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Building a Career in the Outdoor Industry: How Working with Moondance Helped Shape Michael Lackey’s Career in Experiential Education

March 13, 2024

As many of you may already know, working at Moondance often requires that you “wear many hats.” This is true for the Trip Leader and an administrative role. In the office, you may find yourself researching new routes or destinations one minute, running budgets on spreadsheets another, and the next maybe testing camp stoves. In…

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Ditch the Internship, Embrace Other Summer Opportunities by Ellie Kollme

February 21, 2024

In a column originally published in The Daily Tar Heel, incoming First Year Moondance Leader Ellie Kollme discusses her decision to forge her own path. One different, and personally more fulfilling, than the one chose by many of her peers who are pursuing corporate summer internships. Ellie is from Davidson, North Carolina, is a sophomore…

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Exploring Leadership Through Moondance: From Mt. Shasta to HQ! By Mary Claire Smith

January 8, 2024

Growing up, I was surrounded by Moondancers.  All of my older cousins and siblings had participated on trips, and I could never wait until it was my turn to have the opportunity to experience Moondance for myself.  My first ever summer spent with Moondance was in Washington state on the British Columbia trip in 2021,…

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How Moondance Has Changed Your Life & Where Are You Now: Preston Hall

November 30, 2023

Since its founding in 1996, Moondance has evolved in countless ways–but one thing that has never changed is the spirit behind our mission. Although we now travel to 5 continents, have over 1700 students signed up to travel with us, and will hire 150+ Trip Leaders this summer, what makes us special is our commitment…

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Building the Culture! A Look Back at Our Staff Retreat by Hannah Wilson

October 19, 2023

My name is Hannah Wilson and I am from Ariton, Alabama. I recently graduated from Auburn University and joined Moondance HQ as a member on the Admissions team in August! I had not heard of Moondance until a friend sent me the website. She said the position looked like a good fit due to my…

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Transformative, Challenging, Inspirational, Forever: The Moondance Experience

September 21, 2023

In a world brimming with opportunities, certain experiences stand out as genuinely life-altering. Moondance Adventures goes beyond the ordinary, positively transforming both participants and leaders alike. As I reflect on my second summer leading for Moondance, I am struck by the profound impact this community has had on my life and the lives of those…

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Meet the 2024 Staffing Team (pt. 2): Welcome Back to Moondance HQ, Joe Spear!

September 13, 2023

Joe Spear hails from Nashville, Tennessee and is no stranger to Moondance. As a student, Joe attended our California, Belize + Costa Rica, and Rainier trips and, as he elaborates on below, these experiences changed his life for the better. Eager to find that magical feeling again, Joe returned to Moondance in 2021 to lead…

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Meet the 2024 Staffing Team: Welcome to HQ, Briggs McElwee!

September 6, 2023

Now that the 2024 Trip Leader Application is officially live, let’s meet the new members of the Staffing Team who will help you throughout the process! Briggs McElwee hails from Statesville, NC and is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill where he majored in Business. Go Tar Heels! Briggs was…

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Why Lead (Again)! By Veteran Leader, Stewart Roddey

August 22, 2023

The countdown to the launch of our Staff Application is officially on! We are two weeks away from going live. Check or website on Tuesday, September 5th to apply!   In the meantime, here are some words of wisdom from legendary Moondance Leader, Stewart Roddey–   What a blessing it was to return to the…

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A Thank You to Our 2023 Trip Leaders!

August 10, 2023

As we wrap up summer 2023 and begin to look ahead to next season, we wanted to write a quick thank you note to our Trip Leaders. These 151 incredible people impacted countless lives and were the foundation for our success this year. From visiting them on college campuses, to meeting them at Staff Training,…

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