Rustic Pathways

Since 1983, Rustic Pathways has been empowering teens to create positive energy, great friendships, and meaningful impact through inspired student travel programs. Join travel adventures designed for animal lovers, environmental activists, and explorers of all kinds between the ages of 12 and 22. Rustic Pathways students are a community of globally-minded, self-aware young people able to identify their passions, grow in confidence, and create positive impact at a local and global level.

There is a Rustic Pathways experience for every kind of student. In addition to high school summer experiences, Rustic Pathways offers spring break, college, and Young Explorer programs for those travelers not yet in high school. Programs offered range from perfect for first-time travelers, to deep immersion and service programs geared toward future change makers.

Programs are offered in the following countries: 

  • United States
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Croatia & the Balkans
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Ghana
  • Morocco
  • Tanzania
  • Australia
  • Fiji Islands

On Rustic Pathways programs, students engage with the people and places they visit. They form genuine relationships with host families, community members, program leaders, and their fellow student travelers. They return home with more than just photos and souvenirs. Past Rustic Pathways travelers will be the first to tell you that the people they met are what made their experience memorable.

It’s time to ditch the tourist track and find experiences that immerse oneself in local life. 

Programs vary from 8 days to 25 days. All program dates, ages, costs and locations can be found on the Rustic Pathways website.

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