At UGO we combine life changing volunteer experiences with life coaching for people who want to find clarity, more meaning, or a sense of purpose. This is anything but a traditional volunteer abroad trip. With pre trip, on trip and post trip programming, we zero in on what makes you tick or what is getting in your way, so you can get more from your life, all while connecting with and helping others.
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Courage, Community, Kilimanjaro

Program: Sept - Nov 2020, Trip: October 3 - 18, 2020 TBC

Courage, Community, Kilimanjaro

per person

Do you want to feel excited and inspired by your life?

Do you long to make a real difference in the world?

This transformative experience to Tanzania is about giving back, taking powerful action, getting outside of your comfort zone, and achieving what you never thought possible.

After this epic experience, you will:

  • Gain more clarity on what you want in life
  • Connect to a greater sense of purpose
  • Feel a deep sense of self-awareness
  • Experience a whole new lease on life
  • Feel connected to an extraordinary community of like-minded amazing changemakers
  • Enjoy increased confidence and courage to truly be you…and happy.

What you can expect:

You’ll embark on a powerful three-month program that features an abundance of learning, dynamic self-reflection,  meaningful service, and deep connection with yourself, your team, and your greater purpose.

You’ll dive deep into self-discovery through structured group coaching and programming as well as during cozy fireside chats and shared meals.

You’ll work alongside local women who are part of the Dare Women’s Foundation in Arusha, as they work to build a community refuge for those seeking safety and shelter. As a team, we will learn about their current programs and what the community needs most. From there we will develop a long-term plan to support them when we return home. You’ll be truly changing the lives of women in need ~ and there’s no better feeling than knowing you are making a real difference.

You’ll also embark on an epic journey on your way up to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain while building authentic, enduring relationships with your team members and the local community. This community will become your tribe, cheering you on, supporting you, and celebrating with you every step of the way.

You will finish this program ready to live the life you have always dreamed of and with the courage and community to make it happen.

  • Included
    Courage, Community, Kilimanjaro
Day 1: Arrival and Welcome Dinner
Day 2: Local Day Trip and Group Coaching
Day 3: Orientation with Dare Women’s Foundation and start volunteering
Day 4: Volunteering and Group Coaching
Day 5: Volunteering and Cultural Activity
Day 6: Volunteering, Group Coaching and Kilimanjaro Prep
Day 7: Depart for Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and hike to Machame Camp
Day 8: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (4-6 hours)
Day 9: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (6-8 hours)
Day 10: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4-5 hours)
Day 11: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4-5 hours)
Day 12: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut (7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent)
Day 13: Mweka Camp to Moshi (3-4 hours) then return to Arusha
Day 14: Rest and Community Consultation
Day 15: Safari and Farewell Dinner
Day 16: Depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport


Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha, called "A- Town" by the locals, is situated at the foot of Mount Meru, Africa's 5th highest mountain. The altitude gives the city a pleasant climate and lush green environment.  It's a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa's highest peak, 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers northeast. To the west lies Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinoceros, giraffes and leopards. The temperature in Arusha in January is about 27C and it only rains about 7 days in the month.   Kiswahili is the language spoken most in Arusha (swahili are the people), along with English. Local Tanzanian currency is the Tanzanian shilling, though most places will also accept US dollars.  1USD = 2,300TSH 1CAD = 1,750TSH. There are ATMS at the Kilimanjaro airport as well as in Arusha that accept Mastercard and VISA and disperse TSH.  Only major restaurants and hotels accept credit cards.

Dare Women’s Foundation

The Dare Women's Foundation is an NGO working to empower Tanzanian women and girls, with a focus on rural areas, through poverty alleviation, social justice, economic empowerment, and gender equality. Executive Director and Founder, Maggie passionately empowers women to become strong leaders through feminine hygiene care, entrepreneurship, nutrition education, sport and conservation programs and we are thrilled to be partnering with her to support the work she does.   On this trip we will be working with Dare on a project to help build a community home for those needing safe shelter and support.  We will be working alongside the women of Dare and learning more about all of the projects they are engaged with.   Many of the women Dare works with have endured tragedies such as rape, discrimination, domestic violence. Most all of them deal with lack of feminine hygiene care, little nutrition and conservation education, young marriage, and large family size due to lack of contraception and sex education. By bringing these women together, educating them about their rights, giving them a voice, and supporting them in their endeavors, the Dare Women's Foundation is changing Tanzania one woman at a time.  We are excited to partner with Dare for this project, learn more about what their plans and needs are, and then support them in a long-term capacity.      

The Kilimanjaro Climb

The best way to knock Kilimanjaro off of your bucket list is alongside 14 other incredible changemakers and with an emotional framework of coaching and support to help you on the journey.  For our Kilimanjaro summit we will be using Wild Africa and Beyond as our guides, with Yusuf as our leader, who has over 18+ years of experience and has summited Kilimanjaro over 173 times. We will be taking the Machame 7 day route to ensure we all have the best chance of acclimatizing.   The Machame Route is approaching the summit through the forest from the west and joins the other trekking routes before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful. This route is a best choice for people who want to enjoy a scenic hike on a challenging route. It is popularly known as the Whiskey route, begins at Kilimanjaro climbing Machame Gate, and we will be taking 7 days for the best acclimatization. The machame route is located in the southern base of mountain, within its green, abundant rainforest. You don’t have to be a mountain climber, a professional athlete, or even an avid exerciser to climb Kili. You do, however, have to be healthy and in good physical and mental condition. And you have to be honest with yourself.
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