Going into this experience, I am feeling very excited and ready for new experiences.

At the same time, I am also feeling somewhat nervous as well. I still have a lot to do before leaving. I have never had to put my life on hold for an extended period of time before, and there is a lot to think about. Putting my financial career on hold means I need to be very mindful of my spending. I am also nervous to leave my friends and family, as I have never been away from home for this long before. In sum, the start date is fast approaching and I am feeling a mixture of emotions!

Nevertheless, I am very much looking forward to meeting new people and learning new outdoor skills from talented individuals. I have heard the Algonquin Provincial Park is beautiful and I am excited to do some exploring! I am also relieved to be able to get away from my day job and to spend more time outdoors in a field that I am actually interested in. I’m looking forward to embark on this adventure and to make some lasting memories!

During this experience, I expect to have the opportunity to push myself. I know I will try my best and I expect to excel in the outdoors and physically challenging aspects of this journey. I’m sure I will be nervous of the unknown, of being away from family and friends, and of having to be with a group of new people for an extended period of time.

Regardless, I’m hoping that I will get along with the others in my group and be able to bring some skills and knowledge to the table despite not having a lot of experience in a conservation-related field. I am hoping to feel comforted by the fact that I will probably not be the only person who is a little nervous for this adventure. I trust that this experience will be unforgettable and I expect to learn lots.

I hope to gain new friendships, new skills, and both knowledge of the outdoors and knowledge that might be helpful for everyday life. I decided to apply for this program because I believe that conservation is important. I have always been passionate about nature and this passion was not being fulfilled in my day job as an electrician. I was in desperate need for a change of pace and this adventure seemed like a perfect way to get involved in a field that I’m extremely interested in. What better way to find out whether conservation might be something I might want to pursue as a career?

Learn more about Group 4 from the Canadian Conservation Corps.