The fire crackles away happily on the soft pebbled beach and as the sun drops behind the stunning New Zealand high country mountains that surround you, you huddle in closer to your new mates and laugh about the days’ activities. Who had the best banter while scaling a 100ft rock face? Who nailed the guiding challenge high on the ridge amongst the soaring birds? Your camp spot is not in any guidebooks, there’s just you and your crew - you feel a million miles from your everyday life and all the stresses that come with it. Tomorrow you’ll be leading a hiking expedition that you’ve planned yourself into the deep bush of Fiordland, to demonstrate your ability to lead a team into the wilderness and show you’ve got your skills on lock - as next week you start your sweet new job as a Kayak guide on Lake Wakatipu.
If this sounds like your kind of adventure then you’ll be stoked to know that you could be on that very beach in the next 12 months, with a new outdoor guiding qualification under your belt and a job lined up in Queenstown – legendary for being the adventure capital of the world. It would be a trip you’d never regret.
More and more people are taking the chance to have a GAP year/ Overseas Experience (O.E or whatever you want to call it), before leaping into University or the workforce. And lets be honest, most people who are finishing high school/college have no idea what they want to do next. There are so many options now for choices of study, its all pretty overwhelming.
The idea of a year off before launching into University or work is a tempting one – travel to some far off place, chill out, explore some new beaches/mountains, meet heaps of new people and have no worries about studying for a while. And it’s a great idea.
This is why the popularity of train+certify+work programs such as Pure Exploration’s Adventure Guide Internship are skyrocketing. Not only do you get the chance to enjoy a year off before diving into your next level of study, but you also have a once in a lifetime chance to explore New Zealand in a way you never could as a tourist. For 90 days you‘ll join locals hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping and partying, not to mention gaining world-recognised NZOIA Leadership adventure tourism qualifications. And you’ll have a real real job offer in the industry lined up for you by Pure Exploration as soon as you’ve wrapped it up. You’ll head home a more confident, happy you, ready to crack into your study, or perhaps a changed person read to launch a fulfilling life as an adventure guide and tour the globe!
Choosing an option like the Adventure Guide Program means all the hard stuff is taken care of. This is an all-inclusive adventure that offers you a hassle-free way to travel around NZ, get some industry adventure tourism guiding qualifications, meet people, accommodation and food supplied, with work placements for all those who pass their certifications and are eager to earn!