Photo by Michael Estrada, 2018.

Narinda Heng has worked in experiential education since 2014, starting with GirlVentures as a volunteer climbing mentor and then as a backpacking and rock instructor. She’s also worked with National Outdoor Leadership School, Dunn School, and Eagle Rock School.

She is an instructor at the Stanford Adventure Program, where she also works on community engagement.

She joined the board of Banteay Srei in 2018.

Prior to 2014, Narinda worked in the nonprofit sector and Asian American arts community in Los Angeles.

From rock climbing trips to extended wilderness expeditions, she values group outdoor experiences as opportunities to grow self-awareness, learn effective communication, and practice interdependence.

As an instructor, she emphasizes reflection and curiosity around the complexities of history, place, and identity.

Narinda is a certified Wilderness First Responder and PCIA Top Rope Climbing Instructor.

Aside from teaching rock climbing and backpacking, Narinda spends her time making pottery, baking with wild yeast, and writing.