Our ARCC group was on their way to teach English in a school in Beqa. As they stepped off the boat that morning, the Fiji National Rugby Team was finishing up a kava ceremony with the chief before starting a training session for the day. Fijian are fanatics when it comes to rugby and the rugby players are national heroes.
ARCC is thrilled to announce two 90-day Spring semester gap programs to compliment our Fall gap offerings. Beginning in February of 2017, ARCC will offer a brand new Patagonia and Cuba Gap Semester as well as the extremely successful Asia gap semester to China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
These Spring semester gap programs are designed either as stand alone spring programs or as natural extensions of ARCC’s Fall semester gap programs. Just as with our fall gap programs, these new spring semester gap programs…
What do you think of when you turn on a light in your home? Have you ever stopped to think about how fortunate you are to have electricity, the ability to watch TV at any hour of the day, charge your electronics, have a light to read by? Most of us have probably never given it a second thought. But the unfortunate reality is that approximately 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. That is roughly 17% of the global population.
My family and I just returned from two weeks exploring Tanzania and Kenya. While this wasn’t an official ARCC scouting trip, we met and stayed with ARCC’s local Africa partners, traveled by overland truck crossing international borders much as we do in our Gap & Summer service programs.
It’s no coincidence that more and more American students are taking a gap year before heading off to college. Every year, more high schools, colleges, counselors, parents and students are embracing this opportunity to take a break from the traditional classroom and explore the world we live in. There are so many reasons to take a gap year
Meet ARCC Gap and Summer alumnus Willa! Willa first came to ARCC in 2014 as a student on our Tanzania: Safari and Solar service program. She had such a positive experience with ARCC in East Africa that she decided to take a Gap Semester in Latin America with ARCC in the Fall of 2015. She hails from Healdsburg, California and is halfway through her first semester at Colorado College (as a winter start)!
Choosing the right summer travel programs for high school students can be an overwhelming experience for many parents. After all, you are putting your trust in the hands of new people in places that are often far off the beaten path in distant corners of the world. Asking the right questions can help alleviate many of these concerns and allow your teenager to embark on a life changing experience and leave parents with peace of mind at the same time…
Hello from the village of Halaban, on the island of Sumatra, in the country of Indonesia. We are scouting out newest program, a summer program for high schoolers in Sumatra & Bali, about 4 hours north of Perth, Australia and about 2 hours east of Thailand. I mention this as many people aren’t aware exactly where Indonesia is located. This island nation is a fascinating blend of cultures with over 50 languages spoken here.