Arcos Journeys Abroad High School Programs

Arcos Journeys Abroad

About

Arcos Journeys Abroad is the division of Arcos Learning Abroad dedicated to working with and serving participants under 18 years of age. The Arcos family of programs is a global education community committed to positive change through transformative international education experiences. Arcos provides intentional study abroad programming with the participant at heart.

Reviews

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Anne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Arcos Journeys - Costa Rica - Fantastic Program!

My daughter, 14, went on the Arcos Journeys program to Costa Rica last summer 2022 (3 week option) and I would highly recommend it! From the beginning when she was picked up at the airport, to the end when she was assisted through the check-in process to fly home - it all went smoothly (note I would definitely recommend purchasing the unaccompanied minor fee through the airline - it was well worth it).

Everyone I dealt with during the initial paperwork process was efficient and thorough, any questions I had were immediately addressed. I had a last minute paperwork concern before she left for the airport and it was handled/resolved within 5 minutes of sending the email! I was initially hesitant about letting her go since she had never traveled alone, let alone to another country! But looking back on how smoothly it all went, this program is clearly run by a team of people who know what they're doing. And, most importantly, know how to manage a group of teens & structure a program in a foreign country so they're always safe! The program allowed her to fully immerse in another culture, have a ton of fun and improve her Spanish. She had the time of her life and already wants to go again next year!

Her homestay family was amazing - they were so kind, her accommodations were beautiful, and the food she was provided was exceptional (mangos, papaya, traditional Costa Rican cuisine, etc...). She made great friends, even the simple experience of walking into town together to have dessert at a cafe was really memorable for her! The Spanish classes were in this open air classroom that was just stunningly beautiful - her favorite part of the trip was her Spanish teacher - she learned a lot but really had a lot of fun at the same time. The excursions they planned for her group were really beyond what I expected - zip lining in the rainforest (her favorite), learning to surf, going to the beach, cooking/dancing classes, volunteering at a local school etc....All in all, everything was structured/planned really well - the director Cata was so personable and made her feel at home from day 1 - it was an experience I'm sure she'll remember her entire life!

If you're on the fence re letting your teen go through this program - go for it! It's a solid program - I 100% recommend it!

Pros
  • Safe
  • Well run/managed program
  • Great for teens to improve Spanish
Cons
  • None
Mauricio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Arcos Ski program Patagonia Argentina

Great opportunity for kids to get by on their own while doing something fun. Maybe more interaction with locals can expand or enrich the experience. Ski level is not considered and this creates a little challenge for the consolidation of the group.
Promoting (discounts?) conformation of mixed gender groups may facilitate reaching a good size group.
More frequent reporting (photos/videos) is greatly appreciated by parents and friends, since kids (boys) are particularly stingy when it comes to feedback.
Nice.

Pros
  • Fun activity good balance of supervision vs independence
Cons
  • Ski level too much appart from top to bottom
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Maryann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome Experience

My son had an awesome experience over the two weeks at the surf and hike camp. Highlights of the trip was deep sea fishing, and the bioluminescence experience in Chacahua. It also helped that all the boys on the trip really bonded and got along. The program director was also a key component - the boys all really bonded with her.

I would recommend this program to someone that is active and will to try new things outside of their comfort zone.

When my son returned he was effusive in his praise for the experience.

Pros
  • Unique experiences
Cons
  • Potential to get sick in Mexico
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KA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience with Arcos in Atenas, Costa Rica

Great experience for young teens (HS program) hoping to learn a language and live somewhat independently yet have the support of a host family. Responsive great staff at Arcos. Highly recommend. Atenas is a great town to learn Spanish. Pretty and manageable. Not too much English spoken. Kind people willing to speak Spanish. The overall director, Brent, is great, honest and accessible. The on the ground director, Cata, is warm, friendly and caring. It's obvious how much they like doing what they do. And that shows in the attention to detail in providing a good experience for two NYC teenagers.

Pros
  • Communication
  • Support
  • Friendliness
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Opal
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

arcos oaxaca summer abroad - awesome

I spent 4 weeks with arcos in the summer before my senior year of high school. The program was so much fun in a million ways, but it boils down to 3
School - I took two language classes and I honestly couldn't even choose a favorite teacher because both were so amazing. So dedicated to teaching and having a good time while learning. I wish they were my regular Spanish teachers!
Homestays - my host mom was so helpful and kind. Like a regular mom, I'd eat most meals with her and my roommates and we'd talk about our days and she was always happy to hear about my new friends or funny stories from activities.
Activities - so much fun, made me realize how little I feel like there is to do where I live! Hierve de Agua (the hike and swim!) and Tierra del Sol (dopeee sustainable farm) were definite highlights.

Pros
  • amazing staff, everyone knew so many fun spots for activites in and outside the city
  • built my travel confidence for when I solo travel in the future!
  • $$$
Cons
  • session groups are pretty small (6-15 people) which can be good for activities but difficult socially
  • between ages 14 and 17 there is an enormous maturity gap, so friend options can be limited depending on the group
  • it goes by so quickly!

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