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Safety is No Accident

Before every big hiking adventure comes the most important part; the planning and the packing.

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What's in it for you?

So you're thinking of doing an Adventure Guide Program with us, but what's in it for you?

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One Year On...

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the 2019 Queenstown Adventure Guide Program, so we caught up with a program Alumni, Summar Tasker, to get her take one year on...

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This isn't goodbye, it's see you later...

Coralie writes one last letter to her teammates, reflecting on their abbreviated time in Patagonia...

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One Month of Patagonia

Coralie gives us the down low on their first month in Patagonia:

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Queenstown Update: A week on the wall

Let's catch up with Caroline as they complete week one of climbing:

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Patagonia update; our first training days

It’s Tuesday morning here and we’ve been starting our first climbing week.

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Hola El Chalten - our first steps all together.

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The Beginning of an Adventure in NZ

I’m Caroline.

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Packing and Prepping for Patagonia

How do we feel a few days away from starting the Adventure Guide Patagonia Program?

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5 Rockin’ Things to Know About our Adventure Guide Program in Thailand

Thailand has been a must visit destination for decades, as tourists flock to the beaches, temples and crowded markets to get a small taste of these exotic lands and experience some of the best that street food and cultural experiences Southeast Asia has to offer.

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Dreamy Patagonia... Land of the free!

Dreamy Patagonia… Land of the free!

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Hemisphere Hopping

I have come a long, long way from home.

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Life after the Expedition Leader Program

Chloe was one of nine participants who joined us on our Expedition Leader Program in June 2019, to embark on a 12 week adventure through Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru, China, Laos, Thailand and Nepal.

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Introducing Canyoning to the Adventure Guide Program from January 2020!

We are stoked to announce the newest addition to our Adventure Guide Program – canyoning!

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6 things you should know about the Adventure Guide Program in Queenstown, NZ

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Things you learn about yourself when travelling the world

When traveling the world, learning about different cultures, learning about oneself, and pushing limits every day, AH HA!

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A Broke Traveler’s Guide to Wonderful Experiences

By: Chloe Saulnier, 21 y/o, Canada

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Self-Development: The gift that keeps on giving

Growth, vulnerability, pushing limits, authenticity, connections.

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Ausangate? More like Awesome-gate! - Expedition Leader Program

54 km, 5 days, 3 course meals, spectacular views, alpacas for days, chilly nights, and very dry hot days.

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Summarising Ecuador and the Galapagos - Expedition Leader Update

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Week 2 - Community project - Expedition Leader program

The Expedition Leader Program is truly one of a kind in the world.

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Week 1 - Orientation - Expedition Leader program

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How can I become an outdoor guide?

That's a great question.

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Pure Exploration takes Top 3 spot in Go Overseas Community Awards

Exciting news!We are very excited and proud to be announced as one of the top 3 overall gap year providers for the 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards!

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Wrapping it up - my time in NZ on the Adventure Guide Program

It's time to say our farewells to the group of legends that joined us in New Zealand for the Adventure Guide Program for the last few months of 2018.

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Ken's Ode to NZ's native parrot, the Kea

Did you know New Zealand has a native parrot that resides within the highest mountain peaks?

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Rocking in the free world..

As the year comes to a close, the group that joined us in September for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand are also finishing up their time with us.

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Exploring beautiful New Zealand

New Zealand is renowned for its varied landscape, beautiful at every turn.

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Pre-hospital emergency care - how to become an asset in an emergency

One of the most important parts of our Adventure Guide Program is our Pre-hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) qualification.

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Why do people choose the Adventure Guide Program?

People decide to join the Adventure Guide Program for many reasons.

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Outdoor climbing at it's finest

Next up on the Adventure Guide Program itinerary is a week in the legendary NZ adventure region, Mt Cook.

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Fiords and mountaintops - More hiking in NZ

As the Adventure Guide Program progresses, alongside the curriculum, the nature of the hikes and climbs the groups get progressively more complex too.

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Head for the hills - An intro to hiking in New Zealand

Ken's back!It's time for the Adventure Guide Program crew to get their boots on and experience the New Zealand back country.

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Learning the ropes - An intro into rock climbing

Ken Shaffer is a talented videographer and photographer who is currently on our Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand.

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Alumni update - Ethan's journey from London to NZ's back country

Ethan joined us in March 2018 for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand.

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Alumni update: One year on from the NZ Adventure Guide Program

Dana Ester was one of the inspiring students that joined us in 2017 for our Adventure Guide Program based in New Zealand.

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Ken lands in NZ for Orientation week

Ken Shaffer is one of the awesome crew who are currently with us in New Zealand for the Adventure Guide Program, which began in September.

