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Students participating in the Climate Leaders Fellowship program in the Spring of 2022 designed a plethora of projects to tackle waste management issues.
The science is clear - service is rewarding both for the people doing the service and for the communities benefiting from it. But how do teens learn to love community service?
Juneteenth not only teaches us lessons about the past. It also puts a spotlight on modern day slavery that afflicts the international community.
There are many service travel options for students who want to give back and are interested in careers ranging from teaching to medicine.
Like many other things, the pandemic altered how people gave back through service.
Students across the globe connected virtually to make an impact locally.
The nonprofit Rustic Pathways Foundation works with donors and international partners to fund and coordinate meaningful service projects for student travelers. These endeavors make a concrete difference in the lives of many people across the globe.
With the help of Rustic students, thousands of sea turtles have survived in an increasingly challenging environment.
Get a teen ready for service travel by viewing some local volunteer ideas that'll create a service mindset and help teens make an impact internationally and locally.
Rustic Pathways has a unique program that combines sports and service, and that's great for athletes who like the most popular sport in the world.
It's important for travelers to promote the three pillars of sustainability, which is easier during an immersive travel experience.
This summer's Hawaii program included a hike through a lava tube, snorkeling amid the reefs, service in a remote valley, and an unexpected twist.  
A special online program is being launched this July by the Stanford University Center for Deliberative Democracy and the Rustic Pathways Foundation. The Global Youth Climate Summit will challenge students in 7th-12th grade to design innovative solutions to environmental issues.
Today’s teenagers are regularly tuned in to issues about climate change and the environment. Parents can foster that interest and plan family activities around official events that focus on nature. Here is a look at some of these upcoming events and programs that may help, along with some Rustic Pathways’ alumni thoughts about these issues.
Calista Schloessmann, Rustic alumni, shares her Rustic journey and what has led to her continued efforts to help provide safe and dignified housing to families in the Dominican Republic.
"Vivid in my memory are those first moments of extreme heat, hustle and bustle, and a rapid intake of a culture far different than my own. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed but excited! I’d be spending the next two weeks in a small community providing what help I could, then heading to an elephant sanctuary. Little did I know that the first week would change me forever."
Rustic alum and Impact Ambassador, Sophia Sharma, is investing her time and energy to raise funds and awareness to conserve the Peruvian Amazon. She tells us why her experience on the Andes to Amazon program was so impactful.
If you're a high schooler eager to participate in community service in another country—or a recent high school graduate looking for alternate career options—now is the time to consider volunteering abroad. These international volunteer programs, which provide opportunities to engage in fulfilling work while immersing in a foreign culture, are an enriching experience for anyone.