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GLOBAL PROGRAMS FOR TEENS

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THE WORLD IS WAITING... CALIFORNIA Urban and Wilderness Service

CUBA Making History

COSTA RICA Classic COSTA RICA Wildlife Conservation COSTA RICA Ultimate

HAWAII Local Connections

GAP Latin America

ECUADOR/GALAPAGOS Island & Village Impact

GAP East 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

Australia/Fiji

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Bali/Sumatra

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California

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China

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Costa Rica Classic

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Costa Rica Ultimate

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Costa Rica Wildlife Conservation 20 CHINA The Great Wall to The Himalayas THAILAND Hill Tribe Impact

Cuba

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Ecuador/Galapagos

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Hawaii

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THAILAND Elephant Experience

India

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SOUTHEAST ASIA Grassroots Initiatives

Peru

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VIETNAM/CAMBODIA Project Clean Water

Southeast Asia

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Tanzania

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Thailand Elephant Experience

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Thailand Hill Tribe Impact

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Vietnam/Cambodia

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GAP Pacific Islands GAP Himalaya

BALI/SUMATRA Operation Orangutan

GAP PROGRAMS:

AUSTRALIA/FIJI Island Village Initiative

Gap Asia

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Gap East Africa

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Gap Himalaya

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Gap Latin America

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Gap Patagonia/Cuba

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Gap Pacific Islands

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All Programs At-a-Glance

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How to Apply

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WHY ARCC PROGRAMS? For 35 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. 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. 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. 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 35 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 wellrounded 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

“We are so thankful for her leaders. They were terrific and wildly entertaining. The stories Meghan has shared with us will forever bring a smile to our daughter’s face. And for that we are truly grateful.” PARENTS OF MEGHAN K. COLUMBUS, OH

“Isabelle had great things to say about both of her leaders. All of her experiences were positive. They were adventurous, well-traveled, intelligent, capable, friendly and incredibly special considering the characters they spent three weeks with!” PARENTS OF ISABELLE L. PARK CITY, UT

“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

“My leader is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. She has a passion for learning and experiencing new cultures that spread throughout the group. She is always positive and welcoming and always is willing to share any insight she has. She is very respected as a leader and as a friend.” ANNIE H. TETON VILLAGE, WY

“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

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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

Immerse Yourself in a Cultural Exchange 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 our daughters words, it was the ‘best experience of her life.’ Living with the family and working in the village was so important and meaningful to her. She was inspired by the leaders and connected with the entire group. PARENTS OF RANDI E., NEW YORK, NY

Malaysia

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Indonesia Papua New Guinea

FIJI AUSTRALIA

INDIAN OCEAN

NUMBER OF DAYS: 22

DATES: July 6 – July 27, 2018

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $5,695

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Surf the Famous Waves of Bali’s Beautiful Bukit Peninsula

Discover Wild Orangutans in the Pristine Rainforest of Northern Sumatra

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

Assist Impoverished East Bali Communities to Improve Village Infrastructure

Work with an Orangutan NGO to Restore Lifesaving Orangutan Habitat


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xperience the most diverse archipelago on Earth, while soaking in the unique cultures of Bali and the pristine nature of Sumatra. We start our adventure by exploring

the jungle hamlet of Bukit Lawang and trekking into the rainforest to experience orangutans in their natural habitat. After viewing orangutans in the wild we travel to our spotlight project where we work with a local Orangutan NGO to help restore important orangutan habitat. After our unique adventures in Sumatra we head to the mystical island of Bali, the “Island of Gods.” Making our way through lush rice fields we arrive in beautiful East Bali where we work with local villagers to improve vital village infrastructure. Next we explore the cobblestoned streets and ancient temples of Ubud before making our way to the beautiful coastline for surf camp on Bali’s famous beginner waves. Our adventure comes to a close with a delicious final feast as we watch the sun set behind the rugged cliffs and disappear into the sea.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: ORANGUTAN HABITAT RESTORATION Considered critically endangered and on the brink of extinction, Sumatran Orangutans were once widespread throughout the forests of Asia. Due to clear-cutting, illegal trade, and habitat destruction, wild orangutans are now found in only two locations in the world, the rainforest of Sumatra being one of them. Following our trek in search of wild orangutans, we work with biologists from 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 survival of the Sumatran Orangutan for future generations.

