Life after the Adventure Guide Program

Rosie joined the Adventure Guide Program back in 2018 and has since joined the Pure Exploration team as a marketing intern. We asked her about her time on the Program and life after.

 

Rosie on Adventure Guide Program, Queenstown

 

Three years on, and I’m sitting inside the Pure Exploration office in gorgeous Queenstown. Little did I know, leaving my tropical home of Singapore back in 2018, that following my arrival in Queenstown's comparatively cold spring, I was about to embark on one of the most transformational experiences of my life!

 

A second family and legendary instructors

The three months of the Adventure Guide Program were, without a doubt, the most exciting and pivotal months of my life. Within the first week of the Program, I had a second family and friendships to last a lifetime. Our instructors were all fantastic! Zach, Ivor, Kerri and Paul were all teaching us the (literal) ropes, ensuring that everything was done with the highest level of safety.

Throughout the three months, we travelled all around the South Island of New Zealand, learning to climb, navigate, multi-pitch and hike. All of this in the best locations New Zealand has to offer! From Mt Cook to Milford Sound, we learned and adventured in tandem. Throughout the Program, we completed our NZOIA Rock and Bush Leader Certifications, as well as the Pre-hospital Emergency Care and Swift Water Rescue Course.

 

 Rosie on Adventure Guide Program, Queenstown

 

Back to the real word

Well recognised, the Pre-hospital Emergency Care and Swift Water qualifications proved useful in securing jobs in childcare and gymnastics coaching here in Queenstown. Although I have not used the NZOIA Qualifications professionally, I have been able to engage in rock climbing as a hobby far more safely and with greater confidence.

Further, during the Program, the Pure Exploration admin provided constant assistance with opening bank accounts and finding work placements here in Queenstown, something which allowed us to seamlessly transition into life in New Zealand following the Program. 

 

Rosie on Adventure Guide Program, Queenstown

 

Why choose Pure Exploration?

What distinguishes Pure Exploration’s Adventure Guide Program from those like it, is the diversity of outcomes that can be taken away. Although I was fresh out of high school, having done some backpacking in the months prior, our groups age ranged from 18 to 29, and enabled a cohesion and unique dynamic through which we were all able to learn and grow. Indeed, we formed a pseudo-family unit, composed of group mums (Austin and Katherin), a dad (Ken), older sisters (Joyce and Gab), etc. When talking to a Pure Ex alum, the almost unanimously greatest takeaway is the friendships made. 

 

One program, many possibilities

Embarking on the Adventure Guide Program puts you in the unique position to be surrounded by people from all walks of life. Whether you are looking for a career break, a gap year experience or to become an adventure guide/instructor, the Program provides a space in which this can occur. Three years later, I am completing my last year of university online, while Ken and Gabby have gone on to work as outdoor instructors. Our group has dispersed throughout the world, our lives all influenced by our time here in New Zealand.

 

Rosie on Adventure Guide Program, Queenstown


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2021-05-16

We are sliding Slovenia and Italy into our Program lineup from Summer 2022. We are super excited to announce this one as for 12 weeks the Dolomites and the Alps will be your playground but also your classroom! . . . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-15

What is PHEC? An advanced, progressive and innovative course, it provides you with the knowledge and skills required to provide immediate and advanced first aid assistance. We either cover this course or Wilderness First Aid on our Programs. These courses give you the best preparation for all circumstances. . . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-14

Who is inspiring us this week? Chrisburkard has recently cycled across Iceland with a few of his mates. See him battle snow storms, freezing temperatures all on bikes! Amazing and worth a follow! Did we mention we have a Program that explores Iceland in 2022! . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-05-12

On our Patagonia Program students will be climbing and hiking around the Fitz Roy peak. This peak is famous for Jim Reynolds free soloing! Can you even imagine that! . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-11

TOP TIP Tuesday! Always take a spare pair of socks on your hikes. You never know when you are going to need them! A wrong step into a stream, snow on the ground or a downpour. It's great to have a dry pair to keep your feet warm! . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-10

Patagonia - One of our most popular Programs. We can see why! Our group pre COVID in front of their hiking and climbing terrain for the Program! Bookings are open now for our Adventure Guide Programs across Nepal, Patagonia and New Zealand! . . . .. . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-09

Our Programs bring the group close together as everyone has their differing strengths. There will be no shortage of high fives and celebrations as we push each other to achieve! . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-08

Swift Water Rescue Qualification - Students will gain this qualification on most Programs and will focus on the RESCUE CURVE! Prevention, self rescue, rescue by others in your group, rescue by others in another group and finally injury or loss. Learning techniques will keep you safe out there exploring! . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-05-07

We love following other explorers and this week we are loving elinasborne and all of her thru hiking. She has recently completed the New Zealand Te Araroa trail and vlogged the whole 3000km of it! . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-05-04

Jump into some great adventures this year with 12 weeks of our Adventure Guide Program in Nepal . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-03

Views from your bedroom like this are common place on our Programs. We run completely accessible courses that balance exploration and learning perfectly. Our destinations include Patagonia, New Zealand and Nepal. . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-02

River crossings are just pat and parcel of our Adventure Guide Programs. Our Nepal Program is in the midst of learning how to cross safely using teamwork (I can confirm the rivers are icy cold) . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-01

Our Nepal Program is in full swing at the moment. Exploring in the foothills of the Himalayas is a bucket list trip! . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-30

Always been thinking about a bit of time out from your career? Just finished university, school or wanting a bit of a challenge. We have 12 week Adventure Guide Programs running throughout the year in some awesome locations . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-26

Tip Tuesday - When packing make sure you pack you clothes in a liner inside your backpack. This will ensure dry clothes whatever the weather! If you don't have a liner just use a binbag. You will thank us! . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-25

Our Programs make sure you are ready for any adventure and also for taking that step into the Outdoor Guide Industry. Our Adventure Guide Programs provide Rock Leader Qualifications. . . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-24

Just a short drive away from our basecamp for the Patagonia Adventure Guide Program, the Perito Moreno is one of the biggest Glaciers you will ever see. It stands at an impressive 30km long! . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-23

The weekends are for exploring and if you aren't on one of our Programs get yourself an adventure booked! We are going to kick off this weekend with a hike near our HQ. This hike takes in Arrowtown, Brow Peak, and ends at Coronet Peak. It's a long one but the views are magical! Where are you adventuring this weekend? . . . . . #newzealand #nz #travel #auckland #nature #photography #queenstown #nzmustdo #wanderlust #love #travelphotography #adventure #southisland #roadtrip #instagood #mountains #landscape #travelgram #photooftheday #beautiful #purenewzealand #instatravel #explore #wellington #beach #naturephotography #hiking #picoftheday #sunset #newzealandguide

2021-04-22

Throwing it back to our Adventure Guide Program getting involved in some epic water adventures in Milford Sound, New Zealand. Our Programs will push you out of your comfort zone but we will always be laughing! . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nzmustdo #patagonia #Nepal #peru #nz #personaldevelopment #hikingculture #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-04-20

Australia - You might have kangaroos, koalas and a whole lot of other cool wildlife but we have Keas.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These cheeky birds can be found on both the Kepler and Routeburn tracks. Did we mention that our new 2 week Expeditions take in these routes? Spaces are limited with Expeditions running from mid May!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #travelaustralia #australia #seeaustralia #travel #exploreaustralia #visitaustralia #sydney #travelphotography #australiagram #newzealand #discoveraustralia #travelgram #x #nsw #nature #australiatravel #roadtrip #queensland #adventure #queenstown #downunder #wanderlust #travelaus #westernaustralia #visitnsw #travellingaustralia #beach #explore #travelnsw