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GLOBAL PROGRAMS FOR TEENS

MEANINGFUL SERVICE, REAL CONNECTIONS, TR U E A D VARCCPROGRAMS.COM ENTURE 415.332.5075

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THE WORLD IS WAITING CALIFORNIA Urban and Wilderness Service

CUBA Making History DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Project Caribbean COSTA RICA Classic COSTA RICA Impact

HAWAII Local Connections

COSTA RICA Ultimate

GAP Latin America

ECUADOR/GALAPAGOS Island & Village Impact

GAP Africa

PERU Sacred Valley Service

GAP Patagonia/Cuba

TANZANIA Safari & Solar

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CONTENTS INDIA The Himalayan Project

Why ARCC Programs?

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Our Leaders

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SUMMER PROGRAMS:

GAP Asia

THAILAND Hill Tribe Impact

Australia/Fiji

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Bali/Sumatra

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California

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Costa Rica Classic

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Costa Rica Impact

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Costa Rica Ultimate

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Cuba

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Dominican Republic

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Ecuador/Galapagos

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THAILAND Elephant Experience

Hawaii

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SOUTHEAST ASIA Grassroots Initiatives

India

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VIETNAM/CAMBODIA Project Clean Water

Peru

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Southeast Asia

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Tanzania

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GAP India/Nepal

Thailand Elephant Experience 36

BALI/SUMATRA Operation Orangutan

Thailand Hill Tribe Impact

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Vietnam/Cambodia

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GAP PROGRAMS:

AUSTRALIA/FIJI Island Village Initiative

Gap Africa

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Gap Asia

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Gap India/Nepal

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Gap Latin America

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Gap Patagonia/Cuba

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All Programs At-a-Glance

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How to Apply

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WHY ARCC PROGRAMS? For 34 years ARCC has offered extraordinary travel programs for teenagers with the mission of providing unique, life-changing educational experiences in places rarely visited and seldom experienced. We are extremely proud of the lasting impact that ARCC students have had on the people and the communities they encounter across the globe. ARCC sets the standard for delivering quality, fulfilling and enriching programs for our participants. RICH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING Education is an essential part of the ARCC experience. Lessons throughout the program may be academic, in the form of program specific curriculum, or may be experiential, delivered through immersion in new ideas and situations. UNIQUE SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCES ARCC is committed to delivering unique service projects that resonate deep within the communities we visit. ARCC students engage in intimate, authentic encounters with the people, cultures, and lands they visit while giving back in a meaningful way. EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAM LEADERS ARCC Leaders are exceptional individuals of extraordinary character and experience. Selected from many hundreds of applicants, ARCC Leaders are enthusiastic about serving others, and most importantly, helping our young adults thrive. IMPECCABLE SAFETY RECORD Our commitment to safety is the envy of the industry and we are very proud of our safety record: in 34 years of operations, no ARCC student has ever suffered an injury requiring an overnight hospital stay.

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ARCC leaders are outstanding individuals who inspire, motivate, mentor and set a positive example that lasts far beyond the summer’s end.

EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP With well over a 50% return rate, ARCC leaders range from 21–32 years old and have extensive experience in team leading, adventure travel, experiential education, service, and language. Each program is led by one male and one female leader. In addition to these leaders, we also enlist professional outfitters for our adventure activities such as rafting, surfing, and SCUBA diving. EXTREMELY SELECTIVE HIRING PROCESS ARCC’s outstanding reputation in the industry brings us hundreds of staff applications each year. We take careful steps to ensure we hire leaders with extraordinary character and experience. New leaders participate in a multi-stage interview/hiring process; this process includes a detailed application, multiple reference checks and multiple in-depth interviews. In addition, all leaders pass rigorous background checks in order to work for ARCC. EXTENSIVE TRAINING CURRICULUM Every ARCC leader has training in emergency wilderness medicine and all of our leaders are WFR certified (80 hours) or EMTs (120 hours). In addition to the multitude of experiences our leaders bring to ARCC, all leaders, new and returning are required to attend our ten-day intensive staff training focusing on trip safety, group dynamics, logistics, leadership, communications, protocols, and emergency procedures making them some of the most well-rounded leaders in the industry.

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“I can’t say enough about the leaders. These are the people that give me hope for future generations.” PARENTS OF THUNDER B. COTOPAXI, CO

“She was able to be a leader, role model, friend, sister, and pillar of support all at once.” OLIVIA B. NEW YORK, NY

“Beautiful, beautiful people. Interesting in and of themselves and just great with the teenagers. We feel very fortunate that our son was engaged by such interesting people.” PARENTS OF JAKE N. MILL VALLEY, CA

“Max had an incredible time. He thought the leadership was the best he has had in 8 years of attending summer programs… an extremely positive experience!” PARENTS OF MAXWELL S. DURANGO, CO

“It’s a trip I’ll never forget. I made amazing friends, loved my leaders, and fell in love with a beautiful country!” MARIA M. RALEIGH, NC

“There were times that I was pushed out of my comfort zone, but with the support of my leaders, I felt as if I could overcome anything and face every single challenge. ANNA D. CHARLOTTE, NC

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Live and Work in the Fijian Tropical Paradise Village of Nawaisomo

Volunteer at an Australian Kangaroo and Wildlife Habitat Center

Earn PADI SCUBA Certification on the Magnificent Great Barrier Reef

Teach English to a Classroom Filled with Fijian Students

Overnight Under the Southern Stars on our Own Exclusive Private Desert Island


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enture across the Pacific Ocean to Australia and the remote archipelago of Fiji where you will live, work and play among the locals. Explore tropical white sand

beaches, crystal blue waters and the deserted islands of Fiji making a lasting impact on the people you encounter. Welcomed by the chief of the Nawaisomo island village, stay in traditional Fijian bures where life continues as it has for centuries. Promote positive and sustainable growth in the village through a multitude of service projects including teaching English in local schools and working on a series of construction projects to improve the quality of life for the community. Depart Fiji and head south to the “Land Down Under” knowing your hard work has made a lasting change. Be awed by the kaleidoscope of colors of the Great Barrier Reef from the deck of our liveaboard dive boat and earn PADI SCUBA Certification. Volunteer with kangaroos and koalas and explore historic Sydney, the famed Opera House, and the exquisite Sydney Harbour.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: NAWAISOMO VILLAGE For almost 20 years, ARCC students have ventured into the heart of stunning Beqa Island, comprised of nine unique villages and known as the ‘Island of Firewalkers.’ Here villagers live in this tropical paradise as they have for centuries, existing off the land and the bounty of the sea. Each year our projects are directed by the Nawaisomo Village Chief, where we have installed community generators—providing light to the village for the very first time, built the elementary school, constructed homes for village elderly, taught English at the local primary school and taught classes at the local high school. ARCC is a treasured friend and partner to the Nawaisomo Village and each year our group is welcomed back with a huge village feast and celebration.

