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Pacific Discvery Cuba & Central America Gap YearSemester


Cuba: Havana, Viñales

Program Duration

3-6 Months


Spring, Fall, Throughout the year, Summer, Academic Year

Travel Types

  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Eco Tours
  • Hiking
  • Homestay
  • Trekking

Degree Level



  • English
  • Spanish

Subject Areas

  • Arts
  • Conservation & Preservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • Service Learning
  • Spanish
  • Travel & Tourism

Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Travel while in host country
  • Written materials abroad
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Visas for all countries; All in-country land transport and travel (not flights); All accommodation; All meals; All Spanish language classes, activities, excursions, entry fees and adventure travel as described in the itinerary; Service learning projects in conservation and community development; Informal lectures from resident experts on history, culture, development issues; Experienced Pacific Discovery Program Instructors and local guides; Online image library for your program.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Community Development
  • Conservation
  • Eco-tourism
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Organic Farming

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Guest House
  • Home-stays
  • Other

Participants Travel

in Groups

Typically Participants Work

in Groups of 14

Scholarships are Available

Diversity Scholarship

We are offering a diversity scholarship to support individuals who are from a racially or ethnically under-represented population in the USA, to participate in an overseas experiential education program. If you meet the following criteria then you can apply.
- Ethnic or Racial minority
- Your gross family income is below $60,000 per year

Low-Income Scholarship

You can apply for this scholarship if your family earns less than $45,000 per year, or if you are a first-generation college student and your family earns less than $55,000 per year.

Media Scholarship

This scholarship is for a student who is studying for, or just recently graduated with, a degree in media studies. Depending on your focus, if you are the successful recipient of this scholarship, you will be required to apply your media skills to document the groups experience on the program you are placed in (which will be chosen by Pacific Discovery). You will be required to supply an example of your work in the application.

Nelson/Tasman Region Change-Maker Scholarship

This scholarship is a full scholarship (excluding international flights) for a high school graduate from the Nelson Tasman region. There is one scholarship awarded annually. This scholarship is awarded to students who have not previously traveled overseas, whose gross family income is below NZD$60,000 per year, and who can demonstrate that they are positively involved in their community (volunteering, coaching etc).

External Scholarships

There are thousands of scholarships offered to students who want to study abroad and we are happy to provide any supporting documentation to assist you with independent scholarship applications. If you are stuck on where to start looking, please contact us and we can get you started.

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview

Typically The Application Process Time is

2-3 days

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Job and Internship Network
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home