South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program

with Pacific Discovery

newspaper Creative Arts Communitites Land Conservation Food Arts Teaching Expedition Adventure
location Asia
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!

South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

e begin our 2-day boat journey down the Mekong River with plenty of space to lay back and enjoy the riverscapes – jungled hills, people fishing, kids playing on the riverbanks. We overnight ashore in the small village of Pak Beng. Our last day on the river takes us past the Pak Ou Caves, believed the most spiritually significant site in Laos and containing hundreds of Buddha images, before continuing to Luang Prabang.

From Luang Prabang we embark on a challenging 4-day trek through a remote region of northern Laos, overnighting in ethnic minority villages. We'll develop our resilience, our team work, and our understanding of the life in marginalized rural communities. We'll be amazed at the villages nestled into steep hillsides as we traverse rice paddies, forest and limestone mountains. On our final day we return to Luang Prabang for some rest and relaxation.

Described by an program alumni as a town of ‘colonial-French-Buddhist-jungle-rainforest fusion’, this World Heritage City – with its glistening temple roofs, crumbling French colonial architecture and fantastic food, is hard to leave. We explore the temples, visit an impressive waterfall nearby, and wake at dawn to watch the colorful procession of monks collecting alms (their day’s food) from the local residents.

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
Visas for all Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia - Visa not required for Thailand for most nationalities
All in-country travel and transport including four mid-program flights within Asia
All accommodation
All meals
All activities, excursions, entry fees and adventure travel as described in the itinerary
Service learning projects in conservation and community development
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 history, conservation, development, eco-tourism and sustainability
Experienced Program Instructors and local guides
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, stickers and a buff
Online image library for your program


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