Following a special fund raising Kilimanjaro climb in 2004, Exodus set up this project in conjunction with our long-term operational partners The Africa Walking Company. Generally the traditional rural incomes in this area are complemented with seasonal employment as porters and guides. However, outside of these seasons, during the long (April-June) and short rains (November), employment opportunities are limited. We therefore created three schools to teach English to the porters during these times. Better language skills, environmental awareness and service levels, not only increase their employment opportunities; they help deliver a better experience for the trekkers, who in turn may encourage others to come in future years.
In 2010 Exodus teamed up with the Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation (KGSF) to provide sponsorships for “rainy season” courses for selected guides to further their education on a three month scholarship during the long rains. This special course has been created in in conjunction with the Bridge Institute of Business Studies in Arusha, Tanzania. It is designed for guides and porters and will enable them to improve their future career prospects. The scholarship allows the recipients to continue working during the remainder of the year and the course consists of four sections: tour operations and administration, social anthropology and history, tourism geography, and wildlife knowledge.
Read more about KGSF online.
Our achievements to date
So far we have put approximately 800 porters through our porter school and sponsored 7 guides to complete the special KGSF course. A further two guides will be undertaking the course this April, and for the first time one of our female guides, Lucia Kivoi, will be on the course. Her sponsorship has been funded by an Exodus client.
How You Can Help
Come on any of Exodus’ Kilimanjaro treks and you will be supporting better wages and conditions for porters and guides on the mountain.
Exodus is a member of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) which is a not-for-profit organisation based out of Boulder, Colorado. Through its Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) in Moshi, IMEC’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro. Exodus adheres to the guidelines for proper porter treatment and is monitored by KPAP.
Kilimanjaro Climb – Lemosho Route – 11th June 2014
We have scheduled as many female staff on the mountain crew as possible on the 11th June departure. Exodus has both female assistant guides and porters regularly working on the mountain, providing them with a decent salary for their families. Many of these ladies are training to become chief guides in this traditional patriarchal society. Join them on this departure and find out just how strong and optimistic they are!
If you would like to support our Porter school or help fund a scholarship please donate online via Friends of Conservation.
Just £10 can pay for a place in the school and completing the course can provide much needed extra income for their extended families. The current cost of a scholarship is £500.
Speak to a Supporter
You can contact our Exodus Project Manager Emma Garrick or telephone her on 0208 772 3724.