I'm Gabe, a 20yo college student, born in Rio, Brazil, but lived most of my life in LA, so used to ride every season at Snow Summit or Bear, now part of mammoth. I dropped out of film school in Burbank last year after deciding that what I really wanted to become was a ski patroller, not a filmmaker. But as my parents really want me to have a diploma or a degree, basically go to college, I had to find a "proper" and efficient pathway to become a patroller.
My choice was to temporarily move to Queenstown, New Zealand, and attend the Queenstown Resort College, which is basically a "ski resort college" and learn everything from Risk Management to Service Quality, including a Pre Hospital Emergency Care certificate. Queenstown is also surrounded by mountains, which makes this place quite special. I live at the base of Coronet Peak, some of you might know it, it's part of NZSki. My plans were to after graduating, attend a patrolling course/try to get a Ski Patrol certificate.
So here's where I need some advice and would really appreciate if someone could help me: It's part of the course at the college to get 900 hours of industry placement, working or volunteering in the industry, in case of working in a ski resort could be divided with 450 hours for each season being 2 seasons total. The ideal picture would be for me to work with Trail Safety here in NZ for this season, but sadly I got "no" from Cardrona, Treble Cone and NZSki. With NZSki actually saying that the reason for not hiring me was "You are too focused on becoming a patroller while we want you as a liftie". It honestly makes me sad because I'm a good kid and Cardrona/NZSki hired all the druggies/bullies in the class, which some already got in trouble in the workplace for serious reasons like failing drug tests. But they didn't hire me because I actually want a career. Good thing tho was that I found a volunteer patroller role at Broken River Ski Area, which I could go once but had to drop out as it was 6 hours from the place where I live here and I can't afford that drive all the time.
After all that, my plan is now to try to find a resort within the US, where I would be able to volunteer for patrolling this next season and get the 450 hours needed to go back and graduate. I could get another "adventure tourism" job here and get paid/get the hours as well, but I would rather volunteer on something I love doing than working and getting paid for something I don't like doing. I would be able to arrange accommodation, pay for everything I need and work hard/do everything efficiently. I'm an advanced snowboarder/beginner skier. I contacted Snow Summit's volunteer patrol but the First Year Patroller advisor recommended me considering volunteering for mountain host, I was happy with that but he never answered again and it's been almost a month. So, anyone got any idea what I can do or where to go?
Thank you in advance
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