Gap Semester

Semesters that explore education in the best classrooms on Earth

ARCC Gap Semester programs offer an educational and cultural bridge between high school and college. The ARCC Gap Semester programs are an opportunity to live, work, learn and explore in some of the greatest classrooms on earth. ARCC Gap Semesters have a rich academic fabric complementing each location. The programs examine five essential themes: Literacy & Education, Public Health, Urbanization & the Movement of Peoples, Environment & Conservation, and Microfinance & Economic Growth.

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Africa: Gap Semester Sep 15 - Dec 13
90 days San Francisco/San Francisco
  • Highlights
    • Work with Community Agricultural Fair Trade Enterprise
    • Join Rangers in Efforts to Protect Endangered Rhinoceros
    • Live at East Africa’s First Free All-Female Secondary School
    • Whitewater Raft the Exhilarating Nile River
    • Safari and Search for Big Five in Masai Mara National Park
    • Join Born Free and Maasai People in Lion Conservation
    • Participate in a Community Improvement Project in the Kibera Slum
    • Earn SCUBA Certification in the Pristine Waters off of Zanzibar
Asia: Gap Semester Sep 15 - Dec 13
90 days San Francisco/San Francisco
  • Highlights
    • Impact Lives While Working on a Clean Water Project in Cambodia
    • Care For and Learn About Elephant Rehabilitation in Thailand
    • Teach Chinese Students Who Have Never Met Westerners
    • Volunteer and Teach English to Youth Affected by Agent Orange
    • Tutor, mentor and teach Youth in Northern Cambodia
    • Become PADI SCUBA Certified on Koh Tao in Thailand
    • Sail the Turquoise Waters of Halong Bay & Explore Angkor Wat
    • Explore Four Amazingly Diverse and Vibrant Countries
India: Gap Semester Sep 15 - Dec 13
90 days San Francisco/San Francisco
  • Highlights
    • Build and Install Life-Changing Clean Water Systems in rural Nepal
    • Work with an NGO that Supports Street Children in the Slums of Kathmandu
    • Watch the Sun Rise over the World-Renowned Taj Mahal
    • Settle into Daily Life in a 10-Day Homestay in the India's Mountainous Ladakh Province
    • Study Sustainable Farming in Rural India
    • White Water Raft the Headwaters of the Holy Ganges River
    • Trek the Peaks and Valleys of the Nepal's Annapurna Mountain Range
    • Travel to the Birthplace of Three of the World's Major Religions
Latin America: Gap Semester Sep 15 - Dec 13
90 days San Francisco/San Francisco
  • Highlights
    • Spanish Class and Immersion in Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
    • Help Protect Olive Ridley Turtles and Surf Costa Rica’s Waves
    • Venture to One of the Highest Active Volcanoes in the World
    • Explore the Effects Gold Mining is having on the Amazon
    • Live amongst Weavers & Farmers in an Ecuadorian Village
    • Walk in the Footsteps of the Incas at Machu Picchu
    • Build Clean Stoves for Quechua Families in Peru’s Sacred Valley
    • Facilitate Nutrition Education to Communities on Lake Titicaca
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With 32 years of experience in countries throughout the world, ARCC has unparalleled access to some of the most incredible people, places and experiences the world has to offer. Our contacts and relationships abroad allow us to immerse ourselves in the cultures we visit through homestays, service work, teaching and exchange. Going beyond the weekend visit, we take the time to plant our feet in each location, becoming part of the community at large. Eating, sleeping and living amongst the local people, we are welcomed as friends. Working in partnership with area leaders, we pinpoint worthwhile service projects and collaborate with community members to achieve a common goal. Refurbishing a school, building a community center or working with orphans, our hard work supplements our education, organized around five major themes:

"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., Middlebury College

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About ARCC

Adventures Cross-Country offers a variety of service learning and adventure opportunities around the world for teenagers. ARCC programs, which include community service adventures, language adventures, leadership adventures, and multisport adventures, provide middle school and high school students a rewarding and educational summer experience in a small group setting.

Adventures Cross-Country, for over 30 years a world leader in teenage community service, service learning, leadership and adventure programs, combines fun and educational activities with community service work, cultural immersion, adventure travel, and outdoor adventures.

International teen summer adventure camps include:

Activities on ARCC programs include: community service, service learning activities, leadership classes, surf camps, wilderness adventure programs, marine biology study, SCUBA diving adventure programs, , whitewater rafting adventures, safari, language immersion and more.

If you are a middle school or high school student or teenager looking to combine the best of teen summer travel and teen tour programs, join us on our summer adventure camps!

If you are a high school graduate and are considering travel abroad for a Gap Year combining service, adventure, language, education, culture, join us on our Gap Semesters in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. College Credit is available.

Adventures Cross-Country Gap Semesters take place in AsiaAfrica and South America, with each 90 day program traveling to numerous countries: