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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for Global Language Project

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EVENT DATE: Aug 17, 2012

Jessica Whitt


On August 17, I will begin a long-anticipated adventure and challenge: climbing Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.  To further my challenge, I am dedicating my climb to raising funds and awareness for Global Language Project, an innovative non-profit with which I am involved. 

The Cause

Global Language Project (GLP) is a not-for-profit organization which provides foreign language programs to underserved public schools.  GLP’s flagship program, Speak to Succeed, delivers comprehensive Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), and Spanish language instruction to students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to begin foreign language studies.   

Founded in 2009 by Angela Jackson, GLP’s curriculum was developed through a joint cooperation with Columbia University’s Teachers College Bilingual Bicultural Department and New York University’s Project on Developing Chinese Teachers with program assessments certified by the Center for Applied Linguistics

To learn more about Global Language Project and ways that you can contribute to its mission, please visit: www.globallanguageproject.orgor write to

Why I Am Asking You To Support This Cause

Language skills are in increasingly high demand across a wide variety of professions and American students, particularly those in underserved schools, are at a significant disadvantage in terms of foreign language ability compared with peers across the world.  By giving students early access to language study, GLP enables its students to compete in a globalized and competitive world. 

On a personal note, I had the opportunity to begin studying French at an early age and lived abroad as an exchange student for the first time when I was thirteen.  The study abroad experience gave me the confidence to pursue more international opportunities and I am convinced that the early experience of studying a second language gave me the insight and the skill to later study a tougher but extremely rewarding language, Chinese.

Today, my Chinese remains far from perfect, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that many of my most interesting educational, professional, and personal opportunities are a result of my experiences in China and my knowledge of the language and culture. 

Your Gift

Speak to Succeedclasses are generally comprised of 12 students and conducted 2 times per week for 2 hours.  The cost per student for the program is approximately $2,500 per year and includes all language instruction, teaching materials and covers costs for cultural outings.  Through my climb, I am aiming to raise funds to cover four students’ language expenses for the 2012-13 academic year. 

Please note that 100% of trip expenses are self-funded and therefore all proceeds will go toward providing language programs for children. 

Follow Our Adventure

20 Aug

Commence climb of Kilimanjaro through a forest plantation and agricultural zone, gaining the alpine moorland of the Shira Plateau. Overnight Shira Camp 1.

21 Aug

A short trekking day exploring the Shira Plateau and acclimatizing. Trek to Shira Camp 2 for overnight.

22 Aug

Trek to Moir Hut Ruins Camp for overnight. This camp is a little off the “beaten track” and is rarely visited. It features good views over the Shira Plateau and a slightly higher elevation than Shira 2 camp to aid in acclimatization.

23 Aug

Trek to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower for overnight. The Barranco Camp is located directly under the massive Breach Wall of Kilimanjaro and features some of the most impressive views of the southern circuit. A small stream cascades through the Barranco’s remarkable forest of Senecia and Lobelia plants.

24 Aug

Trek to Karanga Valley for overnight. We start the morning with a steep climb up the Barranco Wall and then across dry rolling terrain below the peak’s Southern Icefields.

25 Aug

Trek to Barafu Camp for overnight. An easier day, we take our time to Barafu so we can maximize our rest for summit day.

26 Aug

Summit day! Depart very early morning for Summit Day, descend to Mweka Camp. We start in the middle of the night so we can reach the top around dawn-this is our best chance to get good views from the summit and also leaves the best margin of safety so we have the light of day for our descent.

27 Aug





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