“In Fiji I learned about unconditional love and happiness. In Australia I discovered the raw beauty of our planet. I want to travel so much now.” GRETA M., ARCC STUDENT WESTERN SPRINGS, IL

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Malaysia Indonesia Papua New Guinea

FIJI AUSTRALIA

INDIAN OCEAN

NUMBER OF DAYS: 22

DATES: July 6 – July 27, 2017

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $5,695

New Zealand

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Surf the Famous Waves of Bali’s Beautiful Bukit Peninsula

Discover Wild Sumatran Orangutans in the Pristine Rainforest of Northern Sumatra

Assist Impoverished East Bali Communities to Improve Village Infrastructure

Work with an Orangutan NGO to Restore Lifesaving Orangutan Habitat

Explore the Vibrant and Spiritual City of Ubud and its Famous Monkey Forest


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oak in the unique culture of Bali and the pristine nature of Northern Sumatra as we explore two of the most beautiful and interesting islands in the world. First, we explore the

island of Sumatra, one of only two places on the planet where orangutans live in the wild. Working with our Orangutan NGO partner and Rangers from Gunung Leuser National Park, we hike through the pristine rainforest of Bukit Lawang in search of wild orangutans, spending time in the wild with these remarkable creatures. We continue our work with the local NGO on their “Orangutan Habitat Restoration” project, where we assist in re-creating a healthy ecosystem for the Sumatran Orangutan. Saying goodbye to the incredible island of Sumatra, we depart for the mystical island of Bali, the “Island of Gods.” Surrounded by lush rice paddies, we travel to East Bali and the spiritual village of Ubud to work with locals in a nearby community to improve village infrastructure. We next head to the Bukit Peninsula for a surf camp on Bali’s perfect beginner waves. Our adventure comes to a close with a final feast and closing ceremonies as we watch the sun set behind the famous Uluwatu Temple on the cliffs overlooking the Bali Sea.

ORANGUTAN HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT Once widespread throughout the forests of Asia, wild orangutans are now found in just two places in the world, the rainforests of Sumatra being one of them. Due to clearcutting and habitat destruction, the Sumatran Orangutan is one of the most endangered primates in the world. Following our trek in search of wild orangutans, we work with our Orangutan NGO partner to help restore what were once illegal palm oil plantations to healthy orangutan habitats. Through the collection of wild seedlings, work in a tree nursery, checking camera traps, and replanting important native species we help ensure the success of the Sumatran Orangutan for future generations.

“This was by far one of the best trips I have ever taken. The people you meet, not only your group, but also your leaders and [in-country] guides are absolutely amazing. Hands down, it is completely worth coming.” GIGI G., ARCC STUDENT PIEDMONT, CA SOUTH CHINA SEA

PROGRAM DETAILS: Malaysia

NUMBER OF DAYS: 18 START LOCATION: Los Angeles

DATES: June 28 – July 15, 2017 END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $4,295

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Indonesia

SUMATRA

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Volunteer with Rangers and Explore Yosemite National Park

Restore and Build Trails around Stunning Lake Tahoe

Learn to Surf on Marin County’s Gentle Waves

Experience Exhilarating Whitewater in California’s Gold Country

Sleep Under the Stars in California’s Most Pristine Campsites


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xperience the bounty of California’s most magical landscapes on a two week journey combining meaningful service and thrilling adventure. Help provide aid to San

Francisco’s marginalized homeless population at the St. Anthony’s Foundation and GLIDE by preparing and serving meals. Explore the splendors of Yosemite National Park while working alongside park rangers. Swim through the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, kayak down thrilling rapids and learn to surf at one of Northern California’s most enchanting beaches as you soak in the warm summer sun. Trek across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and explore the wonders of San Francisco. Take a journey this summer that will not be forgotten by you or those you serve!

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS OUTREACH Despite efforts to reduce homelessness in San Francisco, the numbers of those on the street continue to be staggeringly high. We work to better the health and well-being of this underserved population by partnering with several local nonprofit organizations serving this community. We prepare and serve meals, organize donations and simply chat with patrons. Through this outreach we make life a bit more comfortable and gain perspective and knowledge of this environment so different from our own. We then use our new skills and knowledge to create, plan and implement a homeless outreach project of our own. Not only do we spend another day working with the homeless in San Francisco, but we leave with the tools and skills to bring this project home and implement it in our own communities. The project is an eye opening, yet immensely rewarding experience for all.

“For this adventure, you need to immerse yourself in every part of the experience because you’ll want to remember each adventure, from city exploration to service, to seeing stars over skyscraping rock formations.” RACHEL G., ARCC STUDENT DUNWOODY, GA

Oregon

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Idaho

Nevada

Utah

CALIFORNIA

NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

DATES: June 26 – July 9, 2017 July 13 – July 26, 2017

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: San Francisco

TUITION: $2,995

Arizona

PA C I F I C OCEAN Mexico

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Work on Critical Building Projects in a Rural Community

Whitewater Raft the Pacuare River

Teach English Classes in a Rural Elementary School

Learn to Surf the Peaceful Waves of the Pacific Ocean

Zipline through the Breathtaking Rainforest Canopy


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he Costa Rica Classic program is the perfect blend of service and adventure. Create lesson plans and teach English in a rural elementary school. Experience the beauty of this

majestic nation by whitewater rafting through lush rainforest on the Pacuare River with monkeys, sloths and toucans above. Live and work in a remote ranching village high in the cloudforest and get your hands dirty building much needed homes, barns, and bridges. Learn to surf the gentle waves of the Pacific ocean off Costa Rica’s beautiful palm-fringed beaches. Experience abundant rainforests, untouched coastlines and hidden waterfalls, taking pleasure in knowing that, along the way, you are touching the lives of others.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: MOLLEJONES COMMUNITY Enter a unique village founded by local families who settled in this stunning mountain landscape over a generation ago. Due to it’s remote location and tiny population, this community does not have the same resources available to those in larger urban areas. Through projects that improve the village’s infrastructure, English lessons that support the local school, and cultural exchange; we experience the warmth and simplicity of Costa Rican culture while supporting the needs of this amazing place.

