Author Archives: Roadmonkey

Running down Mt. Kilimanjaro

by Diana Kilby (a 2011 Tanzania roadmonkey) My ascent of Kilimanjaro is something that some people can relate too; but my descent is something that few people have seen or experienced. I decided I would run down the trail to the main gate, the day after the Roadmonkey team had summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. I had […]

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One Birthday Wish I Could Do Without

 by Paul von Zielbauer On Wednesday, Aug. 28, I had a birthday. It was a nice birthday. I received dozens of emails and messages from friends and family. And then I got this from a bank called CapitalOne 360: from:  Capital One 360 <saver@capitalone360.com> reply-to:  sales@capitalone360.com to:  Paul <xxxxxxxx@gmail.com> date:  Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at […]

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A Peru Adventure Travel Experience ‘One Notch Up’

by Andrea Guzman In early 2011, I found myself in need of a challenge – I wanted to travel, see something gritty and real and also give back in a meaningful way. One day, flipping through Oprah magazine in a doctor’s office, I saw an article on Paul von Zielbauer, the Roadmonkey founder, and his […]

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The Art of Surf Stoke in Nicaragua

by Maya Seaman I grew up in Leucadia, a coastal town near San Diego where surfing is a religion. For me, it started as an alternative to smoking pot or listening to my parents fight. My first board came out of a neighbor’s trash can and my first blister came from walking barefoot to the […]

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How to Build a Fence With a Machete & Other Lessons

By Maya Seaman When Reyes Vado decided his garden’s newly built fence needed an access gate, he bent down and grabbed, of course, his machete. It’s amazing what a machete can do in the hands of an expert like Vado, a typically sweet, wire-framed Nicaraguan who works in a local salt mine. Or the damage […]

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Wanted: Web Design Intern

Roadmonkey, the world’s first adventure philanthropy company, is looking for a tech-savvy intern to manage and expand our website, roadmonkey.net, as well as create and edit short videos for the site. We have an office in Santa Monica, CA, but will consider qualified people based elsewhere who can work remotely. Roadmonkey combines kickass adventures in nature […]

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Travel The World. Meet New People. Slap Them Around.

Have you ever wanted to use a large, pot-bellied man as a musical instrument? You’re not the first. If that didn’t make you laugh…you have issues.

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On the Road to Sustainability, In Liberia

by Julie Thiery Last month, I spent two weeks in rural Liberia with the The Niapele Project, a nonprofit organization focused on sustainably improving the lives of impoverished children.  I spent most of my time outside of Monrovia, in the town of Handii, in what is known as Lower Bong County. I focused much of my energy […]

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Unlikely Olympians: 4 Athletes Who Beat the Odds

by Cecee McDaniel Olympic athletes are, in a phrase, amazing people. Their displays of strength, endurance and mental toughness are the reason we watch the human drama that is the Olympic Games. Here’s four Olympians who forged unconventional paths to the London Games:   John Orozco, 19, is an American gymnast and the 2012 national […]

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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro: Tips for a Successful Summit

by Paul von Zielbauer I’ve led 4 Roadmonkey expeditions to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. It is a huge, and very difficult, accomplishment. Many people ask me how to best prepare for Kilimanjaro success. Read on for a succinct list of my personal recommendations for what to do before and […]

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