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Meet Your Recruiters! (We promise we don’t bite.)

September 17, 2021

Hi Future Moondance Leaders; it’s a pleasure to meet you. We here in the Staffing Department are tasked with searching colleges, climbing gyms, and caves for the most dynamic and charismatic people on the face of the earth: Moondance Leaders! As you continue through the application process, you will become more familiar with us. Since…

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Why Lead?

September 1, 2021

2021 Trip Leaders share what makes this job so rewarding, unique, and irresistible. We all know how valuable our time is. We also know that nothing is guaranteed, as we learned throughout our year living with a pandemic. That being said, why should you consider spending your summer with Moondance? In other words, Why Lead?…

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Something Different in the Air

March 3, 2021

Future Trip Leader, Molly Eddings, reflects on her first Moondance trip and why she is leading this summer!   There is something different about the air on the first day of a Moondance trip. Everyone is a little nervous, everyone feels weird without their phone in hand, and everyone is anxious to see what this…

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This is THE Job

September 14, 2020

The 2021 Trip Leader Application is live! The search for the best people for the best job has begun.   Every September we launch the Trip Leader Application with great anticipation and excitement. We have enrolled over 1,200 students since the end of August. The reality of next summer has already begun to crystallize. Our…

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There’s Nothing Else I’d Rather Be Doing

April 8, 2020

Here is a reminder from long time leader, Mimi Middlebrooks, on why she loves to lead for Moondance.   Check out our Instagram for some pictures that take you through Mimi’s Moondance journey!     When I was a junior in high school, I went on a two week backpacking trip in Grand Teton National…

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Water views in Croatia
We Are Still the Livers of Life

March 24, 2020

Garrett Lucey dives into how he continues to learn and take advantage of each and every day. Even at home!   Every year at Staff Training, we read a composition that I have always found to be descriptive of the Moondance community. This composition is actually a letter, titled the “Bon Vivant Manifesto”, written by…

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Anything is Better Than Nothing

March 23, 2020

Kit Sommi, a member of our Staffing Team, shares how she stays active without feeling pressure to push it to the limit every day!   As I wake up to a new day, I know I’m also waking up to more cases of the coronavirus around the world, more changes to regulations placed on our…

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Living in the 2020 Moment

March 19, 2020

At Moondance we are asking ourselves and our community: How do we live in the moment when you want that moment to change? People around the world are spending most of their time indoors these days and separated from the open spaces we love so much. At Moondance headquarters in Nashville, TN, we have found…

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Nature is Neat

February 21, 2020

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir Between the inspiring leaders, fantastic students, beautiful places, and new cultures, there are many ingredients that go into creating the trip of a lifetime. However, there’s one ingredient…

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mountaineering on machame route with moondance
Why We Lead: How Could We Not?

June 18, 2019

Moondance’s 24th summer has begun! With over 30 trips already underway, we are officially off and running into Summer 2019.   For ten months of the year we are prepping and anticipating the opening days of the summer. As students and leaders disperse all over the world, we are thankful for the time we are…

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