Tech Trek is looking for volunteers with a commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education who will assist with activities, field trips, and 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. All volunteers will receive room and board on campus as well as a stipend.
All potential Volunteers must first apply through the AAUW website, and then will be asked to interview with the Leadership Committee who oversees Tech Trek at TU. Application information is at the bottom of this webpage.
Possible Volunteering Opportunities:
Volunteer | Dorm Monitor | Student Counselor
Health Aide | Teacher | Workshop Presenter
Volunteers play a vital role in Tech Trek! Volunteers can dedicate their time and energy to help with as little as one specific activity or as much as an entire day of camp. Volunteers are incredibly useful – they can conduct a learning activity, encourage and assist girls in STEM projects, run errands, take pictures, and conduct other “behind the scenes” tasks that help to make the camp run more smoothly.
Volunteers should be over 18 years of age and willing to undergo a background check. While volunteers are not paid for their time, they may be able to receive free room, meals, and mileage. For more information about the camp schedule, click on Calendar or contact the Camp Director, Xan Black, at email@example.com.
Dorm Monitors are responsible for a small group of Tech Trek campers, provide emotional support, and respond to campers’ questions and concerns throughout the week.
Each Dorm Monitor will be paired with a Student Counselor, and, together, they will be responsible for a ‘dorm group’ of ten to twelve girls. Dorm monitors will hold daily meetings with their dorm groups and keep track of their whereabouts throughout the day. They will accompany girls to campus activities and field trips and will be in charge of the enforcement of camp rules and policies.
Student counselors are college student volunteers who assist teachers, Dorm Monitors and the Camp Director during the week of Tech Trek camp with activities, field trips, material preparation and general camper needs.
Student counselors will supervise campers throughout the day and assist camp staff with classes and other activities. They will help to provide a safe environment, monitor campers, ensure they are where they need to be, and act as a role models for the campers by demonstrating a warm, positive outlook and attitude as well as an excitement for STEM.
The Health Aide provides basic medical support as needed and is the first line of medical support for campers. The Health Aide should be highly organized and comfortable discussing medical needs of campers, prepared for all medical issues that might arise during camp activities.
Health Aides 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. Health Aides will also hold ‘clinic hours’ during the week. Applicants for this position should have extensive nurse’s training, be a senior nursing student, or a retired nurse with updated training.
Teachers will provide a STEM core class (4 hours/day for 3 days) designed to educate, excite, and encourage active learning in girls who will be entering the eighth grade.
Classes should include stimulating hands-on activities and STEM-focused coursework. Students 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 and act as role models.
Workshop Presenters present a workshop during the week of Tech Trek focused on a STEM-related or professional etiquette subject. This has the potential to encompass an entire time block (2-4 hour afternoon or evening workshop) or be rotated with another workshop (i.e., 2 hour workshop presented twice).
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.