Tanzania – Ilkorut

The Challenge:

A three-week trip by a small group of independent school youth leaders during the winter or spring breaks to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The trip consists of a seven-day climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a three day safari in the finest game parks in the world in Tanzania, and a week living in a Maasai community near Ilkurot Village Nursery & Primary School outside Arusha, Tanzania and helping with school development projects at the local school.

Donna Duggan, an Australian who started the school when she saw the high need in the area, said, ” We welcome the involvement of student leaders with raising funds and actively contributing on site to develop educational opportunities for the Maasai children in this area. The need is very high, and the impact will be felt for generations to come. One day, we hope that a future president of Tanzania might come from our school!”

For a sense of a similar school trip by Climb for Leaders, please see the article in The Toronto Star, http://www.climbforleaders.com/Kilimanjaro_007_Toronto_Star_article.asp.


  1. To raise funds to provide educational support to young children, so that they may break the endemic cycle of poverty and become tomorrow’s leaders.
  2. To allow the independent school community to better understand development issues, including education, poverty, human rights issues, and HIV/AIDS, through talks, group sessions, etc. by student participants before and after the trip.
  3. To enhance the leadership qualities of North American student leaders, arming them with an enormous sense of accomplishment that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
  4. To empower students with a world view that they can take into account when considering their career choices.


  1. Improved physical fitness through pre-trip preparation.
  2. The opportunity to make new friends and network.
  3. An appreciation for the incredible beauty of Tanzania through an unforgettable climb, an African safari, and a week living within a local community, with great fun and great learning.
  4. The opportunity to experience the local people and culture in an authentic manner.
  5. A far better appreciation of the development challenges in the world, and how participants can find their own ways to help communities solve some of these issues.
  6. Being an inspiration to others: family members, friends and local community.
  7. A far better appreciation of the development challenges in the world, and how participants can find their own ways to help communities solve some of these issues.
  8. Opportunity to fulfill Duke of Edinburgh Gold Level residential and expedition requirements.
  9. Contribute to the local economy wherever possible by working with local suppliers.
  10. Select one environmental project in the host country to which 5% of funds will be channeled.

NOTE: Schools that are part of Round Square will notice the similarities in the overall philosophy and service components. However, the physical training, tough trekking and fund-raising challenges differentiate the Climb for Leaders program from the highly regarded Round Square projects.

Trip supervision:

Besides two staff/faculty escorting the small group as responsible seconds for the whole trip, the trek will also include a local Head Guide and four to five assistant guides who are experienced climbing guides, many of whom have climbed the mountain over 100 times and speak English well. Approximately 35 porters will support the group on the mountain.

One or two game trekking guides plus a Maasai warrior will accompany the group while on safari. For the service component, the group will be accompanied by facilitators of the project.


  1. Students must be in the final two years of high school. Exceptions may be made for Grade 10 students on a case by case basis. Students must be 16 years or older at the time of the trip. Faculty/staff must be currently employed at the school.
  2. Students must be in good overall health.
  3. Students must complete application forms and waivers per deadlines.
  4. Students are required to submit a 1,000-word essay entitled “What are the top three development challenges facing the Maasai, and how would I find permanent solutions to these challenges?”
  5. Students must be willing to participate in learning sessions before the climb, and to share climb and travel experiences after the climb.
  6. Participants must meet the minimum fund-raising requirement each, except for faculty/staff who are participating as “responsible seconds”.
  7. Participants must pay for all costs by the deadlines outlined.

Detailed program:

To obtain a detailed program including detailed itinerary and costs, please contact us.

To apply:

Complete the online form at http://www.climbforleaders.com/apply-now. Space is limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis, so long as each applicant meets the application requirements above.