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Greenwich Free Press
Greenwich Free Press

Greenwich High School Graduate’s ARCC Gap Semester Leaves Her Homesick for Asia

As her graduation from Greenwich High School drew nearer last spring, Valerie Calkosz knew she wanted a break from academia and a chance to travel and explore. While many young people don’t get an international experience until they are juniors in college, it’s not necessary, and besides, there are gap year programs a teen can parlay into college credit.

Britta Calkosz, Valerie’s mother, said she did quite a bit of research into programs and found Adventures Cross Country…

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Travel Weekly

Cuba programs open niche travel markets

As travel restrictions lift, travel options expand to Cuba with new programs for diverse groups of travelers.

One such program is offered by ARCC Programs(Adventures Cross-Country), a California-based operator, who will conduct two 14-day trips for high school students this summer that combine culture with community service.

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Chicago Tribune

Youth group trip to Cuba will be a first in 60 years

High-school kids can learn about Cuba while doing community service work there through a two-week program being offered this summer by Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC). With travel restrictions to the country being lifted, this will mark the first time in nearly 60 years that a U.S. youth group will travel there and be able to help out on a daily basis. Among the activities are helping to improve the English skills of residents ranging from 5 to 60 years old, light labor such as painting, cleaning and carpentry at a community center and assisting with a community garden project that supplies vegetables for day-care centers and local residents. There’s also time for exploring Havana, and a two-day stay in a beach community.

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The New York Times

The Gap Year: Breaking up the “Cradle to College to Cubicle to Cemetery” Cycle

“‘How many of you would love to take a gap year right now?’ Holly Bull, an independent student gap year adviser asked a room full of college counselors early on Saturday morning. A groggy audience sprang to life, all hands shooting up at a lecture entitled ‘Gap Year: American Style’ at the National Association of College Counselors conference in New Orleans. The idea of taking time off between high school and college — a self-exploratory sabbatical in the free spirit of 1970s — has increasingly become a structured concept in the United States, with counselors like Ms. Bull linking students and parents up with formal programs. As the number of students who opt to take a gap year has grown, so, too, has awareness of gap year benefits to the student, said Robert Clagett, former dean of admissions at Middlebury College (and formerly an admissions officer at Harvard).”

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