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 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, New Zealand & Australia, the Eastern United States, the Western United States and Hawaii & The Western United States!


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 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Central America Spring Gap Semester

Spanish Learning, Scuba Diving & Animal Volunteering

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.

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 volunteer projects, cultural immersion, personal development, and, of course, non-stop adventure!

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Southeast Asia Spring Gap Semester

Snorkeling, Caving & Volunteering With Elephants

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.

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.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Nepal & Tibet Spring GAP Semester

Trekking, Rafting & Yoga Retreat

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.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

South America Spring GAP Semester

Rafting, Machu Picchu & Spanish Immersion

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 31 Jan - 10 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 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Hawaii Spring GAP Semester

Surfing, Rock Climbing & Marine Conservation

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 volunteer 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 conservation volunteer 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.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 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 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Polynesian Journey Spring Gap Semester

Kayaking, Rafting & Conservation Volunteering

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 31 Jan - 10 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.

Spring Dates 31 Jan - 10 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $13,500 USD
Availability Open

Hawaii Spring Mini Semester

Surfing, Snorkeling & Marine Conservation

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 volunteer projects, cultural immersion, personal development, and, of course, the sun, sea, and sand!

Spring Dates 11 Mar - 22 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $9,750 USD
Availability Open

Costa Rica Spring Mini Semester

Surfing, Canyoning & Animal Volunteering

This six-week mini semester program offers you an enriching and inspiring experience in Costa Rica. 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, permaculture, trekking through the epic Costa Rican rainforests, relaxing yoga and meditation, and endless beaches.

Spring Dates 11 Mar - 22 Apr, 2022

Program Tuition $9,750 USD
Availability Open