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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