We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!
We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.
Important Information about Availability
This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.
This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.
This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.
How to Apply
Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).
When to Apply
The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.
Call (413.458.9672) or email (email@example.com). We look forward to hearing from you.
Far more than simply counselors or guides, Overland’s leaders are terrific role models for our students. Capable and caring, our leaders focus on creating supportive, wholesome environments where every student can flourish and grow.
Meet Some of Our Leaders
With a wide range of backgrounds, hometowns, schools, and colleges, all of our leaders have one thing in common: a rock-solid commitment to our students. Our leaders focus every day on their students’ health and well-being as they seek to nurture and inspire everyone they lead.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This past year I worked at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center as an adaptive ski instructor, teaching people with cognitive and physical disabilities how to ski.
Originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. I double majored in Kinesiology and History and minored in Spanish. I was the Captain of the Women’s Varsity Rowing team and a four-year member of the Carolina Leadership Academy. The first year following my graduation I worked through WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) at farms in California, Hawaii and Italy. Before I started at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center I worked for several months at a winery in Portland, Oregon, and then made my way out to the Rockies from there! My favorite activities include running, watching UNC basketball, and petting dogs.
I led Maine Coast Explorer in 2018, Norway Explorer in 2019, and the American Challenge in 2021. In all of these trips, we enjoyed amazing moments and faced down imposing obstacles. I truly appreciate the supportive, challenge hungry environment that Overland creates for it’s groups!
In 10th grade, I spent 50 school days on backcountry camping trips as part of a yearlong outdoor education program.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, and graduated in 2021 from Bowdoin College where I double majored in government and romance languages and literature. I enjoyed leading weekend and orientation trips for my peers through the Bowdoin Outing Club, and last spring, I completed leadership training through the club. I played intramural ice hockey, wrote for Bowdoin’s satirical magazine, and was involved in Model United Nations. A passionate cook and baker, I spent two summers working in a bakery and am known to keep a sourdough culture. I earned my Wilderness First Responder certification, and I love reading historical fiction and exploring new places by foot and bike.
In 2018, I was a member of Overland’s Support Staff and led New England Adventure and Berkshire Adventure, in 2019, I led Cape Cod & the Islands, and in 2021, I led Alaska Expedition. To put it simply, helping a group of Overland students laugh, learn, and come together as a team is nothing short of remarkable.
A single glance at the icy blue waters and a breath of cool, crisp air in Banff, Canada, fueled my love for the outdoors, the environment and sustainability.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, I am a junior and environmental studies major and Hispanic studies minor at Davidson College. I am a trip leader for Davidson Outdoors — our outdoor leadership program — where students lead backpacking, paddling, climbing, caving and biking trips for their peers. Passionate about sustainable living and global environmental issues, I started living a zero-waste lifestyle in August of 2018. Also, I started to help operate the industrial composter and share my passion for the environment through communications and social media for Davidson’s Office of Sustainability. In the summer of 2018, I studied abroad in Cadiz, Spain, where I immersed myself in the Spanish language and culture, traveled to more than eight cities and spent a weekend in Morocco — loved every minute of it. This fall, I studied abroad and conducted research in the southernmost city in the world in the Patagonia region of Argentina and will have the opportunity to go to Antarctica for 10 days. In my free time, I love taking my bike for a spin around Davidson, trying new recipes and spending time outdoors with my friends.
In 2019, I led Mountain and Sea Adventure and in 2021, I led Pacific Coast. I am eager to share my love for the outdoors and environment with students, foster new friendships, watch their confidence grow and make this summer the most memorable of their lives.
After backpacking for the first time as a freshman in college, I fell in love with the outdoors and became a hiker, rock climber, trail runner, Wilderness First Responder, and more!
Right in my hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, I am a rising senior at Harvard University studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology. On campus, I’ve spent time doing research on cancer immunotherapy and modeling rare liver disease, as well as spending the past year working as a mental health specialist at McLean Hospital as I look forward to applying to medical school. Outside of class, I’ve spent much of my time leading and coordinating outdoor trips through Harvard’s First-Year Outdoor Program, running outdoor pre-orientation trips for first-year students. When I’m not outdoors, I can be found cooking, writing music, or dancing.
Leading Rocky Mountain Expedition in 2021 was an incredible opportunity for me to share my excitement and passion for the outdoors with a group of younger people. There’s a certain kind of joy that only spending time in the outdoors can bring me, and it was incredible to see that joy reflected in young people’s faces.
As part of my gap year, I spent 75 days on a NOLS course in New Zealand, which cemented my love for leading and being part of a group in the outdoors.
Originally from San Francisco, California, I am a rising sophomore at Colorado College where I intend to major in Studio Art with an Urban Studies minor. I spent the Fall of 2020 taking classes remotely from Bend, Oregon, and spent my free time hiking and mountain biking in the Cascades before returning to Colorado College in January 2021. At Colorado College, I participate in several art department adjuncts and have been working on a project to build meditation pods around campus with my school’s design program. I also run my own jewelry and art business inspired by my love of bright colors and fun graphics called ArtbyRafi. I enjoy cooking, reading, and I’m learning guitar.
As a student on five Overland trips including the European and American Challenges, I am excited to return to Overland as a member of the 2021 Support Staff. Some of my best memories are from the summers I spent on Overland trips, and I am excited to help create that magic for many more students to come.