite Arabic words and phrases

Published: January 19, 2019

I love Arabic!

​about five of my favorite Arabic words/phrases!

Al-Wāḥa T-Shirt Design Contest

Published: December 11, 2018

Wishing you a very happy United Nations World Arabic Language Day!

five Al-Wāḥa things I miss...

Published: September 23, 2018

group pic near the top of our hill!

looking back at this summer!

talent show night!

Published: August 16, 2018

No-Face x 5

about our talent show and more!

scavenger hunt night!

Published: August 15, 2018

discussing strategy for the scavenger hunt!

about our scavenger hunt and more!

French exchange night!

Published: August 15, 2018

hey, you!

​about our exchange with Lac du Bois and more!

carnival night!!!

Published: August 14, 2018

the carnival planning team!

about our carnival and more!

Wedding Simulation Night!

Published: August 12, 2018

the bride and groom with family and friends!

​about our wedding simulation and the rest of the day’s activities!

preparing for International Day day!

Published: August 9, 2018

will he catch the word's meaning?

​about our preparations for I-day and more!

Goha stories night!

Published: August 9, 2018

the villagers on ten donkeys!

about Goha, a famous wise fool character, and the day’s activities!

refugee simulation night!

Published: August 8, 2018

all crowded into a boat...

​about our refugee simulation and more!

Opening Day: 2nd Edition!!!

Published: August 7, 2018

a cheeky nametag photo!

a description of our Opening Day activities!

Friday: Chinese restaurant night and more!

Published: August 4, 2018

Harry Potter casting a spell for the group photo!

about our Friday activities!

so Al-Wāḥa thinks it can dance!

Published: August 3, 2018

learning the "Let's Go Catch a Bear" song!

about our Thursday and the evening dance competition!

all-day simulation: Palestine!

Published: August 2, 2018

peace for Palestine!

​about our day-long Palestine simulation!

Lebanon election night!

Published: August 1, 2018

he went out in the rain to grab his nametag for voting!

Assalamu alaikum, everybody! Today was one of those days when the difference between standing in the shade and standing in the sun seemed enormous. Anyway, the day campers today did one of the most fun activities in the universe, and that was blowing bubbles! bubbles at the camera!                   these two were passing bubbles back and forth!                   Also, today...

world religions day!

Published: July 31, 2018

the Jewish holidays station!

​exploring world religions as practiced in the Middle-East!

throwing it back to ancient civilizations!

Published: July 30, 2018

excited to canoe!

Izzayyikom?! How are you?! Welcome back to our blog! The first thing we did today was say our goodbyes to our artist-in-resident Ahmed Ali El Haggar. To commemorate, we took a group photo: gathered outside  Al-Quds...                   Afterwards, the villagers headed to their first mughamara. I followed and interrupted them to take some side profile shots for an activity for the evening program happening later today. As you...

a mega-chill Saturday!

Published: July 29, 2018

one of our mughamaras!

​a look at our restful Saturday!

a concert, a dance party, and saying goodbye to the one weekers!

Published: July 28, 2018

please enjoy this image of part of a tree trunk at Al- Wāḥa!

about what we did on Friday!

trading on the Silk Road and much more!

Published: July 26, 2018

getting ready, set, go with the evening program!

some snapshots of today’s activities, including traveling along the Silk Road!

hunting for treasure at Al- Wāḥa!

Published: July 26, 2018

our treasure map is almost complete!

​hunting for treasure and more, at Al- Wāḥa!

about the Arabs of the dessert: Bedouin night!

Published: July 25, 2018

whaddup?! from Al- Wāḥa

our first full day at Al- Wāḥa!

Opening Day 2018!

Published: July 24, 2018

at the entrance to Al-Wāḥa!

a look at Opening Day at Al-Wāḥa!