Pacific Discovery Summer Programs are designed to be an intense and immersive insight into a country or region. You’ll be inspired by new perspectives, forge wonderful friendships, and gain experience and skills that will be with you for life.
Our programs are based on the concept of experiential education, and blend cultural immersion, personal and leadership development, volunteer and community service projects, ecotourism and sustainability focus.
They provide opportunities for meaningful connections with local people, pushing personal boundaries, and gaining knowledge of a country or region’s history, societies and environments, facilitated by our knowledgeable program leaders.
If you are looking for an experience that challenges you, broadens your horizons, and merges cultural insights and environmental sensitivity with fun and adventure – come and explore with us!
Our educational travel programs are suitable for high school graduates, gap year students, college students and graduates, ideally 17 - 22 years. Optional transferable academic credit is available on all programs.
We offer summer programs in: Thailand, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Ecuador & Galapagos, New Zealand, Fiji, Bali, and Australia.
This 2 week summer program offers you an enriching and inspiring experience in Hawaii. It combines service-learning and conservation volunteer projects with adventure travel and heaps of fun in the sun and sea. Discover Hawaii’s fascinating ocean and mountain landscape and explore volcanoes, waterfalls and beaches.
Snorkeling with manta rays is only possible in a few places in the world, and Hawaii is one of them! This end-of-program activity follows after a trip packed with surf lessons, service projects, island exploration and yoga sessions. Ready to fully immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture? You'll also dive into the importance of its traditions, from making beautiful leis to learning the steps of the Hula.
Join us on an epic journey to Hawaii! Our 30-day Summer Program offers you an enriching fusion of volunteer projects, surfing, cultural immersion and, of course, the sun, sea, and sand!
Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture. Discover Hawaii’s fascinating ocean and mountain landscape and explore incredible jungles, volcanoes and beaches. Gain skills with lessons in sustainability, conservation, and the environment as well as hiking, surfing, and snorkeling. Join us for a journey in Hawaii and an inspiring summer of exploration!
This 6-week mini semester program offers you an enriching and inspiring experience in tropical Hawaii. Hawaii consists of eight islands, which are all unique in their own way. Your days will be as varied as the islands you visit, with a fusion of hands-on volunteer work, surfing, snorkeling, cultural immersion and, of course, non-stop adventure!
There is an endless list of things to do in Hawaii. From learning to smash open coconuts and making beautiful leis, to stargazing on top of a dormant volcano and heading out to one of only four green sand beaches in the world. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture as you discover its fascinating ocean and mountain landscape and explore the incredible jungle, volcanoes, and beaches.
Our one-month summer program in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands combines 3 separate volunteer projects with exciting adventure travel. Have incredible, up-close wildlife encounters, raft in the Amazon Basin, hike the local volcanoes, kayak the turquoise ocean waters and watch for turtles. Immerse yourself in Ecuadorian culture and gain insight into the lives of indigenous Andean and Amazon communities. You’ll return from this summer program inspired by all you’ve experienced and learned…and most likely planning your return!
This summer program offers an enriching and inspiring experience in Costa Rica. During the four weeks, you will trek through multiple National Parks, walk through clouds in the world-renowned cloud forest, and witness bioluminescence in Curu National Park. Jump right out of your comfort zone with a rafting trip and get involved with a volunteer project at the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center.
After a week of hard work and animal snuggles, head over to Jaco beach where you will get to try your hand at surfing. Sink your toes into the sand for a few days with a reflective yoga retreat on the sleepy pacific coast and then wind your way over to the mysteriously misty hill town of Montverde.
Thailand is incredibly diverse – the mountainous jungle up north is populated by numerous minority tribal groups and has stunning national parks, while tropical islands in the south have some of the world’s best beaches and snorkeling spots. We take you to the north where you take a deep dive into the hill-tribe culture and an elephant sanctuary for the beginning of the program and are rewarded with some of the most stunning beaches in the world for the final portion of the trip.
Immerse yourself in elephant conservation learning; discover Thailand’s fascinating cities and culture; explore the incredible jungle, islands, and beaches; gain skills with lessons in Buddhist meditation, Thai cooking, Muay Thai and rock climbing. Join us on a journey to the heart of Thailand for a life-changing summer abroad!
Glaciers, hot pools, golden beaches, geysers, snow-capped mountains, endless lakes and rolling green hills... You will see it all on this 16-day tour around the North and South Island of New Zealand. You will give mountain biking, rafting, luging and kayaking a go, making the activities just as diverse as the landscape.
You’ll visit ‘The Shire’ (Lord of the Rings movie set), kayak along the pristine beaches of Abel Tasman, and soak in hot pools. Students will experience New Zealand from top to bottom, from the beaches in the north to the “adventure capital of the world” before falling in love with Milford Sound on a cruise through the fiords.
This 4 week summer program combines a week of blazing sun, pristine sea, golden sand and exciting water sports in the beautiful Mamanuca Island Resort in Fiji, with three weeks of adventure travel in both the North and South Island of New Zealand. If you’re looking to get stuck into a myriad of different activities, both on land and at sea – this program is most certainly for you!
Try mountain biking, rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, luging, and various boat trips. This program also includes two awesome volunteer projects, spending time at the coastal Tawharanui Regional Park, and at the Kiwi Birdlife Park down in Queenstown, giving students the opportunity to get stuck in to local conservation and sustainability efforts.
If you’re looking to get stuck into a myriad of different activities, this program is most certainly for you! Try mountain biking, rafting, luging, backpacking and more. You’ll visit glaciers and blowholes on an epic road trip along the West Coast, immerse yourself in Fijian culture, and go rock climbing in Wanaka. Students will experience New Zealand from top to bottom, from the beaches in the north to the “adventure capital of the world” before falling in love with Fiji as they hop from one island to the next.
This 6 week program in New Zealand and Fiji also includes two awesome service-learning projects, spending time at the coastal Tawharanui Regional Park and the stunning Marlborough Sounds, giving students the opportunity to get stuck in to local conservation and sustainability efforts.
Hop onto this 3 week summer abroad program and you’ll go canyoning in the Blue Mountains, canoeing through the Noosa Everglades, snorkeling in Byron Bay, hiking in the Byron Hinterland, and surfing in the dazzling NSW National Parks.
At the heart of surfing is a connection-to-nature philosophy. You get to experience this in a hands-on way by undertaking volunteer conservation work alongside National Parks staff in a coastal National Park. You’ll also try whale-spotting at numerous headland walks along our journey. There’s also time to explore vibrant Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane on your way.
On this 6-week summer abroad program you’ll go canyoning in the Blue Mountains, learning to surf in coastal National Parks, hiking on beautiful Fraser Island and Magnetic Island, boating among the Whitsunday Islands, and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.
This 4-week Summer program offers you an enriching and inspiring experience in Bali.
During the 4 weeks you will get to experience volunteering in an animal welfare center, dolphin spotting in the wild, and a surf camp that is 5 days! The surf camp will take you from wobbling your way to shore, to riding through barrels like a pro.