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 an e-book or paperback on Amazon or can be downloaded here.
About the Book
Mark Biernacki shares his experiences during his travels of cultural awareness and adventure while exploring northern Tanzania as part of TDS sponsored trips in 2013 and 2016. During his time away from volunteering to help build the Madaraka Nyerere Library and Community Resource Center, he immerses himself in the daily lives of the people, engages with a land teeming with wildlife while crossing the Serengeti, and embarks on an arduous climb in an attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. During these adventures, he reflects on the impact he had become a part of in addressing the educational needs of the region’s children. He learns about himself as he undertakes meaningful volunteer work and gains the satisfaction that he is helping make a tangible difference for the people in this far corner of the world.
Mark Biernacki worked for various local governments throughout the United States as an urban planner and, most recently, as the DeKalb city manager before retiring in June, 2013 after 33 years of public service. When not volunteering in his community, he and his wife, Mary Kay, travel the country and the world extensively. They currently reside in Elgin, Illinois.