Climb for Leaders has five goals:

  1. To raise funds to provide educational and community support to children in Tanzania; Ecuador and Peru; Nepal; and Vietnam so that they may become leaders and break their endemic cycle of poverty. All funds will be directed to organizations with a very successful track record of implementing child-centred and community sustaining initiatives.
  2. To further develop the environmental consciousness of students through supporting environmental projects in the countries to which they travel.
  3. To allow participants to understand first-hand the challenges of development in Africa, South America and Asia, and how they can make a difference, through talks, group sessions, etc. by participants before and after their trip.
  4. To enhance the leadership qualities of participants, empowering them with an enormous sense of accomplishment that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
  5. To provide an opportunity for those not going on the expedition, and those in younger grades, to contribute to poverty alleviation through participating in the Kiva Loan program (see www.kiva.org/about).