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Here’s how Be The Difference works

Buddies Greg St. Arnold, Arts ’07, and Matthew Manning, Arts ’06, founded Arcos Milwaukee to continue being the difference. They had a load of international experience as Marquette students and wanted to share those lessons with Milwaukee high school students who have none. They established Arcos to teach and then travel. Funding comes from community and private donors, including alumni whose lives were changed by studying abroad.

“In 2012, we worked with five students from four different high schools in Milwaukee,” St. Arnold says of Arcos. “We met about twice a month to study global issues and learn how to be responsible travelers.”

Then the group traveled to Nicaragua to visit a school, explore, climb a mountain and visit a sustainable coffee plantation. Arcos has a second adventure coming up this summer, this time taking high school students to El Salvador. Visit for information. 

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