I wanted to make a mission trip and combine it with a destination that was on my ‘Bucket List’…Africa and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. I learned about Make a Difference – Africa from a friend who volunteered with MAD the previous summer. She spoke so highly about MAD and Director Theresa Grant, that I decided to check it out. Web information and personal correspondence with Theresa determined that this was the program for me. I designated 6 weeks for the trip.
The first week was the trek and climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. During the following 5 weeks, I also took a 5-day safari to the Serengeti region. MAD encourages safaris and tours in the area and works with local adventure companies for good prices. The day to day volunteer work with MAD was hands-on and very fulfilling.
I am a 56 yr old, mother of three college-age boys. They were all away at school for the 6 weeks of winter when I traveled to Africa. I decided to go at that time in my life because I was finished with ’mothering my sons’ and wanted to venture out and do something that I longed to do. It’s a GREAT time of life to go on a mission-vacation. I had climbed and hiked mountains all over the world and wanted to climb Kilimanjaro. I hiked to the summit in 7 days with a trekking group of 4 people. It was a life-time goal, and I was thrilled to accomplish it.