Overview

For over 30 years ARCC has offered extraordinary service and adventure 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 Adventures Cross-Country. Almost every minute of every ARCC program is planned in detail.  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 deep within our students. On 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 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 may be experiential, delivered through immersion in new ideas and situations.

Exceptional Trip Leaders
ARCC Summer Program Leaders average 23-24 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.

Impeccable Safety Record
Our commitment to safety is the envy of the industry. We are very proud of our impeccable safety record and with great pride can state: No ARCC student has ever suffered an injury requiring an overnight hospital stay. Considering we have been operating programs for over 30 years, this is a remarkable record.

Quality Participants
ARCC students want to be on 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 perfec 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.

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ARCC Gap | Gap Year & Semester Programs

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ARCC Gap | Himalaya: India and Nepal

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Embark on the journey of a lifetime as we experience the rich cultures, numerous religions, ancient histories, and indefatigable energy of India and Nepal.  (more)

ARCC Programs | Cuba: Making History

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ARCC Programs | India: The Himalayan Project

Bend, OR  -   Summer Program
 (3 reviews)
Experience the bustling streets of Delhi. Teach English to local school children as the Himalayan peaks tower above you. Watch the sun rise over the ... (more)
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Ecuador/Galapagos Trip

Ecuador/Galapagos Trip

5
Reviewed on 9/3/2018 by

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

ARCC Ecuador & Galapagos

5
Reviewed on 8/31/2018 by

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

ARCC India

5
Reviewed on 7/29/2018 by

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!

Response from ARCC Summer Programs | Meaningful Service & Adventure Travel:

Thanks, Grace. We are so thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience and hope to see you again next summer!

ARCC California Service

ARCC California Service

5
Reviewed on 8/10/2016 by

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!

Response from ARCC Summer Programs | Meaningful Service & Adventure Travel:

Thanks for the review! We are thrilled that you had a wonderful summer, Jadie. We are already getting ready for next summer and would love to have you join us.

Amazing Cuban Adventures Service Trip

Amazing Cuban Adventures Service Trip

5
Reviewed on 8/9/2016 by

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!

Response from ARCC Summer Programs | Meaningful Service & Adventure Travel:

Thanks for the review! We are happy to hear that your daughter had a great time on our Cuba: Making History program and can't wait to see where in the world she will choose to go next year.

5 Participant Reviews

Write a Review
Ecuador/Galapagos Trip

Ecuador/Galapagos Trip

5
Reviewed on 9/3/2018 by

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

ARCC Ecuador & Galapagos

5
Reviewed on 8/31/2018 by

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

ARCC India

5
Reviewed on 7/29/2018 by

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!

Response from ARCC Summer Programs | Meaningful Service & Adventure Travel:

Thanks, Grace. We are so thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience and hope to see you again next summer!

ARCC California Service

ARCC California Service

5
Reviewed on 8/10/2016 by

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!

Response from ARCC Summer Programs | Meaningful Service & Adventure Travel:

Thanks for the review! We are thrilled that you had a wonderful summer, Jadie. We are already getting ready for next summer and would love to have you join us.

Amazing Cuban Adventures Service Trip

Amazing Cuban Adventures Service Trip

5
Reviewed on 8/9/2016 by

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!

Response from ARCC Summer Programs | Meaningful Service & Adventure Travel:

Thanks for the review! We are happy to hear that your daughter had a great time on our Cuba: Making History program and can't wait to see where in the world she will choose to go next year.

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