Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Leaving the ranch...

I'm Chino, I'm 25 and I'm writing my leaving staff story at the Chilcotin Holidays Ranch. I was born in the Philippines, but I lived in New Zealand for mostof my life. I finished a Bachelor Degree in Commerce with majors in Economics & Commercal Law from the University of Auckland. I also completed two years of Law School Proper at the Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to coming to Canada at the end of October 2015, I was employed as a Junior Project Manager at the Department of Corrections for construction projects.

I left NZ at the end of October 2015 to do what we Kiwis call an OE (Overseas Experience). It's a tradition in NZ to go and experience travelling and working overseas usually just after one has finished university, or after a few years of working. Moroever, I also wanted to see the world for myself and to experience new things and opportunities that weren't present in my current environment.

I did several things while the ranch; recreationally riding horses and preparing for Guide School (catching, saddling, and riding horses), as well as socialise with other staff members.

I've learned several new things at the ranch­ to name a few horse riding Western style, using a chainsaw, bear safety knowledge, driving a tractor, learning how to drive a manual vehicle, setting up and living in tents, horse and chicken feeding and care, building and fixing fences, and many other horse related activities.

The environment was very different to what I was used to and where I grew up in. I have lived in the city for all 25 years of my life so far. It was also in a communal setting and located in a remote area in the wilderness. This all posed a challenge for me, and presented something new. At the end of it, it was a very memorable experience that I am happy I went through. It was a great challenge for me.

I do believe that living in the ranch has helped me grow as an individual. I am in my 20s, a time that I believe I will build on experiences and use these to make decisions about my long term purposes and goals in life. The experience has definitely taught me more about myself, and what some of my strengths and weaknesses are. I'll continually build on this as I get more life experiences under my belt.

Now, I plan on being in Vancouver for a few days to think about what my next endeavours willl be. Ideally I would like to travel first for a few months, go backpacking around Canada, before settling, working and living again in a new city. I'm hoping to do this in Toronto or Montreal, as I've never been in these places before. Take on more experiences and live life pretty much.

Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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