blond woman standing in front of mountains

Hayley Hucks

Senior trip leader: Iceland: Fire and Ice

A Santa Cruz, CA, native, Hayley is returning for her seventh year as a Bold Earth trip leader. She joined our full-time administrative team in 2018 as the international programs director after working as the Southeast Asia program manager for The JUMP! Foundation, a non-profit that uses experiential education to teach youth about leadership and global citizenship. Hayley first joined Bold Earth in 2014 as a trip leader in the American West. Since, she’s led students on trips all over the lower 48 and in Hawaii, Fiji, and Africa.

  • Education: Brigham Young University; dual bachelor’s degree in English and theater
  • Certification: Emergency medical technician
  • What was the last big trip you took? I took a trip to the Pyrenees and the Basque country to soak in the sun on the ridges of mountaintops and the seashore on my surfboard—my favorite combination!
  • What excites you the most about working for BE this summer? Creating community. After seven years with Bold Earth, I have found it doesn’t matter where you are—it’s all about who you are with. I wait all year for the summer, knowing that whoever comes on my trips will leave as a tight knit BE family! And family is the most important thing!
  • What is your favorite travel memory? Summiting Mardi Himal in the Himalayas of Nepal with a group of 20 teenagers. We all agreed to wake up before sunrise to summit and soak in the mountains at the most hard-fought view. For the previous 10 days, it had been completely covered in clouds. We didn’t get a single view of the Annapurna mountain range, which is equal in beauty to the Everest region. In the morning we got up, full of hope, but it started to rain and was completely foggy. My crew wanted to summit anyway, despite the bad weather. There were so many reasons why they should have doubted, why they should have complained, why they should have grumbled at the process, but they persevered, and as we came around the last ledge to the summit, we climbed above the cloud cover to blue skies. We collectively ran to each other for a giant group hug, tears of joy streaming at being able to witness one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen with such an incredible group of young people. I try to capture the essence of that moment, the beauty of simple things, just a little bit everyday.
  • Favorite quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax