A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time.
WEEKS 1 - 4: CORE SKILLS
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!
The program begins in the humble mountain village of El Chalten, Argentina. This is the gateway to Patagonia’s most famous treks and the Los Glacieres and Torres del Paine National Park. All areas that you will come to know well and feel forever connected to.
Get to know your program mates and your base camp. Spend a few days getting familiar with the local area, learn local customs and culture, do a bit of administration, and fully absorb exactly what you’ll get up to over the next 12 weeks.
Introduction to Adventure Skills & Leadership
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.
WEEKS 5 – 8: GET TECHNICAL
Become an Expert
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:
WEEKS 9 – 12: WORK EXPERIENCE & ASSESSMENT
Complete your training with two safety certificates
- 40-hour Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
- Swift Water Rescue
Then jump right 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.
Finally, crunch time! Buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your NZOIA assessments.
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!
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.
International Educator Program - Perfect for those looking to become valuable contributors rather than just volunteer tourists. Learn how to make an impact and run your own global community, service and conservation projects.
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.