Senior trip leader: Spain France Pyrenees
Dani hails from Massapequa, NY, but currently calls Colorado home where she’s pursuing a master’s degree in environmental management at Western Colorado University. After graduating at SUNY, she was a wilderness backcountry ranger Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Oregon. Since college, she’s visited dozens of national parks and forests in the U.S. Dani has spent several years as a teacher in Tanzania and Thailand, is a yoga teacher, and has been an instructor for our sister company, Adventure Treks. Dani is returning to Bold Earth for her second year as a trip leader.
- Education: State University of New York College at Oneonta; bachelor’s degree in mass communications
- Certification: Wilderness first responder
- What was the last big trip you took? I lived in Thailand last year where I worked as a teacher. I was able to travel around the country for holidays, and also got a chance to explore other parts of Asia. When my teaching contract expired, I moved to India for a month where I took a yoga teacher training course in Kerala!
- What excites you about working for BE this summer? I am incredibly excited to be coming back to Bold Earth for my second summer! There is something truly magical about the adventures that are had, memories that are made, and friendships that are formed. I’m most excited to get to meet all the rad students, explore, and laugh till I cry on our BOLD trip!
- What’s your favorite travel memory? When I was hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, my guide, Enock, was teaching me some Swahili phrases. After a 20-mile day, he sat down with me and said, “Oooof rafiki, you have such a strong body smile!” At first, due to The Lion King, I thought “rafiki” meant “baboon,” but it actually means “friend.” I took this as such a compliment. I wasn’t quite sure what exactly a “body smile” was, but it sounded nice! So he taught me the word: “harufu.” A few weeks later I was at the school that I worked at and one of my students said, “Ms. Dani your harufu is so bad today!” I was slightly confused because how could a body smile be bad? Well, it turns out Enock had said “body SMELL,” not “body smile.” Therefore, I was being told that I smelled really bad.
- Favorite quote? “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh