Happy World Water Day!
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Happy World Water Day!

In honor of today, we’re highlighting a few of our high school summer programs that focus on water! Whether you’re scuba diving in Fiji, whitewater rafting in Peru, or laying down pipes for families in the Dominican Republic, on these programs you’ll dive into how water (and often lack thereof) affects communities around the world. You’ll learn what local leaders are doing to conserve and protect coral reefs, as well as what it takes to build an aqueduct system to bring running water to remote villages.

Peru | Sacred Valley Service

We’ve been working with local leaders to bring safe and reliable drinking water to over 1,000 people in five communities in Peru’s Sacred Valley! Last summer, Rustic Pathways students helped construct water collection systems around a freshwater spring located over 13,000 feet above sea level. This summer, Rustic students will work to install 11 miles of piping and pressure breaking boxes to complete the project!

When not working on service, you’ll embark on a 2 hour whitewater rafting adventure down the Urubamba River, gear up for off-road mountain biking through trails with breathtaking landscapes, hiking to waterfalls, watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu, and check out the local culture and food of Cuzco — get ready to test your tolerance for spicy food!

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Dominican Republic | Mountain Air & Village Service

For the past four years, Rustic Pathways students have helped build seven aqueducts to bring running water to small farming communities in the mountains of Jarabacoa. After identifying a local water source and creating a dam to hold a reservoir of water, students grab picks and shovels and get their hands dirty (literally) digging trenches. They then lay down PVC piping that runs from the reservoir to village houses, community centers, and farming irrigation systems. Before long, these communities have running water!

When not working on this important service project, travel up north to a cozy beach town where you’ll spend a day laying out on sandy beaches, swim in turquoise water, and go whitewater rafting. You’ll also get to know the locals while working and exploring the historic culture of dancing, eating, and sightseeing in Santo Domingo.

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Fiji | Marine Service and Adventure

Learn about Fiji’s marine ecosystem and how locals are working to protect it. You’ll work with local conservation organizations and marine biologists to identify tropical fish and coral species, participate in coral cleanups, remove crown of thorns sea stars, help with reef mapping, and more. You’ll even get a chance to swim with manta rays and observe spinner dolphins and sharks! If you have a passion for marine biology (or love spending time in the ocean) this is the perfect program for you!

When not working in the water, you’ll snorkel for fun, soak up some sun, go on a kayaking adventure, hike through sand dunes along the coast and through mountains to waterfalls, play volleyball with the locals, and experience the welcoming nature of Fijian hospitality.

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To find out more about how we’re observing World Water Day, check out our blog post here about how you can conserve water today (and everyday!).

About the Author

Scott Ingram

Scott is the Director of Admissions at Rustic Pathways. He has spent the last 15 years in the student travel and experiential education world. Before helping families find the perfect Rustic Pathways program, he led gap year programs that took students around the world and spent three years teaching English in Japan.