Pacific Discovery - Gap Year, Summer & Semester Programs Abroad
Pacific Discovery - Gap Year, Summer & Semester Programs Abroad Programs
Who do you want to be in the world? Join Pacific Discovery for a life-changing, overland journey through the cultural heart of Southeast Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia,...
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...
Engage your passions! Join us for a life-changing, overland journey through the heart of New Zealand and Australia. On our New Zealand & Australia Semester, you'll travel...
Who do you want to be in this world? Join us for an insightful, overland journey through the cultural heart of The Andes: Peru, Ecuador, and Galapagos Islands. On Pacific...
Discover your passion and purpose. Join us for an impactful, overland journey thought the cultural heart of the Himalayas: Nepal and Tibet. On our Nepal and Tibet Semester,...
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...
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
Combine sustainability education, community service, cultural immersion, and leadership development with adventure travel. Volunteer at an environmental education center...
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...
How do you want to experience our world? Join us for a life-changing, overland journey thought the cultural heart of Central America: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua...
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...
Pacific Discovery - Gap Year, Summer & Semester Programs Abroad Reviews
Adventure of a lifetime
Submitted by Allison Lee - Harvard University | April 16, 2017
It's incredibly difficult to summarize two-months worth of amazing experiences that I know I'll cherish for my whole life. We adventured, we lost ourselves in nature, we were enchanted by the beautiful cultures, and through it all, our whole group became a close-knit family.
Looking back, I can definitely say I've grown as a person - I've become more open to embracing new experiences and that sense of adventure compels me to keep exploring. Through all our adrenaline-pumping activities such as bridge-jumping, white water rafting, trekking, canyoning and so much more, I developed a deep love and appreciation for nature.
Our traditional homestays were magical - not only did we hear our families' life stories and connect with them through language, but even more significantly, we connected through actions. We laughed, danced, sang, cooked and learned a lot with each other. It was amazing.
Overall, I don't have to think twice about recommending this trip - you'll walk out rejuvenated, with your perspectives broadened and horizons expanded. It really is the trip of a lifetime.
Submitted by Priyansh L - Bangkok Thailand | March 04, 2017
This trip was definitely a trip of a lifetime. With everything from adrenaline-pumping adventure to rich cultural immersion and service projects, I can wholeheartedly say that this trip has been extremely character-building. I experienced the magic of the natural landscapes of Peru and Ecuador and the enchantment of its traditional communities through the numerous homestays that we participated in. I fell in love with being outdoors, trekking, running, rock-climbing - and even rappelling down waterfalls! Some of the most powerful things I took away from this trip were the deep and genuine connections I formed with my instructors and fellow travelers, a bond that will last for many years to come.
It’s easy to recommend this nine-week adventure to anyone who wants to truly experience the culture of Peru and Ecuador, partake in a ton of exploration and lose themselves in nature. You’ll walk out a better person with a more worldly perspective and stories to last a lifetime, guaranteed. I know I did.
Nine weeks of love, adventure, and challenge
Submitted by Sadie Traylor - Elon University | February 15, 2017
They told us during our program orientation that we'd become a family. We simultaneously rolled our eyes at the cliche, looking around the room filled with unfamiliar faces. But it's true, and it didn't take long. My nine weeks in Asia with Pacific Discovery were filled with an exuding sense of love and constant support. Together we marched for animal rights, lived in remote Hmong villages, trekked through rice fields, kayaked through caves, were attacked by leeches, and so much more. All the while we inspired each other to ask more questions, be more curious, and challenge ourselves further to ultimately be the best versions of ourselves. Ultimately, I can gratefully say that these nine weeks made me a more curious, passionate, capable and confident being. I leave my nine weeks inspired to learn more, see more, and challenge myself further.
Experience of a Lifetime
Submitted by Sky - Idaho | January 18, 2017
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.
Best semester ever!!
Submitted by Piper - Boulder United States | January 18, 2017
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!