At WHOA, we're all about sharing experiences, connecting, and supporting local women in every possible way throughout our adventures. One of the ways we do this in Tanzania is by inviting local women to join our Kilimanjaro climbs. Sharing the experience with them, and seeing the mountain they grew up with through their eyes gives WHOA adventurers a richer understanding of the women from this region and this amazing part of the world. Embarking on this epic journey with such an international group is one of the many things that makes WHOA's Kilimanjaro climbs extra special! With no further ado, let us introduce, Annette. She’s 26, working in tourism in Moshi, and is an all around inspiring woman who’ll be joining our 2019 Kilimanjaro Solstice Summit!
“My name is Annette Frank and I am 26 years old. I have a twin sister named Anita, and we’re the first born in our family. I also have two brothers who are still in school. Their names are Allen and David. I have no kids and am not married. I have been working at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel for seven months now! I also have a degree in education, but these days I spend most of my time working in tourism. I will be joining you all in hiking mountain Kilimanjaro this June and I’m so excited! So many times, I have gotten questions from clients at work asking if I have ever hiked Mount Kilimanjaro before. You should see their face when I say…NO! What a shame, right!? This has always been a dream of mine, but I couldn’t do it because it’s so expensive, not only for foreigners, but also for locals too. I’m truly grateful for this chance. Thank you all to make this happen!
I believe this hike is a great opportunity. I will get to understand the nature of the mountain, and I’ll get to see what it feels like to hike in all kinds of weather. The fact that I will get to see what it feels like to freeze in snow makes me excited! Also, I can’t wait to be able to see sunrise behind the mountains. I know that I will experience so much, and am ready to share that knowledge with my community.
I want to share what I have learned with future generations, like conserving the environment so that we can all connect to nature. I also believe that through this the people in my community will be inspired, and who knows, maybe we can get more volunteers to hike next season?!
I am looking forward to making new friends from all different countries. This activity will bring us close and I’m sure when we’re done we will all be a family. I’m so thankful for WHOA and the girls who are making this happen! I am so grateful for all of you!
Thank You So Much!