Alumni Update - Dana Ester living it up in Florida!

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We love hearing from our Pure Ex alumni on what they are up to now. It's definitely our goal to make a positive impact in people's lives and hopefully also set them on a trajectory of achievement and good times!

We were so stoked to hear Dana Ester (Adventure Guide Internship Sept 2017, Queenstown NZ) is doing so well. Dana was happy to share her update below:

After a couple of weeks of sending out applications and worrying about what will happen next I had some luck! 

I contacted someone in Florida (my home state) about being a kayak guide for him. In our first conversation he took a huge interest in my time spent in NZ, and ended up offering me a completely different position than I'd applied to. So now I am Lead Guide and Director of Operations for the Fort Pierce Outdoor Center  (we are on Instagram and Facebook so go follow us!!) Which is essentially an outdoor center in my backyard.

We primarily run eco-tours and kayak or paddle board rentals, inside a state park that has both ocean and estuary backwaters. We have 3 different state parks under our licensing and I can do whatever I want with them. I'm building a summer camp from scratch, centered around water sports and nature, getting a contract to do horseback riding tours on the beach, planning out expeditions to take clients on multi-night island paddling trips, and this is just our first month of operation. My boss is a successful entrepreneur that owns multiple outdoor centers like mine, a handful of eco-resorts (next week I'll go stay in one made out of up-cycled shipping containers), and wants to fly me to the Bahamas to help them design tours at a center in Eleuthera!

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And as if I didn't have enough to look forward to, I've also accepted a seasonal position in the Fall back in California, doing wilderness field trips for a company called Naturalists at Large. It is literally, the job I was gunning for before I left Queenstown. It's 2 month employment, and each trip can be up to 6 days in the wilderness with adventures ranging from sea kayaking the Channel Islands, climbing in Joshua Tree, or canoeing the Colorado River. I miss the mountains pretty hard, so the stoke level is pretty high over here.

Things are looking bright over here, but I'm also taking on a huge challenge and it has already pushed my limits a lot in barely a month. But if there was one thing I took away from PureEx- it was pushing limits. Haha Massive thanks to you all, again, for the support and the good times and I'm eager to see and hear more about your adventures too!

What a legend - we are so proud Dana :)

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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!