“ARCC truly does something incredible. Their way of incorporating so many inspiring activities in a single amount of time is awesome. You truly find yourself in a way you would never expect.” ANNABELLE M., ARCC STUDENT CARMEL, IN

SOUTH CHINA SEA

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 18 START LOCATION: Los Angeles

DATES: June 28 – July 15, 2018 END LOCATION: Los Angeles

Malaysia

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SUMATRA

INDIAN OCEAN

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Volunteer with the Forest Service 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 Kayaking in California’s Gold Country

Sleep Under the Stars in California’s Most Pristine Campsites


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xperience California’s most magical landscapes on a two week journey combining meaningful service and thrilling adventure. Provide aid to San Francisco’s marginalized

homeless population at the St. Anthony’s and GLIDE Foundation 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 impact!

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS OUTREACH Despite efforts to reduce homelessness in San Francisco, the numbers of those living on the street continue to be staggeringly high. We work to better the health and wellbeing 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 to learn their story. Through this outreach we make life a bit more comfortable and gain perspective and knowledge of hardships so different from our own. Using our new skills we then create, plan and implement our own homeless outreach. Our eye opening work in these neighborhoods allow us to bring this project home and implement it in our own communities.

“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

Idaho

Nevada

PROGRAM DETAILS: Utah

CALIFORNIA Arizona

NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

DATES: June 28 – July 11, 2018 July 17 – July 30, 2018

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: San Francisco

TUITION: $2,995

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Spend a Night Under the Stars on the Famous Great Wall of China

Assist Researchers and Biologists with the Care of China’s Giant Pandas

Discover the Colorful Tibetan Culture in a Traditional Village in Yunnan Province

Teach English and Make Lasting Friendships with Eager Chinese Students

Experience the Himalayas in Beautiful Shangri-la, “Paradise on Earth”

Explore the Modern Lights and Sounds of Beijing and Shanghai


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rom the modern metropolis of Beijing to rice farming villages in Western China, immerse yourself in a country where modern culture and ancient history meet. Explore

the wonder of Beijing and take in the history of this ancient city while exploring famous sites such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Then soak in the grandeur of the Great Wall in a once in a lifetime experience as you set up your tent to spend the night on this ancient wonder. Leaving Beijing behind we travel to Western China, the home of the beloved Giant Panda. We go behind the scenes to assist wildlife biologists and handlers cleaning panda facilities, preparing food, and feeding this highly endangered species. Next we make our way to the foothills of the Himalayas and teach English to village school children, and help improve rural village infrastructure while experiencing some of the most astounding landscape known to man. We return to “modern” civilization as we take in the bright lights of Shanghai’s famous Bund and enjoy a final feast along the wharf, reflecting on all we’ve learned of this rich, ancient, and mysterious culture that has withstood the test of time.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: YUNNAN VILLAGE SERVICE We immerse ourselves in the rich, colorful cultures of China’s Yunnan province where we lend a hand on vital infrastructure projects in rural villages and teach English lessons to eager Chinese students with no exposure to spoken English. During our time immersed in the village we make meaningful connections, watch our students improve their English, and learn about the diverse minority groups who have lived in this beautiful area for thousands of years.

