A girl smiling on a mountain

Sarah S

Staffing director

Sarah grew up in Mound, MN, exploring the acres of unused farmland in her backyard. When she isn’t traveling the world with students, she’s doing it herself! In fact, in the last decade, Sarah has traveled to 24 countries and six continents. She spends her fall seasons as a gap year instructor, most recently visiting the South Pacific. She is excited to return to Bold Earth for her fifth year as a trip leader.

  • Education: Northeastern University; bachelor’s degree in business administration and communication studies
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, advanced PADI open water diver, lifeguard
  • What was the last big trip you took? Last fall I worked as a gap year educator, and I led a group of students through Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand for three months! This spring, I traveled through Mexico, Colombia, and Peru for four months to trek and improve my Spanish.
  • What excites you about working for BE this summer? I come back to Bold Earth year after year for the community and the epic adventures we inevitably have everywhere we go. I love the feeling of sitting around a campfire, outside of tents, with a group of students reflecting on the day—it’s hard to capture that feeling, and it’s one of the best in the world!
  • What’s your favorite travel memory? I recently got into bikepacking, and in 2017 I went on my first cycle tour. I spent three weeks on my bike touring the South Island of New Zealand, camping along the way. On Thanksgiving Day, I rolled into a campsite after a particularly long day of pedaling, and was greeted by a group of Kiwi jet boaters who fed me, shared a campfire with me, and took me out for a sunset cruise around the lake. The goodness of humans is pretty memorable.