As breathtaking as Hawaii’s paradise might be, it faces its own environmental and economic challenges. On this Gap college program in Hawaii, students have the opportunity to make a difference by working with local organizations that focus on conservation and environmental stewardship. Together with researchers at the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute, learn about endangered sea turtles and assist with habitat restoration projects. You’ll also learn about Hawaiian culture and gain an appreciation of the Hawaiian people and their way of life. This Hawaii Gap program uses a service-learning framework tailored for high school graduates, where our staff provides guidance and reflection on the impact of the work we do and promotes the value of empathy and cultural sensitivity. This includes developing your Capstone Project; a final presentation which demonstrates your understanding of one or more aspects of the educational components of the program. Students will have the option to complete a PADI SCUBA diver certification course or learn how to surf. Beautiful weather, beaches, and scenery, along with some radical surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking are just some of the huge perks of participating in this Gap college program.
This Gap program is for high school graduates and college students between the ages of 17-20.