This fall, I traveled to Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania on ARCC’s Gap Africa program. After living 90 days of adventure, learning, challenge, and so much newness, all I can say that will do it justice is that it was the experience of a lifetime. The things I learned on my gap semester seem endless, but these are the ten that impacted me the most…
Blog Category: Gap
Machu Picchu is perhaps known best as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The ancient city, which literally translates to Ancient Mountain in the Quechua language, has survived for centuries nestled within the Sacred Valley of the Andes and was a former home to at least a few hundred people during the height of the Inca Empire from the 1400s to 1500s. While there are no human residents of Machu Picchu any longer, it does still have some…
I’m sitting in a tiny Costa Rican open-air cafe, drinking a well-needed, semi-cold Sprite. My large backpack filled with months worth of my personal belongings beside me. I’ve just ordered something off a laminated menu. I think chicken and rice, but honestly, I’m not quite sure, as I hardly speak any Spanish at all. Internally I’m kicking myself for the eight years of German I studied in school – Spanish would be pretty handy right about now.
I have always considered “experiential education” to be most effectively implemented in nature’s classroom, learning about ecology, geology, and scientific inquiry through direct engagement with one’s surroundings. For me, history, as an academic subject, has never seemed as conducive to experiential education as science–how can one have direct experience with something that by definition has already occurred? Science is all around us, history is in the past. After traveling through Vietnam, however, I quickly realized how wrong that assumption was.
ARCC is thrilled to announce two 90-day Spring semester gap programs to compliment our Fall gap offerings. Beginning in February of 2017, ARCC will offer a brand new Patagonia and Cuba Gap Semester as well as the extremely successful Asia gap semester to China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
These Spring semester gap programs are designed either as stand alone spring programs or as natural extensions of ARCC’s Fall semester gap programs. Just as with our fall gap programs, these new spring semester gap programs…
What do you think of when you turn on a light in your home? Have you ever stopped to think about how fortunate you are to have electricity, the ability to watch TV at any hour of the day, charge your electronics, have a light to read by? Most of us have probably never given it a second thought. But the unfortunate reality is that approximately 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. That is roughly 17% of the global population.
My family and I just returned from two weeks exploring Tanzania and Kenya. While this wasn’t an official ARCC scouting trip, we met and stayed with ARCC’s local Africa partners, traveled by overland truck crossing international borders much as we do in our Gap & Summer service programs.
It’s no coincidence that more and more American students are taking a gap year before heading off to college. Every year, more high schools, colleges, counselors, parents and students are embracing this opportunity to take a break from the traditional classroom and explore the world we live in. There are so many reasons to take a gap year
Meet ARCC Gap and Summer alumnus Willa! Willa first came to ARCC in 2014 as a student on our Tanzania: Safari and Solar service program. She had such a positive experience with ARCC in East Africa that she decided to take a Gap Semester in Latin America with ARCC in the Fall of 2015. She hails from Healdsburg, California and is halfway through her first semester at Colorado College (as a winter start)!
It’s 6:55am and Sophia Weeks and I are in ‘Chair Class’ on a 5-hour train bound for Delhi. Chair Class means for $9 we are in a well-worn car with reserved seats…which were miraculously empty when we boarded in Haridwar. Chair Class is not as nice as luxury class where they serve rose-flavored yoghurt lassis (a taste reminiscent of sipping Glad bathroom spray) but certainly a step up from the standing room only crowd packed in further back. For nourishment we have a bag of fresh warm roti (thick savory pancakes) wrapped in newspaper that we purchased from a beckoning street vendor outside the station gates.