Creating Opportunity Through Education
To Return is a 501 C 3, nonprofit organization dedicated to extending access to quality education through tourism in the Mt. Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.
Our mission and our name come from the idea of giving back to those who have given so graciously to us. Tourism in the developing world is often a welcome source of income for many under served, rural communities. And although, our visits to others' homelands bring money into these communities, the individuals living in these areas, in many cases, remain poverty stricken with limited access to resources that allow for personal advancement. To Return creates a venue for tourists and other concerned individuals to give back to communities that make tourism in Tanzania possible. To Return allows for us to return the kindness bestowed upon us.
Specifically, To Return supports porters and guides working on Mt. Kilimanjaro through three initiatives:
- Children - Our primary focus is children and education. To Return offers scholarships to the children of porters and guides to attend high quality, reasonable cost private schools in the Kilimanjaro region. We match students with donors and strive to create a long-term relationship so that a student is provided with an opportunity to progress from early childhood education through primary and secondary school and into advanced levels and university.
- Gear Distribution – In an effort to improve working conditions on Mt. Kilimanjaro for porters, To Return collects and distributes new and used mountain gear appropriate for the cold temperatures on the mountain.
- Continuing Education - To Return also supports continuing education for guides and porters in wilderness first aid through a partnership with the Sentinel Outdoor Institute.