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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19th April 2018

VLOG#5: The latest from Ethan and the team... Make yourself a cup of tea and settle in for this epic adventure.. Week 5 of the Adventure Guide Internship! This round we cover a few days of anchor building in Wanaka before heading back into the beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park. We tackle the spectacular Wilkin-Young loop, crossing the Gillespie alpine pass, and finishing with an unexpected helicopter ride out of the bush. Wooooo! https://www.pureexploration.nz/about/news/vlog-5/

17th April 2018

Alumni update - Dana Ester from the US 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 here: https://bit.ly/2HDGgxE

15th April 2018

Not your average lunchtime view.

10th April 2018

Let's talk about certifications. As well as gaining your leader level guiding qualifications on our Adventure Guide Internship, you'll get some other great strings in your bow that will make you safe in the outdoors. Michel explains below.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xJQt8VcUEU

7th April 2018

Spot the hut...home sweet home for our team!

5th April 2018

Do you think you'd land the throw?

3rd April 2018

Up close with the heart of the mountains.

1st April 2018

Updates! This week a trip to a snow capped Matukituki Valley in the Mount Aspiring National Park

29th March 2018

Wow Wanaka - Autumn has arrived in New Zealand bringing beautiful still warm days. This is where our team camped while doing some climbing last week.

27th March 2018

A hiking mission like no other, and a kiwi farmstay experience... another insight into life on our kiwi adventure guide internship! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EsrTRrkEYY&feature=youtu.be

26th March 2018

Become one with the rock...

22nd March 2018

Some awesome pics rolling in from our team of adventure guides in training in Queenstown, New Zealand. Autumn in NZ is 👌💪🧣🍺✨

21st March 2018

New Vlog, check it out!

21st March 2018

Is mountain biking your thing? Or does smashing down through rapids really float your boat? Check out our epic new North-Island based NZ Adventure Guide Internship, perfect for those looking to become mountain biking or rafting guides! Click here to check out the full program itinerary... http://bit.ly/2prfAaP

20th March 2018

The Adventure guide interns currently deep in the beech forest on the track out to Lake Rere, near Glenorchy.

18th March 2018

Another new location for us, and one hell of a program that will be launching this month. Anyone know where this is??

15th March 2018

Let's check in again with Ethan and our Adventure Guide Interns in Queenstown, as they wrap up their first week with Pure Ex! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItmABkh9QHc

14th March 2018

We've got some suuuuper exciting news to announce in the next week. New courses, new locations, new countries even! Keep following to find out more. In the meantime, we're just gonna go ahead and leave this pic here.....

11th March 2018

Such an awesome pic of our final group for 2017. On top of a mountain, with their instructor Ivor Levin. Grins all round, all passed their exams, loving their time in NZ. Life is good!

9th March 2018

The first overnight trip did not disappointed! On top of the Remarkables, not a soul or track in sight, clear skies above and an evening hike up a nearby mountain for the sunset. Time for a few rest days before getting into some rock climbing next week!

8th March 2018

Last week we welcomed the next bunch of legends joining us in Queenstown for the Adventure Guide Internship. Ethan Kaandorp is going to be keeping us all up to date with what the crew are up to. Check out his Vlog of his time in NZ so far! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtxMUbgK68&feature=youtu.be

7th March 2018

Discussing the plan for today's hike - assessing the terrain and weather outlook with the team

7th March 2018

Learning to navigate with map and compass in Skippers Canyon. Tomorrow we head for the hills!

5th March 2018

Absolutely stunning pic of our hometown from up Ben Lomond Peak by the talented @oliverward. Magic. #repost@queenstownnz

4th March 2018

Nailing down those climbing skills in stunning Wanaka, some exciting river crossing adventures, a couple of epic hiking trips... it's all kicking off in Michel's 3rd VLOG! Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GQfRqk-h4E