Medical Training for Kilimanjaro Porters

Support of continuing education for porters and guides on Kilimanjaro provides and unique and valuable opportunity to improve the employment prospects, working conditions, and responsibility on the mountain today. Continuing Education promotes stewardship on Mt. Kilimanjaro and is fundamental to the cultivation of an environmentally and economically sustainable mountain climbing industry.

Our Response

To Return organizes and supports continuing education opportunities for porters and guides on Kilimanjaro. We organize and provide scholarships for an annual Wildnerness First Responder course which provides local Kilimanjaro guides the same level of remote wilderness medicine most Western guides hold. Incorporated into the course is education and training in environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace skills and ethics. This training not only strengthens local participants employment prospects but also provides them with valuable skills to act as leaders with their own staff and coworkers, extending a level of medical care and environmental stewardship not typically seen on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. To Return partners with Sentinel Outdoor Institute who provides the courses on an annual basis on Arusha, Tanzania.

Occasionally, we are fortunate to work with select individuals with exceptional talents and leadership potential. In coordination with sponsors To Return facilitates the opportunity for these individuals to complete their university education.

Success Stories


  • Dennis is a guide on Mt. Kilimanjaro attended the Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace course in 2012 through a To Return scholarship.  After course graduation, he shared the following, “We got the knowledge that we will use for us and those surrounding us on Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was challenging, but was great course.”

  • James attended the Leave No Trace and Wilderness First Responder course in Arusha in 2013. After graduation, he emailed To Return with the following remarks, “According to the lessons of WFR course I hope I will be among of the best guides on Kilimanjaro even in my society where I live and to my family if something happen I can help as well.”

  • Rashidi is currently studying to be a guide on Mt. Kilimanjaro. He is attending a one-year training program where he will earn an associates in tourism and outdoor leadership. The program will prepare him for the highly competitive Kilimanjaro National Park guide exam and will enable him to also work in the field on safari.

Get Involved

Help To Return maintain our Continuing Education efforts. From support of our remote medications and environmental awareness courses to adult education scholarships, each contribution is vital in furthering the safety and sustainability of Kilimanjaro’s climbing industry and the surrounding communities whose well being depends on it.

  • $50 – Leave No Trace training.
  • $400 – Wilderness First Aid and CPR training including a living stipend for housing and food while completing the three day course. Course provided by Sentinel Outdoor Institute.
  • $1,000 – Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace training including a living stipend for housing and food while completing the two week course. Course provided by Sentinel Outdoor Institute.
  • $3,500 – Average annual cost of a fully funded college scholarship which includes tuition, room, board and books.