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    ARCC Programs | Ecuador & Gal’apagos: Island Village Impact

    ARCC Programs | Ecuador & Gal’apagos: Island Village Impact

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    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Community Service
    • Sub-Categories: Spanish, Animals/Nature, Digital Detox
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Human Services
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Explore the incomparable Galápagos Islands on this unique service learning program. Live and work with Andean villagers as you get handy with community improvement infastructure projects. Soar through the canopy on ziplines and navigate the thrilling rapids of the Upper Napo River in the Amazon Rainforest. Find out more!

    We explore Quito, capital city of the ancient Incan Empire, taking an exhilarating ride through the forest canopy on a series of zip lines. We start our adventure at an eco retreat in the Amazon where we learn about and help with Kichwa agroforestry systems. Our next project brings us to the Andes where host families welcome us into their home and show us their lifestyle. In the Galápagos Islands, we swim, snorkel and mingle with a variety of creatures, and we also take time to give something back by working on a reforestation service project in conjunction with the Charles Darwin Research Center. You'll complete up to 35 hours of service-based learning on this trip.

    Reviews (2)

    • Ecuador/Galapagos ARCC Trip
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      Reviewed on Sep/03/2018 by Mary

      I was nervous to send my daughter on this 3 week trip - but it turned into a trip of a lifetime for her. The two counselors were terrific - fun and well trained - and they did a phenomenal job of leading this group. She met lots of friends who she is still connected to. The days were action packed and so adventurous. The work days were fun because they were in it together and were able to see the results of their efforts. My daughter couldn't believe how fast the trip went and she returned home with more confidence and a sparkle in her eye about her next travel adventure!

    • Incredible Journey Through Ecuador and the Galapagos!!
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      Reviewed on Aug/31/2018 by Ella

      I was lucky enough to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos last year on ARCC's summer program. It was the absolute perfect combination of adventure, laughter and community service. From rafting, snorkeling with sea lions and turtles, ziplining to building a kitchen for a local community, this trip had it all. One of my favorite moments was when we were working in a community and it started dumping rain. I remember how we were playing music and we were all singing and working as hard as we possibly could, no matter the circumstances. Not only was the trip itinerary fabulous, but our group leaders were fantastic. They helped us bond almost immediately and they were full of fun activities and stories. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. I hope some others are lucky enough to go on this adventure!