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A chance to experience the diverse cultures, languages, and histories of three unique Mediterranean countries – Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Partnering with local organizations, we gain exclusive access to people and places not typically seen by your average traveler. Work on your Spanish skills while living with a local host family and dive deep into the idea of sustainable living at an off-the-grid eco-village in Southern Spain. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar and examine how the movement of people has influenced the culture and language of Morocco. Learn basic Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and support a local association as they distribute endemic fruit trees on a carbon offsetting project and contribute to the financial sustainability in the area. Hopping back up to the Iberian Peninsula, we lend a hand on a volunteer run project working to reduce urban food waste and support community members in need in Porto and explore the Portuguese coastline.
ARCC is committed to increasing accessibility for our programs and supporting socioeconomic diversity within our community. ARCC’s Voyagers Scholarship provides up to five scholarship opportunities per semester to students who identify within the BIPOC community. These scholarships can range anywhere from $5,000-$8,000, and also includes gear lending and mentorship support throughout the gap year experience. The Voyagers Scholarship can also be combined with ARCC Financial Aid. If you are interested in applying, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During our interview process, we have open communication with students and families about the support ARCC instructors are able to provide students while on program. For students needing some additional support, we ask them to complete a “Plan of Action” with their at home support system. These plans may include additional information about communication/support preferences, coping strategies, and/or specific requirements to encourage the student to engage with the program effectively. Once on the program, our instructors will periodically check in individually with each student, help the student stay accountable to their Plan of Action, and provide general support to all participants.
Whenever possible (determined by specific location and program - ie. infrastructure, access to specific health care facilities, dietary options available, etc), we have successfully assisted students with anaphylactic allergies, chronic medical conditions, and other accommodations on programs. We recommend that you reach out with specific concerns to your Gap Director to find the right fit for you.
- Explore Madrid, Sevilla, Marrakesh, Tangiers, Lisbon, Porto and other Urban Centers to Learn about the Region’s Rich History
- Partner with a Community Run Association to Improve Local Infrastructure in the High Atlas Mountains
- Take Spanish and Arabic Language Lessons
- Participate in Multiple Homestays Experiences and Become Immersed in Local Culture
- Support Efforts to Reduce Food Waste and Help the Houseless Population in Porto
ARCC Gap Financial Support
A gap year is something that we hope to make accessible for all students and ARCC works to level the playing field so that all applicants may have a successful opportunity for education, travel, growth, and self-discovery post-high school. We strive to uphold these pillars of our organization through a variety of means. Each year ARCC Gap awards financial aid to support students who would otherwise be unable to cover the full cost of tuition. Additionally, ARCC is committed to increasing accessibility for our programs and supporting socioeconomic diversity within our community. ARCC’s Voyagers Scholarship provides up to five scholarship opportunities per semester to students who identify within the BIPOC community. These scholarships can range anywhere from $5,000-$8,000, and also includes gear lending and mentorship support throughout the gap year experience. The Voyagers Scholarship can also be combined with ARCC Financial Aid