Pacific Discovery: New Zealand and Australia Semester Program

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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 ... read more

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I learned so much from my time on my Pacific Discovery Program. Everyday we did something new and amazing or saw something incredible. I learned how to travel independently and learned a lot about the local cultures. Also made lifelong friends. Would do it again in a heartbeat. - Tulane University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Pacific Discovery: New Zealand and Australia Semester Program
I gained so much confidence, knowledge of the world, skills needed for the outdoors... the list could go on and on. It was SO worthwhile. I'd do it again in a heartbeat! - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Pacific Discovery: New Zealand and Australia Semester Program
I gained a lot of outdoorsy skills and I learned a lot about my self. Just too many personal things hard to put into words. It was one of the most important experiences of my life. Definitely worthwhile View Entire Review
I learned how to be a smart traveler, how to really push myself, how to keep a super open mind, and also that I probably want to live in NZ and Australia again at some point! It was definitely worthwhile, and every aspect of the trip was awesome. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I have so much more confidence in myself now in my ability to overcome my fears and live an adventure! My time was completely worth while. - Clemson University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Pacific Discovery: New Zealand and Australia Semester Program
Past Review Amazing Trip!!!!
I learned to become more independent, and believe in myself. I never thought I'd be able to lift my own backpack let alone tramp 54km!!! - Parsons School of Design View Entire Review

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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 service-learning conservation projects in diverse national parks and marine reserves; multi-day outdoor expeditions including hiking, canoeing and surfing; and educational travel through New Zealand and Australia’s stunning mountain, forest and beach environments.Throughout your time on the program you'll learn an enormous amount about the environmental and ecological history of each country and how that unique history has shaped the flora, fauna and people. You will also broaden your life experience, develop your leadership skills, and gain a greater sense of global citizenship.

Facilitated by our inspiring and experienced program leaders, this is an excellent study abroad or gap year option for students or graduates wanting to develop personal and leadership skills, and be exposed to and immersed in cultures different to their own. Optional transferable academic credit available to all participants. This study abroad / gap year travel program is suitable for high school graduates, university students and graduates, ideally 18-24 years.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness
Year Founded:
2001
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