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Pacific Discovery New Zealand & Fiji Summer Program - 4 wks

Immerse yourself in New Zealand and Fiji’s incredible environments and unique cultures. This one month summer program combines two weeks of hands-on and rewarding service-learning...

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Pacific Discovery - Southeast Asia Gap Year Semester

Join us on an overland experiential journey through the diverse and friendly Buddhist countries of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Southeast Asia is a fascinating melting...

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Pacific Discovery - New Zealand & Australia Gap Semester

Adventure, outdoor, environmental and sustainability education; conservation volunteering, outdoor expeditions on a journey through the North and South Islands of New Zealand,...

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Pacific Discovery - Nepal and Tibet Gap Year Semester

This extraordinary educational travel program enables students to immerse themselves in astoundingly rich heritage and dramatically diverse environments as they journey through...

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Pacific Discovery South America Gap Year Semester

Spanish immersion, community service and educational travel through Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands', incredible cultural and environmental diversity. Combine immersive...

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Pacific Discovery Thailand Summer Program - 4 weeks

Join us on a journey to the heart of Thailand, with elephant conservation volunteer work at the award-winning Elephant Nature Foundation; Discover Thailand’s fascinating...

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Pacific Discovery Ecuador & Galapagos Summer Program - 4 wks

This summer program offers you an enriching and inspiring month in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands combining one week of volunteer service learning, and three weeks of

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Pacific Discovery Australia Summer Program - 4 weeks

Combine sustainability education, community service, cultural immersion, and leadership development with adventure travel. Volunteer at an environmental education center...

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Pacific Discvery Cuba & Central America Gap YearSemester

Join Pacific Discovery on the adventure of a lifetime on its newest program offering – The Cuba and Central America Semester. This amazing 10-week group journey explores...

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Pacific Discovery Cuba Summer Program - 4 weeks

The Pacific Discovery four-week Cuba Summer Program offers students the opportunity to experience the beauty and rich history of the diverse island, from dancing to the classic...

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Pacific Discovery India Photography Summer Program - 4 weeks

The Pacific Discovery India Photography Summer Program offers students the opportunity to explore the far reaches of northern India while investigating photography, culture,...

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Pacific Discovery Vietnam & Cambodia Summer Program - 4wks

This one month summer program takes you on an in-depth, adventurous and enriching journey through Vietnam and Cambodia, combining two rewarding volunteer projects and three...

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Pacific Discovery Peru Summer Program - 4 weeks

This summer program gives you the chance to experience Peru’s incredible cultural, social and environmental diversity. We immerse ourselves in Spanish, volunteer and homestay...

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New! Pacific Discovery | International Educator Foundations

Do you have a passion for traveling you want to share with others? Have you looked at international programs and wondered how you could work for one? Are you an alumni of...

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Pacific Discovery - Gap Year, Summer & Semester Programs Abroad Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Experience of a Lifetime

After searching through countless gap year programs, I had finally settled on one - Pacific Discovery Australia & New Zealand. I loved the balance it had between service projects and adventure activities. Going into it, I knew I was about to have a great adventure, but I could have never expected the extent to which the program would impact me. It wasn't just seeing new places and meeting new people - it was being in awe of places you couldn't have imagined, finding connections to different cultures, and becoming more aware of yourself in the process. And there would be no better way to experience all this than with the group of people you come to call your closest friends. Going through all these experiences together, growing together, allows you to become connected on a whole other level. The mission of Pacific Discovery really does come to life as the program fosters awareness for yourself and the world around you.

Program: Pacific Discovery - New Zealand & Australia Gap Semester

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Best semester ever!!

I was looking for a trip that was going to be educational and authentic and fun. Without a doubt, I found it! Nepal and Tibet are truly incredible places, and coming home, I feel like I really got to connect with each of them and live like a Nepali. There were so many nights that I spent talking/singing/dancing with the locals, and I felt so lucky every day, and so grateful for every experience, be it trekking, rafting, getting lost in the cities, paragliding, yoga, or mountain biking, and for every other wonderful moment.

The Pacific Discovery staff was awesome, teaching us everything from the very basics of travel to the pressing social and political issues in Nepal. Our leaders trusted us and supported us completely, and they were my friends above all.

