Blog Category: Summer

The Views from The Andeas in Ecuador

Middle School Travel Programs with ARCC Programs

We often get calls asking which of our summer service travel programs are the best fit for middle school students. With tens-of-thousands of middle schoolers participating on ARCC programs over the past 3 decades, we have learned that travel is one of the best ways for young people to gain perspective, broaden their horizons, become more independent, and learn more about themselves… also, these trips are pretty darn fun! Here at ARCC Programs, we have 6 different middle school travel programs both in the United States and abroad that are a great fit for middle school students who are currently in 7th or 8th grade.

Love for Ladakh: ARCC’s Himalayan Project Strikes Deep in The Heart of Northern India

With the vast rocky plains, gushing glacial streams and staggering snow-capped peaks, the expanses of Northern India’s Himalayan range are a sight to behold for students on ARCC’s summer service program in India. Many come here to experience life at the top of the world and tour a landscape much different from Southern India’s urban centers. As you make your way North rising through

Elephant Conservation in Thailand: ARCC Spotlight Service Project

There is something mysteriously majestic and almost human about the earth’s largest land mammal: the human-like eyes, the muscular grandeur, the millions of wrinkles suggesting the wisdom of the ages. Elephants are unimaginably strong, immeasurably smart, and undeniably interesting, which is why no trip to Thailand is complete without an interaction with these creatures. This is why the spotlight service project of our Thailand: Elephant Experience trip focuses on conserving these incredible mammals by learning…

Enter the 2017 ARCC Alumni Photo Contest!

Everyone says a picture is worth a thousand words. ARCC alumni know this phrase doesn’t do their programs and adventures true justice. One could write 10,000 words and it might still be inadequate. However, with just one powerful image you can capture the impact, connections, and adventure of a Summer with ARCC.

With this in mind, for the rest of the year we’ll be accepting entries from for our 2017 alumni photo contest.

The Perfect Combination of Serious & Silly

“Would you rather have candy corn for teeth, or candy canes for arms?” A group of ARCC leaders sits in an open field near Muir Woods during staff training and debates this well beyond the confines of what such a ridiculous question might indicate. We are all in our twenties, and not one of us finds this question odd or pointless. There is a lot to think about. Are the candy canes candy cane sized, or arm sized? Does the candy corn regenerate?

Near Record Snow Levels in California May Make For Great Summer Snowball Fights This Summer!

Over the past several years California has suffered from severe drought resulting in water restrictions, severe fires and hillsides that are a lot more golden than usual. This year however, water has come back to California and in huge amounts! So much so that students on our California Summer programs might even get a chance for a snowball fight in July.

5 Lessons in Giving Back We’ve Learned Running Summer Service Programs Abroad

Here at ARCC we offer unique and collaborative summer service programs abroad for high school students. These range from improving access to clean water for Cambodian villagers by building bio-sand water filters to bringing solar light to homes in Tanzania. No matter the project, the goal is common: to form connections between our students and local communities, working together to create long-lasting change and maximize a positive impact.