2020 Summer Programs

Traveling in Today’s World

As Covid-19 restrictions loosen around the world and people become comfortable again with travel, more and more families are asking about joining ARCC summer programs. This interest is reinforced by the many enrolled families who remain committed to traveling with ARCC this summer.

Of course travel in the U.S. and around the world has changed dramatically since February. In order to responsibly offer programming, we must completely reconsider where and how we operate our programs, balancing safety, logistics, and costs.

As a result, this summer ARCC is offering programs to 7 destinations departing after July 13th. We believe each program delivers the following:

  • Safe and meaningful travel for our students and staff
  • State/Country restrictions that do not impact the travel experience
  • Limited exposure to local populations that might be compromised by our presence
  • Reasonably priced flight options for student travel

Spend two weeks exploring the rich marine life of this beautiful tropical nation. Earn your PADI SCUBA certification or advance your current skills while diving in the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, home to sea turtles, manatees, peaceful whale sharks, and playful dolphins. Spend your days helping marine researchers as they work to protect the reef from lionfish, conduct reef health checks, and monitor local wildlife populations. Learn how local community members are growing coral colonies to help protect reefs from the effects of climate change and global warming. Spend your free time kayaking and paddleboarding through the clear tropical waters around our private Belize island, or relax in a hammock under the shade of palm trees. Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, then sit alongside your new friends to watch the sunset over the tranquil Caribbean sea.

Bonding in Yosemite National Park

Experience the bounty of California’s most magical landscapes through exploration and meaningful service on this two week adventure! Explore the splendors of Yosemite National Park while working alongside park rangers to maintain this beautiful landscape. Swim through the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, take an inflatable kayak down thrilling rapids, and learn to surf at one of Northern California’s most enchanting beaches as you soak in the warm summer sun. Trek across the beautiful and iconic Golden Gate Bridge and explore the wonders of San Francisco. Take a journey this summer that will not be forgotten by you or those you impact!

The Costa Rica: Cloud Forest Community Initiative program is the perfect blend of service and adventure. Create lesson plans and teach English in a rural elementary school. Experience the beauty of this majestic nation by whitewater rafting through lush rainforest on the Pacuare River with monkeys, sloths, and toucans above. Live and work in a remote ranching village high in the cloud forest and get your hands dirty building much-needed infrastructure. Learn to surf the gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica’s beautiful palm-fringed beaches. Sample coffee while learning how it is produced, straight from the lush green mountains where it is grown. Experience abundant rainforests, untouched coastlines, and hidden waterfalls, taking pleasure in knowing that along the way, you are making a positive impact.

Jaguar in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world; in fact, you can find nearly five percent of all known plant and animal species in its world-famous national parks and wildlife refuges. This three-week program is perfect for students who want to learn more about the environment and interact with the marine and land animals of this eco-friendly nation. During this wildlife adventure, we visit some of Costa Rica’s most iconic regions, ranging from breathtaking cloud forests to pristine beaches to lush rainforests. We assist local park rangers, scientists, and conservation experts who are committed to protecting the wildlife of this beautiful country and enjoy adventures such as ziplining, snorkeling, and waterfall hikes.

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and explore four iconic National Parks scattered across the West. Navigate the narrow corridors of Zion’s famed slot canyons. Race across the salt flats of Death Valley’s Badwater Basin. Walk among giants in Sequoia’s legendary groves. Witness the might of Yosemite Valley during a sunset dinner at glacier point. Meet Park Rangers and Experts dedicating their lives to bettering the park system. Volunteer on vital projects that protect sensitive habitat for future generations. Whitewater raft on the Kern River and surf the smooth rolling breaks of Stinson Beach. Experience what makes San Francisco one of the most Iconic cities in the world by navigating the steep picturesque streets and walking across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Discover the most unique and diverse landscape in the U.S on this epic journey through the Pacific Northwest. Explore temperate rainforests, secluded beaches lined with rocky sea stacks, and the beauty of the high desert as we learn about important environmental and conservation issues taking place here in the United States. Team up with biologists and conservation experts to learn about important wildlife projects and lend a hand where needed. Backpack on the Olympic coast, white-water raft the Deschutes River, and climb the world-famous Smith Rock. It’s the adventure of a lifetime!

Have More Questions About Traveling This Summer?

If you have thoughts or concerns about traveling this summer please feel free to give us a call at 415-332-5075 or read more about our Current Thoughts on Coronavirus here.