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ARCC programs are exceptional. The detail and planning we put into our programs is legendary. The training of our leaders sets the standard for our industry. The quality of experience we deliver to our students is second to none.

Over thirty years ago we brought a group of students together and set off to extraordinary locations. What unfolded was unexpected – and significant. When we placed young people in a fun and supportive environment and presented them with the grandeur of nature and the mystery of new cultures, they flourished. The exhilaration of communicating in a new language or teaching in a rural school produced courage and confidence. Working as a team and making decisions as a group created flexibility, compassion, and community.

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“It is easy to jot down a fun itinerary on paper. What is difficult is the time consuming and people intensive process of pre-planning every step, anticipating potential problems, and putting in place layers and layers of backup plans and contingencies. This is what ARCC does extremely well.”

– ARCC President Scott von Eschen

Our mission drives us daily to seek out and discover unforgettable experiences for our students. One advantage to being around for over 30 years is we can leverage decades of relationships into once-in-a-lifetime experiences. No matter where we go or what we do, we are constantly looking for that “aha!” moment when one student turns to another and says “can you believe we are here?!” or “can you believe we are doing this?!”

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The pre-planning and detail that goes into an ARCC program is extraordinary. Thirty years of building program itineraries enables us to anticipate potential problems, which is why almost every minute of every program day is planned in advance, sometimes years in advance. This attention to detail is critical to making sure a program smoothly weathers the many bumps and uncertainties that groups are certain to face, especially when traveling in developing regions of the world. It is also critical to making sure our leaders are focused where they should be: on their students, and not on trip planning or plugging holes in a poorly planned program.