What are the best student travel program values at Rustic Pathways?

The answer truly depends on where your teens want to go and if you have a program price threshold in mind. The good news is that Rustic has created a flexible cost structure across all 100 programs so that most teens can continue to travel each year in high school to meet their full development potential. We’re so committed to a model that supports continued travel that we offer ten programs for less than $2,000 (plus airfare).

Here’s the lineup:

Sacred Valley Service (Spring Break) | Peru

Trade in a typical spring break at the beach for a meaningful service experience in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Contribute to a potable water project in a rural community while immersing yourself into life in the Andes. Round out your Peruvian adventures with an unforgettable trip to Machu Picchu. Learn more.

Intro to Community Service | Fiji

Work on a variety of community service projects while staying at our beautiful Eco-Lodge Service Base in Fiji. From tutoring at a local school to working on small construction projects, you’ll have the ability to do a range of service work. Get to know Fijian culture through our local staff who will teach you about the country’s history, perform a traditional dance, and show you how to cook delicious local food. Learn more.

Spring to Fiji (Spring Break) | Fiji

Experience the magic of Fiji in one action-packed week. Get a taste of what Fiji has to offer through a combination of service projects and daily adventures. Zip line, kayak, and island hop with our happy-go-lucky staff then spend some time helping the community with education and infrastructure-based projects. Learn more.

Rebuilding New Orleans (Spring Break) | United States

Spend your spring break helping to rebuild a historic American city. Work with local organizations to rebuild homes and participate in initiatives as part of the ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief effort. After work, explore the French Quarter, try some spicy jambalaya, snack on beignets, and relax and unwind as you listen to live jazz. Get an appreciation for the unique culture of New Orleans and learn what it takes to rebuild a home. Learn more.

Mountain Air and Village Service | Dominican Republic

Swim in the turquoise waters and relax on the white sand beaches of the Dominican coast. Work alongside the welcoming Dominican community on infrastructure and water quality improvements while immersing yourself in island culture. Hike to pristine waterfalls hidden within the country’s mountains. Enjoy the laid-back and welcoming nature of small town life. Learn more.

Rustic Pathways Children’s Home | Thailand

Live with students from Karen hill tribe villages at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home in northwestern Thailand. Form close bonds with these students as you serve as English language conversation partners and learn about their lives. In your free time, ride bikes through rice paddies, try new Thai snacks at the market in town, or just relax and take in this gorgeous setting. Learn more.

Island Living and Eco-Service | Dominican Republic

Explore mangroves, reef formations, and marine wildlife at Los Haitises National Park and Samaná peninsula. Get your hands dirty as you work on ecological restoration projects and learn from experts and communities about the efforts to maintain the extensive biodiversity of the region. Swim in hidden caverns to see ancient Taino cave paintings, and soak up the sun on some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Learn more.

Intro to Community Service in Thailand | Thailand

Delve into the warm culture of rural northeastern Thailand as you participate in eight meaningful service projects designed to benefit students, the elderly, and families in your host village and the surrounding communities. Find your second home at the Ricefields Base in Udon Thani, where you will learn about Buddhism, cook tasty Thai food, and soak up local culture. Learn more.

Intro to Community Service | Costa Rica

Stay for one week or more at our Volcano and Rainforest Service Base outside of La Fortuna, Costa Rica. This program provides a great introduction to tico culture and service in rural communities. Participate in a variety of projects, from improving schools, to planting trees, to teaching English. Learn more.

Ramp Up Your Spanish | Costa Rica

Attend four hours of class instruction each day taught by native Spanish speakers and then head out to take advantage of the action-packed adventures in and around Turrialba. This program is the perfect way to improve your Spanish skills before connecting to one of our other Latin American adventures. Learn more.


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About the Author

Ami Martin

Contributing Writer

Ami’s interest in journalism started during a gap year in Tuscany where she recognized storytelling as the universal language. With more than 15 years experience creating websites, Ami is passionate about supporting online shopping experiences with content. With two teenage children (both Rustic Pathways alumni), Ami holds real-world insights about communicating digitally with teens and moms. Outside of work, she operates an urban farm in Portland called the Tiny Food Grid which is now an Airbnb destination. Ami received a BA from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communications.