“The only complaint that Kiran had about the trip was that it ended. She loved everything about it: the team leaders, the new friends she made, the awareness and importance of the service activities, camping, surfing. All of it.” PARENT OF KIRAN C. EDMUND, OK

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

START LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

DATES: June 28 – July 11, 2017 July 15 – July 28, 2017 August 1 – August 14, 2017

Nicaragua

TUITION: $3,895

CARIBBEAN SEA COSTA RICA

END LOCATION: San Jose, CR* Panama

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Work Alongside Experts on a Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Collaborate with Villagers on Impactful Construction Projects

Tutor Local Students in a Rural Village School

Lend a Hand with Daily Life on a Ranch

Assist Turtle Hatchlings on their Quest for the Sea

Explore Jungled Mountainscapes and Refreshing Waterfalls


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osta Rica Impact was designed for those with the biggest hearts ready to leave their mark on communities and wildlife in need. We have the opportunity to live and work

in places rarely accessed by outsiders bringing together three distinct service projects for the quintessential Costa Rica service learning experience. Work on the stunning Caribbean beaches protecting sea turtle hatching areas and help escort hatchlings as they make their way to the sea. Tutor elementary school children in a rural village school, exchanging high fives as they learn their first words of English. Friendships formed over hard work easily dissolve language, culture and lifestyle barriers as we roll up our sleeves and work alongside villagers building much needed infrastructure in a remote ranching community tucked away high in a mountain cloud forest.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: SEA TURTLE PRESERVATION On Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, we spend three days working with a local non-profit organization to preserve near-extinct sea turtles. By day we learn about sea turtle ecology and the gallant efforts put forth by the non-profit to protect these magnificent creatures. By night we earn our reward as we patrol the turtle nesting beaches to collect monitoring data on sea turtles and protect recently-laid eggs from birds and small animals in search of an easy meal. The turtles only nest at night, and we work on their schedule. Though the numbers of sea turtles are dwindling, we hope to be there to see the turtles laying their eggs or to help newborn hatchlings find their way back to the sea.

“Madison has more passion in her life now. It was a wonderful experience and enhanced how she sees things. She has grown and matured because of her experience.” PARENT OF MADISON F. BASKING RIDGE, NJ

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Nicaragua

CARIBBEAN SEA COSTA RICA

NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

DATES: June 29 – July 12, 2017 July 16 – July 29, 2017

START LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

END LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

TUITION: $3,695

Panama

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Protect Sea Turtles and Their Caribbean Coastal Habitat

Learn to Surf on Pristine Pacific Coast Waves

Whitewater Raft through the Pacuare River’s Lush Rainforest

Zipline through the Canopy of a Costa Rican Rainforest

Teach Classes in a Rural “Tico” Primary School


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xperience all the elements of our Costa Rica “Classic” and “Impact” programs with this ultimate 21 day adventure. Travel from Costa Rica’s lush rainforests to the mountain-

ous cloud forests to the Caribbean Sea. Work with local “Tico” schoolchildren and rural farmers on projects which positively affect their quality of life. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this country by whitewater rafting through lush jungle, surfing unspoiled coastline, and by getting to know its wonderful people while working together to build a much-needed community structure. Patrol turtle nesting beaches and protect baby turtles in their natural habitat to help conserve dwindling sea turtle populations. Make lifelong friendships and take pleasure in knowing you are touching the lives of others in a positive way.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: SAVEGRE RANCHING COMMUNITY Since 1994 ARCC groups have visited the coffee-growing high country of Savegre. The families in this region live quietly and humbly, and annually welcome us with open arms. For three days, we peek into another world where life is blissfully simple and pure. Alongside our hosts, we lend a hand to make improvements to their modest village. We may paint and repair communal buildings in the village or work on a greenhouse project to grow saplings of native plants. The joy and gratitude of the village for our efforts is something we will not soon forget.

“The service from this trip was incredible. The people have such strong family values. I’ve learned so much from them and I hope to live my life with the same attitude. Pura Vida!” ISABEL Z., ARCC STUDENT SEA CLIFF, NY

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Nicaragua

NUMBER OF DAYS: 21

DATES: July 5 – July 25, 2017

START LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

END LOCATION: San Jose, CR

CARIBBEAN SEA

TUITION: $4,395

COSTA RICA

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Witness History Firsthand in a Cuba Open Up to Americans for the First Time in Almost 60 Years

Teach Much Needed English to Students Ages 5 – 60

Deliver Food by Horse and Buggy to the City’s Elderly Population in the Matanzas Community

Explore Old Havana and El Malecón and the City’s Famed Museums

Enjoy the White Sand Beaches and the Turquoise Waters of Cuba’s Caribbean Shores


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s a followup to ARCC’s immensely successful programs in Cuba the past two summers, ARCC is delighted to offer another unique opportunity to be part of history. Be one

of the first American youth groups in almost 60 years to volunteer or perform service work in Cuba! With the easing of travel restrictions, Cuba is changing quickly as Americans discover this wonderful island nation. This is a chance to live and work in a Cuba largely untouched for almost six decades. Get to know firsthand the wonderful people of Cuba and experience a nation teeming in color, passion and lively Salsa music, all framed by the backdrop of the Caribbean.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: ELDERLY OUTREACH Even in Cuba’s socialist society, some of the elderly need a helping hand. Our Cuba: Making History Spotlight Project focuses on preparing and delivering food to this marginalized community of people unable to adequately feed themselves. Working with our in-country partner, ARCC students come together to prepare hundreds of meals in a local kitchen. Then using a form of transportation unique to Cuba—the horse and buggy—they deliver these meals to the homes of the elderly who cannot afford meals or can no longer cook for themselves. This heart-warming project gives us an unusual glimpse into lives previously unseen by outsiders, and creates a connection between participants that bridges decades, cultures and nationalities.

“Gaby came home more thoughtful. She is even more appreciative of her life and what she and her friends enjoy… She gained such respect for the people she met and their devotion to family. This trip to Cuba was wonderful because she got to experience people in a close and real way.” PARENT OF GABRIELLE G. SANTA MONICA, CA

PROGRAM DETAILS: Florida

AT L A N T I C OCEAN

GULF OF MEXICO

Mexico

CUBA

NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

DATES: July 1 – July 14, 2017 July 15 – July 28, 2017 July 29 – August 11, 2017

START LOCATION: Miami

END LOCATION: Miami

TUITION: $4,450

Haiti

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Lend a Hand Building Infrastructure in a Rural Batey Village

Shower in the Natural Beauty of the “27 Waterfalls”

Discover the Cobblestone Streets of Historic Santo Domingo

Mentor and Inspire Students in La Mina Community

Surf the Breaking Waves and Raft Rushing Rapids


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ith its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, pristine waterfalls and lush mountain landscapes, the Dominican Republic is the ideal Caribbean destination.

