Hike For Light School Expeditions
Hike For Light is an engaging, hands-on experience that takes students on an immersive journey from the classroom to the exotic destinations of Papua New Guinea and Tanzania.
With a focus on safety and educational outcomes, Hike for Light expeditions includes a social responsibility component where students fundraise to gift SolarBuddy solar lights to children in the local communities they visit. SolarBuddy solar lights allow children to study after dusk, allowing them to better their education and work towards a brighter and healthier future.
Participate - Hike along world-famous tracks.
Educate - Learn about energy poverty through an interactive educational program.
Illuminate - Fundraise for SolarBuddy solar lights and hand deliver them to children in the ‘last mile’ of your hike.
ITINERARIES - Read more about each school expedition below AND see where the Hike For Light can lead you
KILIMANJARO & SOLARBUDDY
Travelling to Africa, your journey begins in the diverse lands of Tanzania. Here you'll hike Mt Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain in the world. Rising up from the Serengeti, you’ll experience the picturesque hike to its summit. After reaching the rooftop of Africa, travel to a village for the ‘last mile’ of your challenge and hand deliver SolarBuddy solar lights to children.
TANZANIA SAFARI & SOLARBUDDY
On this safari, you'll experience the world-renowned wildlife of Tanzania. You'll visit the Rift Valley escarpment, Ngorogoro Crater, the Southern Ngorogoro Conservation Area, and the Tarangire National Park. These areas abound with large game animals such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, black rhinos, elephants and giraffes. You’ll then travel to a village for the ‘last mile’ of your challenge and hand deliver SolarBuddy solar lights to children.
KOKODA & SOLARBUDDY
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is an island nation full of lush landscapes, dense jungle and surrounded by vibrant coral reefs. Located to the North of Australia, PNG is not only close in distance, the historical Kokoda track links our two countries forever. It’s still a remote and undiscovered destination with many locals living in the traditional way of life. You’ll have the opportunity to give back to the next generation of locals when you deliver the SolarBuddy solar lights.
WHAT IS ENERGY POVERTY
1.4 billion people across the globe live without electricity and the results are devastating - condemning billions to darkness, ill health, unfulfilled futures and repeated cycles of poverty. Without access to clean energy, families resort to using traditional fuels for lighting such as kerosene and diesel which is expensive, dangerous and unhealthy for people and the planet.
Indoor air pollution from toxic kerosene fumes leads to millions of children’s deaths each year, damages their eyesight and lungs and prevents them from studying after dusk, which means they are not developing the skills they need to break the cycle of poverty.
Energy poverty kills more people each year than Malaria & HIV/Aids combined
Kerosene lanterns produce more than 190 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually
2 million children die each year from respiratory diseases caused by toxic kerosene fumes
Poor families spend up to 40% of their income on kerosene for lighting
Hike For Light school expeditions by cievents and SolarBuddy, powered by world-class operator On Track Expeditions.