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Storytelling gives teens the ability to find their voice and master the art of persuasion. It's an important element of leadership - and science since our brains love stories.
Stanford University professors have found an extraordinarily effective way to help people understand different points of view. This groundbreaking process will be shared with Rustic Pathways students from 25 countries who'll be participating in the Global Youth Climate Summit.  
Surfing will debut as an Olympic sport in Tokyo in the summer of 2021. To prepare for the games, here are seven interesting facts about surfing, along with reasons why it may be time to hit the beach.  
An unforgettable trip to Morocco takes students to a place that is often very different from home. It may be the first time they view the Sahara Desert, fortified villages or ksars, the "red city" of Marrakech with its clay structures and more. It's often the people though that teens meet during the trip that they remember the most. 
Teens from around the world are getting ready to participate in this summer's Global Youth Climate Summit being held in collaboration with Stanford University's Center for Deliberative Democracy. Teens from El Salvador to Indonesia shared details about what issues concern them and why they hope the summit will help them foster change.
As we celebrate the return to student travel, we've gathered a list of more than 20 songs that'll help you prepare for the journey, and rejoice in all the world has to offer.
The best travel stories often come after simple moments - a friendly encounter with a local resident, an unexpected project success, time viewing a stunning landscape. After years of gathering these stories, Rustic shares seven captivating moments that showcase how student travel can create lifelong memories.
The Dominican Republic is known for its welcoming people, wonderful food, and beautiful scenery. Rustic Pathways Country Manager Manuel Del Villar, who was born and raised in the country, shares some highlights that teen travelers visiting the nation shouldn’t miss.
Costa Rica is one of the top destinations for student travel this year. Read four reasons why teens and parents love this small nation.
How does a parent pick the right travel program for their teen and then plan for the trip? Rustic Pathways has gathered some of the best tips after nearly 40 years of offering specialized international programs for teens and young adults.
A special online program is being launched this July by the Stanford University Center for Deliberative Democracy and the Rustic Pathways Foundation. The Global Youth Climate Summit will challenge students in 7th-12th grade to design innovative solutions to environmental issues.
Today’s teenagers are regularly tuned in to issues about climate change and the environment. Parents can foster that interest and plan family activities around official events that focus on nature. Here is a look at some of these upcoming events and programs that may help, along with some Rustic Pathways’ alumni thoughts about these issues.
Mental health statistics show that the well-being of many teens drastically declined during the pandemic. Parents can help teens find their way back through international programs that are designed to build connections.
Eating abroad means you get to eat all the local food, delicacies, and in-season fruits and vegetables. Take a peek at some of the fruits and vegetables you might see at the market on a Rustic Pathways’ high school summer travel program.
2021 program dates are now live so you can start planning your next adventure. We've highlighted five of our favorite programs to help get you started!
If you have never taken a Rustic trip before, this is the advice I wished I knew before I went on my first trip!!
"I looked around and took in every detail. Some were struggling to use a chopstick, food was being switched around so people could try everything, and laughter was everywhere. I thought to myself, how lucky am I to be here, right now, in this moment? I felt such inner content and joy, it was hard to believe that I was ever anxious about being there."
Intentional travel provides so many amazing opportunities for learning and growth. We're finding that there a several ways that virtual travel experiences meet or exceed the expectations we have for real, physical travel. Here 7 of the ways we find virtual travel are worthwhile.
This can be the first step in your own anti-racist education or a tool to help you leverage the power you have with friends, family, in your neighborhood, and at school. Think of it as an intro course, something to get the ball rolling. And when you’re done with our list, keep going!

What’s happening with technology and start-ups in your country?


In the US, Silicon Valley is known as the center of new tech. But increasingly in the US and globally, technology is democratizing. We asked our local partners what the tech scene looks like in their countries.