How to Apply for the RCEL

Application Information

Applicant Qualifications

You must be 18 years of age or older, physically fit, willing to lead and work hard. You are a team player that’s committed to making a difference in your community and getting to know like-minded people who are doing the same. Preference will be given to students who attend post-secondary in the Lower Fraser River Basin.

On the trip, you will help with meal preparation, camp set-up and other duties. Meals are local, organic and meatless where possible. Additionally, you will take part in activities and discussion designed to improve your leadership capabilities while connecting with fellow students. Drugs, alcohol and smoking are not permitted.

A maximum of 20 applicants are accepted.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 River Clinic programs are postponed until further notice. 

Sponsored RCEL participants are required to plan and execute an educational workshop and/or presentation for their student peers after they have completed the program. Participants will work together in groups according to the university they are attending. Each sponsoring university will hold a separate workshop for their students. A commitment for the workshop is a requirement for students being sponsored, by their post-secondary institutions in order to give back to the community by sharing knowledge with student peers. Please keep in mind that the initial planning of this workshop will be a part of the RCEL curriculum.

How to Apply

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 River Clinic programs are postponed until further notice. 

To be eligible, you need to fill out the online registration form and pay the registration fee by May 23, 2020 attaching the following documents with your online application:

  • Your resumé, including two references with contact information.
  • Your project summary, describing a sustainability initiative you are currently working on or a project idea you are interested in. Please submit a one-paragraph summary of your project or idea, which will be discussed during an activity during the 3-day trip.
  • Your participant agreement form.
  • Your waiver of liability.

Registration Fee

The RCEL program costs $300 (GST included) per participant for a length of 3 days, which includes everything you will need except personal camping gear.

We must receive your application by May 23, 2020 to be considered for the program. A $100 deposit is required by all applicants upon registration, regardless of post-secondary sponsorship. Payment instructions will be sent to you in an email shortly after you submit your online registration. If you are not selected for the RCEL program, your full $300 registration fee will be returned to you.

Selected participants will receive an acceptance package via email by May 27, 2020. Once accepted, all remaining fees must be paid.

Cancellation policy

Sponsorship Information

Several universities in the Lower Mainland have committed to sponsoring students for this program. You can see if your post-secondary is sponsoring seats in the program from the list below (click on the blue + symbol beside your school’s name).

University of British Columbia

UBC Sustainability Initiative will pay a partial sponsorship of $200 for 10 students. The balance ($100) of the registration fee must be paid by the students when applying.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) will pay a partial sponsorship of $200 for 4 students. The balance ($100) of the registration fee must be paid by the students when applying.

Douglas College

Douglas College is fully covering the registration fee of $300 for 5 students.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

BCIT is not directly sponsoring seats but encourages students to apply for funding support through the BCIT Student Initiative Fund.

Simon Fraser University

SFU is not directly sponsoring seats but encourages students in environmental programs to contact their Program Head about funding.

If your post-secondary institution has not officially sponsored seats, you are encouraged to seek financial assistance from your school or community (e.g. local watershed or stewardship group, rotary or service club, band council, business association, etc.) to help cover the registration fee.

Acceptance into the Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 River Clinic programs are postponed until further notice. 

Questions? Email Megan

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