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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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18th November 2018

Springtime in New Zealand...?

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Rob Roy galcier trek with some awesome clients. As the program comes to an end our teams are heading up half and full day treks and climbs with real clients from the Queenstown area. Putting all their guiding skills to the test.

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Over the last two weeks, our Adventure Guide groups have been learning all about swift water safety. How cold water affects your ability to move and react, how to understand moving rivers, identify safe zones and areas to avoid. And how to rescue people in dangerous situations. All great stuff to make you a more useful and confident outdoor hiker/swimmer/kayaker/friend!

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Guiding is easy when you have awesome clients!!

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A good crew, a roaring campfire and a few good stories to tell. When was the last time you had an awesome outdoor adventure?

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When the students become the teachers. Here's Rosie keeping a watchful eye on her clients as they belay each other up hero wall. Well done guys! As part of the Adventure Guide Program, students spend some of their final weeks practising what they've learned with real clients. It's a fantastic point of realisation to be able to see really how much has been learned along the way, and how much confidence they've gained in the outdoors. Whether they go on into outdoor careers or not, this confidence in themselves and in the outdoors is the biggest thing they can take away.

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Throwing back to a beautiful walk along a windy ridge on the Kepler track. Epic views!

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Putting all their training into practice, the mountain goats up at Rob Roy Glacier in Wanaka today leading real clients on a day hike. Love your work!

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Team three visits Wanaka Search and Rescue with Paul Rogers. Getting a run down on how a rescue is planned and operated.

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Catching the alpineglow on Aoraki Mt Cook

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Catching the alpineglow on Aoraki Mt. Cook.

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The adventures never end. Throwing back to the teams first multi-pitch climbs together in Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park. The views never disappoint, and something about being strapped to a mountain 120 meters off the ground gets your blood flowing. All other distractions fade, and nothing else matters but the moment you're in right then.

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Scanning the wall for their next climb, gear in hand.

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Rob Roy Glacier Track with the team. Beautiful day with a buncha goof balls.

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Taking a little walk on the west coast to break up a busy week of guiding.

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Hey Mom! Just messaging from the middle of a 100ft cliff face in New Zealand....

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Little Rosie and sloth man Sam cruise up the corner arette on lower Kai wall in Wanaka yesterday. These guys are total crushers!

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Having a play at Castle Hill.

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Happy Halloween y'all! From the Adventure Guide Program and Pure Ex crew in New Zealand 😈👾😹💀🧜‍♀️👯‍♂️🤠

29th October 2018

Team three tops out on the summit of Alex Knob at 1, 303 meters and are greeted with an epic view of the main divide bursting out of a sea of clouds and the Frans Josef glacier smack dab in the middle.

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Dana Ester was one of the inspiring students that joined us in 2017 for our Adventure Guide Program based in New Zealand. People come on our programs for a range of reasons - some as a break from study to spend time focusing on themselves, some to simply fill their lungs with fresh air for a few months, some hoping to begin a lifetime career in the outdoors. From the start Dana knew she wanted to work in the outdoors, and was looking for the framework and confidence to set off on her own journey. We loved having her with us over her three months in NZ, so it was really cool to see an update pop up in the inbox sharing where she is now. Check it out! https://bit.ly/2JjHBKU

28th October 2018

Team three rolling in the deep for a much needed "rest day" mountain biking in Wanaka.

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And an epic week it was. My team and I are on our 4th hiking module this week. We split into groups of 2 and each group lead the rest of the crew that day. Shout out to Gab and Joselyn for an incredible day full of even better sights to see. I set my tent up a few feet from the water of lake Paringa And woke up to a mirror lake, then we hiked to the summit of Alex Knob at 1303 meters and were greeted with a beautiful display of clouds and the mountains of the main divide. As above so below almost. - Ken

26th October 2018

Fiordland, doing what it does best - being incomparably amazing! Ancient native forests, rare plants, incredible birdsong, dolphins, fiords, lakes...

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The team has a play on the boulders at Castle Hill during a week of epic exploration up the West Coast and through Arthur's Pass.