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 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!

17th September 2018

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

17th September 2018

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

10th September 2018

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!

9th September 2018

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

6th September 2018

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

5th September 2018

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!

3rd September 2018

Because its there - George Mallory.

3rd September 2018

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

1st September 2018

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

1st September 2018

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.

27th August 2018

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!

26th August 2018

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!