Our success stories

Arthur Machado

Arthur Machado

Arthur Machado is a great example of the diversity of career opportunities that exist for graduates of sustainability and outdoor education programmes at Ara.

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Bia Boucinhas

Bia Boucinhas

A two-year outdoor education diploma at Ara has led to an exciting, globe-trotting career for Bia Boucinhas.

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Cat Kearsley

Cat Kearsley

Variety is something Cat Kearsley relishes as an outdoor education professional and her career so far has included plenty of it.

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Kayla Stuart

Kayla Stuart

Kayla Stuart knew from an early age what career she wanted to pursue. “Growing up, I was always told to do what you love,” she says. “When I went on school camps to outdoor centres I was really inspired by the instructors and I wanted to inspire people the same way.”

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Lou Henderson

Lou Henderson

Outward Bound – an organisation that helps people reach their full potential through challenge in the outdoors - is often credited with changing people’s lives. It certainly lived up to that reputation for Lou Henderson, who completed a course there when she was 13.

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Meg Armon

Meg Armon

Five years after graduating from Ara with a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education, Meg Armon still refers back to her Ara resources for insights and inspiration in her work.

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Raquelle de Vine

Raquelle de Vine

Raquelle de Vine’s career is all at sea – in a good way. The Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education graduate is the oceanographic research vessel co-ordinator for California-based Algalita Marine Research and Education.

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Sem Eijwoudt

Sem Eijwoudt

Dutch national Sem Eijwoudt was two years into a degree in physical education at Fontys Sporthogeschool Eindhoven when the opportunity arose to study overseas.

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Sophie Watson

Sophie Watson

Nearly ten years after graduating from Ara (formerly CPIT) with a degree in outdoor education, Sophie Watson is in charge of the subject at Wellington East Girls’ College. She’s the sole outdoor education instructor and also teaches junior physical education and health.

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Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw’s outdoor education studies have not only given him a rewarding career, but many like-minded friends.“Outdoor professionals make great co-workers and friends,” he says. “There aren’t many industries where you head out for an adventure on the weekend with the same people you work with during the week – even your boss!”

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International student Weiwo Xie

Xingyu (David) Chen

As a child growing up in China, Xingyu (Dave) Chen was always interested in outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing and mountaineering. After attending high school as an international student at Auckland Grammar, those interests led him to study the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

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