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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Exactly one year ago today, a group of 10 strangers embarked on a journey they'll never forget! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While currently separated over 3 different continents, some of the group still live together, some have reunion plans on hold, some are glad to never, ever, see a long drop again, and others are living that rad van life! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We caught up with program Alumni, Summar, to get her take one year on...


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We think the biggest benefit of travel is the feeling of reinvigoration and inspiration you feel from surrounding yourself with new things. Shake away the dust, move those limbs, challenge the mind. Our Adventure Guide Programs are an epic way for people to get a foot in the door to a hiking or climbing guiding career, or the perfect option for those looking for a comprehensive course that helps them gain 100% confidence to navigate, hike, climb, guide and survive in the outdoors. This year our scholarships will offer deserving people the chance to join us on one of our Adventure Guide Program intakes in 2021, based in New Zealand and Patagonia. With more than NZ$200,000 in financial aid available, we are super excited to get some motivated and deserving individuals on our programs that are keen to grab this chance to challenge themselves and grow their leadership skills. We are offering one full scholarship worth NZ$13,975 to a deserving individual who embodies the enthusiasm we have for exploring the outdoors, who demonstrates leadership among their peers, and someone understands the importance of looking after our environment as we enter a new decade with heightened ecological challenges. We will also be offering several Partial Scholarships to people who are keen followers of our story. They will be outdoor lovers who are keen to use hiking and climbing as a way to challenge themselves, who understand the impact experiential travel can have in positive change. Applications close 31st March 2020, so don’t miss out! Learn more here: