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Rustic Pathways Base Houses

Rustic Pathways Base Houses

With Rustic Pathways, you don’t need to choose between meaningful service and comfortable accommodations. Our bases provide familiar living standards and easy access to service projects. They facilitate local immersion while ensuring groups can rest comfortably, play happily, serve wholeheartedly, and learn from their experiences.

Base Houses in Cambodia

Kampong Cham Service Base

Kampong Cham, Cambodia

The Kampong Cham base is a traditional two-story Khmer house in a quiet village northeast of Phnom Penh. Students can expect basic yet comfortable accommodations in this small provincial town surrounded by farming communities.

When not participating in service projects, students can take a bike ride around the village, visit local attractions, compete in ping pong, or play a friendly game of cards.

Beds: Mattresses with mosquito nets
Showers: Bucket shower with cold water
Toilets: Sit down, ladle flush
Air Conditioning: No

Programs: Access to Education: Cambodia

Base Houses in Costa Rica

Volcano and Rainforest Base

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Situated on the edge of a beautiful rainforest reserve beneath the famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, the Rustic Pathways Volcano and Rainforest Service Base is the perfect hub for summer service and adventure. The base is within minutes of incredible service opportunities and plenty of heart-pounding adventure activities such as zip lining and rafting. It features two stone-and-wood houses, a freshwater swimming pool, a soccer field, a volleyball court, several ponds, a small waterfall, and a lush rainforest for a backyard.

The houses are equipped with electricity, private bathrooms with hot water showers, flush toilets, and fans. Enjoy delicious meals prepared fresh daily while socializing with your new friends.

Service Initiatives

Education: Serve as English language conversation partners with local students and reinforce the lessons they’re learning in their classrooms. Many students in Costa Rica study English in school to develop skills necessary for future employment opportunities.

Environment and Animal Welfare: Costa Rica is world-renowned for its dedication to environmental protection. Rustic Pathways’ partnership with the Arenal Volcano National Park allows students to work alongside park rangers in various conservation projects within the protected areas.

Infrastructure: Work on small-scale construction projects to create more effective learning environments for students in local schools, or work with our rural community partners to support infrastructure development projects. In the past, we’ve built classrooms, installed tile floors and windows, and assisted with painting projects. We’ve also collaborated with community leaders with projects such as the construction of a tilapia fish farm and a kitchen at a community center.

Beds: Bunk beds
Showers: Hot
Toilets: Standard Western
Air Conditioning: No

Programs: Volcano and Rainforest Base

Surf and Service Base

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Located along the north Pacific coast in Playa Grande, our two-story beachfront house is right next to Marino Las Baulas National Park—considered the home of leatherback turtles. The Surf and Service Base is just a short 15- to 20-minute drive from our service site, making it the perfect jumping off point for our projects in Guanacaste Province.

When not participating in service nearby, students relax at the base, surf, or play soccer or volleyball on the beach. The Surf and Service Base also offers a perfect vantage point for catching the Costa Rican sunset each night during your program.

Service Initiatives

Economic Development: Rustic is working to help develop income generation projects to support the Playa Grande community. As the area’s popularity has increased attracting more tourists, so has the cost of living for local residents. Having additional revenue sources would allow community members to supplement their income, especially during the low tourist season.

Infrastructure: Rustic supports the community of Matapalo with construction projects, including a new facility for cultural presentations and traditional dances, and a volleyball/basketball court. Finishing these projects will allow the community to host tournaments with surrounding neighborhoods. These tournaments will create a revenue source for the community to support other local initiatives in a sustainable way while providing a safe place for youth to hang out and keep traditional dances and folklore alive.

Beds: Bunk beds
Showers: Freshwater (cold)
Toilets: Standard Western
Air Conditioning: No

Programs: Surf and Service

Base Houses in the Dominican Republic

Mountain Air Service Base

Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic

The Rustic Pathways Mountain Air Service Base is located in the region of the country known as the Dominican Alps. This mountainous countryside boasts picturesque views of the surrounding area. dormitory-style bedrooms with modern bathrooms, showers, and electricity. Meals at the base are buffet-style, prepared with organic fruits and vegetables grown at the base and served in an open-air cafeteria.

Students participating in Intro to Community Service in the Dominican Republic will stay at the base and get a feel for the local culture in this community setting common to Dominican life. The surrounding mountain villages offer service opportunities to build aqueducts and construct wastewater treatment systems. In the evenings, students can relax by the pool or explore the vast grounds at the base.

Service Initiatives

Environment and Animal Welfare: Water pollution in the Yaque del Norte River has increased as the regional population grows and families are settling nearer to the river. We have partnered with local NGO Plan Yaque since 2015 to complete eight blackwater treatment systems that process wastewater from homes before it enters the river.

Infrastructure: In 2012, Rustic began collaborating with local organizations to provide water access to underserved communities in the Jarabacoa region of the mountainous La Vega province. In that time, Rustic students have built aqueducts in more than 20 communities.

Beds: Bunk beds
Showers: Intermittently hot
Toilets: Standard Western
Air Conditioning: No

Programs: Mountain Air and Village Service

Base Houses in Fiji