Pacific Discovery is a global leader in experiential education, offering transformative gap year and summer programs abroad since 2001. Programs are overland journeys combining authentic immersion, meaningful service, wilderness adventure. Students leave with a deepened sense of their identity, passion, and purpose.
Who do you want to be in the world? What does it mean to be a responsible global citizen? How do you want to create change? If these questions call to you, join us for an overland journey combining authentic immersion, meaningful service, and wilderness adventure. Our 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.
Our programs are a 10 week journey with an optional 3-week independent extension to apply newly developed independent travel skills. Semester programs are offered both Fall and Spring, and can be taken consecutively for an in-depth and transformative gap year experience. Optional academic credit options are available.
Program Locations: Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji); Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico); Himalayas (Nepal & Tibet); South America (Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands); Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia), Hawaii and Western USA
Cost and Session Information
Gap Year Program fee inclusions:
- All in-country land transport and travel (some flights - varies by program)
- All accommodation
- All meals
- 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
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Coming from the UK I was nervous about travelling over 8000 miles away to travel with a group of new people. However, it has ended up being one of the most positive and exciting experiences I’ve had so far. The program perfectly balanced hard work and volunteering with deep cultural immersion and a ton of fun activities. Highlights have included surf camp, finding the only snow in Hawaii and snorkelling with manarays. The experience was made by the amazing group of people and leaders that I travelled with. Everyone was open and welcoming and eager to learn and experience the trip. There have been ups and downs in the group but all in all the experiences have brought us closer together. I would highly recommend
From learning the art of cutting open a coconut, a proper surf board stance, hiking up Coconut Creek, enjoying a private manta ray tour, or looking at the stars at the top of the volcano of Mauna Kea, I can think of dozens of magical moments these past 4 weeks that were elevated by the support and community of my fellow peers and the Pacific Discovery team. All while prioritizing safety, Pacific Discovery has given my group a rare opportunity of true cultural immersion: daily fun experiential education peppered with moments of deeply personal growth.
I went on their Hawaii Minimester course this year and it was one of the most unique and fun experiences of my life. Pacific Discovery are committed to having their students fully immerse themselves in the culture in a way that someone travelling independently would not have the opportunity to. Our days were action packed and we all enjoyed ourselves in activities such as surfing, lei making, hiking, snorkelling and more. I am truly thankful for the experience that Pacific Discovery has provided me.
I went on the NZ and Fiji program in July and it was amazing. It was super varied from snorkeling in Fiji to rafting in NZ. It was only 4 weeks long and I wish it was longer! We had a smaller group which made the trip really feel like a family and for me, made the trip even better. I learnt so much about myself and think the others on the program did too. I recommend this trip to anyone that wants to see NZ and Fiji and travel with others the same age as you, you will make lifelong friends and memory’s you will never forget. I will never forget this trip.