Fight for Peace member Gabriella Chering recently teamed up with Kilimanjaro Initiative and nine participants from around the world to take on the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro. Here Gabriella tells the story of her adventure:

“From the 14th February until the 8th of March, I experienced one of the most significant and exciting adventures of my life. I am so thankful to Kilimanjaro Initiative and Fight for Peace, and so grateful for the opportunity.
Gabriella prepares to start her climb
Over three weeks, I met some wonderful friends from different parts of the world; we stayed together and grew as a family. Through team building exercises and being in situations where we had to trust each other, we co-operated. I went to Africa not knowing anyone and came home with lifelong friends.
The climbing group at the summit
Trekking and camping across the Massai Plains was tough yet beautiful. I would compare the trip as a whole to a mountain, as you start at the bottom and gradually you build yourself, your team and your mental and physical strength for the ultimate peak; Kilimanjaro. Climbing Kilimanjaro was very difficult because of the altitude changes going up. I made it to Gilman’s point, which is the top of the mountain.

It has been amazing and I have learnt much about myself and those who I have met. I miss the beauty and the fresh air and I would love to go back someday and voluntarily teach dance in some schools out there.If anyone at Fight for Peace gets an opportunity like this, I would tell you to take it up! Don’t feel afraid to explore something you have never explored before – it could be a life changing experience and I promise you will enjoy it!”