Thursday, September 1, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

My Leaving Story

My name is Belinda and I come from Australia. I celebrated my 31st birthday during my time at the ranch. I left Australia in March 2016 and have been at the ranch for 17 weeks.

I came to the ranch looking to gain practical experience working in the wilderness tourism industry and to get credentials to allow me to work as a guide in Canada and to a certain extent, to have an adventure and get to know myself better. During my time at the ranch I was able to take part in the daily activities that go into running a working ranch including skidder and tractor operation, chainsaw operation, fence repairs, cabin building, logging, cooking, cleaning, gardening and general maintenance as well as animal care and horse riding.

I worked in a number of different positions during my four months here, including ESL program manager, sales coordinator, ranch hand and kitchen assistant.

I was given the opportunity to travel on a number of trails around the ranch and visited 3 of our mountain camps during my time here. I also recently completed my hiking guide school and PAL Course which allowed my to lead a hut to hut hiking experience with two guests.

Living in a remote wilderness setting removed from the conveniences that are taken for granted in town life and with limited access to the internet and other social resources was at times challenging. Having to live and work side by side with up to 20 other staff members in close proximity was a unique experience. Bonds quickly formed within the group and individual successes and failures, and attitudes often affected the group dynamics at large.This was the first time that i had worked in an environment where my individual goals and workload were so directly affected by those around me and at times I was frustrated with the heavy reliance I had on other staff and management.

I learned a large deal about my preferred learning style and work/management preference during my time at the ranch. It was at first quite difficult for me to adapt to the structure of the ranch organisation but as time passed I learned how to mould my expectations and behaviour to suit the processes in place at the ranch. I also learned a lot about myself in regards to how I behave in different social environments and how I react to challenging or confronting situations.

I am leaving the ranch to travel through BC in order to experience more of the Canadian wilderness. I came to realise that working at the ranch would only allow me to have a very limited experience of Canada and that in order to fully take advantage of my time here it would be more beneficial for me to travel and immerse myself in places beyond the ranch world.

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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