Tag Archives: adventure

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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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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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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Why We Need Adventure: It’s Chemical

by Cecee McDaniel Why is it so exhilarating to face fear?  A study was done in the late 80s that proposed the Idea that our lack of adventure causes us to engage in seemingly high-risk activities, such as cliff diving, hang gliding, or riding roller coasters. The New York Times wrote of the study’s findings: [...]

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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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Was Bruce Lee a Roadmonkey?

The legendary Bruce Lee, a martial artist and student of philosophy, lived his life as if it were a series of opportunities, challenges and celebrations. In that regard, you could argue that he was living la vida Roadmonkey in his own, Bruce Lee way. (This is what happens when you stay up too late watching [...]

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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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