Alex Parsons

Outdoor Education Graduate

Programme attended: Outdoor Instruction and Guiding (Level 5)

Alex Parsons always wanted to work in the outdoors with children – she says TPP’s Outdoor Education programme helped her land her dream job at Rotoiti Lodge Outdoor Education Centre.

Alex graduated with the Diploma in Outdoor Education in 2019, after completing the TPP certificate programme. She says it was the “best year of her life”.

“I spent the year doing the things I love: rock climbing and kayaking, mountaineering and learning how to work with people in the outdoors. At TPP you learn how to build rapport with people, communicate, organise tours and lead large groups, as well as all the technical and physical activities.

“The training was a huge part of the fact I’m working now in the job I always wanted.”

After finishing the Diploma in 2019, Alex worked over summer at Wildwire Wanaka. Then, through contacts set up by TPP tutors, she applied for the job at Rotoiti Lodge.

“I just loved the job from the beginning and I plan to stick around and learn more about working with kids. If you’re thinking about signing up for TPP’s outdoor education programmes – just do it, it’s the best thing I ever did.”