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Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

Outdoor Guide Training & Industry experience


12 Weeks




Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to become an adventure guide? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal.


1 Nov - 24 Jan


31 Jan - 23 Apr


30 Oct - 21 Jan

From technical skills to emergency safety and group dynamics, our comprehensive 3 month Adventure Guide Program will prep you with all the skills needed to pass your guiding qualifications and feel confident to guide groups. And you get to live in Patagonia for 3 months. Rad.


 This 3 month program is broken into 3 modules that focus on different key areas to build your repertoire of skills and experience. Your time in Patagonia will be split between intensive practical and theoretical training, gaining world-recognised guiding qualifications, plus work experience in the adventure tourism industry.


This Argentinian - Chilean based program specialises in the following guiding disciplines:

  • Hiking 
  • Climbing OR 
  • Sea kayaking (enquire for availability)


Adventure lovers, welcome home. Considered by many as the ultimate adventure travel destination, we know you’ll instantly love this place. Clean air, wide spaces, unreal mountainscapes, your camera is going to get a work out as much as your legs! 


While this is an Adventure Guide Program, it's not all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be cultural activities and exchange; sightseeing and touring; personal development; community and social events; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.  


To become a global guide, you will embark on a remarkable journey of learning, experiences and coaching. Patagonia's diverse and spectacular outdoors will be your classroom, with lessons on leadership, technical skills, group dynamics and group psychology, and strategies to help in every area of life. 

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  • 12 week adventure tourism training and qualification program based in El Chalten, Argentina, the gateway to the trails surrounding the incredible peaks of the Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains.
  • Accommodation and most meals for duration of program
  • Work experience in the adventure tourism industry
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors
  • NZ Outdoor Instructor Association Leader Hiking Qualification
  • Advanced International Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Modules on guiding and leadership skills, critical incident management & technical skills
  • Enjoy the experience of living in an isolated region of South America!


  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18 years or older at time of commencement
  • Moderate fitness is recommended. All professional development and training is provided
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
  • A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities or for our natural environment
  • Be a social team player that enjoys helping others discover adventure!

Note spaces on this program are extremely limited. Most of our candidates apply 8-12 months in advance of start date. 


A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time. 


Time for an introduction to the disciplines that will become your bread and butter for the next eight weeks. You’ll get an in-depth briefing and training on hiking and guiding giving you the core skills needed for the training ahead. You’ll be doing this training while trekking on some of Patagonia’s most famous hikes - not a bad way to learn!

You’ll work on your knowledge of equipment, weather, and nutrition, then introduce you to essential training in group management, risk analysis, and leadership.

W circuit, Torres Del Paine National Park
EL Chalten


It’s time to start putting your skills and knowledge to the test, as we start to push your limits and see if we can create some outdoor diamonds!

After getting loads of practice in the bush and on the rock, choose a strand to continue developing your abilities in the outdoors.

In groups of eight, you’ll receive training to satisfy NZOIA leader qualifications in Hiking, and one of the following:

  • Sea Kayaking

  • Rock climbing 

Huemel Circuit, Los Glacieres National Park

WEEKS 9-12: Assessment & Work Experience


As well as completing your 2 x discplines to NZOIA standard (as discussed on the previous page), you’ll also complete two crucial safety certifications to add to your repertoire:

40-hour Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Swift Water Rescue


Time to jump into guiding!

You’ll be placed with various employers over these final weeks to satisfy log book requirements, giving each of you a minimum of 5 client days as lead or assistant guides in bush walking and in your chosen strand.


Buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your NZOIA assessments. We’ve had a fantastic pass rate so far of 100%, so as long as you do the hours and are fit and healthy and raring to go, you’ll be sweet!


Each week will include*

  • 4 days of Technical Training
  • 1 day of Self-Directed Learning
  • 1 day for Classroom Learning
  • 1 day for Admin or as Free Day

*The order of days will change each week and as your training progresses. This is simply a general outline.


If you're keen to maximise your time with us, you might want to consider the following paid add-ons...

Guaranteed* work placement position - NZD$1,500
If you pass your assessments, and have demonstrated a great attitude and potential for guiding, this is when we support your preparation and assist you in being placed into your paid work! Paid work positions would be located in New Zealand. 

Self Led Expedition - NZD$1,875 - Choose a location, plan and lead your own expedition! Put all your new outdoor guiding skills to use for a self led 2 week adventure including transport, equipment, meals and accommodation. Chat to us for more details. 

Other Pure Ex Programs
We have a number of exciting programs in a range of countries that you may be keen to experience. These include:

Expedition Leader Program - For those keen to push their skills in high alpine regions, and begin to specialise in altitude and advanced technical hiking. A global course that finishes in the Himalayas



This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements

*Guaranteed work placement positions are available as a paid add-on to your course fee, paid in full along with your course fee. We will assist you wherever possible in obtaining employment post course, on the conditions that you have passed your relevant assessments, hold a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand, and have demonstrated a good attitude. You will be placed with one of our partner companies.