Pacific Discovery 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 18-24 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, New Zealand & Australia, the Eastern United States, the Western United States and Hawaii & The Western United States!


Hawaii & Western USA Spring GAP Semester

conservation service, wilderness expeditions, adventure travel

The United States is, in many ways, a country unlike any other, and this experiential travel semester offers you enriching and inspiring experiences through its west frontier and the on and offshore beauty of Hawaii's Big Island.
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 service-learning 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.

Facilitated by our supportive and experienced Program Instructors, this is an excellent opportunity for students wanting to develop personal and leadership skills, have new experiences and challenge themselves, be immersed in unique environments and learn about sustainability - not to mention, have an insane amount of fun!

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Western United States Spring GAP Semester

Conservation service, wilderness expeditions, adventure travel

The United States is, in many ways, a country unlike any other, and this experiential travel semester offers an amazing immersion into the mountains and deserts of its majestic wild west.
It combines service-learning conservation projects in diverse reserves; outdoor expeditions including backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, yoga and mountain biking; and educational adventure travel through the west's stunning mountain, forest and desert environments.

Facilitated by our supportive and experienced Program Instructors, this is an excellent opportunity for students wanting to develop personal and leadership skills, have new experiences and challenge themselves, be immersed in unique environments and learn about sustainability - not to mention, have an insane amount of fun!

The program is open to high school graduates, university students and graduates, ideally 18 – 24 years. Optional transferable academic credit is available to all participants.

While travelling domestically may look a little different to Pacific Discovery's other programs, our program design remains unchanged.

The Western United States semester program is a journey of discovery, where students are immersed in a facilitated learning environment, designed to maximize the educational and life-skills potential. Students are regularly encouraged to reflect and think about their values, goals, and what they wish to gain from the program experience and from their lives in general. It’s time to explore our own backyard, and there’s a lot of it!

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Central America Spring GAP Semester

immersion, service, expeditions, adventure travel

Challenge yourself on this incredible Central America gap year program journeying through the ancient ruins and spectacular land and seascapes of Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Adventure. Immersion. Service. This whirlwind journey is packed to the brim with transformational experiences.

This program combines immersive Spanish language study, hands-on service learning and permaculture projects, and challenging expedition elements - diving, trekking, surfing.

Challenge yourself on this inspiring experiential gap year semester journeying through the astounding cultural and environmental diversity, ancient ruins, and spectacular land and seascapes of Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Join us on an epic journey witnessing the azul cenotes of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, through the rich highlands of volcanic Guatemala and down to the black sand beaches and exotic animals of Costa Rica. Our 70 - day semester offers you an enriching and insightful fusion of environmental service projects, cultural immersion, personal development, and, of course, non-stop adventure! You will learn all about the indigenous cultures and the clash of European language and religion. They may be close in geography yet these key central American countries could not be more diverse in nature. 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 project work, connecting with locals during village stays, camping under the stars, and seriously healthy doses of mountains and beaches. Join us on this journey that moves organically from the Caribbean to the forested highlands of Central America and across to the Pacific.

This program has an experiential focus - students immerse in Spanish, get involved in service learning projects, have opportunities for meaningful connections with local people, gain knowledge of Central America’s history, societies and environments, experience sustainable development, push personal boundaries and develop their leadership skills.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Southeast Asia Spring GAP Semester

immersion, service learning, adventure travel

The Pacific Discovery Southeast Asia Program is an inspiring educational travel semester through the diverse and friendly Buddhist countries of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia
Southeast Asia is a fascinating melting pot of history, peoples, diverse cultures and dramatic landscapes ideally suited to an extraordinary educational travel experience. The program has a strong experiential focus. Students get involved in service learning projects, have opportunities for meaningful connections with local people, gain knowledge of Southeast Asia's history, societies and environments, push personal boundaries and develop their leadership skills.

When we look at a map we tend to lump these countries together and assume they’re all the same. Yet nothing is further from the truth. Thailand is traditional culture fused with an embrace of our modern globalized world. Laos is relaxed, languid and seemingly half forgotten. Vietnam is a shot of adrenalin, full of stimulus and culturally rich. Cambodia just gets under your skin and into your heart in a way that no other country does. In fact, we feel that the region can’t be beat for the sheer diversity of cultures, histories and landscapes in a geographically small area.

We love this part of the world, and discover more each time we return. We have developed this program to enable you to experience the best each country has to offer. The very nature of traveling in South East Asia can be demanding. This reality necessitates a program that achieves a balance between action-packed experiences, cultural insights and some time-out, just to process it all.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Nepal & Tibet Spring GAP Semester

immersion, service, expeditions, adventure travel

This extraordinary educational travel semester enables you to immerse yourself in an astoundingly rich cultural heritage and dramatically diverse environments, as we journey through Nepal and Tibet.
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.

For a relatively small country Nepal has astounding diversity – in environment, ranging from the semi-tropical Terai region in the south to the mountainous Himalayas in the north, home to eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest. Nepal is a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic, multi-religion country. Hinduism is practiced by a huge majority of the people, but the country also has a strong Buddhist tradition - Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha is located in Nepal. Nepal is a country in transition ( in recent years has changed from a monarchy to a federal democratic republic), and in recovery since the April 2015 earthquakes.

Imagine soaring Himalayan peaks, fluttering prayer flags, big skies, and stunning Buddhist monasteries. Known as The Land of Snows and the mythical Shangri La, Tibet has historically been isolated by its mountainous geography. This isolation has, for centuries, fired people’s curiosity about the kingdom which has only been possible to visit since the 1980s. The country's rugged and spectacular mountain environment combined with its sparse population and stunning historical sites make any overland journey across the Tibetan Plateau both a spiritual and epic travel experience.

Facilitated by our supportive and experienced Program Instructors, this is an excellent choice for students wanting to develop personal and leadership skills, have new experiences and challenge themselves, be immersed in unique environments and learn about sustainability.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

South America Spring GAP Semester

immersion, service, expeditions, adventure travel

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 service learning 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.

The program has an experiential focus and reflective educational approach. Students have opportunities for meaningful connections with local people, gain knowledge of South America’s history, societies and environments, experience sustainable development, push personal boundaries, and develop their leadership skills.

Facilitated by our supportive and experienced Program Instructors, this is an excellent gap year or study abroad option for students wanting to develop personal and leadership skills and be immersed in cultures different to their own.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

New Zealand & Australia Spring GAP Semester

conservation service, wilderness expeditions, adventure travel

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 service-learning 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.

Facilitated by our supportive and experienced Program Instructors, this is an excellent study abroad or gap year option for students wanting to develop personal and leadership skills, have new experiences and challenge themselves, be immersed in unique environments and learn about sustainability.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Hawaii Spring GAP Semester

Conservation service, wilderness expeditions, adventure travel

The United States is, in many ways, a country unlike any other, and this experiential travel semester offers you enriching and insightful fusion of environmental service projects, cultural immersion, personal development, and, of course, the sun, sea, and sand!
This 10-week semester program offers you an enriching and inspiring experience in Hawaii. It combines service-learning and conservation projects with amazing educational adventure travel and heaps of fun in the sun and sea. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture and authentic outrigger canoe paddling. Discover Hawaii’s fascinating ocean and mountain landscape and explore incredible jungle, volcanoes, and beaches. Gain skills with lessons in sustainability, conservation, and the environment as well as rock climbing, hiking, surfing, and snorkeling.

Facilitated by our supportive and experienced Program Instructors, this is an excellent opportunity for students wanting to develop personal and leadership skills, have new experiences and challenge themselves, be immersed in unique environments and learn about sustainability - not to mention, have an insane amount of fun!

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

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.

Facilitated by our supportive and experienced Program Instructors, this is an excellent study abroad or gap year option for students wanting to develop personal and leadership skills, have new experiences in multiple countries and challenge themselves. Prepare to be immersed in unique environments, cultures and to learn about sustainability and conservation with project in Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand.


Program Tuition $0 USD
Availability Open

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 service 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.

The who, what, and why of the Polynesian journey is not entirely understood by historians, although there are some agreed-upon facts that have established a rough picture of the narrative. Polynesians are primarily from Asian descent, and despite there being conflicting reports as to why they embarked on their original journeys, we now recognize that they were most certainly intentional and not accidental. Explorers took enough mating pairs, plants, and animals needed to establish sustainable colonies. Considering the lack of maps and sailing routes, it was likely they used the stars as navigational devices and the trade winds as a natural support. Over the course of the next 800 years, they explored and settled every single habitable island in the Pacific, including Hawaii, Samoa, and Fiji. Their final destination brought them to the shores of Polynesia’s largest landmass, New Zealand


Program Tuition $0 USD
Availability Open

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.

Facilitated by our supportive and experienced Program Instructors, this is an excellent study abroad or gap year option for students wanting to develop personal and conservation skills, have new experiences in multiple countries and challenge themselves. Prepare to be immersed in unique environments and cultures and to learn about sustainability and conservation with projects on the East Coast and in the Northern Territory of Australia.


Program Tuition $0 USD
Availability Open