Hawaii + Western USA Semester Program | Pacific Discovery

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This 10-week semester program offers you enriching and inspiring experiences throughout the United States’ west frontier and the offshore beauty of Hawaii’s Big Island. It combines service-learning conservation projects in diverse reserves; outdoor expeditions including backpacking, rock climbing, yoga, surfing and white-water rafting; and educational adventure travel through the west’s stunning mountain, rain forest and desert environments. Discover the weaving and cooking traditions of the Native Americans, the navigating skills of the indigenous Polynesians, and the National Parks’ efforts to mitigate deforestation and reintroduce endemic wildlife; uncover more about your own backyard than you even knew existed.

This fall & spring semester program is suitable for high school graduates, gap year students, university student and graduates,
ideally 18 – 24 years. Optional transferable academic credit is available.

  • Yoga & hiking retreat in the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park, California
  • Invasive species project in Tonto National Forest, New Mexico
  • Rock-climbing skills camp in Leadville, Colorado
  • Surf camp off of Hawaii’s Big Island
  • 3-day self-sufficient backpacking trip on Hawaii’s Big Island

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