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.
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!