Embrace a culture rich in history and get off the beaten path to explore the island as a local and see why the Dominican people are known for their generosity and spirit. Lend a hand with a building project in a rural Batey village. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and raft through lush tropical valleys. Spend time wandering the cobblestone streets and vibrant facades of Santo Domingo and make real connections with the people of this colorful country.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: LA MINA COMMUNITY Our partnership with the La Mina community is rich and deep. At ARCC we especially love the passion and joy that seems to permeate the La Mina citizenry. Situated inland and far from the resort beaches and tourism-linked jobs, the village of La Mina is a proud, yet impoverished community. Local workers must either travel hours for employment or, if even available, settle for one of the low paying community jobs. The result is that citizens of La Mina struggle to afford even the most basic necessities, many living in one-room tin structures with dirt floors. Our projects over the years in La Mina have been designed to help both individual families and the community at large. We have worked in schools, completed constructions projects in the village, poured foundations covering mud floors in homes, built playgrounds, and more. Each year we are asked to complete the work deemed most urgent by the La Mina community and each year, ARCC students accept the challenge with spirit and enthusiasm that makes us proud.

“I recommend that everyone once in their life goes on an ARCC trip. In just a few weeks you learn so much about yourself and grow stronger as a leader and person.” STELLA V., ARCC STUDENT BROOKLYN, NY

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Florida

NUMBER OF DAYS: 13

DATES: June 29 – July 11, 2017

START LOCATION: New York

END LOCATION: New York

TUITION: $3,695

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Cuba

Haiti Jamaica

Puerto Rico

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Explore the Galapagos Islands by Kayak

Build Clean Floors for Local Villagers

Snorkel Alongside Sea Lions in the Islands’ Crystal Clear Waters

Whitewater Raft through the Lush Rainforest

Assist with Sustainable Farming Practices in the Amazon


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xperience one of the world’s most remarkable destinations complete with towering mountain ranges, verdant rainforests and tropical isles on this unique Ecuador & Galapagos:

Island & Village Impact summer service program. Explore the unparalleled Galapagos Islands, paddle through its mysterious caves and canyons and snorkel alongside playful sea lions. Live and work with Andean villagers as together you rebuild their homes and improve the living environment for generations to come. Navigate the thrilling rapids of the Upper Napo River. Tutor English, assist with local farming practices and improve village infrastructure in the Amazon. Visit the famous Otavalo market filled with native handicrafts and sample typical Ecuadorian treats like potato llapingachos. Appreciate the bounty of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands through the eyes of those who call it home.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: QUITUGO DEVELOPMENT In rural communities in the Andean highlands of Ecuador, most family homes have dirt and mud floors and lack any type of hard flooring. In addition to being uncomfortable, cold and wet, this living environment poses health risks, especially for young children, and can lead to a host of preventable diseases. Dirt floors are impossible to clean and become an even greater health risk during the rainy season when the floors turn to mud and standing water pools in low areas. For our spotlight project, we work alongside local families to install concrete floors in their homes, transforming their lives and providing them with a clean and healthy living environment.

“Caroline returned from Ecuador more confident, even more independent, and has a better focus on what she wants to do down the road and she met some terrific people with whom she has become good friends.” PARENT OF CAROLINE B. SAMMAMISH, WA

Colombia

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

SOUTH PA C I F I C OCEAN

ECUADOR

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 21

DATES: June 28 – July 18, 2017

START LOCATION: Miami

END LOCATION: Miami

TUITION: $5,595

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Mentor Students at the Local Boys and Girls Club

Snorkel, Surf and Hike on the Shores of the Famous Na Pali Coast

Restore the Coastline with a Grassroots Non-Profit

Camp Beachside in Famous Hanalei Bay

Prepare and Serve Meals for the Homeless


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iscover an enchanting tropical island paradise on the famous “Garden Isle” during our Hawaii: Local Connections summer service program, where the beauty of the

turquoise waters melt into captivating sunsets. Link hands with local Hawaiians and see the positive impact you can have as you work to preserve the splendor of the sea and the majesty of the lush rainforest. Share a laugh and become friends with Hawaiian children as you serve at the Boys and Girls Club, then allow the islands to return your generosity by sharing with you the “aloha spirit.” Play your role in helping a local non-profit alleviate homelessness by serving meals in an emergency shelter. Catch a wave learning to surf Hawaii’s famous breaks, saunter along the stunning Na Pali Coast Trail, said by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful hikes, and then bask in the tropical sun on a remote beach in this amazing island adventure!

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: KAUAI HOMELESS OUTREACH Despite Hawaii being a tropical paradise visited by millions of vacation travelers, many local Hawaiians struggle to find affordable housing, food and other resources. The result is a largely invisible population of homeless and those living in poverty. Partnering with a local non-profit, we address this problem head on. We volunteer our services through meal outreach, at an emergency homeless shelter. Spending time with this marginalized population gives us perspective and knowledge of this issue that confronts even the most idyllic environments. We are often inspired by our newfound friendships, seeing many of the homeless through a different lens; as individuals undergoing a temporary setback and not simply as statistics in the newspaper. We depart humbled, yet hopeful that even in the smallest of ways, we have improved the lives of this underserved population.

“Campbell’s Hawaii program was truly spectacular! He loved every moment, and came home so excited and happy to share all of his experiences. In his words, ‘It was ridiculously awesome!’.” PARENT OF CAMPBELL R. KANSAS CITY, MO

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

DATES: June 27 – July 10, 2017 July 14 – July 27, 2017

START LOCATION: Lihue, HI*

END LOCATION: Lihue, HI*

TUITION: $3,995

Kauai

Oahu Molokai Maui HAWAII

Hawaii

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Teach English to Eager School Children in a Remote Himalayan Village

