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Impact Grants

The ARCC Gap experience is best told through our past students and their parents. We receive countless emails, letters, and phone calls from students and parents telling us about their incredible ARCC experience; each one represents a student whose life has changed by traveling with ARCC. We are thrilled to share their comments.

“This trip will change your life. Period. I learned more in these 3 months than I ever have in school and I feel more than prepared to enter college. The world is a big place, and ARCC will help you be exposed to it in the best of ways.”

— Teddy F., Hermosa, CA, Northeastern ’19

“I had the time of my life. I made best friends in 3 short months. I learned so much about global issues and the world and got to interact with people living completely different lives than my own. I got to completely immerse myself in a radically different and new place. I got to go on an unforgettable adventure.”

— Allie W., Ross, CA, University of Virginia ’19

“I learned my strengths in a group and as a leader, as well as my weaknesses. I have gained a new thirst for learning and a wider perspective on so many new topics and activities, which has influenced the classes and activities I will take in college.”

— Grace L., Pacific Palisades, CA, Middlebury ’19

“I am so happy to have chosen ARCC for my Gap Semester. There is not a better itinerary, group of people, and learning experience out there.”

— Meg O., Harvard, MA, Drew ’19

“If you are considering a Gap Year, take one. If a Gap Year has never crossed your mind, take one. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

— Mairead K., Milwaukee, WI, Denison ’19

“My Gap Semester was, I feel, the perfect combination of directed volunteer work, experiential learning, and general fun experiences. I enjoyed every moment of the semester […] to volunteer work and teaching up in the Andes in Ecuador. The trip instructors were very experienced, fun and helpful. I am leaving this Gap Semester with a greater awareness, a sense of accomplishment from volunteer work, great friendships, and three months of unforgettable memories and experiences.”

— Dag J., Gillette, WY, Babson ’19

“I want [prospective students] to know that this was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and that if you are on the fence about doing an ARCC Gap Semester, just do it because it will change you, and you will NOT regret it.”

— Gabi S., White Plains, NY, Skidmore ’19

“I just knew I needed to take time off before college to grow, have fun, learn, and explore more of the world. I also felt like this time away would make me stronger… and it did!”

— Gabi S., White Plains, NY, Skidmore ’19

“This was overall one of the most impactful experiences of my life.”

— Maya C., New York, NY, SUNY Purchase ’19

“I really loved everything about my ARCC experience. I feel like I’ve learned so much this semester about myself and the world.”

— Meredith B., Raleigh, NC, UNC Chapel Hill ’19

“I would definitely recommend ARCC to potential students. I saw, experienced and partook in many once in a lifetime experiences. I also came into this trip wanting to grow as a person, but was skeptical if it was actually going to happen, but I definitely grew and changed for the better.”

— Brooke P., Winchester, MA, UMASS ’19

“The amount of cultural exposure was one of my favorite parts of the semester. I felt very immersed in each country’s culture and that’s something I was really looking forward to.”

— Brooke P., Winchester, MA, UMASS ’19

“The highlight of my semester was the [Ecuadorian] homestay. I learned so much about the people and their culture and made some amazing connections. I learned how to farm their crops, fish with their nets, played soccer with the locals, swam in the Amazon with the kids, went for hikes in the rainforest, and learned about their traditional foods and medicines. My family also had a pet monkey which was pretty sweet.”

— Brett C., Hamilton, MA, Harvard ’19

“Teddy had an experience of a lifetime exploring parts of our world he had not visited previously. He made life-long friends and had meaningful experiences.”

— Parent of Teddy F., Hermosa Beach, CA, Northeastern ’19

“Grace had an extraordinary experience traveling with ARCC through Asia. 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, Middlebury ’19

“This was probably the best experience of Rachel’s life. Rachel looked long and hard through different organization sponsoring gap semesters and their programs. I cannot imagine anyone else providing the experience that ARCC did.”

— Parent of Rachel S., Henrico, VA, Christopher Newport ’19

“The ARCC Semester nurtured Mairead’s love of travel and interest in learning about different cultures and meeting different people, and provided a way for Mairead to travel and learn with like-minded peers (and great leaders). It was a great growing and learning experience for her.”

— Parent of Mairead K., Milwaukee, WI, Denison ’19

“Dana became more passionate about the injustices she saw and experienced; more appreciative of her home and homeland.”

— Parent of Dana A., Doylestown, PA, Pitzer ’19

“Meredith’s confidence has grown. I see a more mature person in front of me who is ready to go on her next adventure. It is exactly what we were hoping for.”

— Parents of Meredith B, Raleigh, NC, UNC Chapel Hill ’19

“The Gap Semester continued to solidify Maggie’s direction and interests she’s been drawn to…global public health. The semester will certainly enhance her education as she moves forward in college.”

— Parents of Maggie G., Saratoga Springs, NY, SUNY Albany ’19

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