Meet the Team

Amy Coolidge

Summer Director

Growing up in the Colorado foothills, interacting in the outdoors was second nature for Amy. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Sociology, she made the leap to embark on her first solo trip abroad. The nearly four year exploration of Australasia proved enlightening and life-changing for Amy. It was through these experiences that she developed a passion for travel and a thirst for a greater understanding of the world around her. Returning to the U.S, she was introduced to the field of Wilderness Therapy where she gained a passion for utilizing nature as a catalyst for growth and wellness. Though rooted, at this point, in SW Utah she continued to find opportunities to travel to Latin America where she guided backpacking trips in the Guatemalan highlands to raise money with a volunteer project that sponsors a safe home and quality education for rural children. With a ceaseless passion for travel, nature, exploration, and service, it is no surprise that Amy found her place at ARCC where she hopes to have a hand in facilitating other young people’s life-changing adventures!

What are you passionate about?

Would you believe me if I said I’m passionate about travel?!?! My journeys have created invaluable growth opportunities for me that have founded many integral values I hold near and dear in adulthood. Not only did I gain knowledge about the places I visited on a more intimate level, I discovered my own grit, resourcefulness, and adaptability along the way.

What is your favorite place to have visited?

This seems to be the impossible answer for any traveler! Everywhere I’ve been has left me longing for more and intrigued for what I have yet to learn and discover. What stands out in my mind today is Colombia. A country that many find to have a scary reputation and some of the most lovely people I have ever met. It is a truly humbling and beautiful thing to witness, these people rebuilding and thriving despite years of war and terror and all with a genuine love for life and all those they encounter. Colombia also has such a diverse countryside ranging from the Caribbean, Colombian Andes, Amazon, and a very special and rare ecosystem system called Paramo.

What’s on your bucket list?

Another question that is constantly evolving, and a list that seems to be never ending. I would love to travel, slowly, through Europe by bicycle. I have seen only a touch of that vast region and imagine pedaling through vineyards and farmlands, just seeing where the road takes me.