Expedition Leader Certification Program
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Expedition Leader

ECUADOR - GALAPAGOS - PERU - VIETNAM - LAOS - THAILAND - NEPAL

Duration

12 Weeks

Location

Global

Description

This comprehensive expedition leader training 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.

2021

18 Jan - 23 Apr

2021

4 Jun - 26 Aug

2021

24 SEP - 16 DEC

You’ll become a confident global traveler, able to plan, assess and undertake expeditions to remote areas, be prepared for all circumstances and know how to safely navigate your way through potential travel dangers.

This three month Expedition Leader training course is broken into three modules that focus on different key areas to build your repertoire of skills and experience. Each module builds on the one before - as the program progresses so will your skills; your proficiency as a global traveler and your confidence to lead others. The itinerary itself also progresses into more challenging global regions, continuously immersing you in learning experiences and developing key global adventure guiding skills.
 

THE ULTIMATE EXPEDITION  

Module 1 : How to travel internationally with a group - Budgets, logistics, local operators, safety & core skills

Module 2: Putting it into practice - Team trekking, community & service projects abroad, gaining confidence

Module 3: Up we go - Time to test your expedition skills in the legendary Himalayas!

 

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

We created this program as an immersive learning experience, for those looking to gain confidence and experience as an international traveller. Whether you are looking to get into the adventure travel industry, or simply become a rounded global traveller yourself, this program provides the key skills to help you:

* Be able to assess future travel destinations for risk and for suitability to your needs
* Make important decisions on arrival to navigate developing world or foreign language situations
* Have practical first aid skills to help save lives in remote locations
* To be confident to trek in remote destinations in varying conditions such as weather, jungle, altitude

The itinerary was chosen specifically to complement each stage of the training. As the level of skill required increases, the destinations chosen will similarly become more challenging; with language barriers, logistic challenges or poor infrastructure. 

 

 

Includes

  • 13 week adventure training and qualification program
  • Dynamic, immersive course
  • Focus on mentorship & learning through shared experiences
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors
  • Low student - instructor ratio for personalised learning
  • Outdoor Leadership Qualification
  • Advanced International Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Accommodation and food allowance
  • All technical equipment, some program related transport (note international flights to and from home and Cusco - Bangkok are NOT included)
  • Gain experience in adventure travel management, group leadership, international travel logistics, expedition/travel medicine, youth work, high alpine/jungle/swift water management, leading others above 5,000m, supported and unsupported trek management

Prerequisites

  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18-35 years old at time of commencement
  • Moderate fitness is recommended. All professional development and training is provided
  • 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. 

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Reviews

Miranda AGP

Becoming an Expedition Leader

Miranda

I had an incredible trip on the Expedition Leader Program! I decided to challenge myself and get on board an amazing adventure with PureEx and definitely did not regret it. The team was so friendly and I got to learn so many new skills including my NZOIA Bushwalking Leader credential and my Wilderness First Aid certificate, so if you're thinking about taking part in this program my advice is GO FOR IT!
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Expedition Leader Program Review

Chloe Hickey

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.

STRUCTURE

Weeks 1-4: INTRO TO ADVENTURE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP

Time for an introduction to the disciplines that will become your bread and butter for the next twelve weeks. Pending on your chosen strand you’ll get an in-depth briefing and training on:

Developing technical skills in navigation and bushwalking, day hikes, overnight hikes, bushcraft, interpretation, flora and fauna.

Or Rock climbing basics including top-roping, abseiling, safety, equipment, intro to lead climbing, systems, transitions. 

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

WEEKS 5-9: GET TECHNICAL

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!

BECOME AN EXPERT 

At this point of the program, we take it up a notch. It’s time to test your limits and push those new skills. We take you to a few more challenging locations where you’ll have to pull together as a team to get through, and where you’ll really start to see the value in ensuring processes are followed and back-up plans are in place!

Bush modules include Multi-day hikes, trip planning, practicing leading and getting mileage for your logbook

Rock modules include consolidation and practice of skills learnt in module 1 and 2 and incorporating leading others. 

At the end of this module, you will have received training to satisfy supervisor and leader qualifications in the above two disciplines

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN:

Advanced guiding skills
Hiking core skills

Or 

Rock climbing core skills
Outdoor survival techniques

Weeks 9-12: ASSESSMENT & LEADERSHIP DAYS

ASSESSMENT

Industry standard outdoor qualifications depending on your chosen strand:

1. Pure Exploration Trekking Leader
AND Swift Water Rescue Level 1 Certification
AND International Wilderness First Aid Qualification.

OR
2. Pure Exploration Rock Climbing Supervisor
AND International Wilderness First Aid Qualification.

 

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Fill up your logbook with leading or assistant-leading your peers for hiking and climbing excursions. Get some real experience with what it takes to plan, risk assess and successfully lead a day expedition

CRUNCH TIME.... EXAMS!

Buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your leader assessments. We’ve had a fantastic pass rate so far of 98%, so as long as you do the hours and are fit and healthy and raring to go, you’ll be sweet!

Weekly breakdown

HOW YOUR TIME ON THIS PROGRAM WILL PLAY OUT...

Our team will take you through the following topics on arrival, so you have all the tools you need to help you succeed while on your Adventure Semester.

These include:
• Campus tour and staff introductions
• Run through of curriculum, schedule & personal responsibilities
• Health & hygiene
• Country/regional risks and management
• Wildlife & environmental hazards
• Skills for shared residential living

Sample Week

Each week will look slightly different, but the main shape of a normal week in the life of a Adventure Campus will look something like this...
• 4 days supported group or independent study
• 2-3 days technical training
• Social activities with your course mates


*As noted above, the order of days will change each week and as your training progresses. This is simply a general outline.

NOTES

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