Rosemary Santoro: Rippleffect Alumni
The first time I was a student with Rippleffect was during my freshman year at Casco Bay High School in Portland as part of “Freshman Quest”. I loved the adventure, and the following winter signed up for a backpacking trek in the White Mountains. It was a challenging journey both mentally and physically, but I was hooked on the power that an intense experience in the outdoors had to make a difference on a personal level and in the greater community. The adventure continued during my senior year sea kayaking around Casco Bay as part of “Senior Quest”.
The magic of these adventures kept me coming back. In the spring of this year, I had the opportunity to be one of 10 students at CBHS participating in the Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education (R.O.L.E.) course, where we spent the semester learning technical and outdoor leadership skills through time in the classroom and on expeditions. Through this course, I completed my Wilderness First Aid certification and acquired skills that can be used in many outdoor guiding jobs, but almost more importantly, skills to be a thoughtful and effective leader.
In the summer, I was hired with Rippleffect as a seasonal guide. I have always loved teaching and working with kids, so this was a perfect opportunity to combine my passions and spend the summer using what I learned during R.O.L.E. in the field. I found guiding extremely rewarding in supporting an experience that can be life-changing for participants, giving back to the community what Rippleffect has given to me over the years.
Currently I am a student at the College of the Atlantic studying human ecology and where my passions for the outdoors, activism, art, and science intersect. I am deeply grateful for the tools that Rippleffect has helped me find within myself to lead and make positive change: adventure inspiring awareness, awareness leading to action.