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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Would do it again :)

I think when researching for a program there is a uncertainty if that trip/program is right for you and if you'll enjoy. it. But don't overthink it and if you find a program that you think you'll enjoy do it and be open minded. Pacific Discovery is an awesome company, They love talking to students who are inquiring about the programs and getting to know the students going on the programs. Also seems they love to build/maintain relationships with locals. It was awesome to see, many people we interacted with, were so happy to see our program leaders or knowing we were apart of a Pacific Discovery program. This company does care about the locals and the cultures. Teaching us about being traveler not tourist and appreciating/learning other cultures .

What I loved was we did do some touristy things but lot of the time we went off the beaten path. Did things I don't know if I would of had the opportunity to do on my own of done such as the Rock Climbing/Rappelling/Caving Trip to Buddhist Retreat to the cooking class(<3 Yuri) to enjoying the Elephant Nature Park(<3 Apple) as much I did to spontaneous adventures I did with group mates. So many great memories from this trip, I will always remember. Look back on trip there wasn't anything bad about the trip. if anything went so-so, we could give feedback and they wanted to hear from us to make the program the best it can be. Only bummer part of the trip for me personally was being covered in mosquito bites major of the time but I am extremely prone to bites. There were multiple opportunities for free time to do your own thing which was great. At first I was worried about for traveling for month plus with strangers but during the trip it didn't feel too short or too long but just right. I would do another trip with them.

I would 100% recommend this trip to anyone :)

Program: Pacific Discovery Thailand Summer Program - 4 weeks

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An eye-opening experience

I had dreamed of studying abroad all throughout university. Unfortunately, my curriculum did not allow for that to happen. I did not want to miss out on an adventure of a lifetime, so I started my research. Not only did Pacific Discovery accept college graduates, they had a volunteer conservation component that I was not finding anywhere else. I was the oldest participant in my program, but I forgot all about that within the first few days. This program allowed us to grow and bond together as a group right away by throwing us into volunteer work (with absolutely no access to wireless internet-an added bonus). We were completely immersed in New Zealand culture for at least half the program, talking to people and completing tasks that a tourist could never imagine. Of course, there was still the outdoor adventure component of the program as well. This program had me doing things I would never imagine myself doing. I went mountain biking, caving, shark diving, skydiving - you name it. I developed such a sense of adventure and confidence that I never thought I could have. I went into the program having little confidence as a result of my life turning a 180. I came out of it ready to take on the world. I am ready to take risks, go places I never would before, talk to people I would normally avoid, rely less on my phone, and make sure every day has adventure. When I got back from my program I immediately moved to another state on my own to start a dream internship. Before the program I was a nervous mess, but after it I couldn't wait to take on another adventure completely on my own. Pacific Discovery not only gave me the experience of a lifetime, but they helped me grow in ways I never thought possible. I even got a tattoo to commemorate the experience! I would recommend Pacific Discovery to anyone who wants adventure. I am proof that the adventure doesn't end with college - it only begins. Thank you Pacific Discovery!

Program: Pacific Discovery New Zealand & Fiji Summer Program - 4 wks

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The best month of my life (so far!)

Pacific Discovery was an amazing experience. I was afraid that I would get homesick being on the other side of the world for a month, but it went by so fast, and when it was over, I didn't want to leave. I made friends that will last a lifetime, and participated in activities from skydiving to mountain biking, that I will never forget. I was fully immersed in the culture of New Zealand, it was absolutely incredible. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn lots , both about the world around them and themselves, and have an amazing travel experience.

Program: Pacific Discovery New Zealand & Fiji Summer Program - 4 wks

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Trip of a lifetime

My trip to South America with Pacific Discovery was amazing! I was able to meet many new friends from my group, as well as many inspiring individuals and families, while traveling through Peru and Ecuador. Pacific Discovery provided me with incredible opportunities such as learning to surf in the Galapagos, paragliding in the "adventure capital of Ecuador", hiking to Machu Picchu and so many more. What I loved about the program was that we were able to explore the places we visited, while also giving back to the communities that welcomed us. Along with many activities we did, we also took part in community gardening, cleaning up mangroves and beaches and a few other things. PD did an awesome job of putting together two months of travel, and I would definitely do another one of their programs!

Program: Pacific Discovery South America 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

Go with PD!

"Be the hummingbird" - do our best, however small it may seem, in kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the earth. This was our mantra while planting a seemingly endless parade of flax, cabbage trees, and manuka at Mimiwhangata Coastal Park and Abel Tasman National Park. Though we were hot, cold, tired, wet, and ready to quit at times, I wouldn't trade those days for anything. The New Zealand and Fiji Summer B 2016 program included two weeks of outdoor conservation work, one week of adventures in New Zealand (caving, skydiving, mountain biking, sea kayaking, hiking, ocean swimming, visiting Hobbiton), and one week of relaxing & reflecting time in Fiji (cave swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, crafting, fishing). The program felt like a year's worth of personal growth squeezed into one month. I came away with a broader sense of purpose in life, a deeper appreciation of people, and keener insights on life. I wholeheartedly recommend Pacific Discovery to everyone. It is a meaningful, well-thought-out, enrichment, and educational program.

Program: Pacific Discovery New Zealand & Fiji Summer Program - 4 wks

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