Gap Year | How Does Service Learning Benefit the Communities

Many gap year programs involve an element of service learning. In a world full of greenwashing and voluntourism, it is more important than ever to ask the question, how does service learning benefit the communities they operate in? Service learning is a unique approach that combines community service with experiential learning. Examples undertaken by students are: habitat restoration and species monitoring; assisting local students with English-language development; and… Read more

The Power of Gap Years as an Antidote to Student Burnout

What is student burnout? Burnout is a state of complete mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. It has become an all too common issue among students. The relentless pressure to excel in academics, extracurricular activities, and personal lives can often take a toll on mental and physical well-being. One potential solution to burn out is taking a gap year—a deliberate break from formal education after high school or during college. Not only is a gap year a way to exp… Read more

10 Highlights From Our Central America Gap Semester Program

Pacific Discovery alum, Abby, tells us all about her top 10 highlights on her Central America Gap Semester Program with Pacific Discovery. Scuba Diving If you’ve read my previous blog post, you may know that I had absolutely no interest in trying scuba diving prior to my gap year program. I actually called Pacific Discovery and asked if I could be excused from this activity because I was so afraid. PD’s representative told me that the instructors will never make me do … Read more

Category Central America
Departure Fall 2023

Why Choose Pacific Discovery as Your Gap Year Provider? 

We asked Pacific Discovery alumni, Abigail Hasselbrink why she chose Pacific Discovery as her Gap Year provider and how she chose which program to do. When I first started thinking about taking a gap year, I began researching gap year travel programs. I quickly realized that there were hundreds of options, and I didn’t know how to decide which one to choose. I didn’t even know where to begin in the sorting and eliminating process. What programs were the most reputable? … Read more

What's the Accommodation like on Program?

It's one of our most frequently asked questions, 'What's the accommodation like on program?' And we're here to tell you what you can expect. Diversity is key in life. We embrace this idea while traveling overland across the world.  The place you lay your head at night is so much more than that. It’s an opportunity for connection and learning. Whilst on a program, you will experience a number of accommodation types. You will always be safe and comfortable. Accommodation … Read more

Summer Program Spotlight: Take a Summer Program with Pacific Discovery!

Taking part in a summer program is an amazing opportunity to gain new perspective, experience a new culture and so much more. Gap Summer Programs for 17-19 year olds are designed for students to take a break from school and dive into a 3-week to a month-long, fully supported and action-packed trip. By taking an intentional month off, Gap Summer Programs are helpful in gaining clarity and purpose for the next chapter in life. We wanted to shine a spotlight on a few of our… Read more

10 Things I Learned During My Gap Year

Taking a gap year is one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned so much about both myself and the world. Here are 10 things I learned during my gap year. 1. Jump from waterfalls as often as you canI jumped off a few cliffs and waterfalls during my semester with Pacific Discovery, and as long as you can assure that what you are doing is safe, I highly recommend doing it. It is such a rush and landing in the water is the most liberating, refreshing feeling. 2. The … Read more

10 Reasons to Do a Summer Program

Not sure how to spend your summer? Join us on one of our incredible summer programs! So, you’ve decided you want to travel this summer? Congratulations! This is an important decision that will serve you for the rest of your life. Summer programs are a great opportunity for students to take a break from their regular academic routine and gain new experiences that can enhance their personal and professional growth. These programs offer a variety of opportunities to learn … Read more

Tips for Traveling Sustainably

Our programs are filled with intentional and thoughtful travel experiences that are in line with sustainable development. However, it’s still a bit of a catch 22, figuring out how to limit your carbon footprint whilst out gallivanting in the world. It’s something that’s always on our mind as an experiential travel company, and this list is fluid and changing with the times. Here are a few tips on traveling sustainably. Extend Your Trip Make the trip worthwhile! Once you… Read more

Envisioning Life After a Pacific Discovery Program

When you finish a program, you might not look different (apart from the teva tan lines), but you will most certainly feel different. You will take away a lot more than photos and souvenirs after traveling on a 70 day overland journey to some of the most vibrant and culturally diverse destinations on earth. The lessons learnt from our experiences on program will be drip fed into Your lives for years after the program.  Wide Open MindA gap semester program might unravel s… Read more

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