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Exodus Travels Celebrates Women with New Mountain Lioness Scholarship

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The new scholarship aims to assist 30 women in realizing their ambitions to become porters and guides in the traditionally male-dominated workforce of Mount Kilimanjaro

Toronto — Exodus Travels is celebrating International Women’s Day with the launch of its Mountain Lioness Scholarship, a fresh new chapter in their ongoing initiative, the Kilimanjaro Porter Project, and an attempt to increase the number of Tanzanian women working as porters and guides—traditionally, male-dominated roles—in Kilimanjaro National Park.

Created in partnership with the Robertson Outdoor Bursary, African Walking Company, and Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, Exodus’ Mountain Lioness Scholarship will sponsor 10 local women per year for the next three years (30 in total) on a three-week-long course whereby students obtain the qualifications and skills necessary to seek employment as professional guides.

The Mountain Lioness Scholarship’s name is inspired by Lucia “the Lioness” Kivoi, one of Kilimanjaro’s first women porters and a featured subject in Ngumu: The Women of Kilimanjaro, as a tribute to the courage and determination that she has shown as a trailblazer building a successful career working on the mountain. Lucia says that since women began stepping into porter and guide jobs once reserved for men, she’s seen an increase in women’s confidence when it comes to claiming space in the workforce, and that “a lot of women are applying for the jobs.”

This marks a major shift, as traditionally women in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania are not typically encouraged or permitted to work as porters or guides. A change in the perception on the mountain has begun when it comes to gender roles but there is still a long way to go, and a goal of the Mountain Lioness Scholarship is to assist in removing some barriers—financial and otherwise—that prevent women from entering the field.

“Empowering women by giving them the tools and qualifications they need to carve out a place for themselves in a male-dominated field is a special thing to be a part of,” says Robin Brooks, Marketing & PR Director for Exodus Travels in North America. “Collaborating in this way with local women in one of Exodus’ favorite destinations is such a great example of how travel can give back and improve life for the people we meet, places we visit, and planet we explore.”

Mountain Lioness Scholarship recipients will be announced in July 2020, and training will begin in October 2020. The three-week course will include lectures and practical training, covering topics such as ethical guiding, mountain ecology, introduction to tourism and protected areas, first aid, emergency care, wilderness rescue and tour guiding techniques. The resulting license is a requirement in order to guide on Mount Kilimanjaro.

For more information about the Mountain Lioness Scholarship, visit here.

For more information about Exodus Travels, visit exodustravels.com.

About Exodus Travels
Celebrating 45 years and winner of the 2019 National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards, leading adventure tour operator Exodus has a vast range of adventure and activity holidays across seven continents, offering places as diverse and as exhilarating as Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the Ice Hotel and Antarctica. We have hosted over 250,000+ travelers on adventures across the globe. Whether it is solo travelers, couples, groups or families, Exodus offers an incredible choice of trips for all ages and activity levels. Operating in 100+ countries with 600+ tours, Exodus insists on low impact tourism and contributing to local communities. Learn more at ExodusTravels.com.

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5 Ways to Master a Move

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While real estate agents report that far fewer people than normal have been moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, that may soon change. A recent Harris Poll found that nearly a third of U.S. adults living in urban areas are considering a move to less densely populated cities in the wake of the pandemic. Others may not be fleeing the pandemic but simply want or need to move, either for a job change or other reason.

If you find yourself preparing to move during these uncertain times, here are some tips to help it go more smoothly.

1. Make a checklist: Set a timeline for completing such tasks as packing, cleaning, and registering the kids for school. Staying ahead of the process can help avoid last-minute headaches and make your to-do list seem more manageable. There are even free apps available to help.

2. Organize and purge: Moving is the perfect opportunity to decide what you really want and need in your new home. To lessen the load on moving day, hold a garage sale – following proper social distancing guidelines – or donate unwanted items to charity. You can make the unpacking process simpler by arranging similar items together and labeling each box accordingly, such as kitchen utensils with cups or clothing of a particular season. You can even label a box as “open me first” for items you’ll need immediately.

3. Notify those who need to know: Let your insurance agent know that you’re moving as soon as possible to be sure you’re covered. You’ll also want to discuss how your needs will change. For example, if this is your first time buying a house, you’ll need a homeowner’s policy versus renters insurance. On the other hand, if you’re downsizing from a house to an apartment, you’ll still want to ensure your belongings are covered, which you can do with renters insurance. Be sure to also call your utility providers to cancel or transfer service and fill out a change of address form with the United States Post Office. You’ll also want to update your address with your bank and credit card companies.

4. Consider what’s covered: You may want to consider moving insurance. Some companies, like Erie Insurance, will cover you during the move and say it’s usually not necessary to purchase an additional policy. Keep in mind there are limits for certain kinds of misplaced, lost or stolen personal property. Your insurance agent can walk through that with you.

5. DIY or hire a pro. While during “normal” times you might recruit family and friends to help you with the move, given ongoing social distancing guidelines, now may not be the right time to ask. If it’s a small move, you may be able to handle it on your own or with the help of just a few immediate family members. Otherwise, consider hiring moving professionals who know the proper safety protocols and will be better equipped to protect your possessions and make sure they’re transported safely.

While moving can seem overwhelming, a bit of prep and planning goes a long way. By mastering your move, you’ll be sitting down and relaxing in your new home in no time. (StatePoint)

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