I really don’t know where to start with this post, I’m so lost for words myself. But, I thought a blog post was the best approach to sharing this news. Lets start with a bit of context. I graduated from university last month, and already knew that I was not ready for a ‘career’ job in criminology just yet. I wanted to take a year or two out just to ‘breathe’. I’ve been in full-time education for around 16 years and I think everyone deserves a break. Since graduating I have been working for The Bushcraft Company, running bushcraft summer camps for schools and young poeple, being based at Castle Howard. I applied for this job having not read the job description properly, so turned up to training and was like wow this is out of my comfort zone. However, I told myself to give it one camp and see how I felt. It’s now 3 months down the line, and many many camps later, and I LOVE my job. I enjoy the early mornings, screaming children, no showers, late nights, sleeping on the ground, and all the activities and challenges that comes with bushcraft. Yes, really I do. I have met some friends for life at Bushcraft, all of which have a special place in my heart. Especially, the little trio that has formed between Douglas, Lauren and myself. I love those guys. However, contracts end in October, which literally breaks my heart, and with that I have to think about what work I’m going to do next. This then leads us to Dubai/UAE. Back in July I applied for a job with Ecoventure. Lets be real here, I can’t remember applying. But at the end of that month I was invited to a Skype interview with a lovely woman called Nicola, who not only was asking me questions to see if I was appropriate for the role, but gave me the opportunity to bombard her with questions about life at ecoventure. I didn’t really think too much about the job after the interview, especially as I had bushcraft camps to think about and an upcoming holiday to Kos.
As a little bit of extra information Ecoventure is an outdoor education provider which offers curriculum-based Field Studies and Adventure Based programmes for students of all ages, families, and corporate groups, based not only in the centres in the UAE, but also does international excursions. The head office is based in Dubai, but the camps and where I’ll be living are out near and around Ras al-Khaimah (RAK).
Furthermore with the application process, I was late applying in the season, so everything has been a little hectic. After a tedious time waiting for references, and the team being bombarded with even more questions, we finally started getting somewhere. I was offered the job on the 19th August, BUT with that, my contract is due to start on the 8th September. This gives me less than 3 weeks to sort EVERYTHING out for my travel to UAE. As you may or may not know, this includes applying for my visa, getting my degree attested, sending over all relevant paperwork such as DBS and first aid certificate, sorting flights and shopping for kit (and packing of course).
This bring us to where I am at right now, in a mad rush to get my life organised before I fly out to DUBAI. DUBAI!? What am I thinking. The hardest part of all this is leaving home for 7 months. If you know me personally, you’ll know how close my mum and I are. We’re like sisters. We’ve never been apart for more than 10 days, so this is big for me. Like, so big. I’m sat sobbing whilst typing this, because I am the most homesick person you’ll ever meet and the thought of leaving mum and everyone else behind is so hard. BUT, this is an opportuity I have been so lucky to be given, and one that I will regret if I don’t take it. My being a sobbing mess, is not to say that I aren’t exicted because I really am. I just know the first month or so will be hard, getting settled into this temporary new life.
Despite having a cry every single day, I am excited for the chapter ahead. UAE I’m ready for you!
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