How do you want to experience our world? Join Pacific Discovery for a life-changing, overland gap semester thought the cultural heart of Central America: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Develop a global perspective, independence, leadership and Spanish skills through outdoor expeditions, service learning projects, and authentic cultural and language immersion. Pacific Discovery programs foster empathy for other cultures, ethical and sustainable travel practices, and awareness of international issues. Students leave with a deepened sense of their identity, passion, and purpose.
Pacific Discovery is a global leader in experiential education, offering inspiring summer, semester, and gap year programs abroad since 2001, and is an inaugural member of the American Gap Association.
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On our Central America Semester, you'll travel in a fun, safe and supportive group of 14 students with two instructors to facilitate and mentor your experience. You'll get involved in rewarding service learning projects in wildlife conservation and community permaculture. You will become a PADI certified scuba diver. We will hike, surf, sail and snorkel through diverse national parks. You will also have many opportunities for meaningful connections with local people that will deepen your own global perspective and strengthen your Spanish skills. We support you to develop your leadership skills, resourcefulness, resilience, and independence. Pacific Discovery is committed to sustainability and ethical travel, which we'll be practicing throughout the program.
10-week program for ages 18-24. Fall and Spring departures. Scholarships and academic credit available.
Cost and Session Information
Central America Gap Year Semester fee inclusions:
• Visas All in-country land transport and travel (some flights - varies by program)
•All language classes, activities, excursions, entry fees and adventure travel as described in each program's itinerary
•Service learning projects in conservation and community development Informal lectures from resident experts on history, culture, development issues
•Experienced program instructors and local guides
•Online image library for your program
•Extensive pre-departure preparation support and information
•During program weekly updates to families and group photo album
•Post-program alumni network
•Assistance with booking international flights