Rustic Pathways programs are designed to seamlessly connect, allowing you to build your perfect summer experience. Start with a community service program that challenges you, then finish with a week of adventure or exploration. Combine programs in the same country or in the same geographic region. Get the most from your Rustic adventure by meeting more students, community members, and staff. Explore the country or region on a deeper level and really immerse in the travel experience.
Do you have any connecting program recommendations?
We recommend a service-focused program followed by an adventure or learning-focused program. This combination allows you to get the most out of your time on program and provides a great balance of the types of programs we offer. We also recommend choosing programs within the same country for ease of connection, but we can make most program connections work!
To simplify the process, we’ve compiled program recommendations that last for four weeks in the same country or six weeks in the same region. We’ve also included a six-week recommendation that combines our three-week Ultimate Asia and Ultimate Africa programs, which would allow your child to visit nine countries and one semi-autonomous region (Zanzibar!) during two incredible programs.
4-Week Country-Specific Recommendations
|Australia||Costa Rica||Dominican Republic||Fiji||Tanzania||Thailand|
|Program 1||Surf and Service in Australia||Intro to Community Service in Costa Rica||Marine Life and Costal Restoration||Sun, Sand, and International Service||Serengeti to Zanzibar||Hill Tribe Service and Elephant Conservation|
|Program 2||Seven Wonders of Australia||Heart of the Jungle||Life in the Bateyes||Big Fiji Explorer||Climbing Kili||Island Hopping and Diving|
6-Week Regional Recommendations
|Americas 1||Americas 2||Asia||South Pacific||World|
|Country 1||Peru||United States||Laos and Thailand||Australia||Various|
|Program 1||Andes to Amazon||Rebuilding New Orleans||Southeast Asian Adventurer||Seven Wonders of Australia||Ultimate Asia|
|Country 2||Dominican Republic||Dominican Republic||Vietnam||Fiji||Various|
|Program 2||Marine Life and Coastal Restoration||Life in the Bateyes||Hanoi to Ha Long||Highlands and Islands Service Immersion||Ultimate Africa|
|Country 3||Costa Rica||Peru||Cambodia||Fiji|
|Program 3||Heart of the Jungle||La Nina Andina: Women’s Empowerment in Peru||Floating Village Service Expedition||Marine Service and Adventure|
How do I enroll in connecting programs?
When you fill out our online enrollment form, choose the programs you want to connect in the section titled “Choose your Programs.” Select the destination country and program, paying careful attention to program dates (you’ll want them to be consecutive). Simply click “Add” to add the programs to build your itinerary.
If you have questions, one of our Global Program Advisors can answer any question you have. This team of travel experts has worked in various capacities at Rustic from leading programs to running our in-country operations. And they love to talk travel! The easiest way to reach us is by phone at 800.321.4353 or email at email@example.com.
PRO TIP: We can make most programs connect. However, we typically recommend picking programs in the same country and / or region to minimize travel time and maximize program time.
How do I get from one program to another?
Connecting programs in the same country: Our staff accompany you from one program to the next and arrange accommodations, food, and any necessary transportation. In some countries, you may need to take an additional internal flight. Our operations teams will arrange and communicate all travel logistics prior to your departure.
Connecting programs between multiple countries: Our staff will escort you to the airport, check you in for your flight, and provide all the information about who will be waiting for you in the next country. Once you arrive, a Rustic Pathways staff member will be waiting for you at the airport where you’ll meet up with your next group. Connecting flights between countries are almost always unescorted, however. Rustic staff are stationed on both sides of the flight, tracking any changes and ready to welcome you upon arrival.
Check out how some Rustic students have connected programs in the past: