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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18th March 2018

Another new location for us, and one hell of a program that will be launching this month. Anyone know where this is??

15th March 2018

Let's check in again with Ethan and our Adventure Guide Interns in Queenstown, as they wrap up their first week with Pure Ex! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItmABkh9QHc

14th March 2018

We've got some suuuuper exciting news to announce in the next week. New courses, new locations, new countries even! Keep following to find out more. In the meantime, we're just gonna go ahead and leave this pic here.....

11th March 2018

Such an awesome pic of our final group for 2017. On top of a mountain, with their instructor Ivor Levin. Grins all round, all passed their exams, loving their time in NZ. Life is good!

9th March 2018

The first overnight trip did not disappointed! On top of the Remarkables, not a soul or track in sight, clear skies above and an evening hike up a nearby mountain for the sunset. Time for a few rest days before getting into some rock climbing next week!

8th March 2018

Last week we welcomed the next bunch of legends joining us in Queenstown for the Adventure Guide Internship. Ethan Kaandorp is going to be keeping us all up to date with what the crew are up to. Check out his Vlog of his time in NZ so far! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtxMUbgK68&feature=youtu.be

7th March 2018

Discussing the plan for today's hike - assessing the terrain and weather outlook with the team

7th March 2018

Learning to navigate with map and compass in Skippers Canyon. Tomorrow we head for the hills!

5th March 2018

Absolutely stunning pic of our hometown from up Ben Lomond Peak by the talented @oliverward. Magic. #repost@queenstownnz

4th March 2018

Nailing down those climbing skills in stunning Wanaka, some exciting river crossing adventures, a couple of epic hiking trips... it's all kicking off in Michel's 3rd VLOG! Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GQfRqk-h4E

1st March 2018

The new Adventure Guide crew are here! Looking forward to getting to know you all! Ethan and Ethan yet to come...

28th February 2018

How are your fire lighting skills? Andrew showing us how it's done.

25th February 2018

Awww team. Such legends. Check out this wee overview video from Michel who took part in the September 2017 Adventure Guide Internship. We miss you guys already! If you want to learn more about this course, click here to check out an itinerary https://goo.gl/LLZmpD

24th February 2018

It's your turn to cook. You're camping out this week, and with the team you budgeted your money wisely to make sure you have good nutritious and tasty meals to keep you going. What would be your go-to meal?

22nd February 2018

22 February, 50 cm of snow. Queenstown never ceases to amaze! 😻 #summersnow

21st February 2018

For Queen and Country, Ivor summits 6,000-meter peaks, dangles from ropes, and conquers white water. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ivor Levin - Pure Exploration's impressive lead guide, chief technician and all round legend. Click here to learn more about Pure Ex's main man: https://goo.gl/PMzm6B

20th February 2018

When what's on your back is your home...

19th February 2018

Hard to beat scenery like this.. unless of course you grab a body board, some fins, and rip down the K river's class 3 rapids! #seriousfun #riverboarding

18th February 2018

It's time to catch up with Michel again for his second Vlog - VLOG #2 - as he talks us through his first week in New Zealand, all about the intern house and what they've been up to! https://goo.gl/nZ7MQZ

17th February 2018

It's been a summer to remember here in New Zealand. Hot days, blue skies for months on end, long warm nights, campfires, road trips, beers by the ocean, BBQ's with friends, swims in remote alpine lakes. If you're sitting on your couch with a blanket keeping warm from a bitter Northern Hemisphere winter, just let that sink in.... 😉

15th February 2018

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. Get an insight into what life is life living with a new crew on other side of the world for three months from Kaylee, 2017's chief Adventure Guide Intern blogger. https://goo.gl/ofEU9D

14th February 2018

Wildflowers, much better than a bunch from the florist. Happy Valentine's Day folks!

13th February 2018

Looks like New Zealand is delivering on its promises for these grinning folk!

10th February 2018

"To my parents, First off, thanks for your support - I could not have done this without you. Second, don't worry I've been safe the whole time in NZ. I know you worry about me dangling off the sides of cliffs and riverboarding down rapids, but I've been surrounded by experienced guides the whole time that focused a lot of their energy into teaching me personal safety out in the elements. Finally, I want you to know that this investment has been worth it. I haven't been wasting my time - and there is a plethora of advice I can take into real-world applications. And New Zealand was amazing!"

8th February 2018

Meanwhile, down the road from our interns in Queenstown, this guy trains up for his next #missionimpossible ....