Lelo Munis - Chile to Kili


Lelo Munis and Rachel Musson (Founder of ThoughtBox) are working together to develop a cross-cultural learning platform called Cycle School to enable young people from across Tanzania to engage with environmental issues in their local area and to support a more holistic overview of inspiring change…all from the seat of a bicycle! Working alongside Lelo’s organisation – El Mundo – ThoughtBox and Lelo continue to support each other’s ventures, nurturing a shared belief in the need to empower young people to be the change they wish to see in the world. 

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Just as Africa is a continent of contrast, my world consists of point and counter-point. I am inquisitive by nature and ask hard questions. How can we Africans best counter backwardness with personal development? How can we foster self-empowerment to combat poverty and dependence?

Africa and Tanzania is home to a vast variety of bio and cultural diversity. They play home to a large variety of wildlife, rare ecosystems full of endemic species; is a harbor of pristine nature areas and natural resources. These are World Heritage sights. Sadly, many of its people lack the financial resources as well as inspiration and motivation to receive the education necessary to successfully manage, develop and preserve these resources and their respective areas. In a country stricken with challenges, education is a luxury for most citizens.

From a history of immersion in the local environment, I have spent time guiding wildlife safaris; leading treks up Kilimanjaro;  working as a volunteer in several civil societies; solo cycling in 16 African countries, leading long distance biking tours (including Tour d Afriques– Cairo to Cape Town trip in 2011), and teaching Ecology to international high school and college students.

A few years ago, I put together a round-the-world cycle tour – Chile to Kili- with the aim of raising awareness about conservation issues in countries across the world and raising funds to support 10 young Tanzanians to study Conservation and Resource Management.

The trip took me to many different countries and I met with many leaders, ecologists, environmentalists and every day people working to support positive change.

Out of my work on Chile to Kili, a new venture was born – El Mundo – which is rooted in Tanzania and allows me to combine my love of travel and adventure (mainly on the bicycle!) with cross-cultural engagement and environmental sustainability. I am also working on an initiative – Cycle School – (currently in its infancy) which aims to support young people to become active conservationists and entrepreneurs in their local communities."