Instead of going on a typical beach trip with their friends or a family vacation, some Wesleyan students decided to venture out across the world with Moondance Adventures to locations such as Morocco, Tanzania and Bali.
Moondance Adventures is not your average summer camp. It is an adventure travel company that takes teens all across the globe to some of the most awe-inspiring places the world has to offer. Moondance offers trips for kids ages 12-18 and travels to places from as close as the North Carolina Mountains all the way to the plains of the African desert.
Every Moondance trip has a group of 10-14 students and two or three trip leaders. One of the most unique features of Moondance is that none of the students have met each other prior to meeting at the airport to depart.
Sophomore Ella V Cooper, who traveled to Morocco, said, “first I was nervous because I didn’t know anyone but after spending two weeks in the desert, in the middle of nowhere, we all got super close and it was a lot of fun.”
Away from technology and out of their comfort zones with new people, Moondance strives to get their students to embrace the philosophy of “living in the moment.”
This past summer, Moondance took Wesleyan senior Emily Greer to Tanzania, juniors Lily Rudder and Gracie Mitchell to Fiji, junior Molly Bradach to Bali, sophomore Ella V Cooper to Spain and Morocco, and freshmen Lucy Mitchell and Maren Lavalle to Maui.
Science Teacher Megan Trotter also had the opportunity to serve as a Moondance Leader in Thailand this summer and said her experience was “the trip of a lifetime.”
Junior Lily Rudder said, “Moondance encouraged me to live in the moment and left me with a deeper love for the outdoors and a new perspective of the world.”