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We had an incredible summer and it was all thanks to our amazing students, staff, and families. Now that Summer 2015 is behind us, we are excited to welcome hundreds of new Rustic alumni to the Alumni Association. We're glad you're here! Stay tuned for upcoming developments with the Alumni Association. Internships, service updates, employment tips, and…
It's been a month since our 2015 programs wrapped and we are still going through the thousands of images our photographer guides shot over the course of the summer. While we can't officially say these are the absolute best photos of the summer since there are still plenty to go through, these pictures are too good…
It’s no surprise that Rustic Pathways students care about the world around them. This month, we’re highlighting three alumni who their passions for human rights, service, and travel on their Rustic program, and continued pursuing them during college and after graduation. Read on for some great advice from Dan, Sasha, and Molly about how to go…
We had an incredible summer and it was all thanks to our amazing students, staff, and families. Thank you for trying new things, getting dirty during service, and stepping far out of your comfort zone so you could explore the world Rustic-style. This was our best summer yet and below are just a few of…
This month, we're featuring awesome alumni Nicole, Maddie, and Lena. They shared stories about their Rustic experiences and how they stayed involved in service long after their programs ended. Read below to hear about their adventures with Rustic, how their programs changed them, and advice they have for current and future Rustic students. What would you…
Whether you're traveling with us or have transitioned on to new adventures, we hope you have a meaningful, fun-filled summer! Check back in August to see what we have in store for our alumni this year! On the short list: 1. More internships and job opportunities 2. Exclusive access to new programs (revealed on Snapchat August…
We hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! With so many of us around the world, we thought we would share some pictures of our unconventional, yet equally as awesome, celebrations of the USA's Independence Day. Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_9130" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Some patriotic students relax by the pool in Fiji.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9124" align="aligncenter"…
It’s time to “rewild the child,” says the British writer George Monbiot. "Every child in every school in the country, every term, should have a week in the countryside. And I think that would have a transformative effect, not just on the children themselves and on their education, but on the whole of society." This…
This month we’re featuring alum Maya Elia! After returning home from her program to Thailand last summer, she started Elepants, a non-profit that sells Thai Harem pants and donates 100% of its profits to the Lampang Thai Elephant Conservation Center. What was the specific moment or experience that inspired you to start your nonprofit, Elepants?…
Please put your phone away. Your program leaders are going to tell you this on your program, not because they want to be controlling, but because they want you to fully experience and appreciate your Rustic adventure. The spectacular sunset over the highlands of Fiji is not going to wait while you post on Instagram,…
With only 55 days before the start of summer programs, everyone at Rustic is getting excited to welcome students to their countries and lead them on incredible adventures. Many of our staff have worked in their respective countries for years and truly consider it their second home—a place filled with friends, family, and memories. Our…