Picture yourself on a sandy beach with the cool ocean breeze blowing across your skin. You’re surrounded by new friends who are eager to share their culture, and you’ve filled up your phone’s storage with photos of spectacular landscapes, smiling faces, and unforgettable experiences.To make this dream a reality, you’ll need an island study abroad destination, a plan, and some free time. Lucky for you, summer break is around the corner and many of our action-packed Global Prep programs fit the bill.

Explore four of our most popular island study abroad programs below to see which one sparks your interest. The following programs range from 2-3 weeks long, take place in beautiful island locations abroad, and involve a volunteer component, so you can take pride in doing good while enjoying your epic adventure. Whether you’re excited by stunning scenery, cultural immersion, or making a difference to people around the world, you’ll want to check these destinations off of your bucket list!

4 incredible island study abroad programs

1. Contribute to community development initiatives in Fiji.

Study abroad in Fiji
Who wouldn’t want to spend 2 weeks in a tropical paradise? You’ll get to explore coral reefs, waterfalls, beaches, and volcanoes, too!

Departs July 2-5, 2018

2. Engage in social justice and peace and conflict studies in Ireland.

Study abroad in Ireland
Become an expert on Ireland’s unique cultural history and the dramatic coastal scenery of County Donegal—a place that was crowned Nat Geo’s “Coolest Place on the Planet” in 2016. Plus, earn some college credit while you’re at it!

Departs July 1, 2018

3. Help preserve biodiversity hotspots in New Zealand.

Study abroad in New Zealand
New Zealand is so beautiful that it sometimes seems like a mythical place. Plus, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed here, need we say more?

Departs July 2-5, 2018

4. Protect endangered plants and animals in Seychelles.

Study abroad in Seychelles
Hang out with the sea turtles that nest on the beaches. If adorable baby turtles aren’t incentive enough, the snorkeling will probably sway you.

Departs July 3-6, 2018

Ready to do something amazing this summer? Sign up to reserve your spot on one of these island study abroad adventures!

You can learn more about Global Prep trips and other exciting destinations by browsing through AFS’s 120+ programs. Be sure to check out our merit- and need-based scholarships as well, which can help make studying abroad a reality for you!