Location
Multiple Locations +4
  • United States of America
    • Hawaii
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Samoa
Length
4 - 12 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel College Credit Conservation Cultural Immersion Hands-On Learning Volunteer Abroad Yoga Retreats
General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility
Health & Safety

Program Details

Activities
Backpacking Camping Hiking Kayaking Rafting Remote Exploring Sailing Sightseeing Trekking
Timeframe
Spring
Primary Language
English
Age Min.
17
Age Max
22

Pricing

Starting Price
15500
Price Details
All in-country land transport and travel (not flights); All accommodation; 3 meals a day (excluding snacks); All activities, excursions, entry fees and adventure travel as described in the itinerary; Service learning projects in conservation and community development; Informal lectures from resident experts on history, culture, development issues; Experienced Pacific Discovery Program Instructors and local guides; Online image library for your program.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals Tour Guide Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
May 15, 2024
Sep 03, 2023
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About Program

Join us on an epic journey recreating the path our Polynesian ancestors traveled through the Pacific! Our 70-day semester offers you an enriching and insightful fusion of environmental service projects, cultural immersion, personal development, and, of course, non-stop adventure!

You will learn all about the varied Polynesian culture,from the origins of Hawaii’s Aloha spirit to the modern-day villages of Fiji and cities of New Zealand. You will absorb, explore, interact with, and understand the beautiful diversity and development of culture throughout the region. Your days will be as varied as the countries you visit, with a fusion of hands-on project work, connecting with locals during village stays, camping under the stars, and seriously healthy doses of mountains and beaches.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We understand that we have a long way to go in achieving the diversity we strive for among our students, staff, and partners. We are committed to fostering a more diverse and inclusive organization, and we recognize that this requires time, effort, and resources. At Pacific Discovery, we deeply value diversity, equity, and social justice, and we are dedicated to creating educational experiences that reflect and promote these values. Our program curriculum incorporates social justice education and encourages students to explore their own identities. To further support these efforts, we offer a 'Diverse Voices' Scholarship.

LGBTQIA+ Support

All of our Pacific Discovery programs are LGBTQIA+ friendly, and our operations team have attended CIS Abroad's LGBTQ+ Allyship Training, to ensure we’re doing what we can to support this community. We provide an open and non judgemental space for students to explore who they are at this pivotal time of their life, and in our admissions process we seek information not only on a student's gender, but their pronouns and gender identity. We’re aware of the differing cultural perspectives of LQBTQIA in the countries that we visit, and can direct students to a semester location where they’ll feel the most comfortable. Operationally we ensure that our instructors use inclusive language and can facilitate conversations with students around their identity, and discuss the rooming situations with LGBTQIA+ students.

Neurodivergent Support

Our programs are designed to support students with a wide range of neurodiverse conditions while following our essential eligibility criteria. For students needing extra help, we provide personalized wellness plans . These plans include coping strategies, care protocols, and specific requirements to help them engage effectively in the program. Our instructors have access to mental health first aid resources and are well-prepared to offer strong support to students with these needs.

Accessibility Support

Our programs offer a variety of physical activities, including hiking, surfing, rafting, and mountain biking. We make sure to accommodate students with diverse needs such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic medical conditions, while working within the infrastructure of the host country and our program schedules. We're mindful of the varying levels of accessibility in the countries we visit and can help students choose a semester location where they feel most at ease.

Impact

Sustainability

Sustainability is one of the 6 core components of each Pacific Discovery program, where we educate students about the local and global environmental issues, how to travel sustainably, and have them think deeply about their impact and what they can do in their daily lives to affect change.

We recently embarked on a Net Positive Benefit project where we are qualifying what impacts our groups have on the local communities, taking into consideration carbon emissions +/- social impacts +/- conservation impacts +/- community impacts. On our programs, students engage with non-profit organisations such as Litter Intelligence, Scholars of Sustenance, Ulu Mau puanui, Llama Pack project where they directly work for a better future - planting trees, eradicating invasive weed species, helping local communities and food banks.

Ethical Impact

We make a conscious decision to partner with host communities and suppliers who are passionate about our students' participation and involvement with them being of a positive benefit to the community. We want our presence to enable positive sustainable growth for our partners and this mantra is ingrained in the fabric of our programs.

Program Highlights

  • Volunteering and sustainable farming projects on a Hawaiian permaculture farm
  • Cultural immersion experiences in Hawaii, Fiji, and New Zealand
  • Explore the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Snorkel and kayak in the pristine waters of Fiji
  • Conservation project alongside park rangers at Tawharanui Regional Park

Program Dates

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Housing 5
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.5
  • Value 4.5
  • Safety 5
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Quinn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience in my life

My 10 weeks experience with my group were fantastic. Learning about all the different cultures and then fully immersing ourselves with the locals, showing how they lived their days without having a lot of money and how there's more to life than getting paid. How friendship and family meet. To them, it's not about material possessions or wealth, but about the bonds they create and the love they share. The way they prioritize relationships and community over monetary gain was truly eye-opening. I realized that true happiness lies in the connections we make and the memories we create together.

Pros
  • meeting people from all around the world
  • Getting to travel
  • Learning about different culture
Cons
  • None
  • None
  • None
44 people found this review helpful.
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Maxwell
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Polynesian journey

The Polynesian Journey for me was an amazing time that allowed me to grow as a person and branch out more than I ever expected. The combination of activities and people you meet throughout the trip along with having 2 great instructors (special shout-out Henry Grayson) made for an incredible trip with a great group of students. Made some life long friends from all over the world and I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Pacific discovery is awesome with great staff support. If you have the opportunity to go on a gap year trip with PD definitely do it. Life changing experience.

46 people found this review helpful.
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Kendra
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Pacific Discovery Polynesian Journey

Partaking in the Polynesian journey through Pacific Discovery truly changed the trajectory of my college experience and life. After spending two years struggling to find my place in college, my time with my small group in Hawaii, Fiji, and New Zealand gave me a whole new outlook. I made friends from all around the country and even the world that i couldn’t have been more different from. However we all bonded and now I don't know how I ever functioned without their love and support. Some of my most fun experiences that I have to reflect back on happened during this trip from snorkeling in Hawaii to rafting down a 20ft fall in New Zealand. Experiences like staying in a traditional Fijian village altered what I value in life. I am returning to school with lifelong friends, people I can always fall back on for advice and help, and a newfound appreciation for the opportunities I have, especially in m education. You have to want the best out of a program like this, but if you come with an open mind and an appreciation for the differences of other, it will change your life.

Pros
  • Group members your age
  • Learn a lot about one area
  • Activities included
Cons
  • People of different abilities might impact opportunities
  • Food budget sometimes lacking
43 people found this review helpful.
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Joya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Pacific Discovery : Polynesian Journey

The experiences that I had on this program made me realize that there’s so much more out there. It made me realize what life is actually about. Happiness truly starts within yourself. Life is about doing the things that make you happy. It’s about finding the things that make you excited and chasing them. I’m proud to say that I became the best version of myself on this trip. I’ve always wanted to see the world and learn all about it and this journey was the perfect balance between those two. It made me even more excited about acting up and making a change. I feel extremely lucky that I’m going home with the most magical memories and best friends I’ve ever made.

Pros
  • You get offered opportunities that you wouldn’t get if you were solo traveling. Like sleeping in a host family, culture experiences etc.
  • there’s is much space to give your own input about things to do for the group
  • You’ll make friends for life
Cons
  • the food isn’t very varieted
  • i got sick one time but that’s just what happens sometimes
  • other people felt excluded because i was making good friends
46 people found this review helpful.

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