Leading the Chewonki Wilderness Trips

DONE BY: Sterling Dintersmith | Milton Academy '16, Stanford University '21 | Jamestown, RI 

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: Attended the Chiwonki Semester School during junior year; emailed to ask if I could lead one of their wilderness trips (leadership positions are reserved for people 21 or older, but when I asked, they let me apply)

LENGTH: 3 months (total of 2 different wilderness trips)

LOCATION: Wiscasset, ME, USA

FUN: ★★★☆☆

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★☆

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

  • Wake up and pack 
  • Walk
  • Put up camp
  • Sleep 

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 
leading 11-12 year old girls on backpacking trips

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK DID YOU DO PER WEEK? Was on duty 24 hours all 7 days of the week for the participants 

IN EXCHANGE OF WORK, PROVIDES:

  • Food 
  • Accommodation (camping)

TOP TIPS: 

Just email people to ask for jobs. Even if they say that you have to be 21 to do something, or say that they already have filled their positions—ask to be an assistant or an intern. Just because they don’t have a position listed on their website, doesn’t mean that there isn’t an opportunity there that would be good for you.

BEST WAY TO CONTACT THIS PLACE, IF INTERESTED: https://chewonki.org/

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

If things don’t click on the first experience, it doesn’t mean that the wilderness trip—or whatever you do—isn’t for you. I led two different trips; the first one wasn’t so great, but the second one was awesome. Different activities can be hugely affected by the people that you’re around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jiyoung Jeong