Rachel Gottlieb

Co-Director of Trip Planning

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I am a doer. I love to set goals and achieve them.

When I started elementary school, I had never used the monkey rings on the playground. As a kindergartener, I had my heart set on mastering them within the year. Every recess I practiced until I could swing from ring to ring without a hiccup—using each ring, skipping one and eventually skipping two. After hours of practice on the rings, I had bandaged, blistered hands, but I had accomplished my goal. Then I set my sights on the monkey bars.

At the beginning of my junior year at Brown, I led a trip for Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT). Working with a co-leader and a small group, I saw firsthand the new friends and individual growth that come from relying on one another in the outdoors. When a friend recommended that I consider leading for Overland, I attended an information session for prospective leaders and immediately set my sights on leading for Overland. Overland fosters a positive and wholesome environment in which kids get out of their comfort zones and make lasting friendships; as a leader, there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of that experience. Now, as a member of the year-round staff, I’m excited to plan trips so that when our leaders show up, they can focus on making it the best summer possible for their students.

I love the people in the Overland community. The year-round staff and leaders are passionate about our programs and working with kids, and Overland families are excited to engage in a new activity. As a former leader and a member of the year-round staff, I appreciate the supportive and positive learning environment. There is always another doer to collaborate with to achieve my goals, whether planning a trip in Iceland or learning how to fix a flat tire.