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Rustic Pathways Alumni Stories

Rustic Pathways Alumni Stories

If Only I Could Be in High School Again

By Victoria TadewaldVictoria Tadewald - Rustic Pathways AlumniCaribbean Adrenaline 2014, Seven Wonders of Australia 2015, Leader Corps: Peru 2018

How Rustic Shaped My Being

By André Mershad Safari and a Splash of Paradise 2014, Moroccan Wanderer 2015, Escape to the Fiji Islands 2016, Epic Outback 2016, The Backroads of Southeast Asia 2017, Great Barrier Reef Dive Expedition 2017

Prioritizing Our World Rather Than My World

By Gabrielle Antolovic

Big Fiji Explorer 2012,
Medical Service Certification Program 2013,
Elephants and Amazing Luang Prabang 2013,
Lake Titicaca Service Adventure in Peru 2014

My Thank You Letter to Rustic Pathways

By Deandra Forde

Summer Camp Leadership 2013; Advanced Leadership Challenge 2014

Dreams and Hardwork

By Zebulan Lyons

Sun, Sand and International Service 2017; Rice Fields, Monks, and Smiling Children 2018

Finding Me

By Jill Frazo

Peru 2018; Dominican Republic 2019

How Rustic Taught Me to Find the Joy in the Simple Moments of Life

By Linnea Martin

Spring to the Sacred Valley 2017, Intro to Community Service in Fiji 2017

Planting the Seed for Global Consciousness

By Perrin Duncan

Ghana, 2010; Climbing Kilimanjaro, 2013

Experiencing Gratitude Among the Most Gracious Cultures

By Reese Peters

Island Living and Eco-Service 2017

Educating with the World

By Charlotte Ide

Tanzania 2015, Dominican Republic 2017

Taking Rustic Home

By Abigail Golden

Rustic Pathways Children’s Home in Thailand 2016, Innovation in Action: Cuba 2017

Rustic Pathways Reflection

By Stephanie Guza

Sun, Sand and International Service 2017

Finding My Passion

By Valentina Baccianella

Sticky Rice Service Adventure, 2014; From the Ground Up: A Seminar in International Development, 2015; Elephants and Amazing Thailand, 2016

Creating Community

By Isabel Arya

Bri Bri Village Service Experience, 2016; Mountain Air and Village Service, 2017; Intro to Community Service in Thailand, 2018

Traveling Back in Time

By Tal Nagar

Island Living and Eco-Service, 2017; Sun, Sand, and International Service, 2018

My Spark

By Kristen GadboisElephant Training and the Hill Tribe Experience, 2015; Sun, Sand, and International Service, 2016

Just Jump

By Kelly Kane

Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica 2017

A Conversation Under The Stars

By Emily Mae

Souqs and Service, 2018

 

Markuray: The Village that Changed My Life

By Zach Gross

Sacred Valley Service, 2017; Bats, Hats & Gloves in the Dominican Republic, 2018

Unforgettable Memories in the Land of Smiles

By Fumie Watanabe

Medical Service Certification Program 2018

Breaking Barriers Through Rustic Ties

By Sarah KarpChildren of India, 2014; Ultimate African Adventure, 2015

How Travel Changed My Life

By Holly HenkelSurf and Service in Costa Rica, 2017; Island Hopping and Diving, 2018

Cuba: Through My Lenses

By Lillian Mahamedi

Intro to Photography in Cuba, 2017

Gaining the Understanding of Others

By Ryan Barish

Heart of the Jungle 2017, Big Fiji Explorer 2018, Southeast Asian Adventurer 2019

Being Brave About Who I Am

By Tingyuan ChenThe Amazing Thailand Adventure, 2014; Escape to the Fiji Islands, 2015

Lessons from Beyond the Classroom

By Charlotte Maracina

Sun, Sand, and Service in Fiji, 2017

Making the World a Better Place

By Holly LippmanSurf and Service, 2014; Highlands and Islands Service Immersion, 2015; Highlands and Islands Service, 2016

Life Lessons Through Travel

By Rachel S.

Summer Camp Leadership, 2015; Beyond Capitol Hill, 2016; Rebuilding New Orleans, 2017

Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

By Sammi Fuller

Sun, Sand, and International Service in Fiji, 2015; Peru Sacred Valley Service, 2016

Discovering My Path Within a Changing World

By Alexandra Pyne

Fiji Diver’s Dream 2015; Caribbean Adrenaline 2016

Wonderful Little Moments

By Rachel JudsonMountain Air and Village Service, 2015; Rebuilding New Orleans, 2016

Are You Ready to Change the World?

