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What to expect in the Cook Islands

Made up of fifteen islands in the South Pacific ocean north-east of New Zealand, this self-governing country will undoubtedly broaden your perspective as a global citizen. Experience the hospitality and warm welcome of the Cook Islanders where English is widely spoken, while you soak up the powdery white beaches and azure seas of these tropical islands.

Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan blend of ancient Polynesian heritage and western influence, while exploring the many treasures this archipelago has to offer. Slip into the rhythm of island time in Avarua, the capital of the Cook Islands on the north coast of Rarotonga, and home to local markets and cafes.

When you study abroad here, you can explore the beautiful beaches in this archipelago, and choose from a bountiful buffet of water activities: snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, stand-up paddle boarding and lagoon cruises. However you choose to spend your time, the laidback island style will soon win your heart.

Where do we operate programs in the Cook Islands

What type of programs can you do in the Cook Islands

STUDY ABROAD IN THE COOK ISLANDS

Studying in this self-governing country, made up of fifteen islands in the South Pacific ocean north-east of New Zealand, will undoubtedly broaden your perspective as a global citizen.

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Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.

YOUR PROGRAM

  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN THE COOK ISLANDS

Here are the best things to do in your spare time while in the Cook Islands:

  • Explore Aitutaki Lagoon: Touted as one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world, you can take a lagoon cruise or catamaran tour, which often includes stops at smaller uninhabited islands (motus), snorkeling in crystal clear waters, and enjoying a traditional Cook Islands feast on a secluded beach.
  • Take a Cross-Island Trek: For those who love hiking, this trek will take you through the lush heart of Rarotonga, passing the iconic Needle rock formation and leading you to stunning viewpoints.
  • Engage in Water Activities: You can snorkel or dive in the vibrant coral reefs that are home to a myriad of marine life, or try kayaking, fishing, and even whale watching.

Recent Testimonials

SydneyIntern in Ireland

I didn't feel like I was an intern - I felt like a member of the staff!

EdenStudy in Spain

Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.

GwenStudy in Czech Republic

It was like a reset! I experienced a lot of growth as a person and it made me feel like I have my life together.

BridgetIntern in Czech Republic

I went into it having high expectations and everything was completely fulfilled. I learned a lot - it was amazing.

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as Thailand's delicious colors and flavours, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.

WhitneyIntern in Costa Rica

Absolutely amazing. I learned so many new things I had never learned before and I'm still in touch with my host family.

Cook Islands FAQs

Where are the Cook Islands located?

The Cook Islands is located in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand and southwest of French Polynesia. Comprising 15 islands spread over a vast expanse of ocean, it is grouped into two main clusters: the Northern Group, which consists mainly of atolls, and the Southern Group, which includes larger, volcanic islands.

Is Cook Islands safe?

The Cook Islands are a safe destination with a relaxed vibe and minimal crime. Yet, tourists should guard their belongings, be aware of cyclones from November to April, practice water safety, and follow local customs, including modest attire off the beach, for a harmonious stay.

When is the best time to go to the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands is located in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand and southwest of French Polynesia. Comprising 15 islands spread over a vast expanse of ocean, it is grouped into two main clusters: the Northern Group, which consists mainly of atolls, and the Southern Group, which includes larger, volcanic islands.

Do I need a visa for travel to the Cook Islands?

Tourists staying in the Cook Islands for 31 days or less typically don’t need a visa. You’ll be issued a visitor’s permit upon arrival if you have a valid passport (expiring at least six months after departure), a return/onward ticket, and sufficient funds. However, always verify the latest regulations with the Cook Islands’ embassy before your trip. If you go abroad with World Endeavors, our advisors will be there to answer any questions you have.

How big are the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands is a nation of 15 islands spread over a vast area in the South Pacific Ocean. In terms of land area, the Cook Islands cover approximately 240 square kilometers (about 93 square miles).

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STEP 1
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STEP 3
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