Instructor Intro: Ricki Hurst
Kia ora from Aotearoa!
Hey team! I hope you are all having a sweet summer, hanging out with your friends and family and generally enjoying life.
My name is Ricki, and along with Jess, we are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime in two of the most beautiful and adventurous countries in the world.
A little bit about me: I grew up at the base of the Coromandel in the North Island of New Zealand. My upbringing was pretty standard for a kiwi: milking cows, playing rugby, fish and chips at the beach, looking for good swimming holes to do bombs, and of course eating ice creams.
Since completing my studies in Outdoor Leadership in Dunedin back in 2007, I have been having a pretty awesome time working and playing in the outdoors, whether it be kayaking, climbing, tramping, snowboarding or mountain biking, I just love getting out there and getting amongst it!
Congratulations on taking the first step on what will be a life changing adventure. No doubt you’ve read the itinerary, so you have a bit of an idea of how action packed our 10-week adventure will be, but don’t worry, with Jess and I there to show you the way, it will be more epic than you thought.
I know you might be a little nervous about this adventure, but don’t worry we’re all in the same boat. Just remember: nothing ventured, nothing gained! I’m really excited to meet you all, please take the time to write a quick introduction, I’m really interested in learning a bit about you before we meet in Brisbane in just over a month's time.
Just a few things to keep in mind: down at this end of the world, at this time of year we can experience every kind of weather imaginable, so make sure you pack everything on the gear list, just don’t get too carried away, less is more is a good motto to adopt. There are 3 essentials you must bring along with you that don’t take up much room but can be a real game changer 1) sense of adventure 2) open mind and 3) sense of humour!
Soon we will be a big travelling family. We’ll be living, learning, laughing, eating, cooking, cleaning, playing and relaxing together. Just remember to respect the space of your fellow family members, and a bit of caring and kindness goes a long way.