Ethan's journey from London to NZ's back country

Ethan joined us in March 2018 for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand. We loved his cheeky sense of humour and great attitude. It's so awesome for us to hear the impact our program as on people and even perhaps change the direction of their lives. Here's an update we got from Ethan last week:

 

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My name is Ethan Willis, I’m from the UK, just outside of London. I’m 23 and I came from a background of very limited outdoor activities being from such an urban area. I left school at 16 and went on to further studies and had various jobs to earn some money, to fund my desire to travel. Which led me to New Zealand in 2016 for a few weeks. Once wasn’t enough for me so I wanted to find a longer term, supporting program to help set me up in New Zealand. Which brought me to AGP (Adventure Guide Program).

 

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The mixture of being supported and set up in NZ and more specifically Queenstown, while getting to do crazy outdoor activities AND get qualifications from it was what really sold me on the AGP program. As well as this, something I learnt while doing the program was that the team were interested and very helpful to each of our individual needs and it felt more personal, they were very helpful, and still are even after finishing.

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 After the course I returned back home for the summer with a return flight already booked back; I did the course for the experience and really just to get back to NZ for a longer time, but after doing the AGP my aim and hope now is to return to NZ with a guiding job. It’s given me a whole new perspective on life and changed me from a Londoner to someone who just wants to be in the outdoors.

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If Ethan's story is something you can relate to (or would like to make your own) then get in touch! We have a range of programs that appeal to young people looking to travel, whether you are into expedition travel, volunteering, or a career change. Email us below!


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2021-06-13

Life is best when you’re camping! You get to enjoy the sunset from the comfort of your temporary home, watch the starry night sky, breath the fresh air and gaze into a campfire. Our students set up camp on the side of mountains and lakes as they progress on their multi-day hikes, and rave about the camping experiences on our programs! . . . . . . #camping #campinglife #campingvibes #naturelovers #travelling #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #adventurelife #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #mountains #outdoors #wanderer #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #peru #ausangate #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #expedition #globalexpedition

2021-06-13

Throwback to our Expedition Leader Students loving the Ausangate Trek in the Peruvian mountains. This Andes hike is all about the scenery! You will pass snow peaks, glaciers, bright blue mountain lakes and of course the famous Rainbow Mountain. The Expedition Leader Program takes you on a 12-week trip around Peru and 5 other countries, while you learn to plan and undertake expeditions to remote areas. This is the first step on your journey to becoming a travel tour guide! . . . . . #andes #peru #ausangate #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #beautiful #hike #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #trekking #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #hiking #travelgram #mountains #outdoors #hikingadventures #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #expedition #globalexpedition #hikingculture

2021-06-12

Iceland is often called the Land of Ice and Fire, and for good reason! But it could just as well be called The Land of the Waterfalls. The frequent rain and snow in combination with the presence of large glaciers that melt in summer, make for some large, powerful and absolutely stunning waterfalls. Want to see them for yourself? On our Adventure Guide Program, you will hike to remote waterfalls and mountain tops, learn about the culture, try to catch the northern lights, and explore some of the best rock climbing and hiking spots on the planet. . . . . . . #waterfalls #iceland #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #beautiful #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #traveltheworld #landscape #picoftheday #adventureguide #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #hiking #earthoutdoors #wildernessculture #roamearth

2021-06-11

Get inspired! Alex Honnold was the first person to reach the top of Yosemite’s El Capitan wall without ropes back in 2018! Hats off to him, but we’ll continue teaching our students safe climbing techniques using harnesses, ropes, knots, helmets. . . . . . . #amazing #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #adventurer #adventure #mountains #outdoors #yosemite #elcapitan #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #agp #elp #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #mountainstories #liveyourbestlife

2021-06-10

What’s that? Only 2 more spots available on our Adventure Guide Program in Nelson this September? That’s right, but it’s not too late yet! This can be your chance to join 10 other adventurers on a life-changing journey of self-discovery in the sunniest place of New Zealand! Climb and hike your way through Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman National Park, while spotting blue penguins, seals and dolphins from the coastline! . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #adventurer #adventure #travel #wanderlust #outdoors #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #newzealand #nz #nzmustdo #southisland #purenewzealand #pureexploration #adventureguide #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nelson

2021-06-09

Can you navigate in the wild? On our Adventure Guide Program, you will learn essential navigation skills and earn you hiking qualifications. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to lead groups on walks! . . . . . #navigation #queenstown #newzealand #compass #naturelovers #travelling #traveling #hike #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #explorer #hiking #adventures #outdoors #wanderer #hikingadventures #nz #travel #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #nztravel #personaldevelopment #hikingculture

