Pacific Discovery offers inspiring gap year, experiential and educational travel programs to the most amazing places on earth.†Our award-winning programs blend meaningful and challenging experiential travel, cultural immersion, personal and leadership development, outdoors and wilderness exploration, volunteer and community service projects, ethical travel and sustainability focus.
Pacific Discovery programs are much more than simply a travel experience - they provide immense opportunity for participants to learn about themselves and the world around them, to push their boundaries, question their assumptions, and stimulate problem solving and inquiry skills. We deliberately use an international overland adventure-travel and expedition setting to maximize the educational and life-skills potential for our participants.
∑†A safe and supportive international group-travel experience where your safety and well-being are our main focus.
∑†Experienced, knowledgeable and nurturing program leaders, who will support you to get the most out of your experience.
∑†Educational focus with in-depth interpretation and opportunities to learn about a country's people, culture, history, environment, and language.
∑†Ethical and sustainable grassroots travel, which supports local communities and benefitsboth host and visitor.
∑†Opportunities for rewarding and authentic cultural exchange, through community-initiated service learning and volunteer projects.
∑†A very personalized small-group experience of 10-14 participants maximum.
Our programs include experiences such as: trekking in the Himalayas or the Andes; exploring the ancient temple ruins of Angkor Wat or Machu Pichu; learning to surf on Australia's golden beaches; volunteering in the Galapagos; journeying down the Mekong River or into the Amazon jungle; village-stays with indigenous communities; learning to rock-climb, raft, snorkel, canoe, speak Spanish; learning about conservation, sustainable living, Buddhism and meditation, development and global issues.
Since 2001 Pacific Discovery has taken many hundreds of young people on pivotal and life-changing adventures in, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands.
Pacific Discovery's mission is to make the world a better place by providing extraordinary learning adventures that assist participants in gaining the skills, confidence and insight to realise their potential in an increasingly global society; developing empathy for other cultures; furthering understanding of international issues; and heightening appreciation for the earth's wilderness and diversity.
If you have a thirst for adventure, to explore places you've only dreamt of, learning through hands-on experience and making friends for life, then join us...
Note: Pacific Discovery are registered and based in New Zealand and their Terms & Conditions are based on the requirements of New Zealand law.