Watch the Sun Rise Over the WorldRenowned Taj Mahal

Trek into the Stunning Himalayan Landscape

Explore Ancient Buddhist Monasteries

Volunteer with Sloth Bears and Elephants at a Wildlife Sanctuary


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xperience the delights of India as you navigate a sea of colors, sights and sounds through the bustling streets of Delhi and the endless street markets. See life through the

eyes of former street children while volunteering at an NGO providing education, employment skills, and a home to Delhi’s most underserved youth. Watch the sun rise over the majestic Taj Mahal and learn the history of this magnificent structure. Venture into the heart of the towering Himalayas to visit monasteries and learn about Hinduism and Buddhism. Settle into basecamp in a remote Ladakhi mountain village and teach English to local school children while making renovations to their school. Leave the Himalayas behind and journey to Agra and volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary rehabilitating rescued sloth bears and elephants.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: HIMALAYAN EDUCATION In the rugged Indian Himalayas, at altitudes as high as 17,000 feet, a staggering 963 schools are struggling to provide adequate schooling for rural communities. We work with an incredible local organization that is seeking to stop the flow of families to far away cities in search of better schools and a better education. Students travel to these remote village schools through some of the world’s most spectacular vistas crossing stunning green meadows, following fast-flowing mountain streams, and encountering herds of yak along the way. Once there, students become a much-desired resource for the teachers in these isolated communities, providing enriched learning and a unique connection to an outside world rarely glimpsed by their students. In addition to active classroom tutoring, students refurbish classrooms and build playgrounds for these remote high-altitude schools.

“From the immense beauty of the Himalayas to the craziness of city life in Delhi, this program taught me so much about myself and India and challenged me to grow as a person.” JILLIAN B., ARCC STUDENT LLOYD HARBOR, NY

China Nepal

Pakistan

INDIA

ARABIAN SEA

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 21

DATES: June 29 – July 19, 2017

START LOCATION: New York

END LOCATION: New York

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Discover the Wonder and Breathtaking Vistas of Machu Picchu

Assist in a Sustainable Development Project in Remote Quechua Villages

Whitewater Raft the Exhilarating Urubamba River

Tutor Students at a Local Primary School

Walk in the Footsteps of Incas in the Famed Sacred Valley


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tep into five thousand years of living history as you explore ancient cloud forests and cities of gold. Be welcomed into remote villages, explore lands once inhabited by the

Incas, and arrive with the rising sun at the gateway of Machu Picchu. Learn about local sustainable development and food sovereignty through guinea pig farming and assist the community in their practices. Wander lush hillsides of the Peruvian Andes and roam the famous archaeological ruins as you make your way to the heart of the famed Sacred Valley. Enrich lives of others while tutoring elementary school students at an ecological school in Huatata. Raft the rapids of the legendary Urubamba River, ride the “zig-zag” train, and explore Cusco’s vibrant cobblestone streets. Experience daily life in traditional Peruvian communities and make new friends working together side-by-side. Discover Peru’s many hidden wonders on this unique South American odyssey.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT After years of work installing clean stoves in friends’ homes, the local community has let us know they have a new need! This year we have been given a unique opportunity to learn about local sustainable agriculture through guinea pig farming while helping the community in their efforts. Food sovereignty is the right to have access to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound methods. We get a first-hand look at how we can help create a sustainable environment by donating a breeding pair of guinea pigs and constructing their cages, giving families a way to increase their income and start a microbusiness breeding guinea pigs for food. This project allows us unique access to village homes and a rural Peruvian community very different from ours at home.

“Just like her Thailand trip the year before, Mackenzie came back with a heightened understanding of the world, desire to help people less fortunate and a degree of self confidence that wouldn’t be there without such trips.” PARENT OF MACKENZIE P. SAN FRANCISCO, CA PROGRAM DETAILS:

Colombia Ecuador

NUMBER OF DAYS: 14 START LOCATION: Miami

DATES: July 2 – July 15, 2017 July 19 – August 1, 2017 END LOCATION: Miami

TUITION: $3,995

Brazil

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Step Back in Time to Watch the Sun Rise Over Angkor Wat

Volunteer With Children Affected by Agent Orange

Work for an Elephant Rescue Organization in Rural Thailand

Overnight on the Stunning Waters of Vietnam’s Halong Bay

Leave a Lasting Impact On a Remote Hill Tribe in Thailand


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xperience a mosaic of cultures and landscapes combining the best of our Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand programs in your exploration of Southeast Asia. Learn the complex

history of Cambodia and provide a helping hand at our meaningful “Clean Water Project.” Catch a stunning sunrise amongst the 1,000 year-old temples and grandeur of Angkor Wat and try your hand at bartering in Siem Reap’s famous night markets. Explore vibrant Vietnam and enter a world of labyrinthine streets overflowing with people, food stalls, and colorful city life. Empower child victims of Agent Orange in our heartwarming Spotlight Project on the outskirts of Hanoi. Sail through the turquoise waters of Halong Bay with its karst spires towering above you. Travel to Northern Thailand to experience rural hill tribe life working with local villagers and provide much-needed infrastructure improvements and English lessons to local students. Round out the adventure working alongside a mahout, the traditional elephant caretaker, and contribute to an organization protecting and caring for elephants in Thailand. Conclude your odyssey in Bangkok with a traditional Thai feast reflecting on the cultures, history, and the myriad of extraordinary experiences in Southeast Asia.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: AGENT ORANGE RECOVERY Agent Orange is a herbicide that was used by the U.S. military to clear vegetation during the Vietnam War. The after-effects of its use have severely impacted both U.S. servicemen and up to three million Vietnamese people, including the children and grandchildren of those originally impacted during the war. On the Southeast Asia program, our students volunteer and tutor with an inspiring organization that supports a village comprised solely of those impacted by Agent Orange. The work done by our students during this section is equally empowering to both those volunteering and to those receiving such special attention from the ARCC students.

“...A chance of a lifetime! Amazing service projects! I was so beyond happy to help all the places we visited, it was an amazing experience.” LACEY S., ARCC STUDENT CORTE MADERA, CA

Bangladesh China

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Myanmar Laos THAILAND

B AY O F BENGAL

Sumatra

CAMBODIA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

NUMBER OF DAYS: 32

DATES: June 29 – July 30, 2017

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $5,995

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Install Solar Energy in Rural Masai Homes

Safari in search of the “Big Five:” Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo

Collaborate with Local Teachers in a Rural Primary School

Live Amongst the Inspiring Masai People

Visit the Remote Villages of the Usambara Mountains


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ourney to the captivating land of East Africa’s Tanzania and experience the “wild continent” in a way most people can only dream of. Work hand in hand with a local village to

build and install solar power panels into homes never before lit by electric light. Encounter an extraordinary array of wildlife on safari in the celebrated Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Organize a village soccer match in a rural Tanzanian community and work in a local elementary school. Take part in sustaining the indigenous way of life for the vibrant Masai people through cultural engagement. Hike and discover the rugged, lush, and biologically diverse mountains of northeastern Tanzania. Cross this amazing country by overland vehicle, experiencing Tanzania and its people on a personal level. The charm and wild nature of your Tanzanian expedition will remain within you forever.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: BUILDING CATCHMENT AND SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS Throughout most of rural Tanzania the majority of homes lack electricity. This leaves only daylight hours for homework, productive activities and other means of earning income. Kerosene lanterns are sometimes used, but they are too expensive for many families and burn toxic fumes in the home. Our spotlight project partners with a Masai village and introduces this essential utility—electricity—to enrich the lives of its residents through the construction and installation of solar power systems in family homes. Working side by side with villagers to build and install solar panels and batteries, we are there when grateful families see their homes illuminated with electric light for the very first time. Though a simple system, this installation creates a healthier, safer, and more productive future for Tanzanians.

