Pacific Discovery Gap Semester Programs are epic!

Our range of Gap Semesters for Spring 2022 are here and combine rugged journeys to some of the most spectacular places on earth, with authentic cultural immersion, language study, rewarding service-learning volunteer projects, and inspiring adventures. You’ll be secure in a supportive group environment and learn more than you ever dreamed.

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, and transferable academic credit options.

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 Instructors.

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.

For an incredible gap year, you can combine each program with another of our exciting Fall semester programs exploring Central America, South America, Nepal & Tibet, Southeast Asia, Bali, the Western United States and Hawaii!

Want to go in Fall instead?

Check out our Fall Programs! We have a big selection of gap year programs running in September and October, to Hawaii, Central America, Thailand, Bali and Costa Rica just to name a few.

Hawaii Spring GAP Semester

Surfing, Rock Climbing & Marine Conservation

Experience epic surf, golden beaches, the aloha spirit and active volcanoes on this 70-day gap year program in Hawaii! 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.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Hawaii & Western USA Spring GAP Semester

Sand Sledding, Mountain Biking & Yoga retreat

This 10-week semester program offers you enriching and inspiring experiences throughout the United States’ west frontier and the offshore beauty of Hawaii’s Big Island. It combines volunteer conservation projects in diverse reserves; outdoor expeditions including backpacking, rock climbing, yoga, surfing and white-water rafting; and educational adventure travel through the west’s stunning mountain, rainforest and desert environments. Discover the weaving and cooking traditions of the Native Americans, the navigating skills of the indigenous Polynesians, and the National Parks’ efforts to mitigate deforestation and reintroduce endemic wildlife; uncover more about your own backyard than you even knew existed.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Central America Spring GAP Semester

Mexico, Belize, Guatemala & Costa Rica

Join us on an epic journey witnessing the cenotes of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the tropical islands of Belize, through the rich highlands of volcanic Guatemala and down to the black sand beaches and exotic animals of Costa Rica. Our 70-day gap year program offers you an enriching and insightful fusion of environmental and animal rescue volunteer projects, cultural immersion, surfing, scuba diving, rafting, Spanish langue study, and, of course, non-stop adventure! You will absorb, explore, interact with, and understand the beautiful diversity of these locations. Your days will be as varied as the countries you visit, with a fusion of hands-on volunteer work, camping under the stars, and healthy doses of mountains and beaches.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Southeast Asia Spring GAP Semester

Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

Join us on this epic journey through the remote minority villages of Laos, the diverse landscapes of Vietnam, the world-famous Cambodian temples of Angkor Wat, all the way to the stunning beaches of Southern Thailand. This 70-day gap year program offers you an enriching fusion of community and animal rescue volunteer projects, cultural immersion, Thai cooking, Buddhist meditation, snorkeling, and of course, non-stop adventure! Your days will be as varied as the countries you visit, with a fusion of hands-on volunteer work with elephants, connecting with locals during homestays, camping under the stars on an overnight rafting trip, and good doses of jungles and beaches.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Nepal & Tibet Spring GAP Semester

Trekking, Rafting & Yoga Retreat

Experience Nepali language and culture immersion while home-staying in a rural village and volunteering on a valuable community development project. Trek the Annapurna Circuit, in the shadow of Himalayan giants through Annapurna National Park. Study yoga, meditation and Tibetan Buddhism while living at a small monastery. Raft one of the worlds top river journeys down the Kali Gandaki River. Travel overland across the roof-top of the world between Kathmandu and Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet, through incredible landscapes, amazing historic sites, and visit Everest Base Camp.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

South America Spring GAP Semester

Peru, Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

The Pacific Discovery South America Gap Year Semester is an inspiring 10-week educational travel program through Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands’ incredible cultural and environmental diversity. This experience combines immersive Spanish language study, hands-on volunteer projects, and adventure travel. 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 rainforest.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

