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When I joined Rustic Pathways after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2013, I was in a good position to lead teen travel…
Parents and educators always ask Rustic Pathways staff what it’s like straddling cultures and homes. My husband Harry and I have a 2-year-old son…
After having spent the last two summers with Rustic Pathways in Fiji, it’s hard to believe that life hasn’t always been a series of…
In high school, I made a choice that, at the time, seemed like a BIG one—whether to go on a spring break trip with…
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some of my fondest memories on family vacations, but they’re so different than going on a teen travel…
Whether I’m going away for a long weekend or a few weeks on the road the staples in my carry-on are always the same.…
If you’ve ever wondered what actually happens on a Rustic Pathways program, we’ve got you covered. Tune into our Instagram Stories where just about every day you can get get a glimpse into the various aspects of a Rustic summer…
Over the next 10 weeks, more than 400 seasonal staff members will help students navigate airports, customs, and new experiences across 19 different countries and 100+ Rustic Pathways programs. This year’s program leaders are the most experienced we’ve ever employed…
Kayla Brown, of Millbrae, California, traveled with Rustic Pathways in 2016. She wrote about her experiences participating in the Rustic Pathways Children's Home and Hill Tribes of the Golden Triangle programs and the lessons travel taught her.
Brielle Friedman is Rustic’s Marketing Director. She’s also an internationally-ranked professional salsa dancer. And she’s managed to do that while figuring out how to balance her full-time job with her passion for dance, while still having time for a personal life. So we wanted to share Brielle’s secret. Name: Brielle Friedman Age: 26 Current job:…
If you're reading this, you're probably familiar with the Rustic Pathways ethos: Education, Travel, Philanthropy. We pride ourselves on being a leader in student travel and providing young people with life-changing educational experiences, and we think we're pretty darn good at that. What you may not know is that we are also an impact driven company that believes…
“What’s your experience with high altitude climbing?” Only at Rustic Pathways does an email with this subject line come into your inbox, and it doesn’t strike you as strange. Were all of the times I’ve bounced around high in the Andes leading Rustic programs, skiing the Rockies, and hiking and camping in the Sierras about…
OLLANTAYTAMBO, Peru—Sacred Valley Project Founder and Rustic Pathways Peru Country Manager Alex Ball was recently highlighted in an article published by Matador Network. He was hailed as a “hero working to empower women throughout the world.” Also highlighted in the article was Malala Yousafzai, the women’s education activist who was shot for defying the Taliban…
Name: Max Veenema Gap Year Program Leader: South Pacific Service and Ocean Skills How did you begin working for Rustic Pathways? I started working with Rustic in the Fiji Islands. I had come from California, where I spent much of my time in the Pacific Ocean. I wanted to experience a new culture while still…
How I quit my job to travel through Asia: One year ago, after much apprehension, I stepped out of a comfortable career and watched a whole new world open up for me. I had worked as a policy analyst in Washington, DC for three years, a great job by conventional standards, but there was this nagging…
There are a lot of ways a Rustic Pathways program adds value to your students’ education. When traveling with Rustic Pathways, you can select from a menu of incredible and welcoming countries, from immersive experiences, community driven service projects, and the world’s most breathtaking sites. But I’ve seen other travel websites – I know this…
Here at Rustic Pathways, adventure comes in all shapes in sizes. Whether your adventure is teaching English in India, learning to surf in Costa Rica, or building a new school in the Fijian Highlands, the common thread that ties each of us together is our pursuit of the unknown. During the summer of 2015, while…
As part of our summer internship program, seasoned Rustic alum Elizabeth Ronzio joined the team as our Fiji Communications Coordinator! Here’s what she has to say about her summer living and working at our Eco-Lodge. “Just over three months ago I was at a point in my career where I wasn't learning enough, there was…
My whole life, I have had a passion for bringing people together on adventures. Outdoor adventures melded me into the person I am today, and I wholeheartedly believe Rustic Pathways programs can positively influence our students, our staff, and our communities around the world. As a university undergrad at Harvard, I spent far more time…
As director of community service for Rustic Pathways, I am passionate about working with our local partners to develop sustainable initiatives that have a positive impact for both the community and our students. I am proud to have the opportunity to provide inspiring experiences for our students, to challenge their perception of the world, to…