“He seems more sure of himself, confident, joyful and has a new appreciation for life. He’s already talking about future travel plans and helping people. He’s ready to go back!” PARENT OF CALVIN R. BOTHELL, NJ

PROGRAM DETAILS: Uganda Kenya

NUMBER OF DAYS: 23

DATES: July 6 – July 28, 2017

START LOCATION: New York

END LOCATION: New York

TUITION: $5,595

Somalia

Democratic Republic of the Congo TANZANIA

Zambia

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Mozambique Madagascar

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Care for Asian Elephants at Two Elephant Sanctuaries

Learn to Cook in a Thai Cooking School

Teach English to Eager Thai Students at a Local Orphanage & School

Explore and Swim the Emerald Waters of Beautiful Erawan Falls

Earn Your SCUBA Certification while Diving Brilliant Coral Reefs


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mmerse yourself fully in Thai culture and get off the beaten path as you live and work amongst locals in the breathtaking beauty of “The Land of Smiles.” Explore the electric city of

Bangkok, taking in the historic wonders of the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Work alongside Mahouts, traditional elephant caretakers, and wildlife biologists on two very special Elephant Rehabilitation projects and lend a hand to protect the endangered Asian Elephant. Teach English and work to improve critical village infrastructure in the rural highlands of the Chiang Mai Province. Explore the pristine islands and white-sand beaches of Thailand’s famous southern peninsula and earn your PADI SCUBA certification diving amongst colorful corals and tropical fish. Our extraordinary adventure allows you to fully immerse yourself in the many diverse sides of Thailand and experience exotic adventure beyond your wildest dreams.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: ELEPHANT REHABILITATION Over the past century, Thailand’s elephant population has dropped significantly—from as many as 100,000 to a mere 5,000 today. This significant drop in numbers is largely a result of illegal logging, encroaching urbanization and poaching. Our work in Thailand takes place at two different elephant sanctuaries where we assist local mahouts and wildlife biologist in rehabilitating and caring for old, disabled, abused and orphaned elephants. We feel fortunate to have intimate interactions with these magnificent creatures and to lend a hand in sustaining one of the world’s most cherished animals.

“The entire experience was life-changing, both our time in the orphanage and at the hill tribe school were the highlights because I felt that we could see our individual impact through the faces of the happy smiling kids.” MARTIN K., ARCC STUDENT SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Bangladesh India

China Laos

THAILAND

Thailand

B AY O F BENGAL

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Myanmar

SOUTH CHINA SEA

Cambodia Vietnam

NUMBER OF DAYS: 28

DATES: July 1 – July 28, 2017

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $5,795

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Work Closely with Elephants in their Natural Habitat

Explore and Swim in the Emerald Pools of Erawan Falls

Teach English at a Village Hill Tribe School

Explore the Famous Sites of Bangkok and Lively Chiang Mai

Spend the Night in a Buddhist Monastery and Learn the Art of Meditation

Assist on Important Infrastructure Projects in a Remote Village Community


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rom the bustling metropolis of Bangkok to the lush wilderness of the Thai jungle, immerse yourself in an experience not soon to be forgotten. Explore the famous Wat Pho and

Grand Palace in Bangkok. Boat through one of Thailand’s energetic and colorful floating markets. Lend a much-needed hand on important village infrastructure projects and teach English in a rural hill tribe community while learning about and sharing in their traditional way of life. Work alongside the Mahout, the traditional elephant caregiver, and assist with the efforts to protect the majestic Asian elephant. Spend the night in the serenity of a Buddhist monastery, and then hike and swim among the spectacular emerald waters of Erawan Falls. This memorable program concludes over a final feast, where you reflect on the friends you have made, the laughs you have shared, and the experiences you will cherish forever.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: VILLAGE HILL TRIBE COMMUNITY SCHOOL Surrounded by the lush jungles and rice paddies of Northern Thailand, we head into a rural hill tribe village where young students get very little exposure to the English language. During our time in this welcoming community we teach English to eager and energetic primary-aged school children through one-on-one sessions and fun, interactive songs and games. We then lend a helping hand on various infrastructure projects to improve the local school and community center. Our time in this beautiful village is unforgettable as we watch our conversations grow and form lasting relationships with our local students.

“Thailand was an incredible experience. I will always remember how friendly the people are, the outstanding food, and the breathtaking beauty of Thailand for the rest of my life” SOPHIE S., ARCC STUDENT HOPKINTON, MA

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Bangladesh India

NUMBER OF DAYS: 14 START LOCATION: Los Angeles

DATES: June 29 – July 12, 2017 July 17 – July 30, 2017 END LOCATION: Los Angeles

China Myanmar

TUITION: $3,995

Laos

THAILAND

Thailand

B AY O F BENGAL

SOUTH CHINA SEA

Cambodia Vietnam

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Construct and Install Life-saving Water Filters in Cambodian Villages

Sail Turquoise Waters on a Junk in Vietnam’s Halong Bay

Leave a Lasting Impact on Students at a Local Education Program

Watch the Sun Rise over the Ancient Angkor Wat, a World Wonder

Retrace the History of the Khmer Rouge Era in Phnom Penh


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elve into a region rich in history, culture and beauty, as you explore some of Asia’s most famous sights in Vietnam and Cambodia. Get your first taste of Asian cultures

as you take in relics from the Khmer Rouge era and journey to the Royal Palace in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Make an impact on local communities as you partner with a local NGO to construct bio-sand water filters and install them into homes of families without access to clean water. Enjoy sunrise at majestic Angkor Wat and explore the hidden temples of this ancient World Wonder. Teach English and make lasting relationships as you become language instructors for a local education program. Fly to Vietnam and explore the picturesque Halong Bay aboard a “junk” for a two-night excursion atop the turquoise waters, trying your hand at kayaking and discovering deserted beaches perfect for a quick swim. Navigate the vibrant streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and reflect on the cultures, history and adventures you experience along your journey.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: PROJECT CLEAN WATER Despite an abundance of water in Cambodia, access to clean water sources is very limited. Due to lack of infrastructure development, nearly half the Cambodian population consumes water that is unsafe to drink; the results are devastating to public health. The focus project of our Vietnam and Cambodia service program is to construct bio-sand water filters and install these filters into the homes of rural community members in need. Once installed, the water filters provide safe drinking water for each family for up to 40 years and reduce the prevalence of deadly waterborne diseases in these rural communities.

