- Elizabeth Cortese
- October 15, 2019
For the third consecutive year and the fourth time in five years, Rustic was awarded the Best Youth Tour Operator during the annual Global Youth Travel Awards in Lisbon, Portugal.
Rustic also won the award in 2018, 2017 and 2015, and was the runner-up in 2016.
The awards are presented at the annual World Youth and Student Travel Conference by the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation to recognize outstanding performers in the youth, student, and educational travel industry.
The Best Youth Tour Operator is one of four awards given based on consumer voting. Thank you again for your support and for making Rustic the leader in high school community service and adventure travel.
More than 10,000 students traveled with Rustic in 2019 on spring break and summer programs, teacher-led trips, and gap year semesters in 21 countries around the world. They participated in more than 100 different programs, developing new skills, and contributing to sustainable community service with our local partners.
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Liz first developed a passion for travel while summiting Mount Kilimanjaro as a Rustic student. This taught her at an early age the importance of experiential education for students around the world. She has since graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing communications from Emerson College in Boston. When Liz is not hopping from restaurant to restaurant in San Francisco or buried in a New York Times bestseller, she can be found packing her bags to spend time with family and friends.