Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2
Christina is returning to Adventure Treks for her second season as an instructor. For three years at Bucknell University, Christina was an outdoor trip leader and ropes course facilitator, where she led trips in backpacking, climbing, whitewater rafting, caving, canoeing, and more. Last summer, she was the department head of the ropes course at an all-girls camp in Maine. Christina is a Wilderness First Responder.
- Education: Bucknell University; bachelor’s degree in psychology
- Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? The AT community is one of the best communities I’ve worked with. Every instructor is so willing to help out each other, give and receive feedback, and do what is needed to have trips run smoothly. It doesn’t feel like work when I’m at AT. Everyone has the same love and enthusiasm for nature, and superficial barriers of the frontcountry are nearly nonexistent in this setting. I feel like I can truly be myself with my fellow instructors.
- What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? Meeting the students! Reading their biographies, remembering facts about them, and meeting them in person is what excites me the most. I am passionate about spreading my love for the outdoors with other people and seeing students appreciate nature and push past their comfort zones. Guiding students to be their best selves in an outdoor setting is what makes this job truly rewarding.
- What do you do when not working for AT? I am currently in my second year of service with AmeriCorps at a charter middle school in Wilmington, DE. Last year, I tutored seventh grade math, and this year I mentor and coach first-year tutors in addition to tutoring students. Additionally, I tutor eighth grade students in math and ELA. The goal of this AmeriCorps program is to close the achievement gap with inter-city students and guide the students to college success.
- Favorite outdoor memory? Last year in Alaska, successfully setting up the bear fence every night was extremely rewarding. Also, during my senior year of college, I led a five-day climbing and caving trip for incoming first-year students, and the whole trip was one of my favorite outdoor experiences. One night, my two co-instructors had a pretend dinosaur fight and put their arms in their shirts and were hitting each other. One participant on that trip was so exciting to go caving that he had a beaming smile the entire time in the cave, even when all of his cheap rain gear got torn up. He now leads that same trip for incoming first-year students. Every students’ enthusiasm for the activities made the trip one of the best that I’ve led.
- Favorite quote: “We teach people how to treat us.” – Dr. Phil