“ARCC programs are the perfect mix of service and adventure. The leaders are well trained and do a phenomenal job of facilitating bonding within the group to make the kids experience enjoyable and enriching.” PARENT OF KRISTEN M., WESTERN SPRINGS, IL

PROGRAM DETAILS: Mongolia

NUMBER OF DAYS: 21

DATES: July 1 – July 21, 2018

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $4,995

CHINA

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Work on Critical Building Projects in a Rural Community

Whitewater Raft through the Pacuare River’s Lush Rainforest

Teach English Classes in a Rural “Tico” Primary School

Learn to Surf on Pristine Pacific Coast Waves

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 cloud forest and get your hands dirty building much needed infrastructure. Learn to surf the gentle waves of the Pacific ocean off Costa Rica’s beautiful palm-fringed beaches. Sample coffee while learning how it is produced, straight from the lush green mountains where it is grown. Experience abundant rainforests, untouched coastlines and hidden waterfalls, taking pleasure in knowing that along the way, you are making a positive impact.

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 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

Nicaragua

CARIBBEAN SEA COSTA RICA

Panama

PA C I F I C OCEAN

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

DATES: June 28 – July 11, 2018 July 15 – July 28, 2018 August 1 – August 14, 2018

START LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

END LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

TUITION: $3,895

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Protect Sea Turtles in Their Caribbean Coastal Habitat

Learn to Surf on Pristine Pacific Coast Waves

Build Village Facilities in a Remote Cloudforest Community

Whitewater Raft through the Pacuare River’s Lush Rainforest

Zipline through the Breathtaking Rainforest Canopy

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xperience all the elements of our Costa Rica “Classic” program along with protecting sea turtles on this ultimate 21 day adventure. Travel from Costa Rica’s lush rainforests

to the mountainous 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 muchneeded community structure. Sample coffee while learning how it is produced, straight from the lush green mountains where it is grown. Patrol turtle nesting beaches to help conserve dwindling sea turtle populations. Make lifelong friendships and lasting connections as you immerse yourself in Tico life.

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 this peaceful farming community, where people live simply and sustainably. 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 together to build a foundation for new infrastructure. The joy and gratitude of the village for our efforts is something we will not soon forget.

“I learned a lot about myself as a person and a leader, some which I had no idea about… I never knew I enjoyed service that much! I also have a newfound love for surfing!” ZOE D., ARCC STUDENT PORTSMOUTH, NH

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 21

DATES: July 5 – July 25, 2018

START LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

END LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

Nicaragua

CARIBBEAN SEA

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Build and Enhance Habitats for Rescued Wildlife at a Locally Run Animal Refuge

Whitewater Raft through the Pacuare River’s Lush Rainforest

Work Alongside Field Biologists Patrolling Beaches on a Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Hike Alongside a Volcano and Soak in Tranquil Natural Hot Springs

Zipline Through the Vibrant Jungle Canopy


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osta Rica Wildlife Conservation was designed for those with the biggest hearts ready to leave their mark on communities and aid wildlife in need. Live and work in

places that bring together two distinct service projects for the quintessential Costa Rica service learning experience. Work on the remotely peaceful Caribbean beaches protecting sea turtle nesting areas and see if you can spot hatchlings make their way to the sea. Raft the rolling rapids of the Pacuare River and zipline through the vibrant green jungle. For our spotlight project, learn about animal trafficking and other threats to wildlife as we work alongside Costa Ricans, building much needed infrastructure for animals who have been rescued from living as an exotic pet. Explore a nearby national park as you hike alongside a volcano and soak in volcanically heated hot springs.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: WILDLIFE HABITAT ENHANCEMENT In Costa Rica, 25% of the country is protected land, where animals roam free. Despite this abundance of land, there are still animals that are captured year to year, trafficked, and used as exotic pets. We immerse ourselves working in a local wildlife refuge, where animals are rescued from their lives as pets, rehabilitated from injury and, if possible, released back into the wild. Here we help improve and build a new much needed habitat enclosure, prepare food and structural toys for the animals, and clean and lend a hand wherever we can. We get to know our new animal friends—macaws, kinkajous and monkeys, among many others, who all call this refuge in the jungle their home.

