“I would love to go on any and all Trekkers trips – they’re fun, heartfelt ventures that encourage the growth of the entire person. What could be better?”
– Expedition Mentor
Each of Trekkers’ six classes participates in a different educational expedition within the continental United States every year. Our expedition mentors range in age from the late teens to mid-seventies, and while some have extensive experience in youth development or the outdoors, many do not. As Trekkers begins enrolling 7th graders from Rockland, South Thomaston and Owls Head, our need for expedition mentors will continue to grow.
What is my role as an expedition mentor?
The Trekkers model was built upon the principle that programs don’t change lives, relationships do. Following this philosophy, your main priority as an expedition mentor is to build relationships with students. During the expedition we ask that you:
- Be committed to building relationships with ALL participating students.
- Be a positive role model.
- Intentionally start conversations with all students.
- Embrace new experiences, landscapes, outdoor living and travel.
- Supervise students and facilitate positive team dynamics.
- Look for teachable moments to share your gifts and experiences with young people.
How much time is required to be an expedition mentor?
The length of our overnight expeditions varies from 2 to 15 days. We also offer short day-trips throughout the year.
What about mentor training?
In addition to the mentor pre-screening process, we require all expedition mentors to attend a leadership training before heading out on an expedition. During this training, we will review expectations, safety procedures, mentoring basics and much more.
During the expedition itself, the Program Manager will hold nightly leadership meetings to debrief the successes and challenges of the day and support you in setting specific leadership goals for yourself.
What are the personal benefits?
These are some of the benefits of volunteering for a Trekkers expedition:
- Creating connections among youth and other adults in your community
- Making a difference in a youth’s life
- Being introduced to new landscapes, cultures, natural resources and more
- Overcoming challenges that push you outside your comfort zone
- Being part of a team
- Giving back
And the relationships you’ll form will be as fun, engaging and powerful as the trip itself!
What are my next steps?
If you’re interested in becoming an expedition mentor, you can:
- Get an application. Download the Adult Volunteer Application OR call the Trekkers office: (207) 594-5095 to request a mailed application.
- Submit your application. Mail the application to: Trekkers, 41 Buttermilk Drive, Thomaston, ME 04861 OR you can return it to our office directly.
- Complete an interview. Trekkers interviews all first-time adult mentor applicants. Upon receiving your application, a Program Manager will contact you to schedule an in-person interview.
- Start trekkin’! Before you know it, you’ll be riding one of the Trekkers buses, and alongside students and other mentors, heading into the journey of a lifetime!