Gap Semester

Program Details:
dates: Sep 15 - Dec 13
duration: 90 days
tuition: $13,500*
arrive: San Francisco
depart: San Francisco
*Airfare for international and in-country flights additional
Program 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
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Leave the traditional classroom far behind, as we journey to the heart of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Gap Asia is a unique blend of education, service and exploration of these intriguing and ancient cultures. Our exclusive access to people and places, developed over decades, gives us a window on aspects of China and Southeast Asia rarely experienced by outsiders. Standing knee-deep in the rice paddies of China’s Chengyang Dong, we discover a way of life that has remained virtually unchanged throughout the centuries. We meet with village leaders to learn how their community thrives in an increasingly globalized world. In collaboration with a Chinese middle school, we teach English classes to students that have never before interacted with native speakers. Settle into village life in Cambodia, where we learn about efforts to combat human trafficking, starting with education and income generating opportunities. Be a part of the change by getting your hands dirty building bio-sand filters for rural villages, and facilitating computer classes for over 200 students. We partner with local mahouts and biologists at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center deep in the northern jungle, to understand the true value of conservation as we care for and rehabilitate Thailand’s indigenous elephants. Sharing laughter with Thai students in our own language camp, we feel how service transcends boundaries. Together, we discover the many lessons this fascinating corner of the world can teach us.

“In the first few weeks of the Asia Gap Semester, my perspectives of myself and the world have already been altered and widened to a once unimaginable degree”
— Isabelle D., Philadelphia, PA, Asia Gap Student

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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.

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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: