Pacific Discovery Gap Year Programs are epic!

Our range of Gap Year Programs 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 semesters 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 gap year program with another of our exciting Fall semester programs exploring Central America, South America, Nepal, Thailand, Bali, the West Coast USA and Hawaii!

Hawaii Spring GAP Semester

Surfing, Hiking & 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
10 Feb - 20 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

West Coast USA

Conservation service, wilderness expeditions, adventure travel

This 10-week semester program offers you enriching and inspiring experiences throughout the beautiful regions of the United States’ West Coast and surrounds.
It combines service-learning conservation projects in diverse reserves; outdoor expeditions including backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, yoga and educational adventure travel through the west’s stunning mountain, forest and coastal environments. Discover the National Parks’ efforts to mitigate deforestation and reintroduce endemic wildlife, immerse yourself in the wonderous ecosystems that cover our lands, and uncover more about your own backyard than you even knew existed.

Spring Dates 17 Feb - 27 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

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

Thailand Spring GAP Semester

Diving, Rafting & Elephant Volunteering

Learn to scuba dive, explore Buddhist temples and volunteer at an elephant sanctuary on this inspiring gap year program through Thailand!

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 diving spots. It is wonderful to contrast the mega-city bustle and excitement of Bangkok with relaxed and friendly provincial towns and villages. Traveling with us you’ll have the chance to taste a less-touristy slice of the country and uncover the true essence of Thailand.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Nepal Spring GAP Semester

Trekking, Rafting & Yoga Retreat

On this extraordinary gap year program, you will immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and dramatically diverse environments of Nepal.

Imagine soaring Himalayan peaks, fluttering prayer flags, big skies and stunning Buddhist monasteries. Nepal is known for its rugged and spectacular mountain environment combined with its sparse population and stunning historical sites. This makes any overland journey across the Nepalese countryside both a spiritual and epic travel experience. On this gap year semester, you will travel across the roof-top of the world, through incredible landscapes, amazing historic sites, and a visit to Everest Base Camp.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 13 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Patagonia Adventure Leadership Spring GAP Semester

Climbing, Hiking and Leadership

Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to become an adventure guide? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal.
Adventure lovers, welcome home. Considered by many as the ultimate adventure travel destination, we know you’ll instantly love this place. Clean air, wide spaces, unreal mountainscapes, your camera is going to get a work out as much as your legs! While this is an Adventure Leadership Program, it's not all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be community and social events; personal development; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.

Spring Dates 3 Feb - 27 Apr, 2022

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