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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.

“With only a few weeks into the Gap Semester I have experienced so may new amazing things. I have learned so much about myself and how much more there is to life.”

— Kate H., Petaluma, CA, Asia Gap Student


“I cannot tell you how excited I am that she chose your organization.”

— Parent of Rachel S., Gap Student


“This Gap Semester is truly a once in a lifetime experience. It’s given me the opportunity to see more of the world’s beauty, meet new cultures and try new food. Not only am I experiencing an awesome adventure, I am learning more about myself.”

— Bridget F., Eagan, MN, Asia Gap Student


“In just the past few weeks, I have learned more about myself and the world around me than I ever would have by going immediately to college. I have a really great feeling about going to college with a purpose and many great memories next year.”

— Andrea W., Carlsbad, CA, Asia Gap Student


“There is no doubt in our mind that Katie gained confidence in herself and expanded her world view as a result of her ARCC experience. She had never even been camping prior to her 3 months in Africa! For her to have the opportunity to observe and learn about such a different part of the world was tremendous and perhaps even more significant was her growth in her interpersonal relationships with others and her confidence in herself.”

— Parent of Katie F., Gap Africa Student, Hillsborough, CA


“Dan had the experience of a lifetime. He has gained the ability to see the world in a completely different light and he has a new appreciation for the life we lead on a daily basis. It has changed him forever as a person and he seeks out opportunities where he can make a difference in people’s lives. Dan’s growth has all been positive.”

— Parent of Dan M., Gap Africa Student, Wallingford, CT


“Katie had an extraordinary experience on her African adventure. It’s hard to say which was more of a factor — the incredible curriculum designed by ARCC’s involving community service, global issues, education and adventure, or the incredibly bonds she made with her traveling companions. It was a life-altering and maturing experience that she will never forget. We look forward to seeing what impact this trip has on her life in the future as well.”

— Parent of Katie F., Gap Africa Student, Hillsborough, CA


“The semester provided Dan with the perfect transition from High School to adulthood, allowing him the opportunity to grow and mature while learning lessons that never can be truly taught in a classroom. Dan has lost any of the “attitude” you would attribute to a teenage boy. It has been a wonderful experience for both him and myself, to know that he has experienced something that will stay with him for life and how he looks at our world is forever changed. ”

— Parent of Dan M., Gap Africa Student, Wallingford, CT


“Taking a gap year with ARCC and getting a chance to work hands-on with the community gave me a sense of hope and made me feel like I was actually doing something to help.”

— Morgan Y., Gap Africa Student, Dedham, MA


“An eye-opening and inspiring retreat from our day to day lives.”

— Dan M., Gap Africa Student, Wallingford, CT


“This Gap semester has been such an amazing experience. I have grown tremendously, learning from all of the unique situations that can only be experienced in Africa. My eyes are open to a part of the world that I could never have imagined. ”

— Katie F., Gap Africa Student, Hillsborough, CA


“It was undeniably the most inspiring, humbling and invigorating 3 months of my life.”

— Drew C., Gap Africa Student, Swampscott, MA


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