New Zealand & Australia Spring GAP Semester

Canoeing, Surfing & Rock Climbing

New Zealand and Australia are two of the most ecologically intact and diverse countries in the world, and this experiential travel semester offers an amazing immersion during the temperate southern hemisphere spring and summer months. It combines three week-long volunteer conservation projects in diverse national parks and marine reserves; five multi-day outdoor expeditions including backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing and surfing; and educational adventure travel through New Zealand and Australia’s stunning mountain, forest and beach environments.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Vanuatu, Fiji & New Zealand Spring GAP Semester

Rock Climbing, Snorkeling & Marine Conservation

This 10-week semester program offers you an enriching and inspiring experience in Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand. It combines volunteer service-learning, cultural immersion, conservation and amazing educational adventure travel. Immerse yourself in marine and beach conservation on the beautiful Tranquility Island in Vanuatu. Work with a Fijian community in Nasautoka Village and become part of the family as you build and live together. Discover New Zealand’s fascinating landscape and culture. Explore incredible jungle, islands, beaches and volcanoes. Gain skills with lessons in fishing, marine conservation, Tapa making, rock climbing, caving, hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling. Join us on a journey through the Pacific and a pivotal semester abroad.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Polynesian Journey Spring GAP Semester

Hawaii, Fiji & New Zealand

Join us on an epic journey recreating the path our Polynesian ancestors traveled through the Pacific! Our 70 - day semester offers you an enriching and insightful fusion of environmental volunteer projects, cultural immersion, personal development, and, of course, non-stop adventure! You will learn all about the varied Polynesian culture, from the history of Samoa’s warriors and the origins of Hawaii’s Aloha spirit to the modern-day villages of Fiji and cities of New Zealand. You will absorb, explore, interact with, and understand the beautiful diversity and development of culture throughout the region. Your days will be as varied as the countries you visit, with a fusion of hands-on project work, connecting with locals during village stays, camping under the stars, and seriously healthy doses of mountains and beaches

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Australia & Indonesia Spring GAP Semester

Canyoning, Surfing & Yoga

This 10-week semester program offers you an exciting and fulfilling experience in Australia and Indonesia. It combines volunteer service-learning, marine conservation and amazing educational adventure travel. Immerse yourself in marine and beach conservation on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Work with New South Wales Parks to learn about sustainability and the native Australia environment. Discover Australia’s beautiful beaches and desert outback. Volunteer in Australia’s Northern Territory parks and reserves just outside of Darwin. Immerse yourself in Indonesian culture and learn about Balinese community. Explore incredible National Parks, islands, beaches, waterfalls, gorges and geographical sites. Gain skills with lessons in marine conservation, environment and sustainability, surfing, hiking, kayaking, canyoning and snorkeling. Join us on a journey through Australia and Indonesia and beyond.


Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Hawaii Spring Mini Semester

Surfing, Snorkeling & Marine Conservation

Experience epic surf, golden beaches, the aloha spirit and active volcanoes on this gap year program in Hawaii! 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!

Spring Dates 3 Mar - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $9,750 USD
Availability Open

Bali Spring Mini Semester

Surfing, Yoga & Animal Volunteering

This six week mini semester program offers you an enriching and inspiring experience in Bali. During the six weeks you will get to experience volunteering in an animal welfare center, dolphin spotting in the wild, disaster management and permaculture projects and a 5-day surf camp! The surf camp will take you from wobbling your way to shore, to riding through barrels like a pro. In between the conservation projects, surfing and yoga your days will be spent taking in the café culture of Bali, white water rafting, a volcano sunrise trek, snorkeling and some free time to explore!

Spring Dates 3 Mar - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $9,750 USD
Availability Open

Costa Rica Spring Mini Semester

Surfing, Canyoning & Animal Volunteering

Welcome to one of the happiest countries on earth, perhaps stemming from the laid-back Tico outlook combined with the incredible model of eco-stewardship Costa Rica boasts. During the six weeks you will get to experience hands-on animal conservation with sloths and monkeys, trekking through the epic Costa Rican rainforests, endless beaches, and yoga and meditation. Join us on an epic gap year program through Costa Rica to spot spider monkeys in the rainforests, surf the waves and relax on the tropical beaches!

Spring Dates 3 Mar - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $9,750 USD
Availability Open