ARCC Summers are filled with adventure, discovery, and service, but most of all they are full of memories. There is no better way to capture these memories than with a picture. This year the theme of the ARCC Alumni Photo Contest is “What is your favorite ARCC memory?” and we are looking for pictures that represent the memorable adventures, impactful service projects and meaningful connections that make ARCC summers unforgettable.
It takes a special sort of student to choose to spend their summer on an international adventure travel program without the comfort of a friend from home by their side. Not every teen feels ready, much less excited, to immerse themselves in a completely new culture with students from all over the country whom they’ve never met. This experience is a fundamentally risky one- leaving the comfort of home behind for the chance to explore somewhere new, give back to others, and, hopefully, make lifelong friends- but it is one Adrienne Garrido navigated seamlessly.
After nearly 36 years in the industry, and our eighth year of running Gap Year programs, we are very excited to announce that we have recently received our accreditation through the Gap Year Association (formerly the American Gap Association).
The Gap Year Association (GYA) was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organization setting standards for organizations within the Gap Year industry and working to progress the Gap Year movement for high-schoolers around the country. Gap Year programs have been growing in popularity and acceptance for many decades. In recent years Gap Year programs like ours are seeing increasing participation from students in the United States and around the world.
ARCC programs are not so much trips, but rather, temporary portable universes. They are fleeting, unique, self-contained. Bonds are formed that belie the amount of time participants have spent together. Levels of depth and self-reflection and growth are reached that not easy to come by in regular daily life. The programs are this way by design, on purpose. They are this way because participants are encouraged to be present, to look…