As in years past, Rustic Pathways students continued to make us proud in 2017 with their commitment to our mission to positively impact lives and communities around the world.

Rustic Pathways students completed 186,406 hours of service work this year in our partner communities. To give you an idea of what they were able to accomplish during that time, students and our partners:

  • Cleaned 95 km of beaches
  • Provided 2,944 hours of animal care
  • Planted 18,432 trees

That’s only data from Environment and Animal Welfare projects! Students also assisted our partners in four other areas: Community Health and Social Services, Economic Development, Education, and Infrastructure.

Read more about these projects in our 2017 Impact Report. Our annual Impact Report allows us to share how we impact students and the communities where they travel. (You can also read about our impact in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.)

In 2017, students also continued demonstrating growth in our 10 Student Learning Outcomes, the skills, habits, and mindsets our programs are designed to foster. In fact, 98.1% of them showed growth in at least one of our learning outcomes. They showed the most overall growth in intercultural competence, the desire and ability to behave and communicate effectively within and across cultures, to view issues from other perspectives, and to collaborate and engage in decision-making processes with diverse groups.

Please review our 2017 Impact Report and consider donating to the Rustic Pathways Foundation, our nonprofit that provides ongoing support to projects around the world.

Learn more about how to get involved with the Foundation. There are so many ways to provide support for these important projects.


Do you want to make an impact next year? Request a free copy of our 2018 catalog today or schedule a call with one of our global travel experts to find the right program for you!

About the Author

Jack Weinstein

Content Production Manager

Jack has spent his professional career as a writer and editor. Before joining Rustic, he worked as a journalist in Kansas and Colorado, taught English in Swaziland, and transitioned to marketing roles in the Boston and New York startup worlds. Jack is excited to channel his love of storytelling and his appreciation for education as Rustic’s Content Production Manager. When not working, Jack can be found cheering on his Kansas City sports teams and Kansas Jayhawks. Jack and his wife, Blythe, live in Brooklyn.