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 April 2019

This exceptional bunch of humans have finished up their time with us on the Adventure Guide Program in NZ. Its been so fun having them join us, alongside their awesome instructor Rosey. Keep in touch guys! 😘

8th April 2019

This is Torres del Paine. No explanation required really. So rad. Is Patagonia on your bucket list yet? Go on... https://bit.ly/2IcDTEb

6th April 2019

Our adventure programs take you to some amazing places around the world. The pic is the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Southern China. If you're a hiker, you need to get here. Learn more about where we travel here https://bit.ly/2I0bmmd

4th April 2019

These guys are busy with their NZOIA assessments this week, the final step in our program to putting all the pieces together as far as skills and experiences go. Go team!

25th March 2019

Time to meet the team! This is John. He is one of our Program Instructors, currently leading a group completing the Adventure Guide Program in Queenstown, New Zealand. John grew up enjoying the outdoors of Florida. Having joined the military when he turned 18, he soon began traveling and seeing the world, thus instilling in him a passion for travel. In the military as a JTAC, he was responsible for directing the action of combat aircraft. He received training not only in his core job skills but also navigation, survival, and bushcraft. After the military, he moved to Bend, Oregon to pursue his helicopter pilots license. Climbing in the countless places available to him in Central Oregon, he soon developed a passion for the sport as well as a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. John is a legend with a heart of gold, and an even bigger appetite - for food and for the outdoors! It's awesome having him on our team

24th March 2019

Enjoying the long warm days of Autumn in New Zealand with a week in the glorious surrounds of Mt Cook National Park.

20th March 2019

Adventure Guide Program crew meeting some key adventure tourism industry employers from around New Zealand tonight at our networking event. It's so great to be able to make these connections and get CVs straight into the key recruiters hands.

19th March 2019

Step away from the desk job and join us for a few months of outdoor fun. Go on...

17th March 2019

Orientation week in New Zealand is a chance to settle in, get to know your new team mates and explore this new land which will become home for the next 12 weeks.

14th March 2019

What types of people come on our programs? People from all over the globe join us for adventure travel missions. Generally we see people who are between 19 - 32 years old - taking a break before college, taking a break for getting into the workplace, taking a break from their work desk! It's all about immersing yourself in the outdoors, forgetting the pressures of everyday and enjoying feeling fit, healthy and renews by visiting new places. Join the crew!

12th March 2019

A good spot for reflection (and a cup of tea) after a big week exploring the New Zealand back country.

10th March 2019

It's time to get the hiking backpack out of the cupboard and buy a ticket abroad. Go on....

8th March 2019

Our adventure travel programs are all about living life to the full, getting away from your work desk, putting down that phone and refreshing your soul. Fresh air, fascinating cultures, like minded mates, learning new skills. Join the crew and take some time to focus on you!

8th March 2019

Happy #internationalwomensday ! Women lead the way in so many ways. We are proud to offer young women from around the world the chance to gain confidence in themselves and their skills. Bring on the future!

8th March 2019

When your thousands of kms from home, if you're lucky, you'll find another kind of oddball/amazing family to call your own.

6th March 2019

Views for days

5th March 2019

New kiwi maaaaaaaaates... 🐑🐑🐑

5th March 2019

A huge welcome to the newest crew to join us for an Adventure Guide Program. Enjoy your awesome Orientation Week, then it's business time!

3rd March 2019

Outdoor climbing is a bit scary and can take you a bit to get your head around. But like anything else that pushes you out of your comfort zone, the elation felt with nailing it is unreal! Would you be game to hang from a 20 metre rock face?

1st March 2019

From ultra-light bivvy bags, moisture wicking tops and merino bottoms, to polarized sunglasses, flint firelighters and seam-sealed jackets ... gear nerds are our kinds of people.

1st March 2019

Hailing from: The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, USA, Australia, Greece, Poland and Canada!!! Introducing the March Adventure guide crew on their first day in Queenstown 🙌 Welcome team we are so stoked to have you here!

26th February 2019

We love seeing the pics roll in from our Adventure Guide Programs. Good times speak for themselves, don't they!

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! 🥰