ARCC has been designing and operating programs exclusively for students for over 30 years. As a result, ARCC is looked to as the standard for delivering quality, fulfilling and enriching programs for our participants. What we have learned over the decades is that successfully operating these types of programs, year after year, is not an accident:
Superb Program Design
Superbly planned programs are a hallmark of ARCC Programs. Almost every minute of every ARCC program is planned in detail. Some ARCC programs are planned years in advance of their departures — a monumental challenge — but one that pays off immensely for our students.
“This trip was so amazing. I never thought I would experience something like I did on this trip. I feel so thankful for this experience, the people I met and the memories. I wouldn’t trade this for anything. I had a summer of a lifetime and made everlasting friends! Thanks ARCC! ”
—Bri R., ARCC Student
Unique and Unforgettable Experiences
ARCC is committed to providing unique and life-changing experiences that resonate deep within our students. On our programs, our students venture far off the beaten path, go to places and do things that most people can only dream about. We’ve spent over thirty years building close relationships with organizations and communities around the world to ensure our students engage in truly intimate, authentic encounters with the people, the cultures and the lands they visit.
Rich Educational Programming
Education is an essential part of the ARCC experience. Lessons throughout the program may be academic, in the form of the trip curriculum, or may be experiential, delivered through immersion in new ideas and situations.
ARCC Summer and Gap programs focus on community-driven and community-led sustainable projects that run on the ground year round. We invest in local communities by working with in-country partners and individuals who know the needs of the community and help provide quality projects that directly benefit the places we visit. We prioritize grassroots organizations that allow students to have hands-on experiences, while building meaningful relationships with community members.
Exceptional Trip Leaders
ARCC Summer Program Leaders average 23-24 years old, while ARCC Gap Instructors average 26-27 years old. Our leaders and instructors are exceptional individuals of extraordinary character and experience. Selected from many hundreds of highly qualified applicants, ARCC leaders are enthusiastic about serving others, and most importantly, working with teenagers and helping our students thrive.
“I would definitely recommend ARCC to potential students. I saw, experienced and partook in many once in a lifetime experiences. I definitely grew and changed for the better.”
—Brooke P., ARCC Student.
Impeccable Safety Record
Our commitment to safety is the envy of the industry. We are very proud of our impeccable safety record and with great pride can state: No ARCC student has ever suffered an injury requiring an overnight hospital stay. Considering we have been operating programs for over 30 years, this is a remarkable record.
ARCC students want to be on our programs and arrive ready to immerse themselves in this extraordinary experience. We screen references from every prospective student and only accept those we believe will be positive and enthusiastic group members.
Small Group Size
ARCC groups consist of no more than eighteen students for summer programs and no more than twelve during Gap semesters and each group is led by two ARCC leaders. This makes them the perfect size for programs of this nature. So much of our programming is designed we make as small an imprint as possible on the areas and communities we visit. By limiting the size of our groups, each student gets a much more personal experience during the program. In addition, our leaders cherish the time they have getting to know each student so well, which helps them better tailor the program to meet individual needs.