One Year On...

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the 2019 Queenstown Adventure Guide Program, so we caught up with a program Alumni, Summar Tasker, to get her take one year on...

 

What is your biggest takeaway, one year on from you AGP graduation? 

Solo. Lost. Unmotivated. Routine. Mediocre. Are just a few of the words to describe my life before I threw myself into the 2019 AGP program. The three months I spent in Queenstown were some of the best months of my life. This is the time where I grew most as a person and learnt a lot about myself. I acquired a variety of hard skills to gain NZOIA qualifications but most of my personal growth came from soft skills and day to day life that you experience along the way.

 

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In what ways have you used your qualifications gained in the past year?

I have worked as a guide for Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. in the Waitomo Caves aka New Zealand’s maximum-adrenaline Black Water Rafting tour! Plus on every personal adventure pursuit I find myself implementing the skills I learned during the program. 

 

Do you still keep in touch with your course mates? 

The short answer: big yes. I remember at the start our Instructor got us to do a small presentation type exercise to share a bit about ourselves. Everyone was so open and vulnerable and this was something I was not good at, in fact I disliked it a lot. But over the program these 10 humans started to poke at my heart and eventually I became a little more open and made a family away from home. I learnt you don't have to do everything alone and these once strangers are now family for life. 

 

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How has the AGP impacted your life?

The Adventure Guide Program has made me a more open person and helped me realise how much I love the outdoors and want to make it my career/lifestyle.

 

Do you have any advice for someone looking at doing an AGP?

I fell in love with the outdoors more and more everyday and chose to make it my lifestyle/career. This was the biggest turning point in my life so far and I would encourage anybody to do it even if you’re not a super outdoorsy person. Like wildflowers you must allow yourself to grow in all the places you thought you never would. The highs definitely outweighed the lows but in combination they were the perfect conditions for self growth. You make your own luck and excuses are for people that don't want it badly enough. So finish your cereal and go outside. Get amongst it team!

 

Summar, AGP Alumni '19

 

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2021-04-10

Can anyone guess which Adventures we are going to be releasing next week? Our HQ is absolutely buzzing over these additions! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #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

2021-04-09

We have some exciting news to share next week! I mean some really exciting news! Watch this space...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #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

2021-04-05

Our Program enjoying a hike in some awesome mountain ranges. Check out how this can be you this Summer! link in bio⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-04-04

Anyone for these bedroom views? They come with all our Adventure Guide Programs!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-04-03

Book your Program today! Link in bio⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-04-02

The best part of it all - It's seriously good fun with an awesome bunch of people. We have Programs running this year in some awesome locations⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-04-02

“I had the pleasure of taking part in the Expedition Leader Program! I loved my time travelling and learning with amazing participants and guides. As well as learning about the countries and cultures we travelled It was was amazing to see the impact we made on the community projects we put our time into. I learnt a lot about myself on this trip and it has made a large impact on my life and I am forever grateful to the Pure Ex team for making it happen.” - CHLOE HICKEY⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-04-01

What is an Expedition Leader Program?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This program is for people looking to gain experience travelling internationally to developing world regions, learning about managing groups & travel logistics, and trekking in some of the world’s most famous and spectacular mountainous and remote regions. Perfect for those looking to get into global adventure tourism roles or become a savvy adventure traveler.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #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

2021-03-30

Going through this experience with a small group of people will be life-changing. We have friends from previous Programs that still travel together to this day⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-29

This photo is from our Expedition Leader Program in 2019. Visiting the Rainbow Mountains in Peru. As well as exploring the wilderness you will be fully immersed in the culture of the countries we travel to⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-28

Our Expedition Leader Program takes you on a journey through some incredible countries. Trekking and Climbing through hard to reach places⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-27

You will make friendships that last a lifetime on our Programs. 12 weeks of pushing yourself through climbing, trekking and survival courses will make you trust your Program mates more than anyone!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-26

Adventure travel as it should be - That is the motto we live by!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .. #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

2021-03-24

ICELAND will take your breath away on the daily! Trekking through these mountains and rivers will make you appreciate the outdoors like never before⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-23

Our ICELAND Program running in June is filling up fast! Expect huge landscapes like this on your 12 week Adventure Guide Program⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-20

If you are a lover of the outdoors and Patagonia isn't on your bucket list, it should definitely be now! Join us this summer for our Patagonia Program.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-19

Who are Pure Exploration? - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are everyday Kiwis, helping people have extraordinary⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ experiences. Real travel isn’t just about box-ticking⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ guidebook recommendations or Instagram shots, it’s about⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ authentic experiences spent with new friends who inspire⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ you to think about the world and yourself in new ways. link in bio to enquire about the Patagonia Program.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-17

While this is an Adventure Guide Program, it’s not all about the outdoors. There will be community and social events;⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ personal development; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration. We let Patagonia be your classroom, with⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ lessons on leadership, technical skills, group dynamics /psychology and strategies to help in every area of life. Join us this summer in Patagonia!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #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

2021-03-16

This 3-month program is broken down into different key areas that focus on building your repertoire of skills and experience.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your time in Patagonia will be split between intensive practical and theoretical training, gaining world-recognized guiding qualifications.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not got any summer plans? link in bio to head to Patagonia this summer!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #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

2021-03-16

From technical skills to emergency safety and group dynamics, this comprehensive course will give you 100% confidence to navigate, hike, climb and guide in the outdoors.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And you get to live in Patagonia for 3 months. What's not to love? link in bio on how to join us this summer!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #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