Expedition Leader Training & Qualifications
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Expedition Leader

ECUADOR - GALAPAGOS - PERU - CHINA - 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.

2020

5 Jun - 27 Aug

2020

1 July - 4 August

2021

15 Jan - 8 Apr

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

  • 12 week expedition leader training and qualification program
  • Dynamic, immersive course that progresses with each new destination
  • Focus on mentorship & learning through shared experiences
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors and a program manager hosting in all countries
  • Low student - instructor ratio for personalised learning
  • NZ Outdoor Leadership Qualification (completed internationally)
  • Advanced International Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Accommodation and most meals provided all program
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel (except your flight to and from home)
  • 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: ADVENTURE TRAVEL GUIDING

Time for an introduction to the essentials that will become your bread and butter for the next 3 months - the core skills needed for global travel in groups: Budgeting, logistics, dealing with operators, hygiene, safety, eating, airports and new cultures. You’ll also cover the foundation hiking and guiding skills you’ll need for the training ahead.

WHERE YOU'LL BE:
Quito, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands
Lima, Peru
Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley, Peru
Ausangate, Peru

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: 
Outdoor guiding qualifications 
Project work and community service 
Developing world experience in Latin America 
More advanced treks & leadership opportunities

 

WEEKS 5-9: Consolidating Skills

 ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT & TRAVEL/SIGHTSEEING

From here, we move to stunning Southern Asia. As well as being immersed in some incredible cultures, you’ll be actively involved with the planning and management of your team’s itinerary - this will be the projects you’re working on, booking your travel from place to place, the itinerary creation and logistics required for trekking. Cultural and language barriers may make some tasks difficult, but literally every day will be a lesson in problem solving, group management, and planning.


WHERE YOU'LL BE: 
Sichuan Province, China
Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
Luang Prabang, Laos
Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: 
Developing world travel experience 
Guiding management experience 
Adventure guiding core skills

Weeks 9-12: Expedition Leader Training

SUPPORTED EXPEDITION TREKKING AT ALTITUDE

The Himalaya, what many feel is the spiritual home of adventure. This beautiful, rugged country will host your crew as you put into practice the technical, educational and learning principles developed throughout this program. The nature of the high alpine environment will provide a tough classroom at times, but is the ultimate way to learn. You’ll leave a better person, more confident in your skills and richer from an amazing Nepalese experience.

 

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN:
High altitude trekking management skills
Application of your skills learned to date
Experience in coordinating high altitude expeditions

 

Weekly breakdown

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

We know that 3 months may sound like a long time to be training, studying and travelling with us!

But what’s great about this program is that every week is different. Your time will be split between a range of activities, to ensure you have all the technical skills and experience needed to succeed, but also enough time to chill, sleep in, experience special cultural sites & locations in each country, and go practice your new guiding and trekking skills.

The order of these activities will change each week depending on a number of things - your travel itinerary,
the weather, or the training your program manager has planned for you at the time. At the start of each week you will be briefed on the plan for the week ahead so you can get organised and get excited!

EACH WEEK WILL INCLUDE:

  • 4 days of Technical Training

  • 1 day of Self-Directed Learning

  • 1 day for Group Learning

  • 1 day for Travel or Free Day

    *As noted above, the order of days will change each week and as your program 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