We know it’s not easy to ask your parents to let you travel abroad by yourself—and potentially help pay for the trip.
That’s why we asked for some tips about how to talk to your parents about traveling abroad from students who’ve been all over the world with Rustic Pathways.
But first, we also wanted to provide some answers to questions we think your parents might have.
Q: How do we know it’s safe?
A: Our health and safety measures ensure students have clean water and food that meets their dietary needs, stay in secure accommodations and travel in regularly-maintained vehicles with safe drivers, and participate in service and activities with trusted vendors and partners.
Q: Who chaperones the trips?
A: We hire the most qualified Program Leaders. They have experience in classroom and experiential education, wilderness training, and international development. All full-time Program Leaders are trained as Wilderness First Responders and seasonal staff are at least CPR-certified.
In addition, students leaving from the United States are accompanied from one of our hub airports to their destination country by a Rustic Pathways Flight Leader.
Q: Why Rustic?
A: We’ve been the leader in international service learning and adventure travel for high school students since 1983. We have local full-time teams in every country where we operate who ensure you’ll have a unique and memorable experience. Learn more.
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For help identifying the right program for you, schedule a call with one of our Global Program Advisors.
Rachel joined Rustic in 2013 and led programs for three summers in Costa Rica, Peru, and Ghana. She’s also led programs in Fiji and Tanzania. A graduate of the University of Vermont with degrees in sociology and Spanish, Rachel focuses her love for travel, writing, and her unquenchable curiosity of our natural world as Rustic’s Brand Engagement Manager. Based in Tahoe, CA, Rachel is a talented ceramicist and lover of the outdoors.