I would do this trip a thousand times over, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Overall, the best decision I've ever made!

Program: Pacific Discovery - Nepal and Tibet Gap Year Semester

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    6

Inspirational learning from experiences outside of the comfort zone

I had always wanted to go Australia and New Zealand, and this program gave me the amazing opportunity to do so! Going into the program, I wasn't really sure what to expect. The website and pictures I had seen looked amazing, and I expected and wanted to grow as a person from this experience, but how and by how much, I had no idea. From the very start, Pacific Discovery taught us that the greatest learning comes from outside of our comfort zones. This trip was the first time I was continuously pushed out of my comfort zone, whether it was being away from home for 2 months, being with 13 other people from all different backgrounds, abseiling down a 30m waterfall with my heart pounding outrageously in my chest, jumping out of a plane from 13,000 ft and soaring like a flying squirrel, and countless other occasions. I learned that to really make the most of an experience, I have to take what I experienced and internalize it so that I can learn from it and come back to it for future reference. There were ups and downs and ins and outs, but at the end of the day, I'm a physically and mentally stronger person than I was at the beginning of the trip - because I internalized and learned the lessons from experiences outside of my comfort zone, thanks to the way that PD runs the trip.There is so much emphasis on personal growth, learning more about your own identity, and getting the most you as yourself can get out of the trip. Along the way, I met incredibly wise and incredibly eccentric people; I learned about genius designs that revolutionized my view of "eco-friendly," I became aware of so many other lifestyles than mine own, I developed and grew as a photographer, and most of all, I came out of this program with a stronger sense of who I am and how I want to live my life. All of this personal growth in a land that some people only dream of coming to, the beautiful vistas and great cities of Australia and New Zealand. Gazing up at the millions of stars visible in the night skies there, I was reminded of just how large the world is, and how much we all have to learn from different places and from each other, something that this Pacific Discovery program definitely emphasized very well. For that, I thank you so much, PD.

With love,
-Ashley Yu

Program: Pacific Discovery - New Zealand & Australia Gap Semester

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

I am alive

We were standing on the tip of a boat in our last couple days in Vietnam, watching the silence of the night rush past us, while dancing and singing on the top deck celebrating a birthday...when the girl next to me said the one thing that summed up everything I was feeling, "I have never felt so alive. This is real life, not a dream, this is as real as it gets." We then proceeded to scream at the top of our lungs, "I'M ALIVE". Dramatic, but all too honest. Spending nine weeks in four foreign countries, with 14 strangers, sounds terrifying and unreal. But leaving Bangkok for Pennsylvania, on November 14th was the the hardest day of my life. Southeast Asia became home, and my group had become my family. They had become a part of me. I cried as my taxi pulled away from New Siam II, and a guy friend ran along side waving goodbye. We saw and experienced so much together, we saw hardship, loss, inspiration, happiness, and everything else in between. We met locals that changed our view on our world, we helped each other learn more about ourselves than I ever thought was possible, and we had two leaders that taught us so much about life in general, that I will never stop looking at them as two of my greatest role models. There's a lot to say about the little things you do, yeah you live next to elephants for week, or go to the beach, or live on a boat for a couple nights...but it's all so much more than that. The life I live now is completely different than the life I lived 3 months ago, and I have nothing but Pacific Discovery to thank for that. I would go on this trip 100 times if I could, and I am sure I would learn just as much as on the 100th time as I did the first time.

Program: Pacific Discovery - Southeast Asia Gap Year Semester

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

I wish I could go back!

Traveling to Nepal and Tibet with Pacific Discovery was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Each day was a new adventure, whether we were trekking the Annapurna circuit, or helping a Nepali village build a pig pen. Even though the views were breathtaking it was the people that made an impression on me the most. Our guides, and the families we met were the most generous people I have ever met in my life, and I was so sad to leave them. PD gave me a real and authentic experience and I couldn't have asked for a better trip. The leaders were always there to help and I look up to them in so many ways. I wish I could relive it again and again.

Program: Pacific Discovery - Nepal and Tibet Gap Year Semester

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