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    ARCC Summer Programs | Meaningful Immersive Travel

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    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Australia, Belize, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United States, Vietnam, Tanzania, Galapagos Islands, Bali, Hawaii
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July, August, September
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Semester, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Sub-Categories: Social Justice, Animals/Nature, Rock Climbing, Scuba Diving, Hiking, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (415) 332-5075
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    For 40 years ARCC has offered extraordinary programs for teenagers in some of the world’s most spectacular locations. Our mission is to provide unique, life changing educational experiences for teenagers in places rarely visited and seldom experienced.

    ARCC Programs are the standard for delivering quality, fulfilling and enriching programs for our participants. We are extremely proud of the lasting impact that generations of ARCC students have had on the people and the communities they’ve visited throughout the world. What we have learned over the decades is that successfully operating these types of programs, year after year, is not an accident:

    Superb Program Design
    Superbly planned programs are a hallmark of ARCC Programs. Almost every minute of every ARCC program is planned in detail including important "downtime."  Some ARCC programs are planned years in advance of their departures — a monumental challenge — but one that pays off immensely for our students.

    Unique and Unforgettable Experiences
    ARCC is committed to providing unique and life-changing experiences that resonate deeply with our students. In our programs, our students venture far off the beaten path, go to places, and do things that most people can only dream about. We’ve spent over thirty-five years building close relationships with organizations and communities around the world to ensure our students engage in truly intimate, authentic encounters with the people, the cultures, and the lands they visit.

    Rich Educational Programming
    Education is an essential part of the ARCC experience. Lessons throughout the program may be academic, in the form of the trip curriculum, or maybe experiential, delivered through immersion in new ideas and situations.

    Exceptional Trip Leaders
    ARCC Summer Program Leaders average 24-25 years old, while ARCC Gap Instructors average 26-27 years old. Our leaders and instructors are exceptional individuals of extraordinary character and experience. Selected from many hundreds of highly qualified applicants, ARCC leaders are enthusiastic about serving others, and most importantly, working with teenagers and helping our students thrive.

    Focus on Safety
    ARCC takes seriously its commitment to risk management and safety on all of our programs. With over 40 years of operation, ARCC has worked to develop comprehensive guidelines and policies to prioritize the safety of our students, staff and partners. We are proud of our safety record and are constantly reviewing and updating our protocols to ensure they meet or exceed current industry standards.

    Quality Participants
    ARCC students want to be in our programs and arrive ready to immerse themselves in this extraordinary experience. We screen references from every prospective student and only accept those we believe will be positive and enthusiastic group members.

    Small Group Size
    ARCC groups consist of no more than eighteen students for summer programs and no more than thirteen during Gap semesters. This makes them the perfect size for programs of this nature. So much of our programming suggests we make a small imprint on the areas and communities we visit. By limiting the size of our groups, each student gets a much more personal experience during the program. In addition, our leaders cherish the time they have getting to know each student so well, which helps them better tailor the program to meet individual needs.

    Cost and Session Information

    Cost and Session Dates vary on the type of program you want to participate in. Whether it's a domestic gap program or exploring the Pacific Northwest, check out our website for more information.

    Reviews (5)

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

      My daughter went on this trip and it turned into a trip of a lifetime for her. What I liked about ARCC as an organization is that from the first communication, it seemed like they were dealing with a very small group. You would never know they had so many trips going at the same time. I was connected to Whitney who was my main contact throughout the process and she was always immediately responsive to any question I had. I received lots of information about the trip. Because they have been doing this for so long, they have the process down. They also have all of these contacts in these other countries so there is comfort in knowing that they are not leaving anything to chance. They are extremely organized in their pre-trip information and the counselors are well trained and phenomenal with the kids. The only suggestion I would have is to not bother getting the trip insurance (which is a separate company) unless you have an impending death in the family. After all the red tape, that's about the only reason they will refund money for a trip.

    • ARCC Ecuador & Galapagos
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      Reviewed on Aug/31/2018 by Ella

      This summer I ventured to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with ARCC and I had the most incredible time. It was the perfect combination of cultural immersion, adventure, and community service. Both my group and leaders were wonderful and were always on top of the work we were doing. A highlight of our trip was snorkeling with the sea lions and turtles in the crystal clear waters of the Galapagos. The sea lions were everywhere and they would come right up next to you!! In terms of community service, we worked in two main villages. In one of the communities, we expanded their communal kitchen so that it could seat more people, and in the other village we dug out the dirt floors and replaced them with concrete ones. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I would highly recommend. This trip is perfect for anyone who is looking for some summer fun and for a new, fantastic experience.

    • ARCC India
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      Reviewed on Jul/29/2018 by Grace Crema

      I just got back from my three week trip to India with ARCC and could not have been happier with my experience. Last year I also traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia last year and loved it so much I spent a second summer traveling with them. ARCC is incredibly organized and well-run and never hesitates to answer any questions you have prior to, during, or after your trip. My bag was lost during our first few days in Delhi, and the ARCC office/leaders handled it amazingly and got my bag back before our next flight into the Himalayas. On both of my trips I had amazing leaders who I became super close with and still keep in touch with today! They do an awesome job of bonding the group and creating an amazing experience for everyone. I still talk to both of my groups almost every day, and two girls from my first trip are coming over tomorrow, and five from my last group are coming over in like two weeks. I have made the most amazing friends from all over the country and the world and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Through ARCC I've learned about so many different cultures and different critical issues and I can't wait to continue traveling with them in the future!! I HIGHLY recommend ARCC and I hope you choose to embark on one of their amazing trips!

    • ARCC California Service
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      Reviewed on Aug/10/2016 by Jadie F

      I just got home from a two week long service trip in Northern California with ARCC. It was an amazing experience, that will will make me smile for a while thinking of all the wonderful memories. I felt safe and comfortable at all times, and felt both of my counselors were experienced, and aware of everything happening. We completed service in the morning, where I felt I made a difference in the community, or park, but it was mixed with the perfect balance of exploring, playing games, hiking, swimming, and having fun! Overall, it was one of the most memorable trips I've been on, and I'd love to return for another ARCC trip this upcoming summer!

    • Amazing Cuban Adventures Service Trip
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      Reviewed on Aug/09/2016 by mdubkdub

      Our freshman daughter attended the Cuba trip for 2 weeks this summer. We can't say enough about the wonderful experience she had there! The leaders were well trained, attentive and offered wonderful spur of the moment opportunities. They surprised everyone with snorkeling in the Bay of Pigs. The accommodations were wonderful and meals were exceptional (according to our daughter). She made some amazing friends as a result of the leaders facilitating so many group activities. They offered a historical perspective and education along with fun experiences and cultures. We are looking for her next trip to book next summer through ARCC!