A Truly International Program

What's it like to live and train with people from around the world in a foreign country? Awesome is what it is. And hilarious.

 

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I laughed for about five minutes when this post popped up on our group Facebook page the week before my Adventure Guide Internship started in Queenstown New Zealand.

Fast Forward to New Zealand...

Everyone arrives stumbling into the sunlight outside the Queenstown airport, exhausted from 20+ hours of travel, stunned by the Remarkables mountain range, a bit nervous, and overwhelmingly stoked to get started.

We know we’ll be training with people from all over the place – a couple of Americans, a few from Europe, and some token Kiwis. We have stereotypes in mind whether we’re aware of them or not. Will the Americans be loud? Does the German drink loads of beer? Are Kiwis as crazy as people say?

We spend the first couple of hours getting a feel for each other, confirming what we thought would be true about each other and reevaluating what we didn’t expect. The German likes to drink beer, but the American does more…the guy from Great Britain doesn’t drink tea… we are all terrible at hacky-sack. 

We quickly learn to understand the differences in language. Several of our teammates are translating their thoughts to English on the spot, so sometimes they don’t make any sense at all. We love this – it makes for heaps of jokes right off the bat and fast friendships. Those who speak English as their first language learn to stick to a topic and make logical transitions in conversation, a difficult feat for a few. We start saying ‘thank you’ in German, saluting Crown and Country each time we reach the summit of a peak, and try desperately to pronounce sounds completely foreign to our native tongues.

 The September '17 crew showing their true colours

We are asked by more than one person ‘how on earth we all fit together’ as we climb and hike our way around the South Island. We laugh and joke we’d make for a great sit-com, and the punchline for ‘a German, a Frenchman, and an Englishman walk into a bar…’ is always lingering above our heads.

We learn about each other’s homes, about big cities and villages with one intersection, filled with people from all over and the same families for hundreds of years. Taking turns cooking for the group each night, we make our favorite dishes, from country specific classics to long-held family recipes. When a shooting in the United States rocks a few of us, we all come together in support and with empathy, just as we do after unexpected political shifts in Europe affect another. We become a family here in New Zealand, thousands of miles from home. We’re never far from a hug or a bad joke and it quickly feels like we’ve always known one another.

 - Kaylee Pickett, Adventure Guide Graduate 2017

If you are keen to learn more about creating your own oddball team of legends and what our adventure guide internship is all about, then pop in your details below and we can send you our program itinerary to check out.  


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17th June 2018

Planning on heading out to New Zealand for our awesome Adventure Guide Internship? Worried about if your fitness is up to scratch? Ethan talks us through a good plan of attack

17th June 2018

You'll see this with your very own eyes on our Adventure Guide Internship in Patagonia. Dreamy AF. Learn more about our Patagonian adventure here: https://hubs.ly/H0cGpkL0

15th June 2018

No filters required. Winter in NZ is fresh and foookin beautiful.

11th June 2018

Yes we are kiwis, so I know we are biased. But for real - its time to come check out New Zealand!

8th June 2018

Our adventure guide program in Africa isn’t your usual African jeep safari experience. We go deeper into the mountains and jungles, beyond the tourist route to small game reserves and savannahs focused on sustainability. You’ll be surfing at J-Bay and horse trekking the Drakensburg range, viewing the big-5 but also so many other deadly and fascinating animals. If you're into animals, this outdoor adventure is for you! https://bit.ly/2sCc52A

6th June 2018

Ain't no mountain high enough...

5th June 2018

Pure Exploration is not just another tour. We provide an immersive cultural and natural experience, shaped and driven by a goal - adventure guide qualifications. Founder, Zach, breaks down what we provide and how Pure Exploration is right for your next journey.

29th May 2018

It was -4 in Queenstown this morning. We are dreaming of Central America and balmy beach days!! (but secretly also excited about skiing haha)

27th May 2018

Dreamy days in NZ

25th May 2018

Learning about how to lead others comes from experience. During our programs participants get the chance to lead their group, to learn how to maximise individual's talents and achieve as a team. These are lessons that stand true both in the outdoors and any job/team/family in life.

24th May 2018

Hanging out with miniature turtles. What else would you do when visiting Costa Rica?

23rd May 2018

You know things are getting serious when the fake blood starts making an appearance. We're spending this week doing a prehospital emergency care course and running some wild scenarios. I think the neighbours are getting worried....

22nd May 2018

Although not as high as in the northern parts of the Andes in Bolivia and Chile, the gnarly peaks of the Patagonian Andes Fitz Roy (3,405m - Argentina) and San Valentin (4,058m - Chile) are notoriously difficult to climb and spectacular to view in the flesh. Is Patagonia on your bucket list? Come visit with us https://bit.ly/2IY3AJC

22nd May 2018

Lets not forget about the epic bush module... check it!

21st May 2018

We're almost at the end of our current Adventure guide internship in NZ! Check out some highlights from the rock module below...

20th May 2018

Here are some pics from one of our global programs. Can you guess where?

15th May 2018

On top of the world! Taking clients up on the ridgeline once again. This hike never gets old!

12th May 2018

Learn about what makes our programs different! Zach gives us a breakdown of the core values and designs that define Pure Exploration.

10th May 2018

Maaaan do we have some exciting stuff on the cards for 2019!! AFRICA. You know how epic it would be to explore here for 12 weeks. Check the link people! https://bit.ly/2G3ex77

7th May 2018

Want to learn more about what it takes to earn in the outdoors? Check out our short guide which covers common questions about becoming an adventure guide. We discuss: * The benefits of an immersive internship vs. traditional training organisation * A day in the life of a hiking guide in New Zealand – hear what it’s really like! * Adventure tourism and travel industry research trends for 2018 Check out the guide here https://bit.ly/2rowqsr

7th May 2018

Just a little shout out to our main man Ethan who has been our content king for the Queenstown adventure guide program - we've loved having you (and your drone) touring NZ with us! You can check more out from Ethan on Insta here: https://www.instagram.com/destination.who.cares/?hl=en

3rd May 2018

As the 12 week program enters the last month, our current adventure guide interns will be spending more time reading up on requirements for their NZOIA Leader Hike and Rock assessments. Like last year's interns (pictured), they will find they have been over-prepared and hopefully will feel confident and ready to roll 💪

1st May 2018

A busy 7 days with the Pure Ex team. How's your week looking? Time to make it look a little more like this? Read more about our programs here...https://goo.gl/rNUkHn

30th April 2018

Week 7, training phase almost over, so we mix it up with a bit of kayaking and mountain biking. Enjoy!

27th April 2018

Planning the ascent of the Sebastopol Bluffs at Mt Cook. What would be your plan of attack?