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Hospitality worker Summer McKinnon liked the idea of a career in outdoor education. But because she didn’t have much of an outdoor or adventure background, she decided to test the waters first by studying a diploma, rather than jumping in ‘boots and all’ with a degree.

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Summer McKinnon

I couldn’t recommend Ara and my degree more.

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Brooke McHardy

Growing up, Kayla Stuart knew she wanted to pursue a career in outdoor education and now Ara has equipped her with the skills to do it.

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Kayla Stuart

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

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Bia Boucinhas

Ten years after graduating from Ara with a degree in outdoor education, Sophie Watson leads outdoor education at Wellington Girls’ College.

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Sophie Watson

Tim Shaw’s outdoor education studies have not only given him a rewarding career, but many like-minded friends.

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Tim Shaw

Outdoor education graduate Lou Henderson says her Ara programme encouraged her to push past what she thought she was possible.

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Lou Henderson

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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Raquelle de Vine

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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Meg Armon

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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Cat Kearsley

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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Arthur Machado

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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Sem Eijwoudt

Sustainability graduate Matt Goodman is a wildlife conservationist, based at Arthurs Pass. Mat often assists with documentaries in New Zealand and overseas.

Mat Goodman

Sustainability graduate Rachel Pelvin is a Park Ranger for the Christchurch City Council, based in the Port Hills.

Rachel Pelvin