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Meet 16-year-old Zach from New Jersey. When he returned home after two years of Rustic summers, he knew he wanted to continue his global…
More than 11,000 students traveled with Rustic Pathways to 21 countries in 2017. And many of them created videos about their experiences, capturing the…
Meet Mary. Mary traveled to Thailand this past summer with Rustic, and returned home to Alabama and immediately started training for her first half…
Rustic Pathways’ service trips for high school students don’t end when the program finishes. In fact, for most students, their Rustic trip is just…
Traveling with Rustic doesn’t end when you come home from your trip. Traveling changes you, and now you’re in the position to influence more…
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some of my fondest memories on family vacations, but they’re so different than going on a teen travel…
Riely McCullough, of Seattle, Washington, traveled with Rustic in 2015 and used her experience as the topic for her college application essays. Read about how…
You visited country X. You were impacted by global issue Y. And you returned home with fire in your gut determined to tackle that issue. Then...life got in the way. More often than not life DOES get in the way, but it didn't get in the way for a group of Rustic gals who traveled…
Ten years after traveling with Rustic Pathways, we caught up with Rustic alum Heather Lyon to find out how traveling as a teenager forever changed the trajectory of her life. In 2006, Heather traveled to India and participated in two programs with Rustic Pathways. She enrolled in two more programs the next summer in Peru, including Sacred Valley…
Have you heard? Star Alumni is BACK and we're beyond excited! We love providing our stand-out alumni with the ability to join us again because a second (or third, or maybe even fourth!) Rustic experience gives you the opportunity to improve both the cross cultural and personal skill sets you started to build on your…
Taylor Brennan, of Montclair, New Jersey, brought a smile and a beam of hope into our inbox and we think she’ll do the same for you. Read Taylor's full email—and how travel inspired her passion for helping others—below, published with her permission.  [caption id="attachment_18066" align="alignright" width="640"] Taylor with a student during her time spent on the Sacred…
How do you know you're a Rustic parent? You know when...   Have you heard the news!? Star Alumni is back now through February 14! Check your inbox for more details on how to use your exclusive discount—don't miss out. Or email [email protected] for more information. 
We wanted to know what really makes a RP alum. So we asked the experts. You know you're a Rustic alum when….                  Want to submit your idea? Comment below for your chance to be featured! Also, don't miss out on your opportunity to take advantage of your Star Alumni discount (It's BACK!),…
We got an email yesterday from a student alum named Carey Davis, a high school senior from Northborough, Massachusetts, and we had to share it with you.  Carey told us, "My travels with Rustic have taught me that to accept and understand cultures and people disparate from my own is to cultivate global harmony. That…
As a parent, you want your child to succeed, not just in school but in his or her interpersonal relationships, post-graduation plans, and future career. Most of all, you want your kid to be happy; to know who they are and where they fit in the world. But we all know that when you’re a…
The following quotes from Rustic Pathways alumni appeared in the Jan. 18 edition of Clover Letter. If you're not familiar with Clover Letter, it's a daily dose of perfection designed for the #girlbosses of the world and delivered right to your inbox. Check it out!  Traveling to a new place is always a little uncomfortable—but…
Creating a crowdfunding page isn't the only way to fundraise for a service-learning trip (but it can be a great one). We chatted with a handful of alumni who have successfully fundraised for their Rustic Pathways programs. They wanted to share the keys to their success. For more ideas, read our fundraising tips and tricks and get started! Make…
Hannah Repke graduated from high school outside of Washington DC. She was accepted to the University of Virginia, but something about going straight to college didn’t feel right. Hannah recognized she was burned out, and decided to look into other options—which is the moment she fell in love with the idea of taking a gap year.…
Grace Wickerson is passionate about creating awareness of what a healthy relationship looks like. Her non-profit, Kickin’ Violence educates adolescents on respecting boundaries, healthy relationships, and self defense. The organization also provides Survivor Packs--care packages with essential toiletries, journals, and notes of encouragement--to victims of domestic abuse. Grace’s work with Kickin’ Violence earned her a…
Why does someone choose to take a gap year? What do they really learn about themselves and about the world? Hear three of our alumni, Kelsey, Sharif, and Lance, speak about their gap journeys. Check out our newest video: The Impact of a Gap Year [rustic_video_embed id="14211"]