How do we feel a few days away from starting the Adventure Guide Patagonia Program?
Today is only a few days away from what I called my Patagonia Project. I’m finally gonna start this 3 months outdoor training I’ve been waiting for and preparing for months. How do I feel now ? Excited for sure but I'm also freaking out.
Am I gonna be good enough for this whole program ? Did I forget to pack anything ? Who are gonna be my teammates ? Are we gonna all get along with each other? How is the weather really like? How challenging is this 3-months program gonna be for me? How is it gonna be to live in the middle of nowhere, with almost no connection to the world?
What are we gonna do? What are we gonna see? Am I gonna be a good guide? Have I taken the right decision by investing so much in this project? Did I forget to plan anything?
... This, could never end.
It’s kind of funny you know, because I’m used to travel. To live in remote places. To push myself out of my comfort zone. It’s been 3 years now that I’m travelling and living abroad. But joining a program like this one, surrounded by the same group of people for 3 months, is gonna be my very first time. These last years, all the places I went to and all the people I met, changed my life and myself in a way I would have never imagined before. So who am I gonna be by the end of April ? That’s a good question.
I’m really excited to meet the team and the locals, to discover the Argentinian culture and see the place we are gonna call home for 3 months. I can’t wait to live in our outdoorsy bubble, learning how to guide while experiencing some of the most beautiful landscapes of this planet. I am so thrilled every time I start picturing how it could be : from a meal in a shelter to a sunrise on top of a mountain, a view from the cliffs we climbed to a friendly night around the campfire… It still sounds like a dream, but I know, soon, this will be real.
When I discovered the Pure Exploration programs two years ago, I used to look at the blog and Instagram posts thinking : I wish I could afford this too. And now, here I am. Signed in for the Patagonia one. It’s been a long inside process, and I’ve been preparing this trip for a few months now. Financially but mentally too. And I can't even tell you how lucky I feel and how grateful I am for giving this a chance to maybe change my life.
I've learned with time and with my travel that happiness is found in simple things. And to do so, you need to take risks, to trust your guts, and to dare. So here we are, just a few more days before the start of this one lifetime experience. Taking the risk, but more, trusting my gutts. My packing preparation is still a mess, but I know I’m ready.
And I can’t wait to tell you more about it…
Coralie is a participant on our Adventure Guide Program which is taking place in Patagonia, Argentina. Coralie will be swapping life in France for the Andes mountain ranges from the 31st January and will be keeping us updated on her Adventure Guide Program travels as she explores the vast and remote region.