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The Sacramento Bee

Gap year is a great idea – if students can afford it

A few months ago, I attended a gap year fair at the elite Harvard-Westlake School in San Fernando Valley. The floor of the gym was rimmed with folding tables bearing pennants and thick brochures about the exciting projects in store for students who take a year off between high school and college.

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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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