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8 Teen Travel Programs Under $3,000

An immersive travel experience for your teen doesn’t need to break the bank. Choose from 12 Rustic Pathways spring break and summer programs for less than $3,000 in six countries.

Whether your teen is a service buff or adrenaline junkie, future doctor or future conservationist, or just looking to hone their Spanish skills, we have a perfect program for them.

Check out Rustic’s programs for less than $3,000:

Costa Rica

community service in Costa Rica

Pura Vida Service in Costa Rica

Spend a week at our Volcano and Rainforest Service Base outside of La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Get introduced to Tico culture and service in rural communities. Participate in a variety of projects, including improving schools, planting trees, and teaching English. Visit natural hot springs, zip line, and go whitewater rafting. Make friends with students from around the world on this popular base house program.

Learn more about the program.

Also, read Why Costa Rica is the Perfect Place for Student Travel This Year

turtle conservation in Costa Rica

Turtle Conservation Project

This program is designed especially for students who are passionate about turtle conservation and want to embrace the authentic and rustic park ranger lifestyle! Live at an actual park ranger station, take cold showers, and work alongside the rangers to protect this incredible species. Take walks along the beach at high tide to track sea turtle behavior. When not working hard, zip line, surf, and enjoy the beautiful beach views and sunsets.

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Dominican Republic

community service with Rustic Pathways in the Dominican Republic

Mountain Air and Island Living

Swim in the turquoise water 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 about the program.

Also, read What Teens Shouldn’t Miss When Traveling to the Dominican Republic

Spring to the Dominican Republic (Spring Break)

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. College programs are available too!

Learn more about the program.


Fiji with Rustic Pathways

Intro to Community Service in 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 about the program.


Spring to the Sacred Valley (Spring Break)

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. Camp in a rural community, create bonds with community members, and have an incredible spring break in the Peruvian Andes.

Learn more about the program.


royal palace in Bangkok

Amazing Thailand

Explore Thailand from top to bottom on this whirlwind touring expedition. Delve into Buddhism in some of Thailand’s most famous temples, and venture into holy caves and jungles along the way. Enjoy a healing Thai massage, shop in funky local markets, and gain an appreciation for Thailand’s diversity and beauty. Build new lifelong friendships during this week of non-stop action and adventure.

Learn more about the program.

United States

Rebuilding Puerto Rico

Explore beautiful Puerto Rico while contributing to rebuilding projects aimed at supporting the local community in their recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria. Stroll through the streets of Old San Juan, visit El Yunque, the only tropical forest in the US National Forest System, and relax on stunning beaches.

Learn more about the program.


2021 Global Youth Climate Summit 

This international virtual program will include student participants from more than ten countries and is being held in July in collaboration with the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, the Rustic Pathways Foundation and Rustic Pathways. Students will design innovative solutions to tackle climate change around the world during this high-energy, hands-on multichannel event.

Also, read Making an Impact: Rustic’s Summer Program on Climate Change Will Empower Teens

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been updated to reflect new programs for 2021.

Still looking for the right program? Schedule a call with one of our Global Program Advisors, our team of travel experts who’ve worked in multiple capacities with Rustic from leading programs to running in-country operations.

About the Author

Jack Weinstein

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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 is either watching baseball or planning his next adventure. Jack and his wife, Blythe, live in Brooklyn.