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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!

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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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22nd July 2019

Ecuador, Galapagos, Ecuador and ...China?! What were both the expectations and the reality of China on our Expedition Leader Program.

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Last week our 2017 AGP Alumni and favourite German, Michel Affkerback, left NZ after almost 2 years with us here in Queenstown. Michel has been accepted into the Arctic Nature Guide program at the University of Norway to further his guiding career even more. It was an absolute pleasure to have Michel around, and to see his gnarly climbing, hiking and ski touring missions whilst he was in NZ. We miss you already Michel, and cant wait to hear all about your next adventures!

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Meet Katherine! She is an alumni from our Adventure Guide Program having completed it in early 2019. Katherine explains what she learnt on the AGP and the skills she now feels equipped with in life. Katherine has also made her home in Queenstown, New Zealand since graduating. Curious as to what you can get out of the Program even if you're not looking to become an Adventure Guide? Check out the video below, or shoot on over to our Instagram for further thoughts from Pure Ex alumni!

15th July 2019

Who wants to hear more about our ELP's experience on the Asangate trek in Peru? We do! 🙋‍♂️ "54 km, 5 days, 3 course meals, spectacular views, alpacas for days, chilly nights, and very dry hot days. This is what the Ausangate trek is all about." ... Link's below, you know what to do!

8th July 2019

"PERU 🇵🇪A definite fav country of mine... we have just completed a volunteer project in the Cusco area helping regenerate native vegetation and then the Ausangate trek, a bitter / sweet reality of climate change. The melting of ice has allowed a trekking route through this volcanic landscape which has to be one of the best 5 day walks I’ve done. Expedition Leader Progamme #pureexploration" - repost from Keri Wingnut, one of our amazing Expedition Leaders for our current ELP.

30th June 2019

"We think real travel isn’t just about box-ticking guidebook recommendations or Instagram shots, it’s about authentic experiences spent with new friends who inspire you to think about the world and yourself in new ways."

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So we know the photos from our ELP look amazing, but we're sure you're keen to hear what daily life on the program is really like, right? Luckily for you our team on the ground are keeping busy writing us regular updates and it's our absolute pleasure to be able to share them with you. Enjoy!

24th June 2019

People say the views are always worth the climb here in New Zealand. But at Pure Exploration we think the climb itself is pretty special, the views are just an added bonus. Do you agree? Join us for some pretty phenomenal climbs, views and plenty more this November in Patagonia, we promise it'll be an experience like no other.

20th June 2019

Latest blog from our Expedition Leader Program is now live! Our amazing group (currently in the Galapagos) will be posting every week whilst on the program, and they're doing an incredible job of keeping us updated with their news. The latest blog is specifically about the community project they've recently been involved in - prepare to be truly inspired!

19th June 2019

Squad goals. Our Expedition Leader Program is in full swing as our group swaps rivers for oceans in the Galapagos Islands. We're stoked to see they've mastered the art of the ultimate human pyramid. (Note the helmet on the left - health and safety at its finest). Don't forget to follow us on instagram: @pureexploration to follow their journey.

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Warning: there will be an influx of photos and videos over the next couple of months which may result in you quitting your job and joining us for our next Expedition Leader Program.

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And they're off!! Over the next 12 weeks the students on our Expedition Leader program will be sharing their incredible journey with us..Check out blog #1 written by Chloe from Canada - filling us in on arriving into Ecuador and how things went for orientation week 🔥 https://www.pureexploration.nz/about/news/week-one-orientation-expedition-leader-program/

8th June 2019

Day one of the Expedition Leader program 💥 Instructors Keri & Jess are taking the team through orientation to set everyone up mentally for the next three months of travel and experiential education. The crew range from 18-34yo, hailing from Aus, Canada, the US and Hungary 🙌 📷: Jessica Thomas

5th June 2019

Pure Exploration Instructors Keri & Jess have arrived in Quito, Ecuador - ready to welcome the crew to the start of the Expedition Leader Program in a couple of days..The new students will be learning about adventure travel management, group leadership, logistics, expedition style travel in developing regions, along with trekking in some of the world’s most famous and spectacular mountainous and remote regions. Have the best time guys, we can't wait for updates! 🔥 #expeditionleaderprogram #ELP #Pureexploration

18th April 2019

This exceptional bunch of humans have finished up their time with us on the Adventure Guide Program in NZ. Its been so fun having them join us, alongside their awesome instructor Rosey. Keep in touch guys! 😘

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This is Torres del Paine. No explanation required really. So rad. Is Patagonia on your bucket list yet? Go on... https://bit.ly/2IcDTEb

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Our adventure programs take you to some amazing places around the world. The pic is the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Southern China. If you're a hiker, you need to get here. Learn more about where we travel here https://bit.ly/2I0bmmd

4th April 2019

These guys are busy with their NZOIA assessments this week, the final step in our program to putting all the pieces together as far as skills and experiences go. Go team!

25th March 2019

Time to meet the team! This is John. He is one of our Program Instructors, currently leading a group completing the Adventure Guide Program in Queenstown, New Zealand. John grew up enjoying the outdoors of Florida. Having joined the military when he turned 18, he soon began traveling and seeing the world, thus instilling in him a passion for travel. In the military as a JTAC, he was responsible for directing the action of combat aircraft. He received training not only in his core job skills but also navigation, survival, and bushcraft. After the military, he moved to Bend, Oregon to pursue his helicopter pilots license. Climbing in the countless places available to him in Central Oregon, he soon developed a passion for the sport as well as a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. John is a legend with a heart of gold, and an even bigger appetite - for food and for the outdoors! It's awesome having him on our team

24th March 2019

Enjoying the long warm days of Autumn in New Zealand with a week in the glorious surrounds of Mt Cook National Park.

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Adventure Guide Program crew meeting some key adventure tourism industry employers from around New Zealand tonight at our networking event. It's so great to be able to make these connections and get CVs straight into the key recruiters hands.

19th March 2019

Step away from the desk job and join us for a few months of outdoor fun. Go on...

17th March 2019

Orientation week in New Zealand is a chance to settle in, get to know your new team mates and explore this new land which will become home for the next 12 weeks.

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What types of people come on our programs? People from all over the globe join us for adventure travel missions. Generally we see people who are between 19 - 32 years old - taking a break before college, taking a break for getting into the workplace, taking a break from their work desk! It's all about immersing yourself in the outdoors, forgetting the pressures of everyday and enjoying feeling fit, healthy and renews by visiting new places. Join the crew!