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Based on Google Reviews 4.8/5 star rating, GoOverseas 4.9/5 star rating, TrustPilot 4.7/5 star rating and GoAbroad 9.2/10 star rating and compared to the leading student travel brands. As of July 2024, the information provided is for general informational purposes only. All information herein is provided in good faith; however Rustic Pathways makes no promise or guarantee as to the outcome from the use of its products and services.


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Featured Summer Travel Programs

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Costa Rica: Pura Vida Service | $2,495 plus Airfare | 8 days | Ages 14-18

Explore our Costa Rica base with service projects and adventure activities.

Why Choose This Program

🌟 Leadership: Engage in project management in reforestation and school improvement projects.
🌍 Culture: Immerse in “Tico” culture through community interactions, cultural exchange activities, and learning local traditions.
🌿 Environment: Contribute to reforestation and biodiversity protection projects.
🏡 Community Engagement: Work with local residents on infrastructure projects.
🗣️ Language: Practice Spanish through direct interaction with local communities.
🚀 Personal Growth: Develop resilience, adaptability, and a global perspective.
🤝 Interpersonal: Form bonds with new friends from diverse backgrounds

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Italy: Northern Italy Adventure | $3,395 plus Airfare | 8 days | Ages 14-18

Explore Italy’s Lombardy and Veneto regions from our converted country estate.

Why Choose This Program

🌟 Leadership: Eco-conservation projects and removing invasive species and working on hiking trails.
🌍 Culture: Exploring historic cities like Milan, Verona, and Venice, and learning about their significant landmarks.
🌿 Environment: Learn about sustainable tourism efforts in the Euganean Hills.
🏡 Community Engagement: Work with local leaders on community conservation.
🗣️ Language: Practice Italian through participation in cultural activities.
🚀 Personal Growth: Step out of comfort zones and engage in new experiences.
🤝 Interpersonal: Form bonds with new friends from diverse backgrounds

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Thailand: Thailand Adventurer | $4,495 plus Airfare | 12 days | Ages 14-18

Explore northern Thailand’s mountains, beaches, waterfalls, rivers and elephants.

Why Choose This Program

🗺️Adventure: Experience a wide range of activities like as rock climbing, rafting, and snorkeling.
🌍 Culture: Engage with local cultures through visits to bustling markets and historical sites in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and rural communities.
🌿 Environment: Lead conservation projects in Khao Sok National Park.
🏡 Community Engagement: Collaborate with local communities on service projects.
🗣️ Language: Improve proficiency and communication skills with native speakers.
🚀 Personal Growth: Challenge yourself and navigate a wide range of environments.
🤝 Interpersonal: Form bonds with new friends from diverse backgrounds

Student Travel Resources

🛂 Travel Documents: Know the fastest way to get a passport, how much passports cost, and know the countries Americans can’t travel to.

⭐Know before you go: Read FAQs that cover safety protocols and common worries from students and parents, learn what to pack for your trip, and study how to prepare for cultural differences.

🌟Read program reviews, testimonials, and video explainers of student travel global destinations and summer travel programs.

🛫Know your flight pricing: Get chaperoned group flight pricing.

🏷️Know options: Get scholarships and find teen trips that meet your budget.

Experienced Trip Leaders

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Our experienced trip leaders participate on program with students 24/7. A Rustic Pathways program leader functions as your kid’s favorite teacher, trusted with making sure each Rustic Pathways student is safe, engaged and having a fun program. Trip leaders are role models for students, dedicated to the best program for students.

Our trip leaders have backgrounds in teaching, experiential learning, education, service learning, wilderness training, and international development courses. We hold in-country training with both new and returning program leaders to ensure standards in safety and student learning to inspire students to more.

Student Summer Trips For Teens: Group Size

Our average group size is 15 people. Some featured programs for younger students are smaller; some featured programs for older teens are larger. Each program is smaller than your high school class, which means fun group bonding during your in-country program experience. Call Rustic Pathways for specifics on your program.

Our Commitment To Student Travel Safety


Each year more than 10,000 students travel safely on a Rustic Pathways student travel program

As the leaders in student travel safety, we begin every journey with a commitment to uphold the highest safety and cleanliness standards for our students. Learn about the robust safety protocols that make a Rustic Pathways program the best choice for parents and students in any destination. Safe, fun programs set up an environment for parents to relax and students to make friends.

Meet our Medical Director Dr. Will Smith and our 2024 Program Leaders.

Key Components of Our Teen Travel Safety Protocol:

  • a student traveler safely climbing a snowy mountainPre-Travel: We review every itinerary to not only eliminate risks, but also know the location of the closest clinic.
  • Continuous Training for Staff: All staff receive annual safety recertifications, so they are ready for anything.
  • Travel Insurance and Support: We offer comprehensive travel insurance that includes provisions for medical treatment. Our team of Personal Travel Advisors and health experts are available to provide guidance and support.
  • Continuous Monitoring and Updates: Our policies and practices are continuously updated based on the latest CDC, state department and industry recommendations.
  • Ensuring Your Child’s Well-Being: Teen travel safety is a shared responsibility, and we are dedicated to making travelers feel safe and ready to travel confidently.

Awards: Travel Excellence Since 1983

Rustic Pathways is the world leader in small group adventure travel. See our honors:

  • Entrepreneur Magazine | Best Company Cultures in America (1x)
  • GoOverseas | Best Volunteer Abroad Providers (1x)
  • GoOverseas | Community Choice Award (2x)
  • GoAbroad Foundation | Innovation in Philanthropy Award (1x)
  • Outside Magazine | Best Companies to Work (3x)
  • World Youth and Student Travel Conference | Best Youth Tour Operator (4x)

Meaningful Impact | Rustic Pathways Student Travel Programs

Enroll today in Cohort 6 of Climate Leaders Fellowship, Rustic Pathways climate action leadership training program created in collaboration with the Stanford University Deliberative Democracy Lab. Independent research published in the journal Adolescents by the Boston College Purpose Lab shows participation in Climate Leaders Fellowship increases adolescent civic engagement and sense of purpose development.

Research was led by Dr. Belle Liang and Dr. Terese Lund. Dr. Liang is a professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and founder of Purpose Lab, focusing on positive youth development and purpose. Dr. Lund is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Wingate University, specializing in child and adolescent development, particularly among adolescent girls.

Learn more about Rustic Pathways critical issues programs.

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