Have you ever dreamed of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, seeing a lion up close, sleeping under the African stars, or seeing your contribution influence the lives of an entire community?
This is your chance.
RISE and getFIT615 have joined forces to organize their second annual 13 day vision trip to Moshi, Tanzania, in collaboration with First Chance Education Centre. The visit gives volunteers a unique opportunity to directly influence and improve the curriculum and infrastructure of First Chance Education Centre, a school focused on early childhood education for children ages 2-5. Through working directly with the children in the community and collaborating with the administration, the volunteers will see their impact in real-time and create a lasting change for the community as a whole.
Funds raised for the trip will ensure that the school will keep it's doors open and continue to welcome the children in the community. The funds will cover the teachers' salaries, the schools' utilities like electricity and water, increased nutritional value of school meals, and travel expenses for participants.
The trip, August 23 to September 5, 2018, will also include once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, visit a local Maasai community and explore the Ngorongoro Crater – one of Africa’s seven natural wonders!
Brittany, founder of RISE, is passionate about the children and community that surround First Chance Education Centre. She has been connected with the school and its director, Mama Lucy, since her first volunteer trip to Tanzania in 2015. Inspired by the children, especially one little girl named Amilen, and the people she met, who value education and learning despite facing numerous challenges, Brittany has committed to serve as patron of the school (translation: She’s dedicated to doing everything she can to help the Centre grow into a reliable home base for families and young children in Moshi.).
getFIT615 is driven by a bold sense of belonging..
...to their community, to their city, to each other and to the world. getFIT615 and Brittany in 2016 while Brittany was training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and as getFIT615 was settling into their home at 65 Music Row. Brittany shared her experiences working in Tanzania and the gym was inspired. The getFIT615 community is a diverse, thriving and authentic group committed to redefining “fit” and building wellness for life every chance we get. [We’re NOT just talking bodies.] Brittany’s work with First Chance reflects the things the getFIT615 community values most, so it was a clear fit. After all, we think we shine brightest when we’re helping each other, here at home and around the world, grow in love and support. Go to Moshi, Tanzania? Who are we not to?!
Tanzania is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa. With goals of expanding and improving early childhood care and education and ensuring that all children – particularly, girls – have access to free primary education, the government of Tanzania provides free education to all children; however, many barriers remain. Families are required to pay small fees to fund school uniforms for each child, transportation to and from school, and lunch for each student. Many families in the area simply can’t afford it and many children in the area are living as orphans or lack the family structure necessary to support their education. We can help.
Like most [read: all] things, we can’t do this alone; and, we don’t want to.
So, we’ve officially named this safari [translation: journey] Pamoja Tunaweza or Together We Can. Our goal is to raise enough money to send a group to Moshi that represents the best of our community – all of you guys! – and provide First Chance with the tools it needs to continue to grow and thrive long after our visit.
Once we arrive in Tanzania, we’ll have the opportunity to explore Moshi, interact in the community, and get our bearings.
On Day 3, we’ll travel an hour from Moshi Town to Park Gate and spend the day hiking along the Marangu Route of Mt. Kilimanjaro to Mandara Hut – the first hut along the route.
On Day 4, the real fun begins. We’ll spend the week working with the staff at First Chance Education Centre, interacting with the students, helping to make improvements to their school building, teaching children and families about exercise and nutrition, and, most importantly, learning about their culture.
To cap off our visit, we’ll have the opportunity to visit a Maasai village, spend a night under the African stars, and enjoy a #joysafari in the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater before returning home.
This is a big task and a big trip. It will be all hands on deck, but Together We Can extend our community to some of the farthest reaching parts of the world. Not sure if you can travel? We’d love for you to commit to supporting Together We Can in other ways!
Trip Details & Costs
August 23 - September 5
Expected to depart Nashville on August 23rd, arriving in Tanzania on the 24th
And departing Tanzania on the evening of September 4th, arriving in Nashville on the 5th
August 24th - September 4th
Day 1: Arrive in Moshi, get settled at the guest house, rest and adjust to time zone
Day 2: Free day to explore Moshi town, buy souvenirs, swim at Honey Badger Lodge
Day 3: Mt. Kilimanjaro day climb along the Marangu Route to Mandara Hut
Mandara Hut is the first hut along the Marangu Route. The walking starts from the starting point of Marangu Route (1970m) it’s just an hour drive from Moshi Town to the Park Gate (starting point) and three hours walking from the gate to Mandara Hut (2700 m). Enjoy walking in the Montane forest where Mandara Hut is situated on the forest belt border just below the Maundi Crater. Walking in the montane forest and shortly in the heath and moorland vegetation with beautiful endemic flora to Maundi Crater you will enjoy the breathtaking view of magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro, also you can get the chance to see varieties of birds, primates i.e. Black and White Colobus Monkey and varieties of trees and beautiful flowers.
Days 4-8: Teach children at First Chance Education Centre, building on the curriculum developed by RISE. This will include daily read alouds, yoga, breathing, music and movement, arts and crafts, and much more. We will also work at the school to clean, refurbish, and create a better learning environment for the children. There will be so much laughing, hugging, singing, holding hands, playing, and you'll never want to leave.
Day 9: Depart for a visit to a local Maasai village and then #joysafari
Day 10-11: #Joysafari in Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crate
There will hopefully be lions and no tigers and no bears, SO many elephants, zebras, and antelopes. The views are unlike anything you've seen before. The magic of Tanzania will for sure leave an imprint on your heart.
Day 12: Wrap up day to finish work at the school, souvenir shopping, packing. Depart in the afternoon/evening for Kilimanjaro Airport and start the journey back
We will stay in a house right near the school with running water, electricity (when available), bathrooms, showers, and a kitchen. It is within walking distance to First Chance Education Centre and the Honey Badger Lodge.
A cook will prepare the majority of our meals- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There will be some evenings that we will go to the restaurants in town.
- $3,500 per person
- $500 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration. Final acceptance date for registration is May 1, 2018.
Schedule of Payments (after deposit)
- April 15th: $600
- May 15th: $600
- June 15th: $600
- July 15th: $600
- August 15th: $600
Each person will be responsible for raising a minimum of $3,500 for the trip. This will include housing, activities, most meals, in-country transport, visas, and the projects at school. We will work together to help everyone achieve their goal.
Not included in this fundraising:
- Round-trip flights
- Any Vaccines (depending on your insurance and previous vaccinations, this could cost up to $500)
- Trip Insurance and Health Insurance - we will let you know what to sign up for but this will be an individual cost of roughly $100
- Some Meals