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Impact Grants

The ARCC Gap experience is best told through our past students and their parents. We receive countless emails, letters, and phone calls from students and parents telling us about their incredible ARCC experience; each one represents a student whose life has changed by traveling with ARCC. We are thrilled to share their comments.

“ARCC Gap has changed my life. It is the best thing I could have done for myself and has fueled my love for travel, service and adventure. I have experienced exploring in a whole new way and I can’t wait to continue life with the newfound perspective I’ve gained from partaking in this program.”

— Camille S., Tampa, FL, College of Charleston ’21

“ARCC has inspired me to be a better person. It is a cheesy response and I accept that, but after taking this trip and seeing the world in a whole new perspective, I’m seeing my life in a new perspective and it is making me want to be a better student, help in society, and a more well rounded and accommodating person.”

— Tristan N., Portland, OR, University of Victoria ’20

“It is clear to us that you have given the program so much thought — the kids are so obviously both learning and enjoying themselves, meeting fantastic new people and acquiring great skills. I am so pleased that Franny has had this experience!”

— Parent of Franny E., Northhampton, MA, Mount Holyoke ’20

“Choosing ARCC Gap has been one of the best choices of my life. I’ve been able to see and experience countless incredible things I would have missed otherwise, make lifelong friendships with my group, and I’ve become a more globally aware individual.”

— Cameron D., Highlands Ranch, ARCC Gap Student

“ARCC has changed me in ways unimaginable and has made me mature in almost every aspect of my life. Through this experience I have gained a new family and now have 13 new brothers and sisters that I will stay in contact with till the day I die. I don’t know any other way I would have liked to l spend this semester.”

— Connor L., Parma, OH, University of Ohio ’20

“Kevin’s experience with ARCC and the Asia Gap semester exceeded my expectations. The program was well organized and provided amazing travel and learning opportunities. I appreciated that the service learning projects provided exposure to the fields of education, health care, animals, and the environment.”

— Parent of Kevin B., Deerfield, IL

“Going on this trip with ARCC has made me appreciate the opportunities I’ve been given far more than I’d considered. Because of this I’m more driven to succeed in college as not a lot of people get the chance to receive a college level education.”

— Peter H., Lancaster, PA, CU Boulder ’19

“You have a superb program! The impact ARCC had on our daughter was monumental and empowering.”

— Parent of Acacia H., New York, NY, Bard ’18

“We immediately noted a new maturity with Erin — a gratefulness for the abundance to which she has access here in the US, less tendency toward small dramas, even more empathy for others than before. Erin feel more well traveled now and aware of global happenings and issues.”

— Parent of Erin P., Fort Collins, CO, Colorado State ’18

“The differences I can see in myself after this semester are indescribable. I have learned so much about not only myself, but about the world I live in. My eyes have been opened, and these experiences will stay with me forever, and continue to shape the way I live my life.”

— Sedona L., Franklin Hills, NJ, Hampshire ’18

“The cultural exposure was one of my favorite aspects of this trip. I felt like I was living the true ways of the people of those countries.”

— Sedona L., Franklin Hills, NJ, Hampshire College ’18

“Doing a semester with ARCC was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I learned a lot about myself, had one of the greatest experiences of my life, gained new skills, and made tons of new friendships around the world, but also in my group.”

— Connor M., Dallas, GA, Miami University ’18

“I didn’t realize how much I love to learn until I came here, now I am excited to go back and start college.”

— Jessie H., El Dorado Hills, CA, CU Boulder ’18

“She didn’t want to come home! I think that says it all.”

— Meredith B., Raleigh, NC, UNC Chapel Hill ’19

“I have learned what passion is, and I have learned how to channel it within myself. I learned that I am much more capable than I give myself credit for. I have gained so many new interests – a new one from every new experience.”

— Allegra B., Washington, DC, Skidmore ’19

“I didn’t know I could ever be so excited about learning and trying new things. I came on this trip to gain a new perspective of the world, learn about history and culture, push myself out of my comfort zone, have adventures, and have fun; that is exactly what I got out of my ARCC Gap Semester.”

— Rachel S., Henrico, VA, Christopher Newport ’19

“This trip will change your life. Period. I learned more in these 3 months than I ever have in school and I feel more than prepared to enter college. The world is a big place, and ARCC will help you be exposed to it in the best of ways.”

— Teddy F., Hermosa, CA, Northeastern ’19

“I had the time of my life. I made best friends in 3 short months. I learned so much about global issues and the world and got to interact with people living completely different lives than my own. I got to completely immerse myself in a radically different and new place. I got to go on an unforgettable adventure.”

— Allie W., Ross, CA, University of Virginia ’19

“I learned my strengths in a group and as a leader, as well as my weaknesses. I have gained a new thirst for learning and a wider perspective on so many new topics and activities, which has influenced the classes and activities I will take in college.”

— Grace L., Pacific Palisades, CA, Middlebury ’19

“I am so happy to have chosen ARCC for my Gap Semester. There is not a better itinerary, group of people, and learning experience out there.”

— Meg O., Harvard, MA, Drew ’19

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