Blog Category: Summer

The Perfect Combination of Serious & Silly

“Would you rather have candy corn for teeth, or candy canes for arms?” A group of ARCC leaders sits in an open field near Muir Woods during staff training and debates this well beyond the confines of what such a ridiculous question might indicate. We are all in our twenties, and not one of us finds this question odd or pointless. There is a lot to think about. Are the candy canes candy cane sized, or arm sized? Does the candy corn regenerate?

Near Record Snow Levels in California May Make For Great Summer Snowball Fights This Summer!

Over the past several years California has suffered from severe drought resulting in water restrictions, severe fires and hillsides that are a lot more golden than usual. This year however, water has come back to California and in huge amounts! So much so that students on our California Summer programs might even get a chance for a snowball fight in July.

5 Lessons in Giving Back We’ve Learned Running Summer Service Programs Abroad

Here at ARCC we offer unique and collaborative summer service programs abroad for high school students. These range from improving access to clean water for Cambodian villagers by building bio-sand water filters to bringing solar light to homes in Tanzania. No matter the project, the goal is common: to form connections between our students and local communities, working together to create long-lasting change and maximize a positive impact.

Traveling with Celiac Disease

Traveling with Celiac Disease or other serious food allergies can feel daunting. I have lived abroad off and on for the past 10 years, but most recently spent the past 3 years in Central America. There was a time before this that I didn’t think traveling and living abroad would ever be possible given my diet restrictions.

Smiling Residents of Machu Picchu

The Famous Residents Of Machu Picchu

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…

Yosemite Overlook

The Gift of Travel: Bursting Your Bubble

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.

QUIZ: Which ARCC Summer Service Program is Right for You

With 18 different summer service programs across 6 different continents, we know how hard it can be to make a decision about which program is the best match for your personality. Everyday we talk to families and help them decide between two or more programs that they are interested in. After years of these conversations, which we love, we thought it would be fun to design a short quiz that might help people figure out…

Turning on a Solar Powered Light in Tanzania

Solar Power in Tanzania: Why is it important?

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.