Custom Built Programs for Student Groups
Every ARCC group program is led by one of our highly trained leaders. Our leaders incorporate ARCC traditions into the trip and provide a detailed understanding of the daily activities. Each of our leaders has been through at least 18-days of training, which includes ARCC’s 8-day Staff Training and a 10-day certified Wilderness First Responder Medical course. ARCC leaders have significant travel experience and an extensive background working with youth. Our leaders are passionate about working with students and can’t wait to lead your group!
Upon arriving at your international destination, each group is met by our in-country partners and guides. These local experts help take care of trip logistics, act as translators, and introduce us to the countries they call home.
Our preference is to limit communications home to help students invest in their experience; however, we are happy to work with you based on your school communication policies.
However you choose to handle communication, we are happy to keep families up-to-date on all the fun being had via a group blog, complete with pictures of the group and stories of their adventures. This blog can even be incorporated into your curriculum and is a nice way to show the school board and families that travel is educational.
The safety of our students is the primary concern of our office staff, our field staff, and our partners around the world. ARCC has an unparalleled safety record which we attribute to the maturity and training of our trip leaders, our trip supervision, and the safety protocols that ARCC has in place on all our programs.
The best way that you can calm fears and help prepare parents for an ARCC program is to provide them with as much information as possible. We suggest hosting a parent’s night, and we’ll be happy to provide a framework and presentation for this event. If you’d prefer that we attend in person, we’d be happy to send a representative to host a presentation and answer questions.
While the minimum number for each program varies on pricing and location we recommend having a group of at least ten students. A smaller group would make for a more expensive program.
A group of ten is also the minimum requirement for booking a group airline ticket which helps keep prices affordable for all participants.
We want to limit the financial risk for you as much as possible. Upon enrolling in a program, group members are required to put down a deposit to hold their spot. This is helpful in ensuring that only those who are ready to commit are reserving spots. Up until a certain date, this deposit can be fully refunded.
Once final payment has been made, usually about two months prior to the start of the program, refunds will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on what we are able to get back from finalized reservations. All of these payment details will be included in our pre-program conversations and paperwork.
Food is a critical component of every ARCC program. As a result, we spend a great deal of time on food selection and preparation to ensure a delicious and well-balanced menu. The food varies from program to program, but on all programs, students will have delicious, healthy and filling meals and a variety of snacks between meals.
Depending on program location, groups have the option to make their own meals, eat in restaurants, small hotels/guesthouses or in the local communities. When possible we strive for our students to be involved in the cooking process. In these cases, students are divided into cook groups which are then responsible for the selection, preparation, and cleanup of the group’s meals. The food we provide is selected with an emphasis on freshness and variety. We always make sure to have extra food to ensure that no one is hungry. Vegetarian and other diets can generally be accommodated.