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wilderness summer camp staff leader

Viva

Real Name: Margaux M
Occupation: Alpenguide, University Student
Aliases: La Flaca, Margui, Jubilee, Marg
Birthplace: Aibonito, Puerto Rico
Age: 22

Known Superhuman Powers: Viva’s super powers are enthusiasm, flexibilty and humor. This funny girl can flow with anything unexpected, and stretch so far that her feet touch her head!  She can make all sorts of weird and funny poses and turn a frown upside down in just 1 second. Without a doubt if you are having a hard time she can relate, make you smile, and help you see the joy of being alive!

Abilities: Viva has many wonderful abilities: her superpowers started the day she started dancing ballet as a little girl and her elasticity, love of life, and good sense of humor have been growing ever since. She brings her trademark enthusiasm to each opportunity she encounters. She loves the amazing feeling of success and pride that comes from completing a  challenging activity or journey, and excels at encouraging those around her to succeed as well. especially when they are really hard. Viva can turn a tough moment into a proud one, a new community into a home, and a rainy day into a sunny-fun day.

History: Viva was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She grew up on a farm in the high tropical mountains in a beautiful old house, just a short trip from the beach. When she was little, her favorite things were enjoying nature with her father, sleeping out on the farm, and camping; especially on Culebra Island. Viva was a dedicated ballet dancer for 10 years and also loved everything to do with animals and the outdoors. Her first serious adventure was with Alpengirl Camp when she was just 11 years old. This was a really different experince for her because she had never been so far away from home, especially with girls she didn't know at first. But once she arrived, she made amazing friends and learned incredible skills. From then on she knew she wanted to return every summer and maybe one day even become an Alpenguide! Viva has participated in Alpengirl every summer since her 1st (with one summer away) as either a returning camper, an intern, or an Alpenguide, and has done all the adventures available (and some twice!) Today she is living her dream as an Alpenguide and is following in the footsteps of some great role models - the Alpenguides before her. Viva is fluent in Spanish and is Wilderness First Responder, CPR & Lifeguard certified. 

Current Base & Operations: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Viva has a passion for biology, botany and ecology and is attending college at La Universidad de Puerto Rico de Mayaguez. She plans on leading trips for Alpengirl in the summers, and traveling the world as often as possible discovering new adventure!