Service Adventures

Service Adventures

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Honor your desire to contribute; make real connections & improve the lives of individuals & communities.

program name dates duration arrive/depart
Australia / Fiji Jul 6 - Jul 27
22 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • Build Village Infrastructure in a Fijian Island Community
    • Teach English in a Fijian Primary School
    • Volunteer at an Australian Kangaroo & Wildlife Habitat Center
    • Live with Local Families in a Traditional Fijian Bure Home
    • Work with a Conservation Non-Profit in the Daintree Rainforest
    • Explore Sydney's Famous Landmarks
    • Earn PADI SCUBA Certification on the Great Barrier Reef
    • 40 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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California Jun 29 - Jul 12
Jul 17 - Jul 30
14 days San Francisco/San Francisco
  • Highlights
    • Homeless Outreach in San Francisco's Tenderloin District
    • Volunteer with Rangers in Yosemite National Park
    • Build Trails around Stunning Lake Tahoe
    • Learn to Surf on Marin County's Gentle Waves
    • Experience Exhilarating Whitewater in California's Gold Country
    • Explore and Hike the Stunning Landscapes of the Sierra Nevada
    • Visit San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf
    • 30 Hours Community Service (7th Grade and Up)
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Costa Rica Classic Jun 28 - Jul 11
Jul 18 - Jul 31
14 days San Jose, CR*/San Jose, CR*
  • Highlights
    • Work on Critical Building Projects in a Rural Village Community
    • Whitewater Raft the Canyons of the Pacuare River
    • Teach English Classes at a Costa Rican School
    • Engage in Daily Life on a Costa Rican Farm
    • Learn to Surf the Peaceful Waves of the Pacific Ocean
    • Costa Rican Cultural Immersion
    • Zipline through the Breathtaking Rainforest Canopy
    • 30 Hours of Community Service (7th Grade & Up)
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Costa Rica Impact Jun 28 - Jul 11
Jul 18 - Jul 31
14 days San Jose, CR*/San Jose, CR*
  • Highlights
    • Collaborate with Villagers on Impactful Construction Projects
    • Tutor Local Students in a Rural Village School
    • Explore Rainforest Waterfalls and Swimming Holes
    • Work Alongside Experts on a Sea Turtle Conservation Project
    • Lend a Hand on a Sustainable Farm
    • Assist Turtle Hatchlings as They Make Their Way to the Ocean
    • Immerse Yourself Completely in Costa Rican Culture
    • 50 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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Costa Rica Ultimate Jul 6 - Jul 26
21 days San Jose, CR*/San Jose, CR*
  • Highlights
    • Work to Protect Sea Turtles & Their Caribbean Coastal Habitat
    • Learn to Surf on Pristine Pacific Coast Waves
    • Build Village Facilities in a Remote Cloudforest Community
    • Whitewater Raft through the Pacuare River's Lush Rainforest
    • Zipline through the Canopy of a Costa Rican Rainforest
    • Teach Classes in a Rural "Tico" Primary School
    • Experience for Yourself the "Pura Vida" Lifestyle
    • 50 Hours of Community Service (8th Grade & Up)
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Dominican Republic Jun 28 - Jul 10
13 days New York, NY*/New York, NY*
  • Highlights
    • Lend a Hand Building Infrastructure in a Rural Batey Village
    • Shower in the Natural Beauty of the "27 Waterfalls"
    • Discover the Cobblestone Streets of Historic Santo Domingo
    • Raft the Rushing Rapids of the Río Yaque
    • Mentor and Inspire Students in La Mina Community
    • Surf the Breaking Waves of Playa Encuentro
    • Give Back to Local Schools through the "DREAM Project"
    • 30 Hours Community Service (8th Grade & Up)
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Ecuador / Galapagos Jun 28 - Jul 18
21 days Miami/Miami
  • Highlights
    • Explore the Galapagos by Kayak and Boat
    • Snorkel Alongside Sea Lions in the Islands' Crystal Clear Waters
    • Install Much-Needed Flooring in Rural Village Communities
    • Whitewater Raft through the Lush Rainforest
    • Partner with Andean Locals on a Reforestation Project
    • Create a Summer Camp for Ecuadorian Students
    • Explore Quito and Otavalo Artisan Markets
    • 45 Hours of Community Service (8th Grade & Up)
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Hawaii Jun 29 - Jul 12
Jul 16 - Jul 29
14 days Lihue, Kauai*/Lihue, Kauai*
  • Highlights
    • Restore Beaches with the Non-Profit SurfRider Foundation
    • Build Homes with Habitat for Humanity
    • Mentor and Inspire Students at the Boys and Girls Club
    • Learn to Surf and Perfect your "hang ten" Skills
    • Explore the Napali Coast by Food and Boat
    • Camp Beachside in Famous Hanalei Bay
    • Snorkel the Pristine Waters of Kauai
    • 30 Hours of Community Service (7th Grade and Up)
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India Jun 29 - Jul 22
24 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Travel with ARCC Alumni on this special Director's Development Program
    • Immerse Yourself into Daily Life Living in an Indian Home (Group Homestay)
    • Explore Ancient Buddhist Monasteries in the Indian Himalayas
    • Watch the Sun Rise at the World-Renowned Taj Mahal
    • Teach English to Eager School Children in a Remote Village
    • Find your Zen doing Yoga at a Traditional Ashram
    • A number of other Service Learning Projects are being considered and are under development
    • 40 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade ARCC Alumni & Up)
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Peru Jun 28 - Jul 11
14 days Miami/Miami
  • Highlights
    • Build & Install Needed Stoves in Remote Quechua Villages
    • Discover the Wonder and Breathtaking Vistas of Machu Picchu
    • Lead a Field Trip and Teach English at a Local Primary School
