Central America Semester – Cultural Immersion, Service Learning, Adventure

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Snorkeling in Belize
Snorkeling in Belize


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 and Costa Rica.

10-week program for ages 18-24. Fall and Spring departures. Scholarships and academic credit available.

Develop a global perspective, independence, leadership and Spanish skills through outdoor expeditions, service learning projects, and authentic cultural and language immersion. Pacific Discovery programs foster empathy for other cultures, ethical and sustainable travel practices, and awareness of international issues. Students leave with a deepened sense of their identity, passion, and purpose.

Pacific Discovery is a global leader in experiential education, offering inspiring summer, semester, and gap year programs abroad since 2001, and is an inaugural member of the American Gap Association.

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  • - Practice and grow your Spanish language skills through immersion and homestays.
  • - Volunteer in service learning projects at the Toucan Ranch, and in Community Development where we learn how local communities grow food for themselves and others.
  • - Develop skills in independent travel, scuba, leadership, surfing, trekking, sustainability, conservation and snorkeling.
  • - Explore Central America's highlights – Mayan ruins, volcanoes, world heritage sites, islands, reefs, 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.

Scholarships available for Fall 2019 programs!

We have a few partial scholarships available for students for our Fall 19 programs! We're looking for students who are savvy with a camera to create compelling content/those who love writing blogs. If you're 17-24, creative and looking to broaden your horizons with an overseas semester/gap year program from Sept-Nov 19-please email us with: name, age, phone number, why you think you'd be a great candidate and what program you're interested in.

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About Pacific Discovery

Pacific Discovery gap year, semester and summer programs are experiential education programs, suitable for high school graduates, university students and recent graduates, developed with a focus on six core components: educational travel, service...