Category Archives: Adventure Philanthropy

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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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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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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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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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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The Hong Kong Of My Youth

by Dominic Ching Nam Wong Hong Kong is the city where I grew up. I spent my first 17 years there and I would say that I had a happy childhood. It is true that Hong Kong is a prime example of Darwinist principles. Survival of the fittest. You see this everywhere: in schools, at [...]

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A Guy Walks Into a Bar in Brooklyn (Part 2 of 2)

by Paul von Zielbauer (Continued from last week’s blog post) So I’m sitting at Denny’s Steak Pub – an island of working-class Caucasians floating in a sea of beer and surrounded by working-class South Asian immigrants, in Brooklyn’s Kensington neighborhood. The kind of place that can’t be bothered to change its sign outside even though [...]

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A Guy Walks Into a Bar in Brooklyn (part 1)

by Paul von Zielbauer There is a reason that Roadmonkey was invented in New York City. Tonight’s experience in a dive bar in the heart of Brooklyn illustrates the point. I walked into Denny’s Steak Pub, on the corner of Church Avenue & McDonald Avenue, in Kensington – deep enough into Brooklyn that you’re not [...]

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Why I Left The New York Times

People have asked me to explain why I left a successful career as a New York Times staff writer. Other people wondered about the genesis of Roadmonkey. They’re two sides of the same coin, really. Here’s the story: I’ll start with a sentence I wrote, in 2010, for MindFood, an Australian monthly that asked me [...]

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The Meaning of Roadmonkey

Many people ask us what Roadmonkey means. Not literally but figuratively. Except non-English speakers, who actually do want to know the dictionary definition of road • monk • ey. (There isn’t one).   Roadmonkey means all of the things below. But it also means what you have come to think of Roadmonkey. The definition lives [...]

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