South Pacific Semester | Carpe Diem Education Gap Year

Location: Australia: Adelaide, Sydney; Fiji: Rural Areas; Multiple Countries; New Zealand: Rural Areas

Term: Fall, Spring

Program Duration: 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round

1529 N Killingsworth Street Portland, OR 97217 United States

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Phone: 503-285-1800

Fax: 866-903-1077


Study environmental conservation and leadership all within the experiential wonderland of Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Students will learn about Aboriginal culture while sleeping under the stars in Australia; get SCUBA certified on the Great Barrier Reef; and volunteer with key players in the world of environmental and marine conservation in the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent.

Live communally in an indigenous Maori community studying their traditional stories and ways of living, while participating in conservation community-based volunteering. Hone leadership skills in your group, while also backpacking the famous Abel Tasman National Park. Drop into the fabled "Mount Doom" from Lord of the Rings in New Zealand.

Through small groups of no more than 12 students, you will experiment with leadership roles, self-awareness, and purpose.

Experiential education. Community. Intercultural exchange. It's how Carpe Diem Education connects with and gives back to the global communities we interact with.


* Trekking through mountains of New Zealand
* Spend a week volunteering on an organic farm in New Zealand
* Volunteer with organizations doing environmental conservation and organic farming
* Homestays living with Fijian families
* Live with the Maori to learn about their traditions
* Go surfing at one of the many beaches along Sydney's coast
* Spiritual Exploration through Yoga and Meditation retreat
* Group sizes no larger than 12 students and 2 Program Leaders
* SCUBA certification on the Great Barrier Reef
* 18 college-credits available through Portland State University

Type of Programs
  • Gap Year
  • Outdoor Education
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Experiential Learning

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

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Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Wildlife
  • Water Projects
  • Tree Planting
  • Renewable Energy
  • Social Work
  • Marine Conservation
  • Recreation
  • Pastoral Work
  • Parks
  • Nutrition
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Gender Issues
  • Education
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Community Centers
  • Anthropology
  • Agriculture
  • Community Development
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Conservation
  • Organic Farming
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Trail Building
Typical Volunteer
• This program is designed for GAP YEAR students.  Students can expect to:
• Travel together as a small group, throughout the entire program.
• Participate in community building exercises during orientation that focus on team-building and group dynamics.
• Have two Overseas Educators facilitate regular group meetings throughout the semester, to create space for students to reflect, process and connect with each other.
• Immerse themselves in the places we visit through home stays and service projects and working alongside local partners.
• Abide by our Sacred Six agreements designed to help challenge you to grow personally, engage in the program in meaningful ways, and ensure we are creating a safe space to travel responsibly.
This Program is open to

Worldwide, American, Canadian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Dormitory
  • Guest House

Participants Travel

in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Online Application
  • Essay
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 business days
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network
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