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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!

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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 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 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 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 latest update from Kaylee Pickett, 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 training 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 Interns, Kaylee Pickett, has been loving her time NZ.

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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 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 Programmes; 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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18th September 2018

Beautiful intro to hike module 1 with a day hike in Arrowtown! Team 3 was introduced to new navigation skills including compass and map reading, identifying local and exotic flora and fauna, and some people skills to go along with guiding. Ivor entertained the team with stories and facts along the way to split up the trek. What a way to spend your Tuesday!

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If you see an out of office on our emails today, this is why.

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Some surprise snow for Spring in Queenstown, New Zealand! Movie day for our team ❄❄☃️

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Founder Zach instructing team three on their first day on the rock. Pure Exploration's immersive and hands on program takes first time climbers and trains them to be rock leaders. Giving them the tools and knowledge to pass on to future climbers. At first sight the walls can be intimidating, but the intimate teaching environment and one on one instructor-trainee relationship gave these first timers the confidence to send their first routes.

9th September 2018

We currently have three groups in Queenstown, New Zealand taking part in the Adventure Guide Program. Here's Team three packing up their twelve person van like absolute pros!

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Team three setting up camp in Wanaka for their first week of climbing. Not a bad view, I guess!

6th September 2018

When adventure guides meet Real Country

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Guys, meet Team Honey Badger. We can tell its gonna be a good 3 months!

5th September 2018

Double cone in the setting sun. Queenstown is truly amazing. The perfect place that lends inspiration for all of us aspiring adventure guides. #neverstopexploring

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Team two crushing the poses around Queenstown today, and perhaps catching the occasional goat! Orientation week has gone off without a hitch and everyone is really bonding as a unit. Can't wait to get on the trail next week!

3rd September 2018

John from Real Country showing @crystalgraham_ from our August Pure Ex crew how to drench a hogget (giving them a dose of vitamins!). Thanks again to Real Country for an amazing afternoon of fun and learning. Cheers!

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Because its there - George Mallory.

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The NZ AGP September crew getting a feel for their new hometown!

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Pure Exploration's Adventure Guide Program is a three month immersive outdoor guide training program. Twelve strangers from around the world learning and pushing new boundaries together. You live with your crew, you cook with them, eat with them, travel, hike, climb, sweat and struggle with them. They become like family. Your #pureexploration family! Learn more about this program here https://hubs.ly/H0dPgCz0

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Experience real New Zealand culture with Pure Ex. Like sheep. Literally millions of sheep.

30th August 2018

Hey guys, just want to introduce Ken Shafer who will be taking part in our Adventure Guide Program that started this week! Can't wait to see what goes down in the next 3 months Ken! 💪

29th August 2018

Are you keen to work in the adventure/expedition industry? Our Expedition Leader Program will set you up with an impressive CV of skills and experience. There is no other program in the world that specifically offers the core skills required to become an expedition leader whilst immersed in the Andes and the Himalaya. It's 3 months of immersive learning. Check it out here https://hubs.ly/H0ddfVg0

29th August 2018

Make your #StudyAbroadGoals come true with our mates GoAbroad.com Lonely Planet and STA Travel and enter to win a study abroad experience in 2019! (We have a few ideas on how you could spend this prize... 😜) Winner gets a scholarship, flights, and lots of travel goodies + there are weekly giveaways that you can’t miss! http://ow.ly/Ny7w30livpT

27th August 2018

Founder Zach getting to know the new team.

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Day 1 of the AGP in New Zealand! New crew has arrived, the sun is shining, 12 weeks of good times await!! @ Arrowtown

26th August 2018

Yes our programs are all about constructive travel, learning specific skills to help you in the outdoors or negotiate team situations for volunteering. But let's not forget what may be the most awesome part of our programs - the people you will meet! You'll meet guys and girls from all over the globe doing super interesting things with their lives. Bring on the good times!

26th August 2018

What does a normal day look for someone on a Pure Ex Adventure Guide Program? Let's see!

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Tomorrow another group of awesome peeps from around the globe will begin their three month Adventure Guide Program with us in New Zealand! Kerie and Zach have been super busy preparing all the kit needed for their time dominating the outdoors. Bring it on!

23rd August 2018

Wilderness first aid might make the difference between life and death one day. If you don't learn it for your own benefit, do it for your hiking buddies! Knowledge is power 💪

22nd August 2018

After a big hike on a cold morning, how outrageously good is that cup of tea? Why does everything taste better out in the bush? Because it's earned!