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    Pacific Discovery: Australia Mini Semester Program

    Pacific Discovery: Australia Mini Semester Program


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day
    • Destinations: Australia
    • Credit Awarded: College
    • Program Length: Six Weeks
    • Start Month: March, October
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Dorm, Other, Tents
    • Application Fee: $500
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Affiliation: Gap Year Association
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships
    • Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    Protect the ocean, explore the Great Barrier Reef and delve into the Aboriginal culture on this road trip along Australia's East Coast!

    Calling all ocean lovers! Australia hosts breathtaking coastlines, tropical islands, and oceans that are home to a vast and colorful array of marine wildlife. During this gap year program, you will connect yourself to the land and the sea as you support a range of marine and environmental conservation projects, from protecting the marine and coral diversity of the Great Barrier Reef to preparing food for sick and injured turtles at a rescue center. If you are committed to making a positive change for our oceans and the planet so that future generations can continue to enjoy nature's beauty, this Australia Program is for you!

    There will be plenty of ways to discover the rich biodiversity of Australia's oceans, waterways, and wetlands by heading out on exciting water adventures too. Peek into the magical underwater world by snorkeling in Byron Bay and Moreton Island, spot whales and dolphins on coastal walks, ride waves to your heart's content during a multi-day surf camp and take on the wilderness on a canoe expedition in the Noosa Everglades. There will also be time to delve deeper into the Aboriginal culture that has been kept alive in this country for more than 50,000 years. Indigenous people across Sydney and Cairns will share stories and the meaning of the cultures and way of life for a truly immersive experience.

    Some program highlights include:

    • Get hands-on with marine conservation in the world-famous Great Barrier Reef
    • Snorkel with turtles and tropical fish in Byron Bay and Moreton Island
    • Jump aboard a Mari Nawi (Big Canoe) and learn about the Aboriginal culture and history
    • Give a helping hand to a turtle rescue center that provides care for sick and injured marine turtles
    • Learn to ride waves during a multi-day surf camp on Australia's East Coast 
    • Try your hand at boomerang throwing and observe traditional spear-throwing
    • Support the beach cleanup initiatives of local volunteer groups