Pacific Discovery: New Zealand and Australia Semester Program

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On our New Zealand & Australia Semester, you'll travel in a fun, safe and supportive small group with two experienced international instructors to facilitate and mentor your experience. Combine three week-long service-learning conservation ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
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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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On our New Zealand & Australia Semester,
you'll travel in a fun, safe and supportive small group with two experienced
international instructors to facilitate and mentor your experience. Combine
three week-long service-learning conservation projects in diverse national
parks and marine reserves; five multi-day outdoor expeditions including
backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing and surfing; and educational adventure
travel through New Zealand and Australia’s stunning mountain, forest and beach
environments. You will also have many opportunities for meaningful connections
with local people that will deepen your own global perspective. We encourage
you to challenge your personal barriers and support the development of your
leadership skills, resourcefulness, resilience, and independence. Pacific
Discovery is committed to sustainability and ethical travel, which we'll be
practicing throughout the program.


 

Highlights

- Develop skills in independent travel,
leadership, communication, rock climbing, surfing, canoeing, canyoning,
mountain biking, trekking, snorkelling

-Get to know the real culture and people of
New Zealand and Australia.

- Volunteer in service learning projects with
National Parks in New Zealand and Australia.

- Explore New Zealand and Australia’s
highlights – The Noosa Everglades, Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Brisbane,
Auckland, Kahurangi National Park, Queenstown, Rotorua, Frans Josef Glacier,
islands, beaches, national parks

- Experience transformative personal growth
that pushes students to reflect and ask questions of themselves, working
towards a deeper understanding of their values, identity, passions and purpose.

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):
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness
  • Environmental Studies
Year Founded:
2001
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