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.

Application Deadline: May 23, 2019
Program runs June 14 – 16, 2019

How to Apply

To be eligible, you need to fill out the online registration form and pay the registration fee by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 attaching the following documents with your online application:

  • Your resumé including two references with contact information.
  • Your shared campus project idea summary, describing a sustainability or communications project you will implement with other participants after the program. Ideally, this should be focused on 1) Watershed sustainability/environmental issues or, 2) Creating systems that allow universities to work more efficiently together on environmental initiatives. Please submit a one-paragraph summary of your idea which will be developed during the 3-day trip.

Registration Fee

We must receive your application by May 23, 2019 to be considered for the program. The $300.00 fee is due upon registration. 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 25, 2019.

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 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

KPU is fully covering the registration fee of $300 for 3 students. Applicants can register without paying.

Douglas College

Douglas College is fully covering the registration fee of $300 for 5 students. Applicants can register without paying.

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

Participants will receive an acceptance package via email by May 25, 2019.

Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about sponsorship or registration fees.

Application deadline: Thursday, May 23, 2019.



Thank you to the RCEL Sponsors:

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