2021-06-08

Top Tip Tuesday! Get yourself socks or a base layer made from merino wool. It keeps you warmer for longer, while being soft, breathable and odor-resistant! . . . . . #merino #traveltips #merinowool #newzealand #travelling #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventuretravel #trekking #adventurer #adventure #travel #hiking #outdoors #traveller #outdoor #pureexploration #adventureguide #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #hikingculture

2021-06-06

Trekking through the Himalayas is a magical experience! Read all about Michael's (@wattomatic) 12-day hiking adventure in Langtang National Park with our Nepal group. . . . . . #langtang #langtangtrek #nepal #travelblog #himalayas #himalayan #himalayasnepal #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #trekking #neverstopexploring #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #hiking #travelblogger #hikingadventures #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #hikingculture

2021-06-06

El Chaltén is known as the National Capital of Trekking in Argentina. We can see why! Do you want to join the next Adventure Guide Program to Patagonia and see the mountains for yourself? . . . . . #elchalten #fitzroy #losglaciares #argentina #patagonia #patagoniaargentina #southamerica #landscapephotography #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #outdoorlife #trekking #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #adventuretime #mountains #outdoors #traveller #hiking #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #hiking #mountainstories

2021-06-05

Nothing beats the feeling of the reaching the top of a mountain together! Our Queenstown group forgot all about the blisters, sweat and tears is took to get there. . . . . . #queenstown #newzealand #nz #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #hike #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #hiking #mountains #lakes #outdoors #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #southisland #photooftheday #pureexploration #adventureguide #agp #globaladventure #nztravel #hikingculture

2021-06-04

Get inspired! Karen Darke got paralyzed from the chest down after a fall but never let that hold her back. She crossed Greenland’s ice cap on a sit-ski, cycled the length of Japan and climbed El Capitan! . . . . #travelinspiration #travelling #traveling #amazing #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #exploring #outdoorlife #exploremore #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure #travel #explorer #traveller #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #outside_project #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-06-02

Have you heard? Pure Ex is going to Slovenia & Italy! Now offering a 12-week adventure guide program to the stunning Julian Alps and Dolomites. . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #beautiful #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #pureexploration #adventureguide #agp #elp #expedition #hiking #climbing #travelstoke #slovenia #italy #dolomites #sloveniatravel #bled

2021-06-02

Rafting, kayaking AND getting a White-Water Rescue Certificate while doing so? That sounds like a good time! Get you own river rescue qualifications as you get out on the water in the Adventure Guide Program. . . . . #rafting #kayaking #waterrescue #whitewater #nepal #certification #adventureguide #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #outdoorlife #exploremore #adventurer #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp

2021-06-01

Top Tip Tuesday! Give your hiking shoes a test run. When you purchase a new pair, ask the store about the return policy and wear them around the house before you commit. If they’re not right for you, return them or swap them for another pair. . . . . . . #hiking #hikingadventures #hikingculture #hikingshoes #pureexploratoin #hikingtips #naturelovers #travelling #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #trekking #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure # #wanderlust #outdoor #traveltheworld #adventuretravel #hikingculture

2021-05-31

We love hearing from our program participants! Read all about Michael Watt's (@wattomatic) adventures as he gets his outdoor guide qualifications in Nepal! . . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #climbing #rockclimbing #Nepal #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer

2021-05-29

Snorkeling with turtles, it's possible in the Galapagos Islands! Explore Ecuador as well as 5 other countries on our Expedition Leader Program! . . . . . #galapagos #galapagosislands #wildlife #galapagoswildlife #turtle #snorkel #snorkeling #pureexploration #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #roamearth #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife #wanderlust #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #explorer #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #travelling #traveling

2021-05-29

Our Nepal program group celebrating the colorful holiday of Holi! During this important festival for Hindus, people will cover each other with colored powder to express their blessings and good wishes. Do you want to be there next year? . . . . . #holi #holifestival #holifestivalofcolours #nepal #nepaltravel #nepalisbeautiful #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #exploretheworld #instagood #discover #pureexploration #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure #travel #traveltheworld #agp #globaladventure #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-05-28

Get Inspired! Karl Bushby is attempting to walk the longest unbroken footpath in history, going from Chili to England. So far, he has walked 43.493 km! . . . . . #travelling #travelinspiration #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #exploring #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #hiking #travelgram #hikingadventures #pureexploration #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure

2021-05-26

Climbing is as close as we can come to flying! . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #climbing #rockclimbing #mountainstories #mountainquotes #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife #mountains #landscape #travelgram #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #mountains #outdoors #outdoorlife

2021-05-25

Top Tip Tuesday! The secret to staying warm and comfortable on an big (overnight) hike is layering up! Bring a base, middle and outer layer so you can take them off as the weather and your activity level changes. . . . . . #hikingtips #naturelovers #hiking #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #trekking #neverstopexploring #nature #wanderlust #hikingadventures #pureexploration #hikingculture #wildernessculture #roamearth #spendmoretimeoutdoors