If you watch my weekly vlogs, you'd have been following me every step of the way. I originally got the role for some extra cash to pay for a big trip to America I went on in June. I told myself "it's just part time, you can quit after the trip!" but I ended up loving it and I stayed and did a whole season. (much longer than I intended!)
My time at Go Ape was split between two roles. Sometimes I was an Instructor and sometimes an Activity Administrator. When I first started, I was trained on the 'cabin' where I organised paperwork, disclaimers and supported the Duty/Deputy Manager. To this day, it is still my favourite role, but I loved having the variety. When I was training on the cabin, my manager was eager to also get me trained up as an Instructor, despite how apprehensive I was about climbing zip wires! After lots of practice though, I was whizzing up them. It's honestly amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. I was given my safety brief to learn, and after memorising them over and over, I passed first time and quickly became an Instructor too.
After a month of walking around the forest, carrying harnesses and climbing zip wires, my fitness was quickly put to the test and I lost over a stone in weight without even thinking about it! Perfect timing for the summer because I finally felt confident in a bikini for the first time in years.
As well as feeling good about myself, I met the most amazing people. We quickly felt like a big family and every time someone new arrived, it was exciting and we'd love welcoming them in. Compared to my office job, I was working with everyone the same age as me, so we had so much in common and everyone had a similar sense of humor. We arranged socials outside of work; my favourites being a day down Bournemouth beach, the New Forest Aqua Park and having a BBQ and camping at our Go Ape site. I've met some truly amazing people and I know we'll remain good friends and still see each other.
Sadly, all good things have to come to an end and I just couldn't juggle three jobs anymore. Like with all jobs, it had many highs but also a few lows, and I finally felt like I was ready to hang up my harness. I've been given more hours at my office and have left it open with Go Ape to contact me again next year, just in case I'm around (or need to book a big trip again, haha!).
Go Ape gave me confidence, friendships and taught me that getting out of your comfort zone is the best thing you'll ever do. I'm rounding this post up with some of my favourite photos, so cheers guys for all the banter and love (even when you hid spiders and dragonflies in my mugs ;) hahah). Lots of love, B x
ps. If you've ever considered working for Go Ape and don't have ANY experience (like me), just do it. You won't regret it.
"The Go Ape Spirit. What is it? Who's got it? The answer is simple. It's the desire to live life adventurously. And you've got it. You might not know it yet, but it's there. And with any luck, we'll help you find it."