Spotlight of the month: Activator

This month we are spotlighting one of our Get out, Get Active activators, Gaby Alodia. Gaby has been involved with GOGA in various capacities for a few years. We caught up with her to hear about how it all started.

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Gaby and I’m currently in the final year of my PhD, studying geophysics.

How did you first hear about GOGA?

It’s been a long time since I first got involved with GOGA so I’m not really sure, but I think it was through the LUU website. I was a participant at first, then I became a volunteer and I am now an activator!

What made you apply for the activator role?

I had been a volunteer for about two years and thought I would be able to experience more as an activator. I wanted to be more involved with GOGA, as I love the way the programme is run, so I thought why not become an activator!

What activities have you been involved in as an activator?

Mostly our waking trips, but I have also promoted our ‘campus discovery’ event via our GOGA app on campus and have led a couple of our Wednesday afternoon indoor climbing sessions at the Edge.

What do you enjoy most about being an activator with GOGA?

I meet so many new people through GOGA – every time I lead a walk I meet people from different parts of the world. It’s rewarding to know that people enjoy their time on one of my walks when I see them again on future trips. It’s also a great stress relief and gives me a reason to get away from my desk. I have the chance to do my hobby as a job, as going on walks is something I do in my free time anyway!

Do you feel you have learnt anything new through being an activator?

I have learnt how to manage a lot of people in one go, taking care of them and being responsible for them – in terms of safety as well as their enjoyment!

Please summarise being a GOGA activator in 3 words…

Adventure, nature and international!