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Spend the semester on Maui and the Big Island with up to twelve other students and two experienced leaders! We have developed this program for students who love the natural world and are eager to explore the island ecosystem.
The semester theme is Mountains to Sea: Environmental Connection & Adventure and students will have plentiful opportunities for meaningful engagement with local communities and active adventure and FUN!
A statement on respectful and responsible travel:
We recognize that it is a privilege to visit this island, and even more so in the midst of a pandemic. There is a unique and complex cultural and historical context to be acknowledged in the colonization of Hawai'i by the United States. Carpe Diem requests that all students who sign up for this program prepare themselves to be heightened in their humility, sensitivity, awareness, and respect. Carpe Diem will do our best to prepare you for this, but it will require an increased level of maturity as well.
- Living and working on a regenerative farm/permaculture site.
- Learning to surf from local experts.
- Introduction to Hawaiian culture and language and traditional knowledge such as star navigation, food systems, and mythology.
- Trekking and camping in the lush Hawaiian wilderness.
- Participating in a mindfulness retreat designed to deepen into self, reflect on your journey, and prepare you for the transition home.
Carpe Diem Education Scholarships
Carpe Diem Education awards $30,000 annually to support diversity and inclusion in its programs. The Access Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for a gap year semester or full-year experience. The Inclusion Scholarship offers up to $2,000 for a gap year semester. The Carpe Mundi Scholarship is for Portland-based students. Grants are mostly need-based, and applications open in January.