New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program

with Pacific Discovery

newspaper Summer Camp Communitites Land Conservation Expedition Adventure
location Australia
start date September and February annually
salary Travel and Explore
accommodation includedAccommodation included

We've been operating since 2001 and we've taken more than 2000 students on our experiential journeys!

New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

We make our way south towards Byron Bay, via Australia Zoo (established by Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter). We visit the on-site animal hospital before exploring the extensive zoo.

On a sensational section of coastline, Byron Bay has been a hippy hang-out since the 1970s and is today, the quintessential surfing town. Tie-dyed hippies mix with bronzed surfers, artists and large numbers of local and international tourists, there to enjoy its beaches, boutiques and cafes. It’s a great place to relax. While here, we’ll take a boat trip out to the Julian Rocks to snorkel with turtles and tropical fish – dolphins and whales are also regularly seen in the waters around the headland. This is the place to try an optional scuba dive if you really want to immerse yourself in this amazing underwater world.

Heading south to an isolated section of coast, we stay at surf camp and learn to surf from our surfing-guru instructors on the myriad breaks in the area. Spend evenings relaxing at camp, debriefing each day and hearing the instructor’s wild stories before a great sleep in preparation for a sunrise surf!

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

* English Language Fluency
* Be 18 years or older at time of commencement
* Moderate fitness is recommended. All professional development and training is provided
* Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
* A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities or for our natural environment
* Be a social team player that enjoys helping others discover adventure!

Note spaces on this program can be extremely limited.

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

Program Tuition Includes
All in-country travel and transport including a mid-program international flight between New Zealand and Australia
All accommodation
All meals
All expeditions, activities, excursions, entry fees and adventure travel as described in the itinerary
Environmental education and service learning projects
Experiential core curriculum that pushes students to reflect and ask questions of themselves - working towards a deeper understanding of their values, identity, passions and purpose
Individual mentorship from program instructors, supporting you in your personal goals for the program
Informal lectures from resident experts on conservation and eco-tourism
Experienced Program Instructors and local guides
1-3-week optional extensions if you wish to continue travelling independently after the program
Pre-departure web-page with all information you need in one place to prepare for the program
24/7 emergency contact number for students and parents
Global medical rescue and political evacuation insurance
Instructors have 24/7 access to a physician and a psychologist, for advice and support
Pacific Discovery T-shirt, water bottle stickers and a buff
Online image library for your program


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