By Sarah Altieri

Good Works and the Grand Canyon 2015; Beyond Capitol Hill: Refugee Youth Tutoring in Baltimore 2016; Rebuilding New Orleans 2017; Marine Life and Coastal Restoration, Dominican Republic 2018

Gaining New Perspectives with Travel

By Pablo Ruiz Segura

Intro to Community Service, 2014; Sarapiquí: A Tropical Service Adventure, 2014; Surf and Service 2015-2016; Seven Wonder of Australia, 2017

Discovering My Path

By Mary Horton

Intro to Community Service 2018

What Travel is Really All About

By Pablo Gonzalez Ruiz

pablo gonzalez ruiz - Rustic Alumni

Fiji Leadership Challenge, 2015; Costa Rica Adventure, 2014

The Rustic Recap

By Hannah GutensteinThailand Wanderer, 2016; Moroccan Wanderer, 2015

Only Regret: Not Going Earlier

By Abigail Evangelista

Amazing Thailand Adventure 2018, Spring to Fiji 2019

Elephants, Tooth Pain, and Fireworks

By Caitlyn Morris

Rebuilding New Orleans 2013; Thai Elephant Conservation Project 2015

Five Rustic Trips Later

By Megan Kahrs

Rebuilding New Orleans 2015; Good Works and the Grand Canyon 2016; Island Living and Eco Service 2017; Wonders of Laos, 2018; Culture and the Crater 2019

Profound Realizations from a Mystery Trip

By Taylor Badt

Mystery Trip 2017, Moroccan Wanderer 2018

Proving People Wrong

By Ethan Guinn

India 2017, Fiji 2018, Tanzania 2019

How Rustic Pathways Has Changed My Life

By Annabelle Bragalone

Escape to Fiji 2014, Elephant Training and the Hill Tribe Experience 2015, Awesome Aussie Service Adventure 2016, Ultimate Latin America 2017

My Rustic Pathways Experience

By Kerem Güra

California Dreaming 2016;  Rebuilding New Orleans 2015

You Can Do Anything

By Camille Greening

Awesome Aussie Service 2018, Ricefields, Monks, and Smiling Children 2019

My Attempt to Change a Life Through Words

By Addison Rhodes

Highlands and Islands Service Immersion 2018, Culture and the Crater 2019

What Really Matters

By Lil Keller

Sacred Valley Service 2016, Ultimate Latin America 2017, Elephants and Amazing Thailand 2018

Taking Action at Home

By Nick Makris

You, a Roo’, and Australia Zoo, 2019; Thailand Deep Dive and Global Issues Design Challenge, 2020

Learning to Work for Joy

By Juliet Onufrak

Amazon Explorer, 2013

More Than Just a Trip Abroad

By Annalise Bell

Morocco 2017

Traveling Intentionally

Kylie Deverick

Fiji Service Excursion, 2018

Finding My Inner Unicorn in Scotland

By Cymone Van Marter

Dominican Republic, 2018

Get Lost, Then You’ll Be Found

By Jaron Flynn

Golden Lands and World Heritage Gap Semester 2018

Why I Ditched My Friends and Traveled Alone

By Dany G.

Rebuilding New Orleans 2014

How My Gap Year Prepared Me For So Much More Than Just College

By Hannah Repke

Rustic Pathways Gap Year

The Summer of No Regrets

By Sully Sim

Culture and the Crater, 2018; Spring to the Sacred Valley, 2019; Hanoi to Halong, Hill Tribe Service and Elephant Conservation, 2019

4 Letters from Students

By Charlotte, Cassie, Ryan and Izzy

Costa Rica, Fiji Islands, Morocco, Tanzania, Thailand

Why I Took a Gap Year Before Becoming the First in My Family to Go to College

By Sharif Campbell

Golden Lands and World Heritage Gap Year, 2015

How A Student Travel Program Helped Me Overcome My Anxiety

By Megan Gallagher

Rebuilding New Orleans, 2012; Big Fiji Explorer, 2013

The #sorustic Spirit

By Caroline, Molly, and Natalie

Seven Wonders of Australia; Moroccan Wanderer; Soccer and Service in Costa Rica

Two Summers in Video

By Nicho and Jake

Off the Map, Peru; Mountain Air and Village Service, Dominican Republic

A Truly Life-Changing Experience

Interview with Christopher Regan

Australia, 1995

Go After What You Care About

By Dan, Sasha, and Molly

Photojournalism in Thailand and Laos; Service in the Clouds, India; Marine Life and Coastal Restoration in Fiji

Inspired to Give Back

Interview with Maya

Thai Elephant Conservation Project

Rustic Reflections

By Kaleigh, Tristan, and Allie

Seven Wonders of Australia; Moroccan Wanderer; Soccer and Service in Costa Rica

A Transformative Gap Year

Interview with Cailey Newton

Ricefields, Monks, and Smiling Children; Sacred Valley Service in Peru

2016 Top Fundraisers

By Madi, Cate, and Sydney

Hill Tribe Service and Elephant Conservation; Culture and the Crater; Souqs and Service; Nicoya Turtle Expedition,