“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

Nicaragua

CARIBBEAN SEA

COSTA RICA

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

DATES: June 28 – July 11, 2018

START LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

END LOCATION: San Jose, CR*

TUITION: $3,895

Panama

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Snorkel in the Waters of the Famed Bay Of Pigs on Cuba’s Caribbean Coast

Teach Much Needed English Lessons to Students Ages 5–60

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

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

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s a followup to ARCC’s immensely successful programs in Cuba the three past 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 more people 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 purchase and prepare 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

Florida

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

START LOCATION: Miami

DATES: June 28 – July 11, 2018 July 12 – July 25, 2018 July 26 – August 8, 2018

AT L A N T I C OCEAN

GULF OF MEXICO

TUITION: $4,395 Mexico

CUBA Haiti

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Explore the Galapagos Islands by Kayak

Partner with Andean Locals on a Reforestation Project

Snorkel Alongside Sea Lions in the Islands’ Crystal Clear Waters

Whitewater Raft and Zipline through the Lush Rainforest

Improve Community Infrastructure in an Amazon Village


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

Island and Village Impact summer service program. Explore the legendary Galapagos Islands, paddle through crystal blue waters 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, 2018

START LOCATION: Miami

END LOCATION: Miami

TUITION: $5,595

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Mentor Students at the Local Boys and Girls Club

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

Restore the Pristine Hawaiian Landscape with Grassroots Non-Profits

Camp Beachside in Famous Hanalei Bay

Immerse Yourself in Hawaiian Culture through Outrigger Canoeing and Surfing


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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 tur-

quoise 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 the spirit of Aloha. Play your role in helping Kauai become more sustainable through community based food projects. 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: BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB With over 4,000 autonomous local clubs, the Boys and Girls Club was founded in 1860 with a mission to enable young people in need to reach their full potential as productive and caring individuals. Operating three different clubhouses on Kauai since 1993, the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii offers a multitude of programs and services at no charge to over 12,000 Hawaiian youth each year! Through mentorship, personal connections and meaningful projects we form lasting friendships with our island neighbors to help foster positive relationships between our ARCC groups and local youth.

“Every time he talks about Hawaii he is smiling!! He continues to share stories with us. I can tell already that he has grown as a result of this whole experience. PARENT OF JAKE H. MORELAND HILLS, OH

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

START LOCATION: Lihue, HI*

DATES: June 28 – July 11, 2018 July 17 – July 30, 2018

TUITION: $3,995

Kauai

Oahu Molokai Maui HAWAII

END LOCATION: Lihue, HI*

Hawaii

NORTH PA C I F I C O C E A N

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Teach English to Eager School Children in a Remote Himalayan Village

Watch the Sun Rise Over the WorldRenowned Taj Mahal

Experience Life in a Remote Base Camp Encompassed by Snow Capped Peaks

Trek into the Stunning Himalayan Landscape

Explore Ancient Buddhist Monasteries


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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 OUTREACH 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. We travel to these remote village schools through some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes crossing stunning green meadows, following fast-flowing mountain streams, and encountering herds of yak along the way. Once there, we 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, we refurbish classrooms and build playgrounds for these remote high-altitude schools.

“India is the cultural experience of a lifetime… the people, the colors, the aromas, and the food are an experience you will never forget nor regret.” BRANSON G., ARCC STUDENT TAYLORS, SC

China Pakistan

INDIA

ARABIAN SEA

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Nepal

NUMBER OF DAYS: 21

DATES: June 29 – July 19, 2018

START LOCATION: New York

END LOCATION: New York

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Discover the Wonder and Breathtaking Vistas of Machu Picchu

Build a Greenhouse and Increase Food Sustainability in a Remote Quechua village

Whitewater Raft the Exhilarating Urubamba River

Tutor Students at a Local Primary School

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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 by building a greenhouse alongside community members. 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 a rural Andean school. Raft the rapids of the legendary Urubamba River, ride the “zig-zag” train through the Sacred Valley, 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: GREENHOUSE CONSTRUCTION Food sovereignty is the right to have access to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound methods. This year we have been given a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture by building a greenhouse that will expand the local community’s access to diverse, nutritional food sources. The diverse foods grown in the greenhouse will be shared by local families and supplement school lunches, which currently include little fresh fruits or vegetables. By providing nutritious meal options, students are more likely to attend their classes and families live healthier lives. Due to the high altitude of the Sacred Valley, citrus and strawberries can’t be grown without a greenhouse, which will add additional sources of nutrition to the families’ diets. This project allows us unique access to work alongside a rural Peruvian community very different from ours at home.

