ARCC’s Southwest Gap Semester provides access to some of America’s most beautiful and remote landscapes ranging from the depths of Utah’s most spectacular canyons and the jagged peaks of the Colorado Rockies to the expansive deserts of New Mexico and Arizona and the dramatic coastline of Southern California.
Building upon our 38-year history of running domestic programs in the U.S., this semester provides hands-on opportunities and access to areas usually unavailable to the everyday traveler. Immersing in a western Colorado homestay on a cattle ranch we learn the importance of small family farms. Soaring atop the rapids of the Colorado River, we retrace history as we address water rights issues and then sleep under brilliant starry skies. Building a toolkit of medical skills, we join the ranks of the outdoor professionals as Wilderness First Responders. Getting our hands dirty building an entirely sustainable home, we see first-hand the power and potential of renewable energy sources. Meeting with migrants along Arizona’s borderlands, we get an inside glimpse into one of our country’s most poignant challenges. As we roadtrip across this beautiful, complex, and historic landscape, there is no doubt our learning, experiences, and friendships formed will stay with us forever.