We love hearing what our program alumni are up to after their time with Pure Exploration. People come on our programs for a number of reasons, so it's awesome to see where they head off to next, and if that is what they had planned or if their life has taken a whole new course post-program!
Mark Clover was a participant on our Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand in March 2018. Let's check in and see what he is up to now..
Who am I/?
My name is Mark, I'm from the UK, I worked in the outdoor industry for a few of years prior and had been on four expeditions prior to coming to NZ.
Why did I do the AGP (Adventure Guide Program)?
After working for an outdoor activity company in the UK for four years, I decided that I needed to get some qualifications that weren't just in-house trained, I could have just booked on some courses in the UK, but I couldn't get the hours off work to get the logs required.
With Pure Exploration I could get my training and logs done within the three month programme and use the work experience afterwards to cover the cost of coming to New Zealand and doing the course. It seemed like the ideal combination to get trained.
A definite advantage of the AGP was helping me find work afterwards, even with the limited job opportunities coming into the winter period they still managed to use their contacts and find me a decent job working for the home of Bungy, AJ Hackett. Now I help throw people off bridges everyday haha, using my rope safety skills, my knowledge of health and safety and leadership skills learned on the program. The team is awesome and we have loads of cool staff events and activities. There are loads of young people working for bungy so I've met heaps of people too.
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We are stoked Mark is still in Queenstown and loving his new job. Bungy have a cool new product just released too - the Nevis Catapault! It looks all-time!
If you want to follow Mark's path and get into the adventure tourism industry, take some time to check out the itinerary for our Adventure Guide Program. Fire through your details below and we can email one your way.