“I have been to over 45 countries in my travels, but my time with ARCC was easily the most fun during every waking second… I know I want to continue traveling and helping people.” LUCY S., ARCC STUDENT PEACHTREE CITY, GA

Colombia

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

DATES: July 2 – July 15, 2018 July 19 – August 1, 2018

START LOCATION: Miami

END LOCATION: Miami

Ecuador

TUITION: $3,995

Brazil

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

Swim with Elephants while Working with a Grassroots Rescue Organization in Rural Thailand

Make New Friends and Leave a Lasting Impact in a Remote Hill Tribe Village in Thailand

Kayak and Explore the Stunning Waters of Vietnam’s Halong Bay

Explore the Colorful Cultures of Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, and Chiang Mai

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xperience a mosaic of cultures and landscapes while combining the best of our Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand programs in our 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 of Angkor Wat and try your hand at bartering in Siem Reap’s famous night markets. Explore vibrant Vietnam and enter a labyrinthine of streets overflowing with people, food stalls, and colorful city life. Empower victims of Agent Orange in our heartwarming Spotlight Project on the outskirts of Hanoi and then sail and kayak through the turquoise waters of Halong Bay. Travel to Thailand to experience life in a rural hill tribe village while providing important infrastructure improvements and teaching English to local students. Next work alongside wildlife experts, and contribute to an organization protecting and caring for elephants. 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 an 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

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from the ARCC students.

“I came on this trip knowing nothing about Asia but I left with endless memories, a knowledge of new cultures, new experiences, and best friends that will last a lifetime.” MEGAN W., ARCC STUDENT BROOKLYN, NY

Bangladesh China Myanmar Laos THAILAND

B AY O F BENGAL

Sumatra

CAMBODIA

SOUTH CHINA SEA VIETNAM

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 32

DATES: June 29 – July 30, 2018

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $5,995

Malaysia

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Install Solar Energy Panels 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

Snorkel the Aquamarine Waters of Historic Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean


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ourney to the captivating lands of East Africa’s Tanzania and Zanzibar 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. Explore the historic island of Zanzibar and play in its white sand beaches and stunning blue waters. Cross this amazing country by overland vehicle, experiencing Tanzania, Zanzibar 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: NUMBER OF DAYS: 27

DATES: July 2 – July 28, 2018

START LOCATION: New York

END LOCATION: New York

Uganda Kenya

TUITION: $6,495

Somalia

Democratic Republic of the Congo TANZANIA

Zambia

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Work Alongside Conservation Experts at Two Elephant Sanctuaries

Earn Your SCUBA Certification while Diving Brilliant Coral Reefs

Whitewater Raft through Rice Paddies and Lush Mountain Forests

Experience Life in a Village Hill Tribe and Contribute to Critical Infrastructure Projects

Learn to Cook Local Delicacies in a Thai Cooking School


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mmerse yourself 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.” Learn about Asian Elephant behavior,

biology, and ecology as you work alongside naturalists, veterinarians, and wildlife biologists on two very special elephant conservation projects. Explore the electric city of Bangkok, taking in the historic wonders of the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Teach English games and work to improve critical village infrastructure in the rural highlands of the Chiang Mai Province and whitewater raft through its rice fields and forests. 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 decreased significantly—from as many as 100,000 at the start of the century to a mere 4,000 today. ARCC students in Thailand work to help elephant populations bounce back from the effects of illegal logging, encroaching urbanization, and poaching. Our work takes place at two different elephant sanctuaries where we assist local naturalists and wildlife biologists in rehabilitating and caring for elderly, disabled, abused, and orphaned elephants, and help restore habitat for wild populations. As we bathe, prepare food for, and learn firsthand about these magnificent creatures, we share intimate interactions and lend a hand in sustaining one of the world’s most cherished species.

