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Have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of a college admissions officer to figure out what exactly they’re looking for? There’s a…
As in years past, Rustic Pathways students continued to make us proud in 2017 with their commitment to our mission to positively impact lives…
There are so many reasons to get teens traveling early (and without their parents), but exposing them to new cultures is one of the most…
If you’re thinking about sending your teen alone on a high school travel program, you’re probably wondering what determines whether it’s safe? There’s a…
We’re looking for the next great Rustic sticker design and we need your help! Rustic is hosting a design contest for students to create…
With college application deadlines just around the corner, it always helps to take a step back and find out what universities are really looking…
Ever thought about what it’d be like to lead teen travel programs? Or just get paid to travel? You’re in the right place! Our Program Leaders…
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…
It’s that wonderful time of year again: the hustle and bustle of back to school. High school seniors are really starting to feel the…
More than 400 students applied for our first By Invitation Only program last summer, which allowed 10 future change makers to explore issues related…
Whether I’m going away for a long weekend or a few weeks on the road the staples in my carry-on are always the same.…
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…
We’re very excited to announce that Rustic Pathways was named 2017 Best Youth Tour Operator during the Global Youth Travel Awards Sept. 28 in…
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…
64-80 hours. That’s how long the average Rustic Pathways Program Leader spends training for their role leading service trips for high school students after…
We are excited to announce that Rustic Pathways has been selected as a finalist in two categories, Best Social Responsibility Initiative and Best Youth…
Janice Croze, one of the co-founders of the blog 5 Minutes for Mom, wrote about the process she used to prepare her 15-year-old son for his first high school volunteer abroad trip. Janice also included a list of seven tips and tricks she used to help her get ready for his two-week experience in Fiji on Rustic Pathways’ Sun, Sand, and International Service program.
At Rustic Pathways, we believe one of the best ways to give back is to help a country’s native species thrive. Many Rustic programs focus on conservation efforts around the world, such as helping protect Costa Rican turtles…
Rustic Pathways was featured in USA Today. Rustic CEO Chris Stakich said having a global perspective is now more important than ever for high school and college students…