Category Archives: expeditions

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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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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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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Roadmonkey in Vietnam: CNN’s Story Behind the Story

Remember the CNN segment on the ethnic Khmer community in Vietnam we built a playground for? (If you don’t scroll down; it’s our first blog post.) CNN also ran this segment – a reporter’s notebook, video style – from correspondent Natalie Allen, a roadmonkey who carried her camera around for two weeks in Vietnam during [...]

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