“The entire experience was life-changing! 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 Myanmar

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Laos

THAILAND

Thailand

B AY O F BENGAL

SOUTH CHINA SEA

Cambodia Vietnam

NUMBER OF DAYS: 28

DATES: July 1 – July 28, 2018

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $5,895

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Work Closely with Elephants in their Natural Habitat

Swim in the Emerald Pools of Erawan Falls

Teach English in a Remote Village School

Explore the Famous Sights of Lively Bangkok and Chiang Mai

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

Assist on Important Infrastructure Projects in a Hill Tribe 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 forgotten. Explore the famous

Wat Pho and Grand Palace in Bangkok. Boat through 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 sharing in their traditional way of life. Work alongside elephant naturalists and assist with efforts to protect the majestic Asian elephant and conserve their threatened habitat. Spend the night in the serenity of a Buddhist monastery, then hike and swim among the spectacular emerald waters of Erawan Falls. Your time in Thailand 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 native English-speakers. During our time in this welcoming community, we teach English to eager and energetic primary-school aged 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 explore, work, and share laughs with our local students.

“Anyone who is looking for an eye opening cultural experience should choose Thailand. Thai culture is so welcoming and caring. The amount of love I felt during the hill tribe service was unforgettable. You don’t get to feel that very often.” OLIVIA B., ARCC STUDENT GRAYSLAKE, IL

Bangladesh

PROGRAM DETAILS:

India

China Myanmar Laos

NUMBER OF DAYS: 14

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

DATES: June 29 – July 12, 2018 July 16 – July 29, 2018 END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $3,995

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 the Turquoise Waters of Vietnam’s Halong Bay on a Traditional Vietnamese Junk

Leave a Lasting Impact on Students While Teaching English at a Rural Cambodian School

Watch the Sun Rise over the Unbelievable Angkor Wat, an Ancient Wonder

Walk the Cobblestoned Streets of Hanoi while Soaking in the Culture of this Colorful City


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

cruise along the Mekong River and take in relics from the Khmer Rouge era by visiting the Royal Palace in 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 without access to clean water. Enjoy sunrise at the majestic Angkor Wat and explore the stunning temples of this breathtaking complex. Teach English and make lasting friendships as you become a language instructor for a local school. Fly to Vietnam and explore Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk for a two-night excursion among thousands of picturesque islands, try your hand at kayaking and discover deserted beaches perfect for a quick swim. Navigate 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 for rural communities is very limited. Due to a lack of developed infrastructure, nearly half of the Cambodian population consumes water that is unsafe to drink, and 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 homes of rural community members. Once installed, the water filters provide safe drinking water for each family for up to 40 years and reduce the prevalence of 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

China

Bangladesh India Myanmar

Laos

Thailand

B AY O F BENGAL

SOUTH CHINA SEA

CAMBODIA

VIETNAM

PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 18

DATES: June 29 – July 16, 2018 July 16 – August 2, 2018

START LOCATION: Los Angeles

END LOCATION: Los Angeles

TUITION: $3,995

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“Learning about global issues in a classroom is nothing compared to actually experiencing them. I have been awestruck by seeing the lack of education for children, the lack of the accountability the US has taken for the use of Agent Orange, and the endless disadvantages women face in the world. Being in Asia has added emotion and purpose to learning, and I cannot imagine starting my college life any other way.” TEDDY F., HERMOSA BEACH, CA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY ‘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 exploration

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 in Southern Thailand

of these intriguing and ancient cultures. Partner with local mahouts and biologists at a Thai elephant sanctuary 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 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 you.