Travel Influenced Post-High School Plans

By Basil, Rachael, and Sloane

Mountain Air and Village Service in Dominican Republic; Turtle Conservation Project; Off the Map Ghana; Amazing Thailand and Elephants

 

Travel Lessons and Advice from a Gap Year

Interview with Zoe and Camila

Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar Gap Year; Gap Year, Southeast Asia

Program Highlights and Advice to Travelers

Interview with Eric and Besart

Come With Nothing: The Mekong Expedition; Marine Life and Coastal Restoration

Eye-Opening Experiences

By Nabilla, Sarah, and Maggie

Souqs and Service; The Ultimate African Adventure; Children of India; The Thai Elephant Conservation Project; The Hill Tribe Support and Refugee Camp

Diving Into Unfamiliar Territory

By Isabella, Cameron, and Maria

Intro to Community Service in Fiji; The Amazing Thailand Adventure; Come With Nothing, Go Home Rich; Mountain Air and Village Service; Namaste India; Sacred Valley Service

How to Continue Service After Your Program Ends

Interviews with Nicole, Maddie, and Lena

Come With Nothing, Go Home Rich; Thailand Hill Tribe

 Become an Epic Global Citizen

Meet Sasha High

 Floating Villages, Cambodia 2010; India, 2011

Advice on Immersing Yourself in a New Country

By Emma and Carolyn

Namaste India; The Thai Elephant Conservation Project, Green Island Service; Village School Service, Fiji

How Travel Changed Everything

By Taylor Brennan

Sacred Valley Service, 2015; Surf and Service in Costa Rica, 2016

Travel Taught Me to Stand Up for What I Believe In

By Carey Davis

Bribrí Villages Service Experience, 2014; The Thai Elephant Conservation Project, 2015; Culture and the Crater, 2016; Dreams of a Nation, Myanmar, 2017

From Tentmates in Peru to Roommates

Interview with Bridget and Olivia

 Sacred Valley Service , 2015

Finding Ease in the Unknown

By Antonette Liao

Critical Issues Summit: Gender Equality, 2019

A Continued Journey into Positive Impact

Interview with Calista Schloessmann

Mountain Air and Village Service, 2019

7,295 Miles of Gratitude

By Mazzy Rosenast

The Children’s Home and Elephant Sanctuary Project, 2018; Mountain Air and Village Service, 2019

My Experience During Spanish Immersion and Service

By Ilana Hamer

Spanish Immersion and Service in Costa Rica, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, 2017

How Travel Helped me Identify my Academic and Career Path

By Heather Lyon

India, 2006; Sacred Valley Service, 2007

Why You Should Take a Gap Year

By Aline Aronsky

India – Tanzania – Morocco – Australia, 2015

Shwedagon and Sunrises

By Brooke Cornetet

South Pacific Service and Ocean Skills Semester, 2013; Golden Lands and World Heritage, 2014

The Power of a Gap Year

By Mikaela Gillman

Latin American Semester, 2012

Stories from Rustic Travelers

By Michael, Brielle, and Sam

Peru, Fiji, New Orleans

The Impact of a Gap Year

By Kelsey, Sharif, and Lance

Spanish Immersion and Service Gap Year; Golden Lands and World Heritage Gap Year; Southeast Asia and India Gap Year, 2015

Hear from Two Alumni Parents

By David and Melissa

Australia, Cambodia Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, India, Peru, Mystery Trip

What I Learned From Traveling

By Olivia M.

Refugee Youth Project in Baltimore, 2018

By Liz Ronzio

Tanzania; Fiji; India; China; Southeast Asia

By Charlie M.

Costa Rica, 2003; Thailand 2004; Gap Year – Backpacked 22 Countries with Rustic Pathways

By Brielle Friedman

Fiji, 2005; Thailand; New Orleans

By Andrea Bouch

Australia, 1998

By Lena Baker

Tanzania, 2008; Thailand, 2009

Have a Story to Share?

Everybody has a story and we want to hear yours. Not only do we want to hear it, we want to share it with students who will be traveling with us, your fellow Rustic alumni, and the Rustic family! We want everyone to know how great our alumni are, but more importantly, we want them to be inspired.

Rustic Pathways Alumni are known for being hard working, dedicated and solutions-oriented. We want to hear how your #sorustic experience helped you carry forth these and other traits beyond your experience with us.

Are you in school? Graduated? Do you have a new cool job? Or, do you have a cool story of making an impact and engaging with the world? We’d love to hear it!