< Explore all opportunities
recmOTG8TdWcjpGoW

ARCC Gap Year - Western Mediterranean

In-person
Timetable
Fall, Spring
Cost
Compensation
>$3000
Application Deadline
Rolling
Duration
Semester
Visit program website

ARCC Gap Year programs offer an educational and cultural bridge between high school and college. They are an opportunity to live, work, learn and explore in some of the greatest classrooms on earth. Designed with a rich educational fabric complementing each and every location, they highlight regional issues that are directly linked to global challenges.

Experience the diverse cultures, languages, and histories of three unique Mediterranean countries – Spain, Morocco, and Portugal. Partnering with local organizations, we gain exclusive access to people and places not typically seen by your average traveler. We dive deep into the idea of sustainable living at an off-the-grid eco-village in the Andalusia, examine how the movement of people over time has influenced the culture and language of Morocco, support a local association as they distribute endemic fruit trees on a carbon offsetting project, and lend a hand on a volunteer run project working to reduce urban food waste in Portugal. Together, we examine the lessons learned and reflect on our many experiences as a group along the Mediterranean.

Location(s)

  • Spain: Madrid, Malaga & Sevilla
  • Morocco: Marrakech, Atlas Mountains & Essaouira
  • Portugal: Lisbon & Porto

Schedule

  • Fall: September - November 
  • Spring: February - April 

Cost/Compensation

  • $16,000 tuition

Eligibility Requirements

  • ARCC Gap Year Programs are for students between 17-20 years old. 
  • It is not uncommon for students who have done one to three semesters in college to join ARCC on a Gap Semester. 

Deadline

  • Rolling

Application or Entry Requirements

  • In order to officially hold a place on a semester, students need to complete the online application and submit an $800 deposit. The application can be found on the website by clicking the red “Enroll Now” button. This will take you to an online application where you can also make the $800 deposit.
  • After submitting the online application, ARCC will confirm the $800 deposit. This deposit is essential to holding the space. If ARCCC doesn’t have a deposit held by credit card or check, please don’t consider the space reserved.
  • After submitting the application applicants will receive the detailed application and two – three required reference forms via email. This is the third step in the application process and these application materials must be completed within three weeks of your deposit.

Notifications of Decisions

Once the Gap Director has received all application forms, the Director will follow up to set up to schedule either a face-to-face or video interview. Within two weeks, applicants will be informed as of their acceptance into the ARCC Gap Year program.

Financial Aid Details

ARCC has set aside a pool of funds to be used to partially sponsor students who wish to participate in an ARCC Gap Semester, but are unable to cover the costs of the full tuition. The amount of financial aid granted to a student depends upon the family’s need, the tuition, and the number of students applying for financial aid. Aid amounts can go up to $6,000, but our average award is between $2,000 – $4,000.

Applications for financial aid are reviewed on a rolling basis. We recommend submitting your request as early as possible for a greater likelihood of aid.

Read more about financial aid here.

Other Dates to Keep in Mind

Have other questions?

Emails may be sent to:
discover@atomicmind.com
Is this information correct? To suggest an edit or make a correction, click here.

Adventures Cross Country (ARCC) is a travel organization that provides outdoor adventure and service programs for teenagers and young adults. Founded in 1983, ARCC offers a wide variety of programs, including backpacking, rock climbing, surfing, and community service trips. These programs are designed for students aged 13-18 as well as college students and adults. ARCC's service programs provide opportunities for students to give back to communities around the world, including building schools, teaching English, and supporting conservation efforts.

Interested in applying?
Our team is here to help!
Talk to our experts
Type
Gap Year
Volunteer/Community Service
Field
Humanities/Social Sciences, Social Justice/Activism, STEM, Sports/Games, STEM
Topics
Languages
,
Social Justice/Activism
,
Adventure Sports
,
Biology
,
Cultural Studies
,
Sociology
,
History
,
Religion
,
Timetable
Fall, Spring
Grade Level
12th, Undergraduate
Remote/In person
In-person
Claim this listing
Cost
You've reached your limit of 3 profile views. Already have an account? Log in
Unlock unlimited access
Sign up for access to AtomicMind's database of over 450 unique opportunities and get updates on your favourite programs
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
By entering your information, you agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy.
Talk to our experts
 Are you interested in applying for this opportunity but have questions? We’re here to help. Fill out the information below and someone from the AtomicMind team will be in touch.
I am a..
I am interested in
Competition
Research
Internship
Publication
Academic Program
Camp
Other
Gap Year
Summer program
Volunteer/Community Service
Thank you! Your request has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Correct/Update Information
If you see any out-of-date or inaccurate information or broken links on Discover+, please let us know. Your assistance in helping us keep Discover+ up-to-date is greatly appreciated.
Thank you! Your request has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Claim this opportunity
If you see your organization’s program listed on Discover+ and would like to claim it and provide updated information, please fill out the form below and a member of the AtomicMind team will be in touch. Thank you!
Thank you! Your request has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.