- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Hawaii
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February, September
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins, Tents
- Application Fee: $100
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
Hawai'i: a land of elemental forces coming together to create one of the most extraordinary and beautiful ecosystems on earth. We have designed this program for students who love the natural world, come be humbled by the grandeur of the ocean, the migrations of whales, the vibrance of the land, and the magic of the Aloha! Spend a semester on Maui and the Big Island while traveling with a small group of up to 12 other gap year students and two experienced leaders!
Throughout your time in Hawai'i, we'll explore the following questions: - How do permaculture and organic farming methods enhance people's connection to local food systems, as well as their relationship with the local environment? - How are local Hawaiians working to preserve the beauty and sanctity of the environment through conservation and education? - What are some exciting and meaningful ways of connecting with the natural world? - How are social and environmental justice connected, and how do these relate to traditional Hawaiian culture?
Program highlights include:
*Learn to surf under the guidance of local experts.
*Live and work on a regenerative farm/permaculture site.
*Experience trekking and camping in the lush Hawaiian wilderness.
*Gain an introduction to Hawaiian culture and language as well as traditional knowledge such as star navigation, food systems, and mythology.
*Participate in a mindfulness retreat designed to deepen into the self, reflect on your journey, and prepare you for the transition home.