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
Africa Service Jul 7 - Jul 31
25 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Implement Clean Energy and Water Systems in Rural Homes
    • Safari in Masai Mara National Park
    • Search for the "Big 5:" Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, & Buffalo
    • Snorkel and Explore the Pristine Waters of Zanzibar
    • Assist Local Teachers in a Primary School
    • Hike and Discover the Lush and Rugged Usambara Mountains
    • 40 Hours of Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Australia / Fiji Service Jun 30 - Jul 21
22 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • Teach English in a Fijian Primary School
    • Volunteer at a Kangaroo and Wildlife Habitat Center
    • Contribute to a Conservation Project in Northern Australia
    • Improve the Village Infrastructure on Beqa Island, Fiji
    • Learn to SCUBA Dive on the Magnificent Great Barrier Reef
    • Explore Sydney's Famous Landmarks
    • 40 Hours Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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California Service Jul 1 - Jul 14
Jul 18 - Jul 31
14 days San Francisco/San Francisco
  • Highlights
    • Serve Meals to San Francisco’s Homeless at Glide Foundation
    • Help Build Trails in the Lake Tahoe Basin
    • Dedicate Time to Maintain Yosemite National Park
    • Learn to Surf the Picture-Perfect Waves of Northern California
    • Inflatable Whitewater Kayak Thrilling Rapids
    • Explore the Beautiful City of San Francisco
    • 30 Hours Community Service
    • 7th Grade and Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Costa Rica / Belize Service Jun 29 - Jul 16
18 days Miami/Miami
  • Highlights
    • Protect the Nesting Sites of the Endangered Sea Turtles
    • Help Repopulate Belize’s Great Barrier Reef with Live Corals
    • Raft Costa Rica’s Stunning Pacuare River
    • Earn PADI SCUBA Certification in Pristine Waters
    • Sail and Explore the Crystalline Waters of Belize
    • Explore Waterfalls and Swimming Holes
    • 30 Hours of Community Service
    • 8th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Costa Rica Classic Service Jun 29 - Jul 12
Jul 21 - Aug 3
14 days San Jose, CR*/San Jose, CR*
  • Highlights
    • Teach English to Costa Rican School Children
    • Whitewater Raft the Pacuare River
    • Make Improvements in a Mountain Village Community
    • Live on a Costa Rican Farm & Help with Daily Chores
    • Ride Ziplines through the Rainforest Canopy
    • Surf Camp on the Pacific Coast
    • 30 Hours Community Service
    • 7th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Costa Rica Impact Service Jun 29 - Jul 12
Jul 21 - Aug 3
14 days San Jose, CR*/San Jose, CR*
  • Highlights
    • Teach English to Costa Rican School Children
    • Sea Turtle Conservation Project
    • Hike through the Jungle to a Waterfall and Swimming Hole
    • Make Improvements in a Mountain Village Community
    • Lend a Hand on a Sustainable Farm
    • Costa Rican Cultural Orientation
    • 50 Hours Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Costa Rica Ultimate Service Jun 28 - Jul 18
Jul 16 - Aug 5
21 days San Jose, CR*/San Jose, CR*
  • Highlights
    • Make Improvements in a Mountain Village Community
    • Homestay with Costa Rican Families (Groups of 2-3 Students)
    • Ecological and Sea Turtle Preservation Project
    • Whitewater Raft the Pacuare River & Zipline through Rainforest
    • Surf Camp on the Pacific Coast
    • Community Development & Outreach Project
    • 50 Hours Community Service
    • 8th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Dominican Republic Service Jun 29 - Jul 12
14 days Santo Domingo, DR*/Santo Domingo, DR*
  • Highlights
    • Be Immersed and give back to the the Community of La Mina
    • Lend a Hand to Improve Infrastructure in a Rural Batey Village
    • Shower in the Natural Beauty of the “27 Waterfalls”
    • Raft the Rushing Rapids of the Río Yaque
    • Discover the Cobblestone Streets of Historic Santo Domingo
    • Surf the Breaking Waves of Playa Encuentro
    • 30 Hours Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections according to grade)
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East Africa Service Jul 12 - Jul 25
14 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Teach English to Students at a Primary School
    • Safari in Kenya's Treasured Masai Mara National Park
    • Search for "Big Five:" Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, & Buffalo
    • Work in Community Orphanage and Contribute School Supplies
    • Witness Care for injured Elephants at the Sheldrick Orphanage
    • 30 Hours Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
    • Combine with Uganda Service for $1000 Discount
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Ecuador / Galapagos Service Jun 28 - Jul 18
21 days Miami/Miami
  • Highlights
    • Install Concrete Floors in Homes in a Rural Andean Village
    • Reforestation Project with the Charles Darwin Research Station
    • Teach English to Local Ecuadorian Students
    • Zipline through a Cloud Forest Canopy
    • Whitewater Raft in the Amazon Rainforest
    • Snorkel and Kayak Alongside Sea Lions in the Galapagos
    • Shop South America's Largest Artisan Market in Otavalo
    • 45 Hours of Community Service (8th Grade & Up)
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Hawaii Service Jul 1 - Jul 14
Jul 18 - Jul 31
14 days Kahului, Maui**/Kahului, Maui**
  • Highlights
    • Inspire Local Youth at the Boys and Girls Club
    • Work alongside Families in Need at the Maui Farm
    • Ecological Rehabilitation Project with the Waipa Foundation
    • Snorkel the Underwater World of the Molokini Crater
    • Explore the NaPali Coast by Zodiac Raft
    • Surf Instruction on Maui and Kauai
    • 30 Hours of Community Service
    • 7th Grade and Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Peru Service Jun 28 - Jul 11
14 days Miami/Miami
  • Highlights
    • Build New Stove Structures 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
    • 30 Hours of Community Service (8th Grade and Up)
    • Combine with Ecuador/Galapagos Service for $1,000 Discount
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Thailand Elephant Service Jul 1 - Jul 31
31 days San Francisco/San Francisco
  • Highlights
    • Learn to Feed, Bathe, and Care for Magnificent Elephants
    • Teach English to Thai School Children
    • Work with Mahouts to Protect Elephants in their Natural Habitat
    • SCUBA Dive Brilliant Coral Reefs and Underground Gardens
    • Spend the Night in a Buddhist Monastery
    • Perform Service Work in a Hill Tribe Village
    • Whitewater Raft through the Jungle
    • 50 Hours of Community Service (9th Grade & Up)
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Thailand Two-Week Service Jul 14 - Jul 27
14 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • Explore Bangkok and Learn Thai Language, Customs & Culture
    • Teach English at a Thai Orphanage through Games & Activities
    • Work with Mahouts to Protect Elephants in their Natural Habitat
    • Spend the Night in a Monastery and Barter at a Floating Market
    • Learn to Create Famous Thai Dishes in a Cooking Class
    • 30 Hours of Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
    • Combine with Vietnam/Cambodia for $1,000 discount
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Turkey / Greece Service Jul 2 - Jul 22
21 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Embrace Turkish Culture during a Village Homestay & Service
    • Participate in a Marine Turtle Conservation Project
    • Explore Cappadocia's Fairy Tale Landscape and Cave Dwellings
    • Sail to the Majestic Greek Island of Rhodes on a Gulet
    • Discover the Wonder of Ancient Athens
    • Visit Istanbul's Blue Mosque, Spice Bazaar and Intricate Palaces
    • 35 Hours of Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Uganda Service Jun 28 - Jul 12
15 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Track Rhinos and Assist Wildlife Rangers
    • Learn About Rhino Conservation Efforts in East Africa
    • Build Water Catchment Systems in Rural Uganda
    • Teach English at a Community School in Masaka
    • Search for Hippos, Leopards and Giraffes at Murchison Falls
    • 30 Hours of Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
    • Combine with East Africa Service for $1000 Discount
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Vietnam / Cambodia Service Jun 28 - Jul 13
16 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • Assist with a Water Purification Project
    • Teach English at an Orphanage in Rural Cambodia
    • Sail Turquoise Waters of Halong Bay and Visit Angkor Wat
    • Retrace History of the Khmer Rouge Era in Phnom Penh
    • Sample the Delectable Pho in Hanoi's Old Quarter
    • 30 Hours of Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
    • Combine with Thailand Two-Week for $1,000 discount
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Language Immersion

