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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.
At Rustic Pathways, we have a company-wide commitment to reduce our impact on the environment. For more than 20 years we’ve been working with local partners on environmental conservation efforts, supporting local economies,and educating students on how to be stewards for the environment.
Don’t just give any gift this year. Give the traveler in your life something they can use during their upcoming adventure.
Today’s world is faced with challenges that are exceedingly complex and difficult to solve. Human rights abuse, systemic inequality, environmental degradation—our global challenges cross borders, languages, and cultures, and the path forward isn’t always clear. We believe the best place to start is to build an understanding of global issues as they are…
MyIntent, an organization working to spark meaningful conversations and positive action, recently featured its partnership with Rustic Pathways in a story on its blog.
Traveling doesn't have to break the bank! Check out this post to find 20 immersive teen travel programs around the world for under $2,500.
Rustic Pathways Spring Break programs are everything you expect in a summer program, but condensed into one action-packed week! They all offer community service…
Where do you want to go this year? Before you answer that, we have a few suggestions. And many are likely places you’ve never…
In 2017, the Rustic Pathways Foundation raised $210,000 to support 11 regional development funds in nine countries! The Foundation is Rustic’s nonprofit arm that…
With college application deadlines just around the corner, it always helps to take a step back and find out what universities are really looking…
My phone rang and I was told there was an accident in Peru. “One of our groups got caught in a landslide and there are…
In contrast to the adrenaline rush of extreme activities, some of the most humbling and meaningful aspects of a Rustic Pathways program include opportunities to step out of your comfort zone and experience a different way of life…
There’s nothing quite like a true adrenaline rush. At Rustic Pathways, we know adventure can take you to new heights (sometimes literally!) and become some of the most memorable moments during immersive travel experiences. This summer…
Showing up to the airport for your first Rustic adventure can be a little nerve-wracking for most of us—after all, you haven’t met the rest of your group yet! You may find yourself worrying about…
Some of the most powerful travel experiences happen when you just can't help but admire a beautiful landscape. Those quiet moments of wonder speak the loudest and become lasting memories…