Mongolia

ASIA GAP SEMESTER PROGRAM DETAILS:

Japan

NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2018 February 13 – May 12, 2019

CHINA

TUITION: $13,500 India THAILAND

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“Doing ethical and meaningful projects was very important to me, and ARCC exceeded my expectations. I’ve learned so much more in three months than I could ever learn in a classroom. The program reignited my academic curiosity and made me genuinely excited to continue to learn in college.” ABBY F., NATICK, MA, WILLIAMS ’21

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he East Africa Gap Semester explores the majesty, cultures, and challenges of three 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 solar panels hand-in-hand with local villagers, providing electricity to a family home for forty years. Never again will you look at education in quite the same way!

EAST AFRICA GAP SEMESTER PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2018

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: San Francisco

TUITION: $13,500

UGANDA TANZANIA

KENYA

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“This semester has made me aware of so many global issues. The instructors 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 ’20

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

the Indian Himalayas as we join an NGO working to

Settle into Daily Life in a Homestay in the Indian Himalayas

Watch the Sun Rise over the WorldRenowned Taj Mahal

Partner with Organizations Working to Conserve the Endangered Sloth Bear and Snow Leopard

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

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

reform the Ladakhi education system. Trek along the mountain trails of Annapurna in the Nepali Himalayas. Learn about conservation issues by partnering with organizations working to conserve the Sloth Bear and Snow Leopard. Rise early in an Ashram for morning yoga, then lead classes on nutrition and facilitate English conversation with local schoolchildren. Work on a women’s cooperative farm in rural Nepal and learn about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and women’s empowerment. 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.

HIMALAYA GAP SEMESTER PROGRAM DETAILS:

Afghanistan Tibet

Iran Pakistan

NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2018

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: San Francisco

TUITION: $13,500

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Myanmar

ARABIAN SEA Sri Lanka

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“This ARCC semester has been one of the most important and eye-opening experiences of my life. It enabled me to live in a very intentional way working to better myself. Experiencing the world more has given me confidence to move forward in life proudly and with more certainty and clarity.” KATHRYN S., NORTHPORT, ME, SIMMONS COLLEGE ’21

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dventure and education collide during this journey through the lush jungles, dizzying heights and breathtaking coasts of Costa

Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos and Peru. ARCC’s

Help Protect Nesting Olive Ridley Turtles Coming Ashore to Lay their Eggs

Surf the Waves of Costa Rica’s Stunning Pacific Coast

Explore the Eclectic Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

Research the Effects of Petroleum Drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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

20 year history of exploration and service in Latin America opens doors unimagined by the casual traveler. Partner with local biologists in Costa Rica, and witness the impact of human population on endangered sea turtles. Navigate Ecuador’s Amazon jungle by canoe and explore the effects of petroleum drilling. Swim, snorkel and mingle with prehistoric lava lizards, blue-footed boobies, and baby sea lion pups in the Galapagos Islands. Discover the ancient city of Peru’s Machu Picchu, treading in the footsteps of the Incas. The rich and unforgettable experiences of the Latin America Gap Semester give us unique insight into this fascinating part of the world.

Mexico

LATIN AMERICA GAP SEMESTER PROGRAM DETAILS:

COSTA RICA GALAPAGOS IS.

NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2018

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: Miami

TUITION: $13,900

ECUADOR PERU

SOUTH PA C I F I C OCEAN

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“In 90 days I learned more about myself and the world than I thought I was capable. I am 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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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 Glaciers 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

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NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

DATES: February 13 – May 12, 2019

START LOCATION: San Francisco

END LOCATION: Miami

TUITION: $14,000

Chile

SOUTH PA C I F I C OCEAN

Argentina

SOUTH AT L A N T I C OCEAN

PATAGONIA


“Grace had an extraordinary experience traveling with ARCC Gap. It was beyond our very high expectations in every way. Experiential learning opportunities, connections across cultures, opening her mind to the issues of the world, gratitude, leadership, friendship, and personal growth. We are so grateful to ARCC for the opportunities provided for our daughter.” PARENT OF GRACE L., PACIFIC PALISADES, CA, MIDDLEBURY ’19

