Parent FAQs

Yes, you will be asked to complete a Health Form after your child is enrolled. We keep these medical records for all our students and will dispense medications as needed.

No. Our intention at Fanar is to foster a community that encourages face-to-face contact. We believe the true experience is possible only if it does not include technological devices that may serve as a distraction from being fully present throughout the various activities in the program. All phones and electronic devices will be collected at the beginning of the program and returned at the end.

We kindly request that visitation is kept to check-in and out days and Family Day, which is designed specifically with parents in mind. We have found that unscheduled visits and a student coming to the phone can disrupt activity time and lead to additional homesickness. In line with our technology policy, we do not deliver emails to students; but we do have scheduled time each week when students call their parents. You are able to contact your child’s advisor at any time if there is an emergency or you have any concerns. Please see our Communication Guidelines for more information on communicating with your child while they are at Fanar.

Financial aid is available on the basis of need. Fanar is committed to providing financial aid to make this experience accessible to students of all backgrounds.

No, your child will not need pocket money during the program. The students will be spending the majority of their time engaged in activities and will not have opportunities to spend money.

The Fanar daily schedule is designed to create an immediate sense of community and belonging among the students. However, missing home is a normal part of attending a residential camp and each student will manage this differently. You can help your child by focusing on their experience when they call you, encouraging them to share the exciting new things they are learning rather than talking to them about what is going on at home or what they may be missing out on. Be assured that our staff are experienced educators who understand homesickness and the challenge of living away from home. Each student is assigned an advisor who is available to him/her for support.

The girls and boys’ dorms are located in separate buildings across campus. The students are supervised by faculty and dorm staff who also have rooms located in each dorm. There is at least one adult on duty in each dorm 24 hours a day. All faculty and dorm staff are experienced and trained to provide care, support and encouragement.

El Gouna is an extremely safe community. Within this context, Fanar has exclusive use of the campus during the program. Students are closely supervised
at all times and staff as well as Security are available 24 hours a day.

El Gouna is an extremely safe community. Within this context, Fanar has exclusive use of the campus during the program. Students are closely supervised at all times and staff as well as Security are available 24 hours a day.


Cancellations must be made in writing as early as possible. Cancellations made before June 1 will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations made after June 1 will not receive a refund. For families needing to cancel their registration for a medical or family emergency, please reach out to our team to discuss your specific situation.

Cancellations must be made in writing as early as possible. Cancellations made before June 1 will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations made after June 1 will not receive a refund. For families needing to cancel their registration for a medical or family emergency, please reach out to our team to discuss your specific situation.

Student FAQs

Only on Family Day. The transformative power of Fanar is that each student learns to become independent and makes meaningful connections within the Fanar community. Students have scheduled time each week to talk on the phone and communicate with their parents. Family Day is scheduled during the last weekend of Fanar to give parents an opportunity to touch the Fanar experience.

The Admissions Committee uses the following selection criteria to admit students to Fanar: appropriate age (10-12 years old), academic standing, interests & goals, leadership potential, English level, and designated references.

Fanar prioritizes safety for all of our students. In addition to having a lifeguard on duty, swimming lessons are provided for all students who are not strong swimmers. Students will have to pass a swim test before they are allowed to swim in the Red Sea without a life jacket.

Students will rank their preference for the track they will study alongside the Core course during the program. Every effort is made to place students in their first-choice preference for tracks. However, due to the number of spaces available we cannot guarantee this. Students will be informed of their placement in their enrollment offer and once assigned this cannot be changed.

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Yes, each room is shared between 2-3 students. In addition to beds and a desk, each room includes an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning.

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We do not accept roommate requests, but we have a thorough roommate survey which you will be asked to complete in order to help us place you with a most fitting roommate. Siblings and friends are often in different rooms giving everyone an opportunity to make new connections within the Fanar community. Our daily schedule permits students to participate in activities with their siblings/friends in different capacities throughout the program

You are not permitted to bring food with you to Fanar. Fanar provides well-balanced meals that nurture the mental and physical wellbeing of our students. There are three meals a day, with nutritious and healthy snacks served in between. The cuisine is a mix of Egyptian meals and international favorites. Please refer to the “What to Pack List” that you will receive upon registration for more details about what you can and cannot pack.

No. However, we encourage students to pack comfortable and lightweight clothing that can get dirty. Students are physically active everyday as their courses and activities are designed to be hands-on. We discourage bringing clothing or shoes that cannot get dirty, or anything else that will be missed if lost or damaged.