“When you travel with ARCC to Vietnam and Cambodia you are participating in a program that will show you what fulfillment is. This program has allowed me to experience a new culture and fill my summer with adventure and positive service.” MCKENNA R., ARCC STUDENT CALEDON, ONTARIO

PROGRAM DETAILS: China

Bangladesh India Myanmar

Laos

Thailand

B AY O F BENGAL

SOUTH CHINA SEA

CAMBODIA

NUMBER OF DAYS: 18

DATES: June 29 – July 16, 2017 July 14 – July 31, 2017

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $3,995

VIETNAM

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“There is no doubt that Katie gained confidence in herself and expanded her world view. To have the opportunity to observe and learn about such a different part of the world was tremendous, even more significant was the growth in her interpersonal relationships and her confidence in herself.” PARENTS OF KATIE F., HILLSBOROUGH, CA, COLGATE ’16

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he Africa Gap Semester explores the majesty, cultures, and challenges of three East African nations: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Take

advantage of our unparalleled access and gain

Work at a Rhino Sanctuary to Assist in Protecting Africa’s Sacred Animal

Study Education by Living with Students at Kenya’s First Free All-Female Secondary School

Whitewater Raft the Exhilarating Nile River

Construct and Install Solar Power Systems into Rural Tanzanian Homes

Shadow Nurses in a Masai Health Clinic to Learn Traditional Medicine

a unique education on this fascinating expanse of Africa. See the eager smiling faces in a Masai primary school as you teach English in an overcrowded classroom. Tromp through the equatorial rainforest tracking rhinos with wildlife biologists. Meet with leaders from an all-women’s co-op designed to bring personal and financial independence. Witness the migration of millions of animals crossing the savanna of the Masai Mara at sunrise, one of life’s unforgettable moments. Build a soccer field hand-in-hand with local players, converting a dirt lot into a community centerpiece. Never again will you look at education in quite the same way!

AFRICA GAP SEMESTER PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2017

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: San Francisco

TUITION: $13,500

UGANDA TANZANIA

KENYA

AT L A N T I C OCEAN

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“In 90 days I learned more about myself and the world than I thought I was capable of. I am so much more well-rounded, and my knowledge of the world has blossomed in a way that will remain open forever. It has pushed me to become a better person. This was the best decision I have ever made.” ALLEGRA B., WASHINGTON, DC, SKIDMORE ’19

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eave the traditional classroom far behind as we journey to the heart of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The Asia Gap Semester

is a unique blend of education, service and explora-

Teach English in a Chinese High School While Living in a Homestay

Watch the Sunset and Sunrise from your Tent on the Great Wall of China

Install Clean Water Filters in Rural Homes in Cambodia

Examine the Effects of Agent Orange by Working with Youth in Hanoi

Become SCUBA Certified on the Thai Island of Koh Tao

tion of these intriguing and ancient cultures. Partner with local mahouts and biologists at a Thai Elephant Rehabilitation Center and understand conservation. Meet with village leaders to learn how their community thrives in an increasingly globalized world. Learn about efforts to combat human trafficking, starting with education and income generating opportunities. Get your hands dirty building bio-sand clean water filters for rural Cambodian villages. Share laughter with Vietnamese children affected by Agent Orange and feel how service transcends boundaries. Throughout three months abroad discover the many lessons this fascinating corner of the world can teach us.

Mongolia

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Japan CHINA

NUMBER OF DAYS: 90 START LOCATION: San Francisco

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DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2017 February 13 – May 12, 2018 END LOCATION: San Francisco

TUITION: $13,500

India THAILAND

VIETNAM CAMBODIA


“This semester has made me aware of so many global issues I didn’t know about. The leaders are so passionate about the topics and it encourages you to have more valuable table conversations. Because of this program I feel more motivated to learn.” DANA A., DOYLESTOWN, PA, PITZER ’10

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mbark on the journey of a lifetime as we experience the rich cultures, ancient histories, and indefatigable energy of India and Nepal.

Live amidst the rugged Indian Himalayas as we join

Build and Install Clean Water Systems in Rural Nepal

Ride a Camel on a Multi-Day Trek in the Thar Desert & Surf Goa’s Beginner Breaks

Watch the Sun Rise over the WorldRenowned Taj Mahal

Settle into Daily Life in a Homestay in the Indian Himalayas

Trek the Peaks and Valleys of the Nepal’s Annapurna Mountain Range

an NGO working to reform the Ladakhi education system. Trek along the mystical mountain trails of Annapurna in the Nepali Himalayas. Partner with an organization providing health care and resources to migrant workers in a Kathmandu slum. Rise early in an Ashram for morning yoga, then lead classes on nutrition and facilitate English conversation with local schoolchildren. Build clean water filters in a rural Nepali village and witness the immediate effects of our hard work. After living in and exploring two of the world’s most fascinating cultures, leave your semester with broadened perspectives and a new fascination for this part of the world.

Afghanistan

INDIA/NEPAL GAP SEMESTER PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2017

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: San Francisco

Tibet

Iran Pakistan

TUITION: $13,500

INDIA

Myanmar

ARABIAN SEA Sri Lanka

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“My experiences in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru will be carried with me throughout the rest of my life and I know that I am returning to the U.S. a better, more determined person.” EMILY M., LOVELAND, OH, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, ’21

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dventure and education collide during this three-month journey through the lush jungles, dizzying heights and breathtaking

coasts of Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. ARCC’s 20

Help Protect Olive Ridley Turtles Coming Ashore to Lay their Eggs

Surf the Waves of Costa Rica’s Stunning Pacific Coast

Walk in the Footsteps of the Incas and Explore the Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu

Assist in Earthquake Relief Efforts Along the Coast of Ecuador

Live in a Homestay While Teaching English in the Ecuadorian Amazon

year history of exploration and service in Latin America opens doors unimagined by the casual traveler. Tuck yourself away in a remote mountain village in Costa Rica and discover the simplicity of “Pura Vida.” Partner with local biologists on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, and witness the impact of human population on endangered sea turtles. Navigate Ecuador’s Amazon jungle by canoe and explore the effects of mining. Discover the ancient city of Peru’s Machu Picchu treading in the footsteps of the Inca. The rich and unforgettable experiences of the Latin America Gap Semester gives us unique insight into this fascinating part of the world.

