Tech Trek is looking for volunteers with a commitment to help girls explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our volunteers will help plan activities, core courses, workshops, and identify general camper needs during the week of Tech Trek.
Volunteering with Tech Trek is a great way to get involved in helping girls discover their potential in STEM. Tech Trek is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, and couldn’t be done without volunteer efforts.
| Dorm Mom | Counselor | Teacher | Medical Staff| Workshop Presenter |
Provide the emotional foundation these girls-becoming-women need while on their Tech Trek adventure. You are both advocates and enforcers – looking out for the girls’ best interests and representing their needs, while making sure they get where they need to be and do what they need to do; as well as helping them to have fun, while following the rules and staying safe.
Each Dorm Mom will have a dorm group of 10 to 12 girls. Dorm Moms help to build a cohesive dorm group and keep track of their campers’ whereabouts throughout the day. They accompany girls to camp activities and enforce the camp rules and policies. Dorm Moms will be given detailed information on what to expect each day so that they can concentrate on helping their campers.
Counselors are former Tech Trek campers who volunteer to assist teachers, Dorm Moms and the Camp Directors during the week of Tech Trek camp with activities, workshops, material preparation and general camper needs. Counselors must be empathetic and mature enough to handle emotional challenges.
Counselors will assist teachers with core classes and other presenters with workshop activities. They will help to provide a safe environment, monitor campers and act as a role models for the campers by demonstrating a warm, positive outlook and attitude as well as an excitement for STEM.
Teachers will provide a STEM core class (3 hours/day for 5 days) for 12- and 13-year-old girls during the week of Tech Trek camp.
Classes should include stimulating hands-on activities and STEM-focused coursework. Campers may work on cumulative projects throughout the week or have a different project each day. Teachers should have multiple years of teaching experience in a STEM field and be prepared to encourage and appreciate student effort. All teachers are female, and therefore also act as role models. At the end of the camp, campers should have at least one finished project they can take home as a reminder of what they accomplished and learned at Tech Trek.
The Medical Staff member provides basic medical support as needed and is the first line of medical support for campers. She should be highly organized and comfortable discussing medical needs of campers, prepared for all medical issues that might arise during camp activities.
The Medical Staff member will be on call 24 hours a day for the duration of camp and be able to respond immediately to health needs. They will keep records of campers’ medical information and be familiar with any potential health issues listed in their history. She will also hold ‘clinic hours’ during the week. Applicants for this position should have extensive nurse’s training, be a senior nursing student, a retired nurse with updated training or a medical doctor.
Workshop Presenters present hands-on workshops to campers during the week of Tech Trek. The workshops are held in the afternoon or evening during the week of camp.
Workshop presenters should be organized, prepared and have a disposition that reflects excitement for Tech Trek and STEM learning. They should have a good reputation in their workplaces, schools, or communities as an involved STEM practitioner or educator and role model.
For more information about volunteering at Tech Trek @ UC Davis:
Please contact Susan Wheeler and Martha Rees, Camp Co-Directors, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please include TT or Tech Trek in the subject line, and indicate your city in the text.)