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Meet Mary. Mary traveled to Thailand this past summer with Rustic, and returned home to Alabama and immediately started training for her first half…
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…
It’s almost hard to believe 2017 is over. It was a tough year that, at times, felt like it couldn’t get any worse—and then…
Each December, we start the four-month process of narrowing our pool of more than 1,000 Program Leaders candidates to just a few hundred. About…
Winter break is a great opportunity for families to reconnect after the busy back-to-school season. When routines slow down, we have an opportunity to…
Travel over the holidays can be stressful, but it’s also a great time to zone out and tune in. While I love a solid…
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and…FOOD! Tired of the same old pot roast or potato pancake? Get inspired this holiday season…
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…
After receiving more than 40 fantastic sticker design submissions, which were narrowed down to nine finalists, we’re excited to announce that Bella Strang received the…
After having spent the last two summers with Rustic Pathways in Fiji, it’s hard to believe that life hasn’t always been a series of…
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…
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…
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…
More than 400 students applied for our first By Invitation Only program last summer, which allowed 10 future change makers to explore issues related…