- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Ecuador, Peru, Galapagos Islands
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Two Months, Academic Year, Semester, Other
- Start Month: January, September
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins, Homestay, Hotel, Tents
- Application Fee: $400
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Payment Terms
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
Who do you want to be in the world? Join Pacific Discovery for an insightful, overland gap semester thought the cultural heart of The Andes: Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos Islands.
On our South America Semester, you'll travel in a fun, safe and supportive group of 14 students with two instructors to facilitate and mentor your experience. Join us to gain insight into the lives of indigenous Andean and Amazon communities while significantly improving your conversational Spanish ability. Participate in worthwhile community-initiated volunteer projects, wander the ancient streets of Quito and Cuzco, and be astounded by Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the incredible Galapagos Islands. You will trek, raft, cycle, and snorkel through a range of environments from Andean peaks to the Amazon. You will also have many opportunities for meaningful connections with local people that will deepen your 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.
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.
10-week program for ages 18-24. Fall and Spring departures. Scholarships and academic credit available.
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