Latin America

Gap Semester

Program Details:
dates: Sep 15 - Dec 13
duration: 90 days
tuition: $12,500*
arrive: San Francisco
depart: San Francisco
*Airfare for international and in-country flights additional
Program 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

Adventure and education collide during our three-month journey through the lush jungles, dizzying heights and breathtaking coasts of Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. ARCC’s nearly 20 year history of exploration and service in Latin America opens doors unimagined by the casual traveler. Tucked away in a remote mountain village in Costa Rica, we discover the simplicity of “pura vida” working alongside our generous hosts to improve the village’s infrastructure. Flying through the forest canopy on ziplines, the vibrancy of life in the jungle beckons to us in the calls of toucans and howler monkeys. Partnering with local biologists on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, we witness the impact of human populations on the natural world. Navigate Ecuador’s Amazon jungle by canoe and partner with a local politician to explore the effects gold mining is having on the environment and indigenous communities. Treading in the footsteps of the Inca, we gain insight into an ancient culture as we explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. The abundance of life around us underscores the rich and unforgettable experiences of Gap Latin America.

“Taking a gap year with ARCC and getting a chance to work hands-on with the community gave me a sense of hope and made me feel like I was actually doing something to help. ”
— Morgan Y., Dedham, MA

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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: