Throughout my life, I have always been quite introverted, preferring time to myself rather than time with lots of people. The camp in which I was lucky enough to be placed in was fantastic. I began introverted, however grew and became more confident and resourceful as time went on. During my placement, I crossed paths with people from all around the world. These strangers became friends, and these new experiences, became life lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
On arrival in Vancouver I met Lattitude staff and the 5 people I was going to spend the next 7 months, living, working, and traveling with. You would assume that this would have been an awkward time, meeting new people from all corners of the world, but I found it very easy to be myself with total strangers, and I know the feeling was mutual. Very soon, we became a very close group of friends that only expanded when we met the rest of the staff at Camp.
It felt like we had the best job in the word, hanging out with kids in the Rocky Mountains, and as time went on, the days became longer and warmer, and the activities got better and better. From hiking to canoeing, rock climbing to standup paddle boarding, I felt like I was where I was meant to be. Days off were also well spent chilling at home, cooking dinner, having campfires, swimming in the lake or traveling throughout Alberta and British Columbia.
The days felt long, but the weeks felt fast, and the months just disappeared until finally my time abroad was over. It was a bittersweet moment saying goodbye to the people that I met along the way and the place I called home for so long. I miss my time in Canada so much. It changed my perspective on the world, other people and what I want to achieve in life. I couldn't have had a better experience!