    • Whitewater Raft the Exhilarating Urubamba River
    • Walk in the Footsteps of Incas in the Famed Sacred Valley
    • Experience Age-Old Traditions of Peruvian Culture
    • Wander the Cobblestone Streets of Cusco
    • 30 Hours of Community Service (8th Grade & Up)
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Southeast Asia Jun 29 - Jul 30
32 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • Experience the Diverse Cultures of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
    • Volunteer With Children Affected by Agent Orange
    • Work for an Elephant Rescue Organization in Rural Thailand
    • Build and Install Giant Water Filters in Cambodian Villages
    • Explore the Cities of Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Bangkok
    • Overnight on the Stunning Waters of Vietnam’s Halong Bay
    • Partner with Villagers Working in a Hill Tribe Community
    • 60 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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Tanzania Jul 6 - Jul 28
23 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Install Solar Energy and Water Systems in Rural Masai Homes
    • Go on a Multi-Day Bush Safari in Serengeti National Park
    • Collaborate with Local Teachers in a Rural Primary School
    • Live Amongst the Inspiring Masai People
    • Explore by Land Rover the Stunning Ngorongoro Crater
    • Search for the "Big 5:" Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino & Buffalo
    • Trek to the Remote Villages of the Usambara Mountains
    • 30 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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Thailand Jul 1 - Jul 28
28 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • Learn to Feed, Bathe, and Care for Magnificent Elephants
    • Be an English Teacher to Classes of Thai School Children
    • Work with Mahouts to Protect Elephants in their Natural Habitat
    • SCUBA Dive Brilliant Coral Reefs and Underground Gardens
    • Experience an Overnight in a Buddhist Monastery
    • Work on Critical Building Projects in a Hill Tribe Village
    • Learn to Cook Local Delicacies in a Thai Cooking Class
    • 50 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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Thailand Jul 17 - Jul 30
14 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • Explore Bangkok and Historic Chiang Mai
    • Live and Work in a Remote Hill Tribe Community
    • Work with Elephants in their Natural Habitat
    • Spend the Night in a Buddhist Monastery
    • Learn to Create Famous Thai Dishes in a Cooking Class
    • Teach English at a Village School through Games & Activities
    • Learn Thai Language, Customs & Culture
    • 30 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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Turkey / Greece Jul 6 - Jul 26
21 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Embrace Turkish Culture during a Village Homestay & Service
    • Participate in a Turtle Conservation Project with a University
    • Explore Cappadocia's Fairy Tale Landscape and Cave Dwellings
    • Sail the Majestic Turquoise Coast on a Traditional Gulet
    • Discover the Wonder of Ancient Athens
    • Visit Istanbul's Blue Mosque, Spice Bazaar and Intricate Palaces
    • Experience the Charm of the Greek Island of Rhodes
    • 35 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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Vietnam / Cambodia Jun 29 - Jul 16
18 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • Construct and Install "Clean Water" Filters in Cambodian Villages
    • Teach English to Primary Students at a School
    • Sail Turquoise Waters on a Junk in Vietnam's Halong Bay
    • Watch the Sun Rise over Ancient Angkor Wat, a World Wonder
    • Learn to Bargain in the Famous Siem Reap Night Market
    • Retrace History of the Khmer Rouge Era in Phnom Penh
    • Float Down the Mighty Mekong on a Boat at Sunset
    • 30 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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Gap Semester

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Live, work, learn and explore in some of the greatest classrooms on Earth.

program name dates duration arrive/depart
Africa: Gap Semester Sep 15 - Dec 13
90 days New York/New York
  • 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
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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
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Latin America: Gap Semester Sep 15 - Dec 13
90 days Miami/Miami
  • 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
Reserve

Adventures Cross-Country, the world leader in teen travel, combines leadership and adventure activities with a variety of fun and educational activities including community service work, cultural immersion, language immersion, marine biology camp, outdoor adventures, and many other teen trips. These aren’t your typical summer camps for teens!  Our teen trips are adventures of a lifetime, allowing a unique teen travel experience with purpose.

Our teen summer programs include:

Learn more about our teen trips by selecting any one of the trips above.

If you're a high school graduate and are hoping to travel abroad for a Gap Year combining service, adventure, language, education, culture, join us on our Gap Semesters in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Gap Semesters take place in Asia, Africa and South America, with each trip covering three countries:

    Gap Asia: Thailand, China, Cambodia, Vietnam
    Gap Latin America: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru
    Gap Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania

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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.

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: