Pacia Life visionaries started actively using international cultural immersion, service and exploration trips with the intention of personal growth in 2010. “There is something powerful about watching a young adult go from being the receiver to the giver. From the taker in life to the one who is blessing other people’s lives”, says Justing Robinson, co-founder of Pacia New Perspectives.
As part of what Pacia Life describes as the Personal Growth Track or Track 5, our domestic and international travel experiences share the purpose of increasing self-awareness, contributing to world citizenship, learning cultural and world perspectives, and broadening possibilities with future careers.
The proven methodology of the Tatori Method uses key intrinsic motivators via motivational interviewing; many of our young adults add international cultural and service immersion experiences to their life map boards. Pacia Life uses unique screening and preparation, customizing and creating international experiences (often referred to as a GAP experience) that go far beyond the tourist’s goals.
These experiences are often a significant shift in personal growth for a young adult as they experience distant lands, cultures, and become the giver and partner to those in need instead of the receiver. Teaching school while living in a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal, working on a dude ranch in Argentina or building schools and greenhouses in Peru, caring for orphanage children in East Africa or walking the pilgrimage trail across Europe. The list of available countries and opportunities shifts each year based on changing safety concerns, the strength of partner organizations, and political stability, all monitored closely by our teams.
Randy Oakley states, “I’ve been helping young adult customize, design and execute international travel experiences for years. Some travel in groups and some travel alone. But the magic, growth, and awakening that takes place in each of them are beyond amazing. When they return, it’s like they have matured, see the world differently, they are more ready for college, jobs, relationships and most of all they return with a humble spirit of gratitude.”
Pacia Life is a proud partner and contributor to the American GAP Association and many other GAP and international service nonprofit organizations throughout the world.