I’m so excited to announce that the Rustic Pathways is introducing new and improved Rustic Gear—an online store for people who love to look good AND do good.

We’ve heard for years how much you love the Rustic t-shirts and stickers we send you before traveling with us, but you want more designs and styles. Well, your wish has come true!

With Rustic Gear, we’re introducing new Rustic-inspired tees, sweatshirts, and hats—and that’s just the beginning! The best part about all of this…100 percent of the proceeds support the Rustic Pathways Foundation.

Think about our new Rustic Gear in two ways:

Gear that Gives Back definition

If you’re not familiar with the Rustic Pathways Foundation, it’s our nonprofit branch that supports high-impact, locally-driven projects in the communities where our students travel. Rustic alumni and families fund those projects by donating or creating their own fundraising campaigns. All donations the Foundation receives go directly to those projects.

So far in 2017, the Rustic community has raised nearly $190,000!

We’re so excited to launch the new Rustic Gear because it’ll provide the Foundation with a sustainable revenue stream, ensuring that we grow and support more projects around the world. Every dollar you spend on Rustic Gear truly helps to support the Foundation’s work.

Giving back is part of who we are at Rustic Pathways, and we created the Foundation to help members of the Rustic community support causes that feel close to their hearts while being confident that 100 percent of the money donated goes to projects.

In addition to Rustic tees, sweatshirts, hats, and bracelets, we’ll continue to add new items!.  Keep an eye on the site and follow our Facebook page for updates. Be sure to leave a comment on Facebook or below if you’d like us to add a specific item in the future.


There are so many ways to support the Rustic Pathways Foundation, in addition to shopping on the new Rustic Gear site. Become a Development Ambassador and start your own fundraising campaign. Donate to one of 12 project funds. Or simply designate the Foundation as your charity of choice using Amazon Smile.

About the Author

Andrea Bouch

Executive Director, Rustic Pathways Foundation

Andrea has spent her career exploring social impact and sustainable development while working in microfinance, impact investing, philanthropy, education, and tech. Andrea traveled with Rustic Pathways as a high school student in 1997 and has since visited 50+ countries. She holds an MBA in nonprofit management and international development from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she was also an adjunct professor in social entrepreneurship, and a BA from UC San Diego. A California native, she has lived in Chile, Guatemala, and Switzerland and considers travel a central component of her happiness.