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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