“When we began offering gap semester programs, students and their parents were hesitant about deferring entrance to college for a few months.” said Scott von Eschen, president. “Now, gap is very much accepted as a way to spend the year after high school.”
Von Eschen’s company sees taking a gap semester as an emerging trend for multiple reasons:
Many universities today are encouraging a gap semester for students to mature before facing the challenges of a college freshman year. Some even provide tuition assistance.
A gap program offers opportunities for students to experience a world beyond our borders, giving them a global perspective on issues and events. This perspective can be invaluable once they begin their college studies.
A gap program can be an opportunity for what von Eschen called “exponential”
Adventures Cross-Country offers its Gap Semester Program (http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/
“Our gap semesters have a rich academic fabric complementing each and every location, highlighting regional issues that are directly linked to global challenges,”
Programs accommodate from eight to 12 students. Tuition is all-inclusive except for international air to the destination and personal items. Students have the option to earn up to 20 quarter hours of college credit through Seattle Central Community College (SCCC), accredited through the Northwestern Association of Schools and Colleges which is widely accepted throughout the country at both public university and private institutions. SCCC was also named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best institutions in the U.S.A.
Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam are explored on Asia: Gap Semester (http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/
Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru are the countries visited on Latin America: Gap Semester (http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/
In Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, Africa: Gap Semester engages students in a community agricultural fair trade enterprise; they join rangers in efforts to protect endangered rhinoceros; join born free and Maasai people in lion conservation;
In addition to Gap Programs, Adventures Cross-Country offers nearly 20 opportunities for ages 13 to 19 to roll up their sleeves in the summer to assist domestic and international communities while traveling from two weeks to over a month domestically and abroad.
Service projects span the globe, from constructing water filters in Cambodia to rhino tracking and conservation in Uganda to serving the impoverished in San Francisco.
About Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC)
Founded in 1983, ARCC has become a leading provider of Community Service, Service Learning and Adventure Travel programs for youth ages 13 to 19. For over 30 years ARCC has been offering life-changing experiences to students who participate in two- to four-week small group programs that visit 21 countries on six continents. From teaching primary school English and building water purification projects in Africa to running whitewater rapids in Costa Rica to enhancing fluency in Spanish or Mandarin in Spain or China, ARCC brings youth face to face with the challenges, realities and beauties of nature and our global community. For post-high school students ARCC operates Gap Programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These offer an educational and cultural bridge between high school and college combining a rich academic curriculum with the experiential benefits of international travel.
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