Language Immersion

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Immerse yourself in the language of a region; talk with native speakers & experience their culture & country.

program name dates duration arrive/depart
China Language & Service Jul 1 - Jul 14
14 days Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • Highlights
    • 20 Hours of Mandarin Class: Beijing & Yunnan Province
    • Countless Hours of Informal Mandarin Learning
    • Aid in a Construction Project in a Rural Chinese Community
    • Practice Mandarin through Teaching Local Children
    • Trek though History along the Great Wall of China
    • Homestay with Chinese Family in a Traditional Village
    • 15 Hours Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Costa Rica Language & Service Jun 28 - Jul 11
14 days San Jose, CR*/San Jose, CR*
  • Highlights
    • 20 Hours of Spanish Class
    • Countless Hours of Informal Spanish Learning
    • Daily Activities & Interactions to Enhance Language Skills
    • Practice Spanish at a Homestay with a Costa Rican Family
    • Make Improvements in a Mountain Village Community
    • Ride Ziplines through the Rainforest Canopy
    • 15 Hours Community Service
    • 8th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Spain Language & Service Jun 30 - Jul 22
23 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Two Weeks (40 Hours) of Spanish Class: Tarragona and Sevilla
    • Countless Hours of Informal Spanish Learning
    • Homestay with a Spanish Family in Sevilla
    • Explore Vibrant Barcelona & Whitewater Raft in the Pyrenees
    • Windsurf the Blue Waters of the Costa Dorada
    • Experience Madrid and Volunteer at a Local Non-Profit
    • 5 Hours of Community Service
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Multisport Adventures

Multisport Adventures

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Gain technical & leadership skills that adventure demands. Experience the satisfaction & wonder that results.

program name dates duration arrive/depart
Colorado / Utah Multisport Jul 1 - Jul 16
16 days Denver/Denver
  • Highlights
    • Raft and Camp Along the Colorado River
    • Rock Climb in Rocky Mountain National Park
    • Leadership Development
    • Whitewater Raft the Arkansas River
    • Sunrise Hike to Famous Delicate Arch
    • Day Trek amongst the high alpine of Telluride
    • Classes in Leave No Trace, Navigation & Expedition Behavior
    • 8th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Southern Europe Multisport Jul 2 - Jul 23
22 days New York/New York
  • Highlights
    • Explore the Historic Wonders of the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome
    • Sea Kayak along the Charming Seaside Villages of Cinque Terre
    • Classes in Leave No Trace, Navigation & Expedition Behavior
    • Backpack through the Majestic Swiss, Italian, & French Alps
    • Whitewater Raft the Isère River in Southern France
    • Advance in Leadership Development and Wilderness Education
    • Visit the Famed ‘City of Lights’ and Glistening Eiffel Tower
    • 9th Grade & Up (Sections Grouped According to Grade)
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Gap Semester

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 Los Angeles/Los Angeles
  • 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 Cloud Forest
    • Help Protect Leatherback Turtles and Surf Costa Rica’s Waves
    • Venture to One of the Highest Active Volcanoes in the World
    • Partner with Leaders in the Amazon to Provide Clean Water
    • 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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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: