Two years ago, my partner and I took a side-trip from Vietnam into Myanmar. We decided to travel far south into the Tanintharyi Region for a week and for those full seven days we saw no other tourists, not one! Being the minority within a completely different culture opened my eyes to the diversity within the world and encouraged me to analyze my values and belief system, as well as what my own priorities were. As a result of this trip, I realized that what I accept as normal is not the same for everyone and it taught me to be more considerate of people’s faith, opinions, and actions. Diversity is one of those beautiful things that make this world such an amazing place and without it, I think, the world would be an incredibly boring place.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Since starting with Pure Exploration, I’ve had the opportunity to grow and learn, which has been a great opportunity. I started with PE as a field instructor and then, after running my first Adventure Guide Program here in Queenstown, I moved into the Chief Instructor role. I’m now spending winter in the office working alongside the operations, logistics, marketing, and sales teams.
This role has given me insight into all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make our programs as successful as they are. The commitment and dedication of these teams fuel my passion for the company even more. Seeing how much work goes into creating a successful program inspires me to fully commit to my role as a leader, motivating my team of instructors to be the best they possibly can be.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
We had a student on one of our Adventure Guide Programs who showed amazing leadership, facilitation, and technical skills and after graduating went on to join the team as an Instructor – leading Adventure Guide Programs themselves. Watching someone grow and sharing in the celebration of their success is always a great thing!
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
Despite growing up in New Zealand and having lead the Adventure Guide Program here in Queenstown, I would still choose it as my favorite!
Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capital of the World for good reason! The landscape and culture here is like no other. We are incredibly privileged in Queenstown to have such stunning rugged wilderness right here on our doorstep. Groups get to hike and rock-climb in some of the most spectacular locations in New Zealand including; Milford Sound, Wanaka, Routeburn Valley, and Mount Cook.
The Adventure Guide Program attracts an amazing group of like-minded people from all over the globe and over the twelve weeks, some of the best life-long friendships are formed.
The training and internationally recognized qualifications that are gained through the program set you up to be easily employable straight out of the program. With the wide array of adventure tourism operators here in Queenstown, any dedicated graduate would be able to gain employment on completion of the program.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Pure Exploration is the only company running programs of this type, that makes it unique! The mix of travel, skill-based learning, qualifications, and work experience is like no other.
I am proud to be part of a team that, even in the face of growth and customer demand, continues to maintain our core values and vision.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
Cooperation among teammates is one of the key elements of success. Working together towards a common goal, rather than competing for personal glory leads to great achievements. A team that works well together will foster a spirit of camaraderie, loyalty, and synergy that will go on and shape the company culture - something we're very proud of at Pure Exploration! Working in a positive environment boosts morale and overall happiness and satisfaction, creating a feeling of belonging to something bigger than yourself. Eventually, the team becomes a community, in which everyone understands their role and plays their part for the common good.