Mexico COSTA RICA

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NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2017

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: San Francisco

ECUADOR PERU

TUITION: $13,500 SOUTH PA C I F I C OCEAN

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“This semester will change your life. Period. I learned more in these 3 months than I ever have in school and I feel more prepared to enter college. The world is a big place, and ARCC will help you be exposed to it in the best of ways.” TEDDY F., HERMOSA BEACH, BOSTON UNIVERSITY ’19

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ourney from the jagged spires of Patagonia to the magical and timeworn island of Cuba. Taking advantage of our unparalleled access, we delve

into conservation efforts through the study of local

Work in the World-Famous Patagonia National Park Alongside Conservation Experts

Teach English to Eager School Children in a Rural Chilean School

Trek in the Shadows of the Towering Peaks and Glacier of Torres del Paine

Deliver Food by Horse and Buggy to Cuba’s Elderly and Shut In Community

Experience Havana’s Energy, a City Bursting With Music, Dance and Great Food

fisheries and by examining the contentious debate on hydroelectric dams. We learn about the Gauchos and their fight to protect their traditions and lands and we trek through some of Patagonia’s most spectacular terrain. Traveling to the Caribbean shores of Cuba we encounter a nation ready to enter the 21st century. We view history in the making as we refurbish local schools and teach English to eager students, before basking in the crystal clear waters off white sand beaches. We conclude this unique experience in the salsa-filled streets of La Habana. After experiencing two of the world’s most fascinating places, we return home with broader perspectives and a new passion to learn.

Mexico

CUBA

PATAGONIA/CUBA GAP SEMESTER PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: February 13 – May 12, 2018

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: Miami

TUITION: $13,500

Chile

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COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS TUITION*

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START/END LOCATION

2017 DATES

GRADES (STUDENTS ARE GROUPED ACCORDING TO AGE)

Australia/Fiji: Island Village Initiative

$5,695

22 days

Los Angeles

July 6 – July 27

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Bali/Sumatra: Operation Orangutan

$4,295

18 days

Los Angeles

June 28 – July 15

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

California: Urban & Wilderness Service

$2,995

14 days

San Francisco

June 26 – July 9 or July 13 – July 26

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Costa Rica Classic

$3,895

14 days

Miami or San Jose, Costa Rica

June 28 – July 11 or July 15 – July 28 or August 1 – August 14

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Costa Rica Impact

$3,695

14 days

Miami or San Jose, Costa Rica

June 29 – July 12 or July 16 – July 29

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Costa Rica Ultimate

$4,395

21 days

Miami or San Jose, Costa Rica

July 5 – July 25

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Cuba: Making History

$4,450

14 days

Miami

July 1 – July 14 or July 15 – July 28 or July 29 – August 11

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Dominican Republic: Project Caribbean

$3,695

13 days

New York

June 29 – July 11

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Ecuador/Galapagos: Island & Village Impact

$5,595

21 days

Miami

June 28 – July 18

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Hawaii: Local Connections

$3,995

14 days

San Francisco or Lihue, HI

June 27 – July 10 or July 14 – July 27

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

India: The Himalayan Project

$4,995

21 days

New York

June 29 – July 19

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Peru: Sacred Valley Service

$3,995

14 days

Miami

July 2 – July 15 or July 19 – August 1

Southeast Asia: Grassroot Initiatives

$5,995

32 days

Los Angeles

June 29 – July 30

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Tanzania: Safari & Solar

$5,595

23 days

New York

July 6 – July 28

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Thailand: Elephant Experience

$5,795

28 days

Los Angeles

July 1 – July 28

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Thailand: Hill Tribe Impact

$3,995

14 days

Los Angeles

June 29 – July 12 or July 17 – July 30

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Vietnam/Cambodia: Project Clean Water

$3,995

18 days

Los Angeles

June 29 – July 16 or July 14 – July 31

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

2017 – ’18 DATES

GRADES

GAP SEMESTER PROGRAMS TUITION*

LENGTH

START/END LOCATION

Africa Gap Semester

$13,500

90 days

San Francisco

September 15 – December 13

High School Graduates

Asia Gap Semester

$13,500

90 days

San Francisco

September 15 – December 13 or February 13 – May 12

High School Graduates

India/Nepal Gap Semester

$13,500

90 days

San Francisco

September 15 – December 13

High School Graduates

Latin America Gap Semester

$13,500

90 days

San Francisco

September 15 – December 13

High School Graduates

Patagonia/Cuba Gap Semester

$13,500

90 days

San Francisco/ Miami

February 13 – May 12

High School Graduates

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CONFIRM YOUR SPACE WITH DEPOSIT Once we receive your application, we will contact you to confirm space and take a deposit. An $800 deposit is required to secure your space and is applied to the full tuition of the program. $300 of the deposit is refundable if you withdraw before March 1, 2017. Deposits can be made with a credit card or by check.

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your enrollment. These forms include a teacher reference form, medical forms, liability forms, and other trip specific information. In order to complete your enrollment all forms must be completed with the appropriate student and parent signatures.

ARCC’S EXPECTATIONS: While there is no experience necessary to participate in an ARCC program, there are some critical attributes that we expect of all ARCC participants. We expect students to maintain high standards of personal behavior. A successful ARCC program requires participants to have a positive and unselfish attitude on the trip as well as an open mind and flexibility. ARCC programs are ‘hard work-hard play.’ We hope everyone will actively commit to all the program’s activities, as teamwork is often required for the experience to be successful. ARCC does not tolerate the possession or use of tobacco products, illegal drugs or alcohol. Any student

found possessing or engaging in one of these activities will be sent home immediately at their own expense and without refund. We take great pride in creating the best possible program itineraries. The descriptions of the programs provided in this catalog and on our website represent our plans as we make them. However certain aspects of the program or itinerary may not happen exactly as described. Service projects can change based on the needs of the communities, schools, non-profits, NGOs and other organizations. To get the most out of an ARCC experience, participants need to be flexible and open to changes.

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