Questions to Ask Your Students When They Return from Their Gap Years

As a former gap program leader, I remember the conversations I had with parents over our graduation weekend. They had so many questions about how to interact with their son or daughter after such a transformational experience. During a debrief session with just parents, one mom turned to me and said: “I spent 18 years with [my daughter] and thought I knew her well. But I can already tell she is a different, more mature person. You now know her better than I do and that makes me both happy and a little sad. What can you tell me about her and the things that influenced her growth?” In just a few hours, she had noticed a difference in her daughter and understood that I had been witness to much of that change.

5 Benefits to Traveling Abroad

Most teenager’s travel experience has come from family trips. Traveling with family is a great way for kids to gain new experiences… get out of their daily routines and begin to explore all that the world has to offer. As kids make the difficult transition from childhood to young adulthood… they often want to spread their wings and explore their world with a little extra freedom and responsibility. 

Gap Alumni Spotlight: Becca Solot, Drew Beasley & Nicole Dhar

One of the biggest perks of working in the gap year field is the opportunity to get to know our students. These young adults are not only willing to buck the trends by stepping off the traditional educational treadmill for a semester or year to do something drastically different, but are doing so with an eagerness and earnestness to see the world, gain new perspectives, give back through hands-on service, form deep and intentional friendships, develop skills and hone their passions during their gap year. There’s no better way to learn what the ARCC Gap Year experience is all about than to learn from those who have gone before.

High School Summer Travel Programs with Unique Destinations

High school summer travel programs are an experience of a lifetime for teens. They also provide a wealth of benefits. Our students immerse in new cultures, gain historical perspective, and lend a helpful hand on meaningful service projects. High school participants not only get a broader vision of the world but can help impact it for the better.

Gap Alumni Spotlight: Cailey Newton, Tyler Armer & Maggie Dubus

One of the biggest perks of working in the gap year field is the opportunity to get to know our students. These young adults are not only willing to buck the trends by stepping off the traditional educational treadmill for a semester or year to do something drastically different, but are doing so with an eagerness and earnestness to see the world, gain new perspectives, give back through hands-on service, form deep and intentional friendships, develop skills and hone their passions during their gap year. There’s no better way to learn what the ARCC Gap Year experience is all about than to learn from those who have gone before.

Seven Life Lessons I Learned on My Gap Year

For my Gap Year, I went to East Africa with ARCC. I went into the semester with no expectations or worries, which I think allowed me to have the most open mind as possible. Going on that semester was probably the single greatest experience of my life and I came home with a lot of growth, knowledge, and appreciation for new things.

After being home in Boston for only a week I hopped on another plane and moved down to Florida where I would be spending the next four months working and living by myself. Mixed in the middle of my time in Florida, I joined my uncle on a one week trip to Delhi, India. To end my year I went to…

The Students Perspective: Traveling to Cambodia on a Custom Service Program With ARCC

Just before our spring break in 2018 (around late March and early April), 11 students from KLS, including myself, spent about two weeks exploring Cambodia with each other and ARCC. Our trip was greatly centered around service, as well as tourism and more general exploration. Cambodia also has a rich, dark history, much of which we spent time before and during our trip learning about.

ARCC Gap Wins 2018 “Most Fun” Gap Year Award!

The results of the Go Overseas 2018 Community Choice Awards are in and ARCC Gap is excited to announce that we have been awarded the “Most Fun” Gap Year program for 2018! What an honor to receive this award, especially considering that ARCC’s Gap Year programs are educational and community service based. We’ve always believed that giving back can be fun, and we are so pleased to see that our alumni students agree!

Teenage Travel Programs that Focus on Global Conservation and Sustainable Development

Since it’s inception in 1970, Earth Day has grown to symbolize our global recognition that the environmental issues that face our planet not only have to be tackled on the ground but must also be addressed as a global community. Observed in over 190 countries, Earth Day is celebrated every April 22 with demonstrations and special events to bring awareness and show support for important environmental topics and legislation. Considered the largest non-secular holiday in the world…

Should I Visit Costa Rica? Here Are 6 Reasons to Travel To Costa Rica This Summer!

Do you find yourself wondering “Should I visit Costa Rica this summer or wait and travel somewhere else first?” Costa Rica is a beautiful country, filled with gorgeous landscapes, unique wildlife, and friendly people, putting it at the top of the bucket-list destination for many world travelers. There is no reason to put it off, here are 6 reasons why you should visit Costa Rica as soon as possible…