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ourney to the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean to immerse into the island lifestyles of Fiji, Sumatra and Bali. Settle into a Fijian bure where we are

welcomed by the village chief. Gain insight into educa-

Teach English in a Fijian Primary School while Living in a Traditional Bure

Become SCUBA Certified off Fiji’s Beqa Island

Track Orangutans While Working Alongside a Local NGO in Sumatra

Build and Install Clean Water Wells for local families in East Bali

Study a Successful Small Business/Village Partnership in Bali

Surf the Famous Waves of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula

tion while delivering lessons to eager Fijian children. Explore health care by visiting nursing stations in one of the most remote regions of Fiji. Become SCUBA certified off Beqa Island. Trek into the Sumatran rainforest in search of the endangered Orangutan. Build water catchment systems in Bali to help villages survive drought-like conditions between rainy seasons. Study the East Bali Cashew Company firsthand and witness how an impoverished village successfully partnered with a small business. Learn to surf off Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. Reflecting on the lessons learned, the hands-on experiences, and the friendships forged, we conclude our semester excited to share all that we’ve experienced!

PACIFIC ISLANDS GAP SEMESTER PROGRAM DETAILS: NUMBER OF DAYS: 90

START LOCATION: San Francisco

DATES: September 15 – December 13, 2018 February 13 – May 12, 2019

TUITION: $14,000

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BALI

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SUMMER SERVICE PROGRAMS TUITION*

LENGTH

START/END LOCATION

2018 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 28 – July 11 or July 17 – July 30

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

China: The Great Wall to The Himalayas

$4,995

21 days

Los Angeles

July 1 – July 21

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 Ultimate

$4,395

21 days

Miami or San Jose, Costa Rica

July 5 – July 25

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

Costa Rica Wildlife Conservation

$3,895

14 days

Miami or San Jose, Costa Rica

June 28 – July 11

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Cuba: Making History

$4,395

14 days

Miami

June 28 – July 11 or July 12 – July 25 or July 26 – August 8

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 28 – July 11 or July 17 – July 30

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

$6,495

27 days

New York

July 2 – July 28

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Thailand: Elephant Experience

$5,895

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 16 – July 29

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Vietnam/Cambodia: Project Clean Water

$3,995

18 days

Los Angeles

June 29 – July 16 or July 16 – August 2

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

2018 – 2019 DATES

GRADES

GAP SEMESTER PROGRAMS TUITION*

LENGTH

START/END LOCATION

Asia Gap Semester

$13,500

90 days

San Francisco

September 15 – December 13 or February 13 – May 12

High School Graduates

East Africa Gap Semester

$13,500

90 days

San Francisco

September 15 – December 13

High School Graduates

Himalaya Gap Semester

$13,500

90 days

San Francisco

September 15 – December 13

High School Graduates

Latin America Gap Semester

$13,900

90 days

San Francisco/ Miami

September 15 – December 13

High School Graduates

Patagonia/Cuba Gap Semester

$14,000

90 days

San Francisco/ Miami

February 13 – May 12

High School Graduates

Pacific Islands Gap Semester

$14,000

90 days

San Francisco

September 15 – December 13 or February 13 – May 12

High School Graduates

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SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION Visit: arccprograms.com and click on “Enroll Now.” Space is limited, applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. Many trips fill by February or March; we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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, 2018. Deposits can be made with a credit card or by check.

COMPLETE THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS Upon receipt of your application and deposit we will provide you with access to our online portal which will contain all of the necessary forms to complete

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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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ARCC Programs 2018 Summer Programs Catalog  

For 35 years ARCC has offered extraordinary travel programs for teenagers with the mission of providing unique, life-changing educational ex...

ARCC Programs 2018 Summer Programs Catalog  

For 35 years ARCC has offered extraordinary travel programs for teenagers with the mission of providing unique, life-changing educational ex...