Jake Trusheim

ARCC Leader Since: 2022
Programs as a Leader: South America Gap
Education: BA- Conservation Biology and Spanish from UC Davis
After spending the first twelve years of his life swimming and boogie boarding at the Jersey shore, Jake and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. He remained in northern California for college, where he majored in Conservation Biology and Spanish at UC Davis.
Complementing his science degree, Jake worked with sea lions at a marine rehabilitation center and researched an endangered species of frog in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Outside of class, he guided backpacking and whitewater rafting trips for his university’s recreation program. As part of his Spanish degree, he studied abroad in Granada, Spain, which reignited his passion for the Spanish language. The experience prompted him to move to Costa Rica after graduating, to see the benefits and challenges of ecotourism first-hand.
Upon returning to the U.S, Jake taught in a variety of experiential education and outdoor recreation roles across the country. He’s led lessons in fire ecology in California, taught rock-climbing in Colorado, and used tide pools as classrooms in coastal Maine. He then joined ARCC in 2022 as an instructor on ARCC’s South America Gap Semester. When he’s not adventuring outdoors, Jake loves reading, playing soccer, and planning his next trip.