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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13th February 2019

Nor'west skies are red, Guide ropes are blue, Coffee brewed over campfire black Means a great day ahead its true... Happy V day team, hope its filled with things that put a smile on your dial! 🥰

11th February 2019

The next great crew of explorers hit the kiwi shores and begin their adventures. Welcome team! 🤴👸

10th February 2019

Sunday lake hangs to combat the steamy NZ summer

9th February 2019

Some of the cute locals you'll meet when on our Adventure Guide Program in Patagonia! Find out more about this program here.. https://bit.ly/2DlIb8i

7th February 2019

When you think of New Zealand, do you think of spectacular mile high mountains with cascading waterfalls, deep ancient rainforests filled with stunning native birdsong and wild deer? You're right, you know. We go here on our NZ Adventure Guide Program. It's pretty rad, to say the least.

7th February 2019

Yesterday was our national holiday in New Zealand, called Waitangi Day. Goes without saying that the AGP crew spent the day doing typical kiwi things, like doing bombs off bridges into the river and eating fish and chips. Chur bro.

6th February 2019

Rocking their way through the weekend in beautiful Wanaka, the AGP crew are getting into their first climbing module! @ Wanaka, New Zealand

4th February 2019

Navigation 101, which way is north, team?

31st January 2019

Lads on tour...

29th January 2019

If there was an emergency near you, would you actually be able to help? We get feedback from participants every program that they felt our Pre-hospital Emergency Care qualification (PHEC) was a super constructive and valuable part of their time with us - not only for those looking to feel prepared for outdoor careers, but for gaining confidence in First Aid to a strong level for everyday life. Ken, our current ambassador, takes us through the group's experience of PHEC here...https://bit.ly/2RiYnfA

28th January 2019

Essential hiking training begins, exploring our local back yard. What does your classroom look like?

28th January 2019

The staff and program alumni talk us through their reasons for making Pure Ex part of their journey.

25th January 2019

What are you up to this June? Come join the crew in New Zealand and experience the golden sand beaches and rugged mountains of the Nelson region! Find out more here..https://bit.ly/2FVYH1L

24th January 2019

Touchdown in New Zealand for the January intake of the Adventure Guide Program and so far, so amazing!

18th January 2019

Adventure Guide Program team bonding underway. So cool seeing people at the start of a 12 week journey, knowing so much awesomeness awaits them!

18th January 2019

We are very excited and proud to be annouced as one of the top 3 overall gap year providers for the 2018 @gooverseas Community Choice Awards! We work in an industry of amazing organisations that all work hard to provide young people with life changing experiences, so to be given a nod as one of the most exciting is really amazing for us. Thanks to you all! 🙏

18th January 2019

Dang, what an exceptionally attractive bunch of humans. Huge welcome to the new crew who have touched down in Queenstown for the summer edition of the Adventure Guide Program. Bring on the good times team!

13th January 2019

What are the 10 Best Gap Year destinations for 2019? Go Overseas give the low down on the new hotspots that need to be on your bucket list! https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/best-places-gap-year

12th January 2019

The pics don't lie, grins for days on the Pure Ex AGP!

10th January 2019

Want to know where in the world you could travel with Pure Exploration? Click here to see! https://bit.ly/2Faqhsm

7th January 2019

Yeaaaaah team 💪

6th January 2019

Whilst in Patagonia on our Adventure Guide Program, as well as hiking, climbing and sea kayaking, you'll also get the chance to experience rural Patagonian life, with a farm-stay at a working cattle ranch. South American Gauchos (the equivalent to US cowboys) are expert stock herders that move their cattle on horseback, and are animal experts and local legends. You’ll love this authentic mountain experience with locals! Find out more here https://bit.ly/2R9skDA

31st December 2018

Happy New Year!! What are you going to do this year that really excites you? It's time to push the boat out people!

28th December 2018

One of the highlights of the Adventure Guide Program is the week based in the legendary NZ adventure region, Mt Cook. Home of the highest mountain in the country, this area is synonomous with rock and ice climbing, hiking, mountaineering, ski touring and general outdoor bad-assness. Not for the faint-hearted, you need solid training and systems in place to explore this area, which is subject to strong winds, sub-zero temperatures, avalanches and rockfall. For those who have the right skills however, this place is adventure nirvana! Check out Ken's update on their time at Mt Cook here...https://bit.ly/2GBiR3d

24th December 2018

In New Zealand, Christmas and New Year's is all about Summer BBQ's, long afternoons by the lake or sea drinking cold beers and eating fresh seafood. It's roots reggae music, campfires, good friends and loads of laughs. Whatever Christmas looks like in your family, we hope its a good one ✨