23rd June 2015 Brecon, Wales

It has been very exciting times! Since we were offered a post with the Caravan Club in Brecon, we’ve been busy getting everything in order so that we could start on the 10th June.

First, we had to attend an Emergency First Aid training course with St John Ambulance, Kidlington. The course instructor was a very entertaining chap called Karol. He is originally from Poland and used to be a mining engineer before he came to England.

Although we were covering some very serious subjects, he made us laugh with some of his anecdotes and it certainly helped us to remember what we were taught.

Next we headed off to Chichester to collect the motorhome from our friend’s campsite in Sidlesham, then we headed off to Pandy Caravan Club site in Wales to attend two days Health & Safety training.

Here we met the managers, Kevin and Liz who gave us some advice about the Club plus Kevin was our trainer for the next two days. Now, we know not everything will be rosy all the time (bad staff will always slip through the net) but at the moment we are so impressed with the level of training we are receiving.

Kevin gave us great advice on all the types of machinery we may experience, the main one being to always check the safety cut-out device as soon as you use any piece of equipment. I (Angela) never even knew these existed until now!

We were issued with full uniforms, from ‘bump’ cap to boots/trainers and were also provided with a full set of PPE.

It fills us with a bit more confidence that the Caravan Cub value their staff and are concerned for their safety.

Then, it was time to head off for Brecon Club site and we have been blessed this season!

Our pitch is spacious, but more importantly provides us with privacy. We have a large bathroom to ourselves with a bath and shower (luxury for a full-timer) and a separate kitchen area with washing machine, dryer and full fridge freezer. It is so nice, when on your time off you can completely switch off and be ‘away’ from the job.

Having said that, we’ve worked for the last eight days with the team here and we love it! The managers are friendly, organised and fair. There is also another couple on site who are assistants like us and they are equally hard working. We all have the same sense of humour as well, which always helps!

It makes such a difference when the whole team work together. As anyone decent and honourable knows, it can be horrible when you have to contend with deceitfulness from your fellow workers. Although we’ve always challenged it when we’ve come across it, sometimes others are too weak to address it.

We have just had a few days off, so we’re refreshed to begin again tomorrow. It is true when they say, if you enjoy your job you never work another day. We love our life!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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