Author Archives: Jason Michnick

Meet the Climbers – Kurt Thurmaier

Meet the Climbers – Kurt Thurmaier

We are now one week from the 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb officially beginning! Our climbers are all making their last preparations for the long journey to Tanzania, and are eager to get things underway. Today, we are featuring a climber that almost all in the TDS community are familiar with, co-Founder and President, Dr. Kurt Thurmaier.… Continue Reading

Jason and Edith arrive in Musoma

Jason and Edith arrive in Musoma

Hamjambo from Musoma! After a long and bumpy bus ride overnight from Nairobi, I was greeted by Gabriel’s friendly face at my drop-off point. Having been my first solo long-distance bus trip in Africa, his greeting of “karibu sana” brought relief that I had finally arrived. Despite the arduous journey to get here, the several… Continue Reading

Meet the Climbers – Sam Blazey

Meet the Climbers – Sam Blazey

This week’s featured climber is the second of two Blazey’s that will be trekking with us up Kilimanjaro. Sam knows a thing or two about providing safe water to communities, one of the areas that we know plays a critical role in education and keeping children in school. We look forward to learning more from… Continue Reading

Meet the Climbers – Mary Snieckus

Meet the Climbers – Mary Snieckus

The next 2019 Kilimanjaro climber in our spotlight is Mary Snieckus. Working for the US Forest Service, she has extensive knowledge about land management and we look forward to learning more from her during our climb up to 19,341 feet! To support Mary’s fundraising goal and help us get closer to our goal of raising… Continue Reading

Meet the Climbers – Jerry Blazey

Meet the Climbers – Jerry Blazey

Our next climber spotlight is the first of three Blazey’s that will be climbing Kilimanjaro with us. Jerry and his two sons, Ben and Sam, are avid outdoorsmen and look forward to the experience of climbing the largest freestanding mountain in the world together. Jerry was also one of our climbers that logged 16 miles… Continue Reading

Meet the Climbers – Rachel McBride

Meet the Climbers – Rachel McBride

For this spotlight, we are featuring the first of four NIU alumni that will traveling to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with us. Rachel participated in the 2013 TDS Study Abroad trip and worked with Nyegina Secondary School administrators on her service learning project. Her recommendation included rearranging the meals that are given to children… Continue Reading

Meet the Climbers – Jonathan Justice

Meet the Climbers – Jonathan Justice

With a little more than 50 days until our 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb gets underway, we are featuring climber Jonathan Justice. To support Jonathan’s fundraising goal and learn more about where the funds that we are raising will be going, visit his personal fundraising page. Q: Who are you? A: Jonathan Justice Q: What do you… Continue Reading

Meet the Climbers – Denise Weinmann

Meet the Climbers – Denise Weinmann

In just under two months, our group of TDS volunteer climbers will be starting their summit of Mount Kilimanjaro! To get to know our climbers, we asked them to answer a few questions about themselves and what made them want to climb the highest peak in Africa. Introducing our first climber, Denise Weinmann! Q: Who… Continue Reading

2019 Spring Yard Sale

2019 Spring Yard Sale

Do you have items that no longer spark joy in your life? Have you been wanting to declutter and simplify your surroundings? TDS can help! We’re looking for donations of items to sell at our upcoming fundraiser yard sale which will take place the first weekend in May. We accept most everything except large appliances,… Continue Reading

A House for Books

A House for Books

Former member of the TDS Board of Directors, Mark Biernacki, has published a book about his experiences traveling through Tanzania. Proceeds from sales of the book through June 1st are being donated towards our 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb goal of $75,000. A House for Books: Volunteering and Adventure in the Shadows of Kilimanjaro is available as both… Continue Reading