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Rustic Gap Year Joins AGA Ranks
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Rustic Gap Year Joins AGA Ranks

We are proud to announce our recently approved status as an accredited member organization of the American Gap Association

As gap years become more widely accepted by students and universities in the United States, Rustic Pathways Gap Year is especially excited to be one of the organizations at the forefront of helping students create purposeful and productive experiences. With new programs like Rustic Internships and Kathmandu to Kochi, we’re creating experiences that will prepare students to live more independently and make globally-minded decisions as they enter college or start their careers.

The AGA was founded in 2012 to hold gap year providers to the highest standards of safety, program quality, sustainability, and educational impact. The AGA also helps students and their parents explore different organizations and their respective programs. Since then, colleges around the country have encouraged their incoming freshmen to consider gap years.

Students and parents considering gap year programs are encouraged to use the many resources featured on the AGA website. The organization hosts a list of college deferral policies, financial aid resources and helpful gap year travel tips.  

For information on any Rustic Pathways Gap Year semesters, visit our site at, hear from our alumni, or email us at

About the Author

Casey Atchley

Gap Year Admissions Coordinator

Casey received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Indianapolis in Spanish and Philosophy. Between years of undergrad, he took a gap year to volunteer as a volcano tour guide and English teacher in Nicaragua. Before returning to studies, Casey spent four months hiking the Appalachian Trail. With exceptional bilingual communication and leadership, he has managed Summer programs in Costa Rica and Rustic Pathways outreach in Europe. As a member of the Gap Year team, he now works with students planning their own gap years. Casey is happiest when he is on his bicycle!