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Alumni update - Mark's new life at AJ Hackett Bungy

We love hearing what our program alumni are up to after their time with Pure Exploration.

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Adventure Guide Programs | Become a better you in the outdoors

Whether you are looking to get into the adventure tourism industry, or nabbing yourself an awesome break from study or working, our three month adventure guide programs are the ideal place to hone in those outdoor survival skills, clear your head and prioritise your goals in life.

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The Expedition Leader Program - what's it all about?

If you're keen to gain confidence hiking at altitude and in developing world regions - you're in the right place.

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Becoming a better you | The power of spending more time outdoors

Here at Pure Exploration we are all about self-love, taking time to focus on yourself, developing skills and working through challenges.

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Why should you visit New Zealand?

My upbringing in Colorado ensured a fierce love for snow and all the ways to slide down it, a desire to spend most my time outside, and a refusal to sit in an office working the traditional 9 to 5 spirit-crushing job.

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Highlights from the NZ Bush

Highlights from the bush module from the 2018 March intake of our Queenstown (New Zealand) Adventure Guide Program.

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From Man to Mountain Goat - | Pure Exploration VLOG:8 | Ethan: Week 8

8 weeks down and we come to the end of the training phase, finishing on a high with another awesome week of rock climbing training lessons!

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How fit do you need to be to come on a Pure Ex program?

Not sure your fitness is up to a three month adventure education program?

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Multisport Week | Pure Exploration VLOG:7 | Ethan: Week 7

Ethan Kaandorp is one of the interns taking part in the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Internship in New Zealand in March 2018.

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A day in the life with Pure Ex

When you're on a Pure Ex course we remove the hassle of accommodation by housing all the participants together.

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Becoming one with the Rock | Pure Exploration Vlog 6 | Ethan: Week 6

Ethan Kaandorp is one of the interns taking part in the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Internship in New Zealand in March 2018.

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Gillespie Pass Loop | Vlog 5 | Ethan: Week 4 & 5

VLOG#5: We're back!This vlog we cover a few days of anchor building in Wanaka before heading back into the beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park.

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Alumni Update - Dana Ester living it up in Florida!

And as if I didn't have enough to look forward to, I've also accepted a seasonal position in the Fall back in California, doing wilderness field trips for a company called Naturalists at Large.

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Going Bush | Vlog 4 | Ethan: Week 3

VLOG#4:Things are kicked into high gear for the second bush/hiking module, as we head into Mount Aspiring National Park for a 3 day adventure.

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Summing up the Adventure Guide Internship in Queenstown!

We were lucky enough to have Michel Affkerbach join us in New Zealand for the September intake of the Adventure Education Guide Internship in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Roped up in Wanaka | Vlog 3 | Ethan: Week 2 Wrap-up

VLOG#3: We spend the week in Wanaka, New Zealand's rock climbing training mecca.

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Tramping, Camping, and Compasses | Vlog 2 | Ethan: Week 1 Wrap-up

VLOG#2: The Pure Ex gang jumps headfirst into the first week of training.

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Arrival Weekend | VLog 1 | Ethan

VLOG#1: Meet the new crew for the March intake of adventure guiding program, Pure Exploration, which commenced this weekend in Queenstown NZ.

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IVOR LEVIN - LEAD GUIDE EXTRAORDINAIRE

For Queen and Country, Ivor summits 6000-meter peaks, dangles from ropes, and conquers white water.

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A Truly International Program

What's it like to live and train with people from around the world in a foreign country?

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Adventure Guide Intern Update - Assessments, Graduation, & Work Placement

The final update from Kaylee, one of our adventure guide interns based in Queenstown.

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Adventure Guide Intern Update - Work Experience & PHEC

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to practically use the skills and knowledge we have gained through our guide training program thus far.

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How to choose a reputable volunteering program and really make a difference

The rise in millenial volunteering programs has been rapid in recent years, as has the profile of international development as a discipline.

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Adventure Guide Intern Update - Technical Training & Road Trips!

The latest update from Kaylee Pickett, one of our adventure guide interns based in Queenstown:

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Thinking about doing the Adventure Guide Program in NZ? Michel shows us what it was like.

Michel Affkerback was one of the team taking part in the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand in September 2017.

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Adventure Guide Intern Update - Mid-course - Cyril Delteil

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Adventure Guide Intern update - Orientation & Rock Climbing

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Why New Zealand is the best place for adventure travel

One of our upcoming Adventure Guide participants, Kaylee Pickett, has been loving her time experiencing adventure travel in New Zealand.

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3 sure-fire ways a semester abroad will improve your life

It’s not difficult to make the argument to go for a gap year abroad.

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Long haul travel hacks

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Sustainability in Overseas Community Projects

The concept of volunteering overseas is one that has grown in popularity in recent years, as has the profile of international development as a discipline.

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Epic Outdoor Kiwi Adventure – Travel, Train and Earn!

The fire crackles away happily on the soft pebbled beach and as the sun drops behind the stunning New Zealand high country mountains that surround you, you huddle in closer to your new mates and laugh about the days’ activities.

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The Summer break you hadn’t thought of...yet!

Sure, university summer breaks in Spain and Thailand are fun!

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10 Reasons You Should Take a GAP Year

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New Cave Tagged for Addition

Pure Exploration loves using adventure, nature and outdoor sport as opportunities to build our participants self leadership.

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German Bloggers' Visit NZ!

Four German travel bloggers have discovered that a winter adventure in New Zealand offers so much more than snow and skiing, after visiting in June.

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We're Coming To You Soon!

Any Students from Germany interested in Work and Travel; Adventure Travel; International Trekking Guide Training Programs; English language or just having fun?

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Development Activities & University Admission

recent research undertaken in the UK has identified an increasing role in 'soft skill' development, and extra-curricular activities, in the admissions to university and the likelihood of success in studies.

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2020-10-15

Last weekend we welcomed the Australian Wallabies, we hope we can extend that welcome to the rest of Australia and the world soon! https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/123064202/all-blacks-vs-australia-sports-fans-around-the-world-extremely-jealous-of-31000-fans-and-no-face-masks

2020-10-14

Your University - Your Degree - Our Campus We are extremely proud to introduce you to our Adventure Campus. It offers a practical and exciting solution for students grappling with the decision of what to do with their upcoming Spring Semester plans. Students can choose between Rock, Hike, Ski or Snowboard placements which will gain them industry standard certifications! Take back what COVID took away, with an unparalleled college experience. Adventure is waiting! https://www.pureexploration.nz/adventure-campus/

2020-10-08

It’s time to develop your rock climbing skills and discover the magic of ancient Greece ... with authentic cultural immersion, oceanside climbing and a chance to hang with local climbing lovers. An adventure where you gain epic new skills, keep fit and get to explore... is there anything better? You’ll leave with your Pure Exploration Rock Climbing Supervisor Qualification, a swathe of new mates from all over the world and an absolutely unforgettable experience. Six weeks in paradise! https://www.pureexploration.nz/adventure-guide-programs/europe/thailand-6weeks/

2020-10-04

Before every big hiking adventure comes the most important part; the planning and the packing. Check out our recent blog about why the contents of your pack can be the difference between a safe or dangerous trip. https://www.pureexploration.nz/about/news/safety-is-no-accident/

2020-10-01

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2020-09-02

Exactly one year ago today, a group of 10 strangers embarked on a journey they'll never forget! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While currently separated over 3 different continents, some of the group still live together, some have reunion plans on hold, some are glad to never, ever, see a long drop again, and others are living that rad van life! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We caught up with program Alumni, Summar, to get her take one year on...

2020-08-11

Over the weekend New Zealand did a thing! 👏👏 One step closer to the return of adventure travel!

2020-07-07

Our Outdoor Instructor Training & Industry Experience is the true zero to hero program, for those with the determination, drive and aptitude to explore, grow and succeed! It is an accelerated, practical immersion program, which offers a unique pathway from training to employment in the outdoor industry. It offers an unparalleled combination of training, qualifications and mentored transition from practitioner, to leader, and then to instructor, with quality industry experience. Pure Exploration Director, Zach Johnston, gives us the inside scoop on the Outdoor Instructor Program! Watch to find out more...

2020-06-08

Such a great day and milestone for New Zealand, our home. An early and tough lockdown meant we now have zero cases and life from midnight tonight is set to look almost normal! We look forward to welcoming you into our bubble soon, as other countries begin their own recovery. 🎉🎉

2020-04-16

We're excited to announce that our Outdoor Essentials online program is now underway! Thanks for all of the support so far, we're pretty pumped to get back in the classroom even if that means indoors! If you're interested in one of our courses, talk to us today! We'd love to hear from you. https://www.pureexploration.nz/online-adventure-training-programs/

2020-04-09

Start preparing for the good times ahead with our Online Adventure Training Programs! Study in your own time with one of our 4 - 8 week programs taught by NZOIA qualified Hiking and Rock Climbing Instructors. Program Topics; 1. Outdoor Essentials 2. Global Citizenship 3. Mindset & Resilience 4. Jungle & Altitude #stayhome but #staylearning and lock in your core skills today! Visit our website for more details: https://www.pureexploration.nz/online-adventure-training-programs/