Adventure Guide Intern update - Orientation & Rock Climbing

  •  It's always great to hear from the interns on the ground about how the programs are going. It's a great way to get an idea about what its really like when you touch down in New Zealand for a Pure Exploration Internship!

 

This month, we hear from Kaylee Pickett, who is currently on the Adventure Guide Internship in Queenstown, which began in September.

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We started with a course overview and Welcome BBQ which was a great way to get to know each other. We also got the chance to meet some of our future instructors and potential employers for our work placement upon completion of the program. 

 

We then spent two days running around the Queenstown area on a scavenger hunt. It was awesome to go to some of the classic sites like the Kawarau Bungy Bridge where AJ Hackett Bungy began and the Million Dollar View, especially because these are the areas we'll be taking future clients as junior guides. One of our tasks was to check out the SS Earnslaw (a steamship) but we misunderstood and drove an hour and a half to the Earnslaw glacier! This little misadventure took us through some beautiful areas and helped bring us even closer as a team.  

We had several funny challenges for each of the tasks on our list like building a human pyramid and riding the bull at Cowboys Bar, which we had a lot of fun doing. 

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The first Rock Climbing Module took us to beautiful Wanaka for a few introductory lessons and the chance to get comfortable back on the rock. Some of the team had never been climbing before so this first module was an awesome opportunity for them to learn the ropes (literally) and get familiar with the feeling of moving up the rock. Others got the chance to lead their first routes, try abseiling for the first time, and learn some awesome techniques for rigging a top rope and how to manage a group both top roping and abseiling. 

 

The first module gave us a lot of time to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses both as individuals and as a group. We encountered a few difficulties with meal planning but otherwise had many successes. Individually we had our first experience living and training as a group outside of HQ and Queenstown, and although we were all pretty tired by the end, we ran into very few issues as a team. We're all very excited for our upcoming modules and especially for our road trip up the west coast dedicated mostly to climbing but a bit to trekking as well. Bring it on!

 

If you are interested in finding out more about our adventure guide internships and find out if you have what it takes